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An interface to Normaliz

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# PyNormaliz - An interface to Normaliz

## What is PyNormaliz

PyNormaliz provides an interface to Normaliz ( via libNormaliz.
It offers the complete functionality of Normaliz, and can be used interactively from python. For a first example,
see [this introduction](examples/PyNormaliz_Tutorial.ipynb) by Richard Sieg.

## Requirements

* python 2.7 or higher or python 3.4 or higher
* Normaliz 3.2.1 Oor higher (

## Installation

You need to have Normaliz properly installed and libNormaliz in your gcc's include path.
On most systems, installing Normaliz via
\> make install
is enough. If you prefer or are not able to install it, you need to set CPATH and
LD_LIBRARY_PATH accordingly.

After that, you can install PyNormaliz via
\> pip install PyNormaliz

## Usage

The main command is Cone to create a cone, and the member functions
of the cone class to compute properties. For a full list of input and output
properties, see the Normaliz manual.

To create a cone, use
import PyNormaliz
C := PyNormaliz.Cone( cone = [[1,0],[0,1]] )

All possible Normaliz input properties can be given as keyword arguments.

To compute a property of the cone, use the provided getters, which corresponds to Normaliz compute


You can pass options to the compute functions
C.HilbertSeries( HSOP = True )

## Low level commands

There is also a low-level API, directly using C functions:

To create a cone, use
C := NmzCone( "cone", [[1,0],[0,1]] )
or, equivalently,
C := NmzCone( [ "cone", [[1,0],[0,1]] ] )
NmzCone can take an arbitrary number of arguments, either as separated arguments or in a list.
First is always a string, describing an input property for Normaliz, followed by a (possibly empty)

NmzCompute takes a cone as first argument, followed by arbitrary many strings, or a list of strings,
describing Normaliz output properties. NmzCompute lets Normaliz compute the necessary values, and
returns true if everything was computed properly, false otherwise.
NmzCompute( C, "HilbertBasis" )
NmzCompute( C, [ "HilbertBasis" ] )

NmzIsComputed takes a cone and a string representing an output property, and returns true if the
property is already computed for the cone, false otherwise.
NmzIsComputed( C, "HilbertBasis" )

NmzResult takes a cone and a string representing an output property, and returns the computed
value of this property as a matrix, a list, or as a bool.
NmzResult( C, "HilbertBasis" )

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