# how to deal with lovelock gravity?

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For Lovelock gravity,

$$L=R_{a_{2}b_{2}}^{c_{2}d_{2}}\cdots R_{a_{m}b_{m}}^{c_{m}d_{m}}\delta_{c_{2}d_{2}\cdots c_{m}d_{m}}^{a_{2}b_{2}\cdots a_{m}b_{m}}$$

where

$$\delta_{{jc_{1}d_{1}...c_{m}d_{m}}}^{{ia_{1}b_{1}...a_{m}b_{m}}}=\det\left[\begin{array}{c|ccc}\delta_{j}^{i} & \delta_{{c_{1}}}^{i} & \cdots & \delta_{{d_{m}}}^{i}\\hline \\delta_{j}^{{a{1}}}\\vdots & & \delta_{{c_{1}d_{1}...c_{m}d_{m}}}^{{a_{1}b_{1}...a_{m}b_{m}}}\\delta_{j}^{{b\{m}}}\end{array}\right]$$

when $m=2$, we get Einstein gravity; when $m=3$, we get Gauss-Bonnet gravity. But how to deal with it more generally? More concretely, I don't know how to do it use for loop.

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Hi Eureka.

In the article here, we provide an algorithm to find the Lagrangian and field equations of the Lanczos--Lovelock models.

At the time we wrote the article going beyond $m=4$ would take a virtually infinite amount of time.

I invite you (or any person interested) to go through our algorithm, and we could discuss ways to improve its performance.

Cheers, Dox (aka Oscar)

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Thanks for your infromation, it's useful. I'm interested in your algorithm, and discussion is welcome.

Hi Eureka.