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Today we discuss division of polynomials over *valued* fields, i.e. fields equipped with a (real) valuation, and consider orderings on monomials which incorporate that valuation. The goal is to arrive at various versions of the “universal basis theorem” which states that for every ideal there is a finite set of polynomials which determine the initial ideal with respect to various collections of linear *preorders* (i.e. reflexive and transitive binary relations) including the set of all linear orders. In fact we end this post with the first version of the universal basis theorem, and treat stronger versions of the universal basis theorem in a future post. As we have seen, the universal basis theorem for *linear *orders is harder to establish than that for *monomial *orders. The trend continues, and the case of linear orders over valued fields is even harder.

**Example 1 [Chan-Maclagan2013].** Consider the *\(p\)-adic* *valuation* \(\nu_p\) on \(\qq,\) where \(p\) is a prime number, and \(\nu_p\) is defined on \(\qq\) as: \[\nu_p(p^qa/b) := q\] where \(a, b\) are integers relatively prime to \(p\), and \(q\) is an arbitrary integer. This defines a \(\zz^3\)-grading on \(S := \qq[x,y]\) with homogeneous components \[S_{(q,\alpha, \beta)} := \{ax^\alpha y^\beta: a \in \qq,\ \nu_p(a) = q\}\]Take any group order on \(\zz^2\) and define an ordering \(\preceq’\) on monomial terms of \(S\) as follows: \(ax^\alpha y^\beta \preceq’ a’x^{\alpha’}y^{\beta’}\) if and only if

- either \(\nu_p(a) < \nu_p(b),\) or
- \(\nu_p(a) = \nu_p(b)\) and \((\alpha, \beta) \preceq (\alpha’, \beta’)\)

Note that \(\preceq’\) is *not* a total order on the set of monomial terms on \(S,\) since there are monomial terms \(T \neq T’\) such that \(T \preceq’ T’\) and \(T’ \preceq’ T,\) e.g. take \(T := x\) and \(T’ := qx\) where \(q\) is any integer relatively prime to \(p.\) Nonetheless, we can try to follow the naive initial-term-cancelling division from the preceding post on \(S\) with respect to \(\preceq’.\) So take \(g_1 := x – py,\) \(g_2 := y – px\) and try dividing \(f := x\) by \(g_1, g_2\) following the naive initial-term-cancelling division strategy. The initial terms of \(g_1, g_2\) with respect to \(\preceq’\) are respectively \(x\) and \(y.\) It follows that

- after the first step one has: \(f = g_1 + py,\)
- after the second step one has: \(f = g_1 + pg_2 + p^2x,\)
- after the third step one has: \(f = (1+p^2)g_1 + pg_2 + p^3y,\)
- after the fourth step one has: \(f = (1+p^2)g_1 + (p+p^3)g_2 + p^4x,\)

and so on. It is clear that the process does *not *terminate. On the other hand, if we recognize the remainder \(p^2x\) in the second step as \(p^2f,\) then rearranging the terms in the second step one has: \[f = \frac{1}{1-p^2}g_1 + \frac{p}{1-p^2}g_2\]which seems to be a reasonable outcome for a division process. Chan and Maclagan [Chan-Maclagan2013] showed that this always works.

## Almost linear orders

An *almost linear order* on the set \(\scrM := \{ax^\alpha: a \in \kk \setminus \{0\},\ \alpha := (\alpha_1, \ldots, \alpha_n) \in \znzero\}\) of monomial terms is a reflexive and transitive binary relation on \(\scrM\) which is a linear order on all monomials with different exponents, i.e. every finite set of monomials with pairwise distinct exponents has a unique minimal element. Every linear order on \(\znzero\) trivially lifts to a almost linear order on monomial terms which simply ignores the coefficients and applies the original linear order on the exponents. The relation \(\preceq’\) from Example 1 is an example of a nontrivial almost linear order.

The notions of * initial *and

*make sense for an almost linear order \(\preceq\) on monomial terms, and therefore every step of the “initial term cancelling division” also makes sense. Recall that the initial term cancelling division of a polynomial \(f\) by a finite ordered collection \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) of polynomials proceeds as follows:*

**leading monomial terms**- Set \(h_0 := f\)
- If \(h_j = 0\) for some \(j \geq 0,\) then stop.
- Otherwise if there is \(i\) such that \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\) divides \(\In_\preceq(h_j)\), then pick the smallest such \(i\), and set \(h_{j+1} := h_j – qg_i\), where \(q := \In_\preceq(h_j)/\In_\preceq(g_i)\).
- Otherwise \(\In_\preceq(h_j)\) is not divisible by \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\) for any \(i\); in this case set \(h_{j+1} := h_j – \In_\preceq(h_j).\)
- Repeat steps 2-4 with \(j + 1\) in place of \(j.\)

Example 1 shows that for a general almost linear order \(\preceq\) the above algorithm may not end even if the divisors are homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial grading. However, it also suggests a way forward, namely to use remainders from earlier steps of the division. To fix notation, write \(r_j\) for the remainder and \(q_{j,i}\) to be the multiplier of \(g_i\) after \(j\) iterations of the algorithm. After the \(j\)-th iteration one has \[f = \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + r_j = \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + r_{j,0} + r_{j,1}\]where

- \(r_{j,1}\) is the part of remainder that has already been computed; in particular, none of the monomials in the support of \(r_{j,1}\) is divisible by \(\In(g_i)\) for any \(i = 1, \ldots, s.\)
- \(r_{j,0}\) is the part of the remainder “yet to be explored,” i.e. it is the \(h_j\) from the above algorithm.

Let \(a_j \in \kk\) and \(\alpha_j \in \znzero\) be respectively the coefficient and the exponent of \(\In_\preceq(r_{j,0}),\) i.e. \[\In_\preceq(r_{j,0}) = a_j x^{\alpha_j}\](in the sequel we use \(\Incoeff(r_{j,0})\) and \(\Inexp(r_{j,0})\) to denote respectively \(a_j\) and \(\alpha_j.\)) Let \(r’_{j,0} := r_{j,0} – \In_\preceq(r_{j,0}).\) For the \((j+1)\)-th iteration, Example 1 suggests that it is useful to look out for \(k < j\) such that \(\alpha_k = \alpha_j.\) Indeed, if such \(k\) exists, then writing \(c_j := a_j/a_k,\) the above equation for \(f\) can be rearranged as

\[\begin{align*}

f &= \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + a_jx^{\alpha_j} + r’_{j,0} + r_{j,1}

= \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + c_j\In_\preceq(r_{k,0}) + r’_{j,0} + r_{j,1} \\

&= \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + c_j(r_{k,0} – r’_{k,0}) + r’_{j,0} + r_{j,1}

= \sum_i q_{j,i}g_i + c_j(f – \sum_i q_{k,i}g_i – r_{k,1} – r’_{k,0}) + r’_{j,0} + r_{j,1} \\

&= c_jf + \sum_i (q_{j,i} – c_j q_{k,i})g_i + (r’_{j,0} – c_jr’_{k,0}) + (r_{j,1} – c_jr_{k,1})

\end{align*}\]

If \(c_j \neq 1,\) then it follows that

\[\begin{align}

f

&= \sum_i \frac{q_{j,i} – c_jq_{k,i}}{1-c_j}g_i + \frac{r’_{j,0} – c_jr’_{k,0}}{1-c_j} + \frac{r_{j,1} – c_jr_{k,1}}{1-c_j}

\end{align}\]

## Almost linear monomial orders

We say that $\preceq$ is an ** almost linear group order** or an

**if it is an almost linear order on the set of monomial terms which is also compatible with respect to product and sum of monomial terms in the following way (it follows from discussions below and the next post on division that every almost linear monomial order is also a**

*almost linear monomial order**linear monomial preorder*):

- for all $a, b, c \in \kk\setminus\{0\}$ and $\alpha, \beta, \gamma \in \znzero$,
- if $ax^\alpha \preceq bx^\beta,$ then $acx^{\alpha+\gamma} \preceq bcx^{\beta+\gamma},$
- if $ax^\alpha \prec bx^\beta,$ then $acx^{\alpha+\gamma} \prec bcx^{\beta+\gamma},$ (this property is used in the second from the last sentence in the proof of Theorem 1)

- \(1 \preceq -1\) and \(-1 \preceq 1,\)
- for all \(a, b \in \kk,\) either \(a \preceq (a+b)\) or \(b \preceq (a+b).\)

In Property 1 above we used $\prec$ to denote the “strict order” with respect to $\preceq,$ i.e.

- $a \prec b$ if and only if $a \preceq b$ and $b \not\preceq a.$

We also write \(\preceqeq\) to denote “equivalence” with respect to \(\preceq,\) i.e.

- \(a \preceqeq b\) if and only if \(a \preceq b\) and \(b \preceq a\),

Property 2 of almost linear group orders then can be rewritten as

- \(-1 \preceqeq 1.\)

Note that Property 1 implies the following seemingly stronger statement:

- if \(ax^\alpha \preceq bx^\beta,\) and \(cx^\gamma \preceq dx^\delta,\) then \(acx^{\alpha+\gamma} \preceq bdx^{\beta+\delta}\) for all \(c,d \in \kk\setminus\{0\}\) and \(\gamma, \delta \in \znpos. \)

Property 1 and 2 then imply that

- \(ax^\alpha \preceq bx^\beta\) if and only if \(-ax^\alpha \preceq bx^\beta\) if and only if \(ax^\alpha \preceq -bx^\beta\) if and only if \(-ax^\alpha \preceq -bx^\beta.\)

Also due to Property 2 and 3, \(\preceq\) can be consistently extended to \(\scrM \cup \{0\}\) via declaring

- \(ax^\alpha \preceq 0\) for all \(a \in \kk\) and \(\alpha \in \znzero.\)

In presence of Properties 1 and 2, Property 3 implies that

- \(\preceq\) restricts to a
*total**preorder* - If \(a \prec b,\) then \(a \preceqeq a+b.\) Indeed, Property 3 immediately implies that \(a \preceq a+b.\) On the other hand, since \(a = (a+b) – b,\) and \(b \not\preceq a,\) we must have that \(a+b \preceq a.\)

If \(\preceq\) is indeed an almost linear group order, then at each step of the initial-term-cancelling division algorithm, the initial term of \(h_j\) *strictly increases* with respect to \(\preceq\), i.e.

\[\In_\preceq(h_j) \prec \In_\preceq(h_{j+1})\]

It follows that in the last displayed equation for \(f\) above \(c_j\) can *not* be \(1,\) so that the equation is well defined. In fact, it is straightforward to check that \(1 \prec c_j\). The defining properties of almost linear group orders then imply that

\[1 – c_j \preceqeq 1\]

which in turn implies that

\[

\In_\preceq(r_{j,0})

\prec \In_\preceq(r’_{j,0} – c_jr’_{k,0})

\preceqeq \In_\preceq\left(\frac{r’_{j,0} – c_jr’_{k,0}}{1-c_j}\right)

\]

Consequently, if we set

\[r_{j+1,0} := \frac{r’_{j,0} – c_jr’_{k,0}}{1-c_j}\]

then

\[\In_\preceq(r_{j,0}) \prec \In_\preceq(r_{j+1,0})\]

We now rewrite the initial-term-cancelling-division algorithm for almost linear group orders to incorporate these observations. Recall that the **aim** of this algorithm is to find an expression\[f = \sum_i q_ig_i + r\]such that

- either \(r = 0\) or
*no*monomial term in \(r\) is divisible by \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\) for*any*\(i\), and - there is a reordering \(i_1, \ldots, i_s\) of \(\{i: q_i \neq 0\}\) such that \[\In_\preceq(\sum_j q_jg_j) = \In_\preceq(q_{i_1}g_{i_1}) \prec \In_\preceq(q_{i_2}g_{i_2}) \prec \cdots \prec \In_\preceq(q_{i_s}g_{i_s})\]

Each step of the algorithm below expresses \(f\) as\[f = \sum_j q_{j,i}g_i + r_{j,0} + r_{j,1}\]where \(j\) is the step, \(r_{j,0}\) is the “part” of \(f\) “still to be explored” and \(r_{j,1}\) is the part of the remainder that has been computed. In particular, either \(r_{j,1} = 0\) or no monomial term in \(r_{j,1}\) is divisible by \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\) for any \(i\). The algorithm stops when \(r_{j,0} = 0.\)

**Initial term cancelling division, version 2:** Given a polynomial \(f\) (the dividend), a finite ordered collection \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) of polynomials (the divisors) and an almost linear monomial order \(\preceq,\) proceed as follows: start with \(j = 0.\) Set \(q_{0,i} := 0\) for all \(i,\) \(r_{0, 0} := f\) and \(r_{0, 1} := 0.\) Now proceed as follows:

- If \(r_{j,0} = 0,\) then stop.
- Otherwise check if there is \(k < j\) such that

\[\Inexp(r_{k,0}) = \Inexp(r_{j,0})\]

If such \(k\) exists, then necessarily one has

\[c_j := \Incoeff(r_{j,0})/\Incoeff(r_{k,0}) \succ 1\]

Then define

\[\begin{align*}

q_{j+1,i} &:= \frac{q_{j,i} – c_jq_{k,i}}{1-c_j},\ i = 1, \ldots, N, \\

r_{j+1,0} &:= \frac{r’_{j, 0} – c_jr’_{k,0}}{1-c_j}, \\

r_{j+1,1} &:= \frac{r_{j, 1} – c_jr_{k,1}}{1-c_j}

\end{align*}\]

where

\[r’_{j,0} := r_{j,0} – \In_\preceq(r_{j,0})\]

and \(r’_{k,0}\) is defined similarly. Note that there is an ambiguity at this step in choosing \(k\) if there are more than one choices. Below we will define a criterion for choosing \(k\). - Otherwise if there is \(i\) such that \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\) divides \(\In_\preceq(r_{j,0})\), then pick the smallest such \(i\), and with \(q := \In_\preceq(r_{j,0})/\In_\preceq(g_i),\) define

\[\begin{align*}

r_{j+1,0} &:= r_{j,0} – qg_i, \\

r_{j+1,1} &:= r_{j,1}, \\

q_{j+1,k} &:=

\begin{cases}

q_{j,i} + q &\text{if}\ k = i,\\

q_{j,i} & \text{otherwise.}

\end{cases}

\end{align*}\] - Otherwise set

\[\begin{align*}

r_{j+1,0} &:= r_{j,0}, \\

r_{j+1,1} &:= r_{j,1} + \In_\preceq(r_{j,0}), \\

q_{j+1,i} &:= q_{j,i},\ i = 1, \ldots, N.

\end{align*}\] - Repeat steps 2-4 with \(j + 1\) in place of \(j.\)

Earlier discussions on division via initial terms suggest that it might be prudent to consider the special case that the divisors \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) are **homogeneous** with respect to a **shallow monomial grading **\(\Sigma.\) In that case, if the condition is step 2 is not satisfied at any iteration, then we claim that the algorithm must stop in finitely many steps. Indeed, if the condition in step 2 is not satisfied, then each time \(r_{j,0}\) gets updated in step 3, a monomial with *different* exponent is added to the support of \(r_{j,0}.\) Since \(g_i\) are homogeneous with respect to \(\Sigma\) the \(\Sigma\)-supports of all \(r_{j,k}\) are contained in the \(\Sigma\)-support of \(f\) and therefore due to the shallowness, the number of monomials in \(r_{j,0}\) can grow indefinitely. Consequently \(r_{j,0}\) must remain unchanged after a finite number of steps. But then step 4 can not repeat infinitely many times, since that would result in the number of monomials in \(r_{j,1}\) getting indefinitely larger. Therefore, if the algorithm is to continue without stopping, the condition in step 2 must be satisfied at infinitely many iterations. Now comes a crucial observation of Chan and Maclagan [Chan-Maclagan2013]:

**Criterion to pick \(k\) in Step 2:** In Step 2, if there are more than one choice for \(k < j\) such that \(\Inexp(r_{k,0}) = \Inexp(r_{j,0}),\) then choose any \(k\) such that the number of monomials in \(r_{k,0}\) which are not in \(r_{j,0}\) is the *smallest* possible. Actually the only thing you really need to ensure stoppage in finitely many steps is: if it is possible, then \(k\) should be chosen such that \(\supp(r_{k,0}) \subseteq \supp(r_{j,0}).\)

**Theorem 1.** If \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) are homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial grading \(\Sigma\) and the above criterion is used to pick \(k\) in Step 2 of the initial term cancelling division by \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) with respect to an almost linear monomial order \(\preceq,\) then the division algorithm stops in finitely many steps. The outcome of the algorithm satisfies the “aim” of the algorithm (described in the paragraphs preceding the version 2 of the division algorithm).

**Proof.** Since the \(g_i\) are homogeneous, \(\supp_\Sigma(r_{j,0}) \subseteq \supp_\Sigma(f)\) for each \(j.\) Since the grading is shallow, there are finitely many possible choices for the usual support \(\supp(r_{j,0}) \subseteq \znzero\) of \(r_{j,0}\) consisting of the exponents of the monomials appearing in \(r_{j,0}.\) Therefore there must be \(j_0\) such that for each \(j \geq j_0,\) if \(r_{j,0} \neq 0,\) then there is already \(k < j\) such that \(\supp(r_{k,0}) = \supp(r_{j,0}).\) But then for each \(j \geq j_0,\) if \(r_{j,0} \neq 0,\) the Step 2 condition is satisfied at each step, and the above criterion for picking \(k\) ensures that \(\supp(r_{k,0}) \subseteq \supp(r_{j,0})\) so that the size of the support of \(r_{j+1,0}\) *decreases* compared to that of \(r_{j,0}.\) Since the support of a polynomial is finite, \(r_{j,0}\) must become zero in finitely many steps beyond \(j_0.\) To see that the “aim” is satisfied, note that the condition regarding the remainder is clear. For the condition regarding the quotients, it suffices to show that for each \(i, j,\) either \(q_{j,i} = 0\) or \(\In_\preceq(q_{j+1,i}) = \In_\preceq(q_{j,i}).\) This is clear in Steps 3 and 4. For Step 2, this follows from the observation that \(c_j \succ 1\) and, either \(q_{k,i} = 0\) or \(\In_\preceq(q_{j,i}) = \In_\preceq(q_{k,i}).\) This completes the proof of Theorem 1.

**Corollary 1.** Let \(I \supseteq J\) be ideals of \(S := \kk[x_1, \ldots, x_n]\) such that \(J\) is homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial grading on \(S.\) If \(I \supsetneqq J\), then \(\In_\preceq(I) \supsetneqq \In_\preceq(J)\) for every almost linear monomial order \(\preceq.\)

**Proof.** Pick homogeneous \(g_1, \ldots, g_N \in J\) such that \(\In_\preceq(g_i)\), \(i = 1, \ldots, N\), generate \(\In_\preceq(I)\). Then Theorem 1 implies that \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) generate \(I\), so that \(I = J\).

**Corollary 2.** Let \(I\) be an ideal of \(S := \kk[x_1, \ldots, x_n]\) which is homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial grading on \(S.\) There can not exist almost linear monomial orders \(\preceq_1, \preceq_2\) such that \(\In_{\preceq_1}(I) \subsetneqq \In_{\preceq_2}(I)\).

**Proof.** Write \(J_k := \In_{\preceq_k}(I)\), \(k = 1, 2\). Assume to the contrary that \(J_1 \subsetneqq J_2\). Then we can choose homogeneous \(g_1, \ldots, g_N \in I\) such that \(\In_{\preceq_2}(g_i)\), \(i = 1, \ldots, N\), generate \(J_1\). Choose \(f \in I\) such that \(\In_{\preceq_2}(f) \not\in J_1.\) Let \(r\) be the remainder of the Chan-Maclagan division of \(f\) by \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) with respect to \(\preceq_2\). Then \(r\) is a nonzero element of \(I\) such that \(\supp(r) \cap \supp(J_1) = \emptyset\). On the other hand, if \(h_1, \ldots, h_M\) are homogeneous elements in \(I\) such that \(\In_{\preceq_1}(h_1), \ldots, \In_{\preceq_1}(h_M)\) generate \(J_1,\) then the Chan-Maclagan division of \(r\) by \(h_1, \ldots, h_M\) with respect to \(\preceq_1\) implies that \(r \not\in I,\) which is a contradiction. This completes the proof.

The notion of ** reduced initial basis** described in the earlier post on division of power series also applies to an almost linear monomial order: a finite ordered collection of elements \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) from an ideal \(I\) of \(S\) is called a

*reduced initial basis*with respect to an almost linear monomial order \(\preceq\) if the following hold:

- the initial terms of the \(g_i\) generate \(\In_\preceq(I),\)
- no monomial term of any \(g_i\) is divisible by the initial term of any \(g_j\) for \(j \neq i\), and
- the
*initial coefficient*, i.e. the coefficient of the initial term, of each \(g_i\) is \(1.\)

**If \(I\) is homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial \(\Sigma\)-grading on \(S\),** then a reduced initial basis for \(I\) can be produced by taking a minimal set of \(\Sigma\)-homogeneous elements of \(I\) whose initial terms generate \(\In_\preceq(I)\) and then replacing each element by the remainder of the Chan-Maclagan division by other elements.

**Corollary 3. **Let \(I\) be an ideal of \(S := \kk[x_1, \ldots, x_n]\) which is homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial \(\Sigma\)-grading on \(S\), and \(\preceq, \preceq’\) be almost linear monomial orders such that

\[\In_\preceq(I) = \In_{\preceq’}(I)\]

Then any reduced \(\Sigma\)-homogeneous initial basis of \(I\) with respect to one of \(\preceq, \preceq’\) is also a reduced initial basis with respect to the other one, and for each element of the basis, the initial terms with respect to $\preceq$ and $\preceq’$ are identical. Moreover, the number of elements on a reduced $\Sigma$-homogeneous initial basis of $I$ is also uniquely determined by $I$.

**Proof.** Indeed, pick a reduced initial basis \(g_1, \ldots, g_N\) of \(I\) with respect to \(\preceq\). Let \(\alpha_i := \nu_{\preceq}(g_i),\) \(i = 1, \ldots, n.\) Fix \(i.\) Since \(\In_{\preceq’}(I)\) is also generated by \(x^{\alpha_1}, \ldots, x^{\alpha_N}\), it follows that \(\In_{\preceq’}(g_i)\) is divisible by some \(x^{\alpha_j}.\) Since no monomial in the support of \(g_i\) is divisible by \(x^{\alpha_j}\) for \(j \neq i\) it must be divisible by \(x^{\alpha_i}.\) Since \(\alpha_i\) is also in the support of \(g_i,\) and \(g_i\) is \(\Sigma\)-homogeneous and the grading by \(\Sigma\) is shallow, Remark 1 in the preceding post implies that the only monomial in \(g_i\) divisible by \(x^{\alpha_i}\) is \(x^{\alpha_i}\) itself, so that \(\nu_{\preceq’}(g_i) = \alpha_i.\) It follows that that \(\In_{\preceq’}(g_i),\) \(i = 1, \ldots, N,\) form a reduced initial basis of \(I\) with respect to \(\preceq’\) as well. The proof of the last assertion is similar to that in the proof of Corollary 3 in the preceding post.

**Theorem 2 (Universal Bases – version 1).** Let $I$ be an ideal of $S := \kk[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$ which is homogeneous with respect to a shallow monomial grading on $S$ by a group $\Sigma.$ There are finitely many distinct initial ideals of $I$ with respect to almost linear monomial orders. In particular, there is a *finite* subset of $\Sigma$-homogeneous elements of $I$ such that for *every* almost linear monomial order, the initial terms of polynomials in that subset generate the initial ideal of $I.$

**Proof.** Regarding the first assertion, Logar’s argument for the leading ideal case from the proof of Theorem 2 in the earlier post on polynomial division applies almost immediately to the present situation – one only needs to choose homogeneous elements in every case and replace “$\ld$” with “$\In$”. The second assertion then follows from Corollary 3 to Theorem 1.

## References

- [Chan-Maclagan2013] Andrew J. Chan and Diane Maclagan, Groebner bases over fields with valuations, 2013, arxiv:1303.0729.