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converts the number x to one of the "simplest" algebraic numbers that approximates it well.
RootApproximant[x, n]
finds an algebraic number of degree at most n that approximates x.
  • RootApproximant[x] effectively tests the total number of bits in the description of x by successively higher-degree algebraic numbers, and returns the first case for which the number of bits is small.
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