# Factorization statistics for restricted polynomial specializations over large finite fields

### Alexei Entin (TAU)

*Wednesday, November 6, 2019,
15:10 – 16:25*,
**-101**

**Please Note the Unusual Time!**

**Abstract:**

For a polynomial $F(t,A_1,...,A_n)$ in $\mathbb{F}_p[t,A_1,...,A_n]$ ($p$ being a prime number) we study the factorization statistics of its specializations $F(t,a_1,...,a_n)$ in $\mathbb{F}_p[t]$ with $(a_1,...,a_n) \in S$, where $S=I_1\times\dots\times I_n\subset\mathbb{F}_{p^n}$ is a box, in the limit $p\rightarrow\infty$ and $deg(F)$ fixed. We show that under certain fairly general assumptions on $F$, and assuming that the box dimensions grow to infinity with one of them growing faster than $p^{1/2}$, the degrees of the irreducible factors of $F(t,a_1, \dots,a_n)$ are distributed like the cycle lengths of a random permutation in $S_n$.

This improves and generalizes previous results of Shparlinski and more recent results of Kurlberg-Rosenzweig, which in turn generalize the classical Polya-Vinogradov estimate of the number of quadratic residues in an interval.