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I have a pretty specific question that I want to ask on Math.SE but I'm unsure if it's the place to do so.

The question I want to ask on Math.SE: How is it that Prime Polynomials are applied to Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSR)? I know that exponents in the polynomial indicate taps, but how do they actually indicate those taps? What's the connection?

My question here (on meta): Is asking questions about applied mathematics like this acceptable? There is an application of a subject, is this the place to seek an understanding as to how that link works?

Of course it'd be better formed if I actually ask this question, but I mean this as an example.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, such questions are welcome. Search the main site for questions about LFSRs. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Mar 12 '13 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ Anything with primes in it is OK by me. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Mar 12 '13 at 22:48
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Yes. We have the exactly for these sort of questions.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yay! I'm a regular on StackOverflow, but occasionally I find myself on here on Math. I just want to make sure that I'm asking the proper way in the proper place. $\endgroup$ – Corey Ogburn Mar 12 '13 at 20:42

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