Base class for parent objects¶
CLASS HIERARCHY:
SageObject
CategoryObject
Parent
A simple example of registering coercions:
sage: class A_class(Parent):
....: def __init__(self, name):
....: Parent.__init__(self)
....: self._populate_coercion_lists_()
....: self.rename(name)
....:
....: def category(self):
....: return Sets()
....:
....: def _element_constructor_(self, i):
....: assert(isinstance(i, (int, Integer)))
....: return ElementWrapper(self, i)
sage: A = A_class("A")
sage: B = A_class("B")
sage: C = A_class("C")
sage: def f(a):
....: return B(a.value+1)
sage: class MyMorphism(Morphism):
....: def __init__(self, domain, codomain):
....: Morphism.__init__(self, Hom(domain, codomain))
....:
....: def _call_(self, x):
....: return self.codomain()(x.value)
sage: f = MyMorphism(A,B)
sage: f
Generic morphism:
From: A
To: B
sage: B.register_coercion(f)
sage: C.register_coercion(MyMorphism(B,C))
sage: A(A(1)) == A(1)
True
sage: B(A(1)) == B(1)
True
sage: C(A(1)) == C(1)
True
sage: A(B(1))
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AssertionError
When implementing an element of a ring, one would typically provide the
element class with _rmul_
and/or _lmul_
methods for the action of a
base ring, and with _mul_
for the ring multiplication. However, prior to
trac ticket #14249, it would have been necessary to additionally define a method
_an_element_()
for the parent. But now, the following example works:
sage: from sage.structure.element import RingElement
sage: class MyElement(RingElement):
....: def __init__(self, parent, x, y):
....: RingElement.__init__(self, parent)
....: def _mul_(self, other):
....: return self
....: def _rmul_(self, other):
....: return self
....: def _lmul_(self, other):
....: return self
sage: class MyParent(Parent):
....: Element = MyElement
Now, we define
sage: P = MyParent(base=ZZ, category=Rings())
sage: a = P(1,2)
sage: a*a is a
True
sage: a*2 is a
True
sage: 2*a is a
True

class
sage.structure.parent.
Parent
¶ Bases:
sage.structure.category_object.CategoryObject
Base class for all parents.
Parents are the Sage/mathematical analogues of container objects in computer science.
INPUT:
base
– An algebraic structure considered to be the “base” of this parent (e.g. the base field for a vector space).category
– a category or list/tuple of categories. The category in which this parent lies (or list or tuple thereof). Since categories support more general supercategories, this should be the most specific category possible. If category is a list or tuple, a JoinCategory is created out of them. If category is not specified, the category will be guessed (seeCategoryObject
), but won’t be used to inherit parent’s or element’s code from this category.names
– Names of generators.normalize
– Whether to standardize the names (remove punctuation, etc)facade
– a parent, or tuple thereof, orTrue
If
facade
is specified, thenSets().Facade()
is added to the categories of the parent. Furthermore, iffacade
is notTrue
, the internal attribute_facade_for
is set accordingly for use bySets.Facade.ParentMethods.facade_for()
.Internal invariants:
self._element_init_pass_parent == guess_pass_parent(self, self._element_constructor)
Ensures that__call__()
passes down the parent properly to_element_constructor()
. See trac ticket #5979.
Todo
Eventually, category should be
Sets
by default.
__call__
(x=0, *args, **kwds)¶ This is the generic call method for all parents.
When called, it will find a map based on the Parent (or type) of x. If a coercion exists, it will always be chosen. This map will then be called (with the arguments and keywords if any).
By default this will dispatch as quickly as possible to
_element_constructor_()
though faster pathways are possible if so desired.

_populate_coercion_lists_
(coerce_list=[], action_list=[], convert_list=[], embedding=None, convert_method_name=None, element_constructor=None, init_no_parent=None, unpickling=False)¶ This function allows one to specify coercions, actions, conversions and embeddings involving this parent.
IT SHOULD ONLY BE CALLED DURING THE __INIT__ method, often at the end.
INPUT:
coerce_list
– a list of coercion Morphisms to self and parents with canonical coercions to selfaction_list
– a list of actions on and by selfconvert_list
– a list of conversion Maps to self and parents with conversions to self
embedding
– a single Morphism from selfconvert_method_name
– a name to look for that other elements can implement to create elements of self (e.g. _integer_)init_no_parent
– if True omit passing self in as the first argument of element_constructor for conversion. This is useful if parents are unique, or element_constructor is a bound method (this latter case can be detected automatically).

__mul__
(x)¶ This is a multiplication method that more or less directly calls another attribute
_mul_
(single underscore). This is because__mul__
can not be implemented via inheritance from the parent methods of the category, but_mul_
can be inherited. This is, e.g., used when creating twosided ideals of matrix algebras. See trac ticket #7797.EXAMPLES:
sage: MS = MatrixSpace(QQ,2,2)
This matrix space is in fact an algebra, and in particular it is a ring, from the point of view of categories:
sage: MS.category() Category of infinite finite dimensional algebras with basis over (number fields and quotient fields and metric spaces) sage: MS in Rings() True
However, its class does not inherit from the base class
Ring
:sage: isinstance(MS,Ring) False
Its
_mul_
method is inherited from the category, and can be used to create a left or right ideal:sage: MS._mul_.__module__ 'sage.categories.rings' sage: MS*MS.1 # indirect doctest Left Ideal ( [0 1] [0 0] ) of Full MatrixSpace of 2 by 2 dense matrices over Rational Field sage: MS*[MS.1,2] Left Ideal ( [0 1] [0 0], [2 0] [0 2] ) of Full MatrixSpace of 2 by 2 dense matrices over Rational Field sage: MS.1*MS Right Ideal ( [0 1] [0 0] ) of Full MatrixSpace of 2 by 2 dense matrices over Rational Field sage: [MS.1,2]*MS Right Ideal ( [0 1] [0 0], [2 0] [0 2] ) of Full MatrixSpace of 2 by 2 dense matrices over Rational Field

__contains__
(x)¶ True if there is an element of self that is equal to x under ==, or if x is already an element of self. Also, True in other cases involving the Symbolic Ring, which is handled specially.
For many structures we test this by using
__call__()
and then testing equality between x and the result.The Symbolic Ring is treated differently because it is ultrapermissive about letting other rings coerce in, but ultrastrict about doing comparisons.
EXAMPLES:
sage: 2 in Integers(7) True sage: 2 in ZZ True sage: Integers(7)(3) in ZZ True sage: 3/1 in ZZ True sage: 5 in QQ True sage: I in RR False sage: SR(2) in ZZ True sage: RIF(1, 2) in RIF True sage: pi in RIF # there is no element of RIF equal to pi False sage: sqrt(2) in CC True sage: pi in RR True sage: pi in CC True sage: pi in RDF True sage: pi in CDF True
Note that we have
sage: 3/2 in RIF True
because
3/2
has an exact representation inRIF
(i.e. can be represented as an interval that contains exactly one value):sage: RIF(3/2).is_exact() True
On the other hand, we have
sage: 2/3 in RIF False
because
2/3
has no exact representation inRIF
. SinceRIF(2/3)
is a nontrivial interval, it can not be equal to anything (not even itself):sage: RIF(2/3).is_exact() False sage: RIF(2/3).endpoints() (0.666666666666666, 0.666666666666667) sage: RIF(2/3) == RIF(2/3) False

_coerce_map_from_
(S)¶ Override this method to specify coercions beyond those specified in coerce_list.
If no such coercion exists, return None or False. Otherwise, it may return either an actual Map to use for the coercion, a callable (in which case it will be wrapped in a Map), or True (in which case a generic map will be provided).

_convert_map_from_
(S)¶ Override this method to provide additional conversions beyond those given in convert_list.
This function is called after coercions are attempted. If there is a coercion morphism in the opposite direction, one should consider adding a section method to that.
This MUST return a Map from S to self, or None. If None is returned then a generic map will be provided.

_get_action_
(S, op, self_on_left)¶ Override this method to provide an action of self on S or S on self beyond what was specified in action_list.
This must return an action which accepts an element of self and an element of S (in the order specified by self_on_left).

_an_element_
()¶ Returns an element of self. Want it in sufficient generality that poorlywritten functions won’t work when they’re not supposed to. This is cached so doesn’t have to be super fast.
EXAMPLES:
sage: QQ._an_element_() 1/2 sage: ZZ['x,y,z']._an_element_() x

_repr_option
(key)¶ Metadata about the
_repr_()
output.INPUT:
key
– string. A key for different metadata informations that can be inquired about.
Valid
key
arguments are:'ascii_art'
: The_repr_()
output is multiline ascii art and each line must be printed starting at the same column, or the meaning is lost.'element_ascii_art'
: same but for the output of the elements. Used insage.repl.display.formatter
.'element_is_atomic'
: the elements print atomically, that is, parenthesis are not required when printing out any of \(x  y\), \(x + y\), \(x^y\) and \(x/y\).
OUTPUT:
Boolean.
EXAMPLES:
sage: ZZ._repr_option('ascii_art') False sage: MatrixSpace(ZZ, 2)._repr_option('element_ascii_art') True

_init_category_
(category)¶ Initialize the category framework
Most parents initialize their category upon construction, and this is the recommended behavior. For example, this happens when the constructor calls
Parent.__init__()
directly or indirectly. However, some parents defer this for performance reasons. For example,sage.matrix.matrix_space.MatrixSpace
does not.EXAMPLES:
sage: P = Parent() sage: P.category() Category of sets sage: class MyParent(Parent): ....: def __init__(self): ....: self._init_category_(Groups()) sage: MyParent().category() Category of groups

_is_coercion_cached
(domain)¶ Test whether the coercion from
domain
is already cached.EXAMPLES:
sage: R.<XX> = QQ sage: R._is_coercion_cached(QQ) False sage: _ = R.coerce_map_from(QQ) sage: R._is_coercion_cached(QQ) True

_is_conversion_cached
(domain)¶ Test whether the conversion from
domain
is already set.EXAMPLES:
sage: P = Parent() sage: P._is_conversion_cached(P) False sage: P.convert_map_from(P) Identity endomorphism of <sage.structure.parent.Parent object at ...> sage: P._is_conversion_cached(P) True

Hom
(codomain, category=None)¶ Return the homspace
Hom(self, codomain, category)
.INPUT:
codomain
– a parentcategory
– a category orNone
(default:None
) IfNone
, the meet of the category ofself
andcodomain
is used.
OUTPUT:
The homspace of all homomorphisms from
self
tocodomain
in the categorycategory
.See also
EXAMPLES:
sage: R.<x,y> = PolynomialRing(QQ, 2) sage: R.Hom(QQ) Set of Homomorphisms from Multivariate Polynomial Ring in x, y over Rational Field to Rational Field
Homspaces are defined for very general Sage objects, even elements of familiar rings:
sage: n = 5; Hom(n,7) Set of Morphisms from 5 to 7 in Category of elements of Integer Ring sage: z=(2/3); Hom(z,8/1) Set of Morphisms from 2/3 to 8 in Category of elements of Rational Field
This example illustrates the optional third argument:
sage: QQ.Hom(ZZ, Sets()) Set of Morphisms from Rational Field to Integer Ring in Category of sets
A parent may specify how to construct certain homsets by implementing a method
_Hom_`(codomain, category). See :func:`~sage.categories.homset.Hom()
for details.

an_element
()¶ Returns a (preferably typical) element of this parent.
This is used both for illustration and testing purposes. If the set
self
is empty,an_element()
raises the exceptionEmptySetError
.This calls
_an_element_()
(which see), and caches the result. Parent are thus encouraged to override_an_element_()
.EXAMPLES:
sage: CDF.an_element() 1.0*I sage: ZZ[['t']].an_element() t
In case the set is empty, an
EmptySetError
is raised:sage: Set([]).an_element() Traceback (most recent call last): ... EmptySetError

category
()¶ EXAMPLES:
sage: P = Parent() sage: P.category() Category of sets sage: class MyParent(Parent): ....: def __init__(self): pass sage: MyParent().category() Category of sets

coerce
(x)¶ Return x as an element of self, if and only if there is a canonical coercion from the parent of x to self.
EXAMPLES:
sage: QQ.coerce(ZZ(2)) 2 sage: ZZ.coerce(QQ(2)) Traceback (most recent call last): ... TypeError: no canonical coercion from Rational Field to Integer Ring
We make an exception for zero:
sage: V = GF(7)^7 sage: V.coerce(0) (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

coerce_embedding
()¶ Return the embedding of
self
into some other parent, if such a parent exists.This does not mean that there are no coercion maps from
self
into other fields, this is simply a specific morphism specified out ofself
and usually denotes a special relationship (e.g. subobjects, choice of completion, etc.)EXAMPLES:
sage: K.<a>=NumberField(x^3+x^2+1,embedding=1) sage: K.coerce_embedding() Generic morphism: From: Number Field in a with defining polynomial x^3 + x^2 + 1 with a = 1.465571231876768? To: Real Lazy Field Defn: a > 1.465571231876768? sage: K.<a>=NumberField(x^3+x^2+1,embedding=CC.gen()) sage: K.coerce_embedding() Generic morphism: From: Number Field in a with defining polynomial x^3 + x^2 + 1 with a = 0.2327856159383841? + 0.7925519925154479?*I To: Complex Lazy Field Defn: a > 0.2327856159383841? + 0.7925519925154479?*I

coerce_map_from
(S)¶ Return a
Map
object to coerce fromS
toself
if one exists, orNone
if no such coercion exists.EXAMPLES:
By trac ticket #12313, a special kind of weak key dictionary is used to store coercion and conversion maps, namely
MonoDict
. In that way, a memory leak was fixed that would occur in the following test:sage: import gc sage: _ = gc.collect() sage: K = GF(1<<55,'t') sage: for i in range(50): ....: a = K.random_element() ....: E = EllipticCurve(j=a) ....: b = K.has_coerce_map_from(E) sage: _ = gc.collect() sage: len([x for x in gc.get_objects() if isinstance(x,type(E))]) 1

convert_map_from
(S)¶ This function returns a
Map
from \(S\) to \(self\), which may or may not succeed on all inputs. If a coercion map from S to self exists, then the it will be returned. If a coercion from \(self\) to \(S\) exists, then it will attempt to return a section of that map.Under the new coercion model, this is the fastest way to convert elements of \(S\) to elements of \(self\) (short of manually constructing the elements) and is used by
__call__()
.EXAMPLES:
sage: m = ZZ.convert_map_from(QQ) sage: m Generic map: From: Rational Field To: Integer Ring sage: m(35/7) 5 sage: parent(m(35/7)) Integer Ring

element_class
()¶ The (default) class for the elements of this parent
FIXME’s and design issues:
 If self.Element is “trivial enough”, should we optimize it away with: self.element_class = dynamic_class(“%s.element_class”%self.__class__.__name__, (category.element_class,), self.Element)
 This should lookup for Element classes in all super classes

get_action
(S, op=None, self_on_left=True, self_el=None, S_el=None)¶ Returns an action of self on S or S on self.
To provide additional actions, override
_get_action_()
.Warning
This is not the method that you typically want to call. Instead, call
coercion_model.get_action(...)
which caches results (thisParent.get_action
method does not).

has_coerce_map_from
(S)¶ Return True if there is a natural map from S to self. Otherwise, return False.
EXAMPLES:
sage: RDF.has_coerce_map_from(QQ) True sage: RDF.has_coerce_map_from(QQ['x']) False sage: RDF['x'].has_coerce_map_from(QQ['x']) True sage: RDF['x,y'].has_coerce_map_from(QQ['x']) True

hom
(im_gens, codomain=None, check=None)¶ Return the unique homomorphism from self to codomain that sends
self.gens()
to the entries ofim_gens
. Raises a TypeError if there is no such homomorphism.INPUT:
im_gens
– the images in the codomain of the generators of this object under the homomorphismcodomain
– the codomain of the homomorphismcheck
– whether to verify that the images of generators extend to define a map (using only canonical coercions).
OUTPUT:
A homomorphism self –> codomain
Note
As a shortcut, one can also give an object X instead of
im_gens
, in which case return the (if it exists) natural map to X.EXAMPLES:
Polynomial Ring: We first illustrate construction of a few homomorphisms involving a polynomial ring:
sage: R.<x> = PolynomialRing(ZZ) sage: f = R.hom([5], QQ) sage: f(x^2  19) 6 sage: R.<x> = PolynomialRing(QQ) sage: f = R.hom([5], GF(7)) Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: relations do not all (canonically) map to 0 under map determined by images of generators sage: R.<x> = PolynomialRing(GF(7)) sage: f = R.hom([3], GF(49,'a')) sage: f Ring morphism: From: Univariate Polynomial Ring in x over Finite Field of size 7 To: Finite Field in a of size 7^2 Defn: x > 3 sage: f(x+6) 2 sage: f(x^2+1) 3
Natural morphism:
sage: f = ZZ.hom(GF(5)) sage: f(7) 2 sage: f Natural morphism: From: Integer Ring To: Finite Field of size 5
There might not be a natural morphism, in which case a
TypeError
is raised:sage: QQ.hom(ZZ) Traceback (most recent call last): ... TypeError: natural coercion morphism from Rational Field to Integer Ring not defined

is_exact
()¶ Test whether the ring is exact.
Note
This defaults to true, so even if it does return
True
you have no guarantee (unless the ring has properly overloaded this).OUTPUT:
Return True if elements of this ring are represented exactly, i.e., there is no precision loss when doing arithmetic.
EXAMPLES:
sage: QQ.is_exact() True sage: ZZ.is_exact() True sage: Qp(7).is_exact() False sage: Zp(7, type='cappedabs').is_exact() False

register_action
(action)¶ Update the coercion model to use
action
to act on self.action
should be of typesage.categories.action.Action
.EXAMPLES:
sage: import sage.categories.action sage: import operator sage: class SymmetricGroupAction(sage.categories.action.Action): ....: "Act on a multivariate polynomial ring by permuting the generators." ....: def __init__(self, G, M, is_left=True): ....: sage.categories.action.Action.__init__(self, G, M, is_left, operator.mul) ....: ....: def _act_(self, g, a): ....: D = {} ....: for k, v in a.dict().items(): ....: nk = [0]*len(k) ....: for i in range(len(k)): ....: nk[g(i+1)1] = k[i] ....: D[tuple(nk)] = v ....: return a.parent()(D) sage: R.<x, y, z> = QQ['x, y, z'] sage: G = SymmetricGroup(3) sage: act = SymmetricGroupAction(G, R) sage: t = x + 2*y + 3*z sage: act(G((1, 2)), t) 2*x + y + 3*z sage: act(G((2, 3)), t) x + 3*y + 2*z sage: act(G((1, 2, 3)), t) 3*x + y + 2*z
This should fail, since we haven’t registered the left action:
sage: G((1,2)) * t Traceback (most recent call last): ... TypeError: ...
Now let’s make it work:
sage: R._unset_coercions_used() sage: R.register_action(act) sage: G((1, 2)) * t 2*x + y + 3*z

register_coercion
(mor)¶ Update the coercion model to use \(mor : P \to \text{self}\) to coerce from a parent
P
intoself
.For safety, an error is raised if another coercion has already been registered or discovered between
P
andself
.EXAMPLES:
sage: K.<a> = ZZ['a'] sage: L.<b> = ZZ['b'] sage: L_into_K = L.hom([a]) # nontrivial automorphism sage: K.register_coercion(L_into_K) sage: K(0) + b a sage: a + b 0 sage: K(b) # check that convert calls coerce first; normally this is just a a sage: L(0) + a in K # this goes through the coercion mechanism of K True sage: L(a) in L # this still goes through the convert mechanism of L True sage: K.register_coercion(L_into_K) Traceback (most recent call last): ... AssertionError: coercion from Univariate Polynomial Ring in b over Integer Ring to Univariate Polynomial Ring in a over Integer Ring already registered or discovered

register_conversion
(mor)¶ Update the coercion model to use \(\text{mor} : P \to \text{self}\) to convert from
P
intoself
.EXAMPLES:
sage: K.<a> = ZZ['a'] sage: M.<c> = ZZ['c'] sage: M_into_K = M.hom([a]) # trivial automorphism sage: K._unset_coercions_used() sage: K.register_conversion(M_into_K) sage: K(c) a sage: K(0) + c Traceback (most recent call last): ... TypeError: ...

register_embedding
(embedding)¶ Add embedding to coercion model.
This method updates the coercion model to use \(\text{embedding} : \text{self} \to P\) to embed
self
into the parentP
.There can only be one embedding registered; it can only be registered once; and it must be registered before using this parent in the coercion model.
EXAMPLES:
sage: S3 = AlternatingGroup(3) sage: G = SL(3, QQ) sage: p = S3[2]; p.matrix() [0 1 0] [0 0 1] [1 0 0]
In general one can’t mix matrices and permutations:
sage: G(p) Traceback (most recent call last): ... TypeError: unable to convert (1,2,3) to a rational sage: phi = S3.hom(lambda p: G(p.matrix()), codomain = G) sage: phi(p) [0 1 0] [0 0 1] [1 0 0] sage: S3._unset_coercions_used() sage: S3.register_embedding(phi)
By trac ticket #14711, coerce maps should be copied when using outside of the coercion system:
sage: phi = copy(S3.coerce_embedding()); phi Generic morphism: From: Alternating group of order 3!/2 as a permutation group To: Special Linear Group of degree 3 over Rational Field sage: phi(p) [0 1 0] [0 0 1] [1 0 0]
This does not work since matrix groups are still oldstyle parents (see trac ticket #14014):
sage: G(p) # todo: not implemented
Though one can have a permutation act on the rows of a matrix:
sage: G(1) * p [0 1 0] [0 0 1] [1 0 0]
Some more advanced examples:
sage: x = QQ['x'].0 sage: t = abs(ZZ.random_element(10^6)) sage: K = NumberField(x^2 + 2*3*7*11, "a"+str(t)) sage: a = K.gen() sage: K_into_MS = K.hom([a.matrix()]) sage: K._unset_coercions_used() sage: K.register_embedding(K_into_MS) sage: L = NumberField(x^2 + 2*3*7*11*19*31, "b"+str(abs(ZZ.random_element(10^6)))) sage: b = L.gen() sage: L_into_MS = L.hom([b.matrix()]) sage: L._unset_coercions_used() sage: L.register_embedding(L_into_MS) sage: K.coerce_embedding()(a) [ 0 1] [462 0] sage: L.coerce_embedding()(b) [ 0 1] [272118 0] sage: a.matrix() * b.matrix() [272118 0] [ 0 462] sage: a.matrix() * b.matrix() [272118 0] [ 0 462]

class
sage.structure.parent.
Set_generic
¶ Bases:
sage.structure.parent.Parent
Abstract base class for sets.

object
()¶ Return the underlying object of
self
.EXAMPLES:
sage: Set(QQ).object() Rational Field


sage.structure.parent.
is_Parent
(x)¶ Return True if x is a parent object, i.e., derives from sage.structure.parent.Parent and False otherwise.
EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.structure.parent import is_Parent sage: is_Parent(2/3) False sage: is_Parent(ZZ) True sage: is_Parent(Primes()) True