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Values of polynomials over finite fields

  • Joachim von zur Gathen (a1)
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Let q be a prime power, Fq a field with q elements, f ∈ Fq[x] a polynomial of degree n ≥ 1, V(f) = #f(Fq) the number of different values f(α) of f, with α ∈ Fq, and p = qV(f). It is shown that either ρ = 0 or 4n4 > q or 2pn > q. Hence, if q is “large” and f is not a permutation polynomial, then either n or ρ is “large”.

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