Decision of Algebra Isomorphisms Using Gröbner Bases

  • Kiyoshi Shirayanagi
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Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 109)


Given two finite-dimensional non-commutative finitely presented algebras A and B over a field k, this paper presents two algorithms for deciding whether or not they are isomorphic as k-algebras. We reduce this problem to a radical ideal membership problem in a commutative ring, by Hilbert’s zero point theorem. That is, A and B are isomorphic if and only if the determinant f of a k-linear mapping: AB does not lie in the radical of an ideal I derived from the relations of A and B. Moreover an efficient technique for computing f is provided.

We propose two Gröbner basis methods for solving our problem. One is to compute the radical of I directly and then to rewrite the above determinant f modulo this radical. The other method is to judge solvability of a certain system of algebraic equations: the union of I and a new polynomial. As a result, it is shown that the isomorphism problem for finitely presented algebras is decidable.


Commutative Ring Ring Homomorphism Isomorphism Problem Algebra Isomorphism Algebraic Extension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiyoshi Shirayanagi
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  1. 1.Communication Science LaboratoriesNTTSoraku-gun, KyotoJapan

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