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Some mathematical remarks on the polynomial selection in NFS

Abstract : In this work, we consider the proportion of smooth (free of large prime factors) values of a binary form $F(X_1,X_2)\in\mathbf{Z}[X_1,X_2]$. In a particular case, we give an asymptotic equivalent for this proportion which depends on $F$. This is related to Murphy's $\alpha$ function, which is known in the cryptographic community, but which has not been studied before from a mathematical point of view. Our result proves that, when $\alpha(F)$ is small, $F$ has a high proportion of smooth values. This has consequences on the first step, called polynomial selection, of the Number Field Sieve, the fastest algorithm of integer factorization.
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Razvan Barbulescu, Armand Lachand. Some mathematical remarks on the polynomial selection in NFS. Mathematics of Computation, American Mathematical Society, 2017, 86, pp.397-418. ⟨10.1090/mcom/3112⟩. ⟨hal-00954365v3⟩



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