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We will now work with a specific collection of examples of algebraic
schemes that can be used for cryptosystems--hyperelliptic curves. In
this case we can explicitly give a system of representatives for the
elements of the *K*-group, a mechanism for ``reducing'' any element to
one of these representing elements and also a bound for the size of
the group. We will see in the next section how such information about
a group can be used to make computations with the group efficient.

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Kapil Hari Paranjape
2002-10-20