Dimension of set of commutable matrices

Let $A$ - $n \times n$ complex matrix.
V = {$B|AB=BA$}

I've proved that $V$ is Vector space.
How can I prove that $\dim V \ge n$ for any $A$?

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1 Answer

Some hints:

1. Start by considering the case that $A$ is a Jordan block and work out the result for this case (this can be done by an explicit calculation).

2. Generalize this to a matrix in Jordan normal form (find "basis matrices" for each Jordan block, note they are linear independent and show that you get at least $n$ of them).

3. Generalize again to all complex matrices, by making use of the fact that if $J$ is the Jordan normal form of $A$, $J = M^{-1} A M$ for some invertible matrix $M$, and conjugating the basis matrices from step 2 with $M$.

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