Question about determinants, computation or theory. If $E$ is a vector space of dimension $d$, then we can compute the determinant of a $d$-uple $(v_1,\ldots,v_d)$ with respect to a basis.

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Determinant of a symmetric matrix

Given an $n\times n$ matrix $C= [c_{ij}]$ which is symmetric (i.e. $c_{ij}=c_{ji}\ \forall i,j$) calculate the determinant of the following matrix (assume $c_{ij} \neq 0\ \forall i,j$): ...
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Check if $\det(I + S) = 1 + \operatorname{trace}(S)$ holds ?

I saw the following statement in my homework and we are asked to make use of the statement: If $S$ is a symmetric matrix then $$\det(I + S ) = 1 + \operatorname{trace}(S).$$ However, I am not ...
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determinant inequality $ \det(A^2+B^2+(A-B)^2)\ge 3\det(AB-BA) $

A and B are two $2\times2$ reals matrices. then $$ \det \Big(A^2+B^2+(A-B)^2\Big)\ge 3\det(AB-BA) $$ well, it is seems interesting, but it is really hard to get started Thank you very much!
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The “second derivative test” for $f(x,y)$

I'm currently taking multivariable calculus, and I'm familiar with the second partial derivative test. That is, the formula $D(a, b) = f_{xx}(a,b)f_{yy}(a, b) - (f_{xy}(a, b))^2$ to determine the ...
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Let the matrix $A=[a_{ij}]_{n×n}$ be defined by $a_{ij}=\gcd(i,j )$. How prove that $A$ is invertible, and compute $\det(A)$?

Let $A=[a_{ij}]_{n×n}$ be the matrix defined by letting $a_{ij}$ be the rational number such that $$a_{ij}=\gcd(i,j ).$$ How prove that $A$ is invertible, and compute $\det(A)$? thanks in advance
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Probability of a random $n \times n$ matrix over $\mathbb F_2$ being nonsingular

Given a random square matrix of size $n\times n$ in the field $\mathbb F_2$, what is the probability that its determinant is $1$? (This is also the probability that the matrix is non-singular, since ...
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Do determinants of binary matrices form a set of consecutive numbers?

While pondering a solution for the problem of generating random 0-1 matrices with small absolute determinants, I once again realise how little I know about 0-1 matrices. My initial idea was to pick a ...
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Determinant of $a_{i,j}=(x_i+y_j)^k$

How can I find the determinant of the matrix $A\in\mathcal{M}_n(\mathbb{R})$ with coefficients $a_{i,j}=(x_i+y_j)^k,k<n$ ? All the $x_u,y_u$ are real numbers. Derivating won't help, and I didn't ...
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Determinant of a special skew-symmetric matrix

Simple calculation show that: $$ \begin{align} \det(A_2)=\begin{vmatrix} 0& 1 \\ -1& 0 \end{vmatrix}&=1\\ \det(A_4)=\begin{vmatrix} 0& 1 &1 &1 \\ ...
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What is the fastest way to find the characteristic polynomial of a matrix?

Finding the characteristic polynomial of a matrix of order $n$ is a tedious and boring task for $n > 2$. I know that: the coefficient of $\lambda^n$ is $(-1)^n$, the coefficient of ...
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Determinant of an $n\times n$ complex matrix as an $2n\times 2n$ real determinant

If $A$ is an $n\times n$ complex matrix. Is it possible to write $\vert \det A\vert^2$ as a $2n\times 2n$ matrix with blocks containing the real and imaginary parts of $A$? I remember seeing such a ...
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Is there a name referring to this result?

For any real $m \times n$ matrix $A$, it seems that $$\det(I_n + A^{T}A) = \det(I_m + AA^{T}) $$ always holds, where $I_n$ is the identity matrix of size $n$. Though I have not tried to prove this ...
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Elementary proof that if $A$ is a matrix map from $\mathbb{Z}^m$ to $\mathbb Z^n$, then the map is surjective iff the gcd of maximal minors is $1$

I am trying to find an elementary proof that if $\phi$ is a linear map from $\mathbb{Z}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^m$ represented by an $m \times n$ matrix $A$, then the map is surjective iff the gcd ...
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Origin and use of an identity of formal power series: $\det(1 - \psi T) = \exp \left(-\sum_{s=1}^{\infty} \text{Tr}(\psi^{s})T^{s}/s\right)$

The following is a historical question, but first some background: Let $\psi$ be a linear operator from a vector space to itself. The following two expressions, viewed as formal power series, can be ...
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How to find this determinant of the binomial coefficient $\det{(A)}$

Let matrix $$A=\begin{bmatrix} \binom{m}{k}&\binom{m}{k+1}&\cdots&\binom{m}{k+n-1}\\ \binom{m+1}{k}&\binom{m+1}{k+1}&\cdots&\binom{m+1}{k+n-1}\\ ...
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Is the determinant differentiable?

I was wondering, given an $n\times n$ square matrix with $n^2$ many entries, the function $\det:\left(a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_{n^2}\right)\to \textbf{R}$ which gives the determinant where $a_{k}$'s are the ...
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Determinant of a specially structured matrix

I have the following $n\times n$ matrix: $$A=\begin{bmatrix}a&b&\cdots&b\\b&a&\cdots&b\\\vdots& &\ddots&\vdots\\b&\cdots&b&a\end{bmatrix}$$ where $0 ...
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The determinant function is the only one satisfying the conditions

How can I prove that the determinant function satisfying the following properties is unique: $\det(I)=1$ where $I$ is identity matrix, the function $\det(A)$ is linear in the rows of the matrix and ...
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Find the expansion for $\det(I+\epsilon A)$ where $\epsilon$ is small without using eigenvalue.

I'm taking a linear algebra course and the professor included the problem that prove $$ \rm{det}(I+\epsilon A) = 1 + \epsilon\,\rm{tr}\,A + o(\epsilon) $$ Since the professor hasn't covered the ...
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Use of determinants

I have been teaching myself maths (primarily calculus) throughout this and last year, and was stumped with the use of determinants. In the math textbooks I have, they simply show how to compute a ...
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How to show that $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb Z) = \langle A, B\rangle$?

Show, that if $\mathbf{A}= \left( \begin{array}{cc} 1&1\\ 0&1 \end{array} \right)$, $\mathbf{B}= \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0&1\\ -1&0 \end{array} \right)$ and $\mathrm{SL}(2, ...
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What does it mean if $\det(A)$ equals $1$?

What does it mean if $\det(A)$ equals $1$? Does it mean that the identity matrix can be obtained from $A$ by only adding multiples of rows onto others?
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Determinant of the linear map given by conjugation.

Let $S$ denote the space of skew-symmetric $n\times n$ real matrices, where every element $A\in S$ satisfies $A^T+A = 0$. Let $M$ denote an orthogonal $n\times n$ matrix, and $L_M$ denotes the ...
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Positivity of a determinant

I'm stuck to prove the following exercise : Given real numbers $x_1,\ldots,x_n$ and $y_1,\ldots,y_n$, show that $$ \det(e^{\large{x_iy_j}})_{i,j=1}^n>0 $$ provided that $x_1<\cdots<x_n$ and ...
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Probability of determinants being coprime

I have a question that is not of particular significance, but I would love to understand the underlying principles. Suppose we have two square 3x3 matrices, $M_1$ and $M_2$ with $$M_1 = ...
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Without choosing bases, how to show that the determinant is multiplicative in this sense?

I was recently considering this statement: Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional $k$-vector space, and let $\phi:V\to V$ be an endomorphism. Suppose that $W\subseteq V$ is a subspace that is stable ...
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How to show a Determinantal inequality

If $A, B$ and $C$ are $n\times n$ positive semidefinite matrices. How to show that $$\det(A + B) + \det(A + C)\le \det A + \det(A + B + C)?$$
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Directional derivative of the determinant

Please help me find the mistake in my derivation: Let $f:M_{n,n}(\mathbb{R}) \to \mathbb{R}$ be the determinant function, $f(A)=det(A)$. Let $p_A(x)$ denote the charecteristic polynomial of $A$. ...
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Showing determinants using trace in a 2x2 matrix

I am confused about this homework question. It says "Show that : $\det(A) = \frac 12 \begin{vmatrix}\operatorname{tr}(A)&1\\\operatorname{tr}(A^2)& \operatorname{tr}(A)\end{vmatrix}$ for ...
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Determine the value of a second determinant based on the first

I know the theory of determinants, but I have no idea how to apply it to this problem. Suppose $$\det\begin{bmatrix}a&b&c\\ d&e&f\\ g&h&i \end{bmatrix} = 6$$ What is the value ...
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How to prove $\det(e^A) = e^{\operatorname{tr}(A)}$?

Prove $$\det(e^A) = e^{\operatorname{tr}(A)}$$ for all matrices $A \in \mathbb{C}_{n×n}$.
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Determinant of a Special Symmetric Matrix

If $A$ is a symmatric matrix of odd order with integer entries and the diagonal entries $0$ then $A$ has determinant value even. I can prove the result if I can show that the eigenvalues of $A$ are ...
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A faster way of calculating this determinant?

I'm doing a problem involving Cramer's rule, and one of the determinants I have to work with is as follows: \begin{vmatrix} 1&1&1\\ a&b&c\\ a^3&b^3&c^3 \end{vmatrix} So I ...
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Is $\;\det(A^n) =\left(\det (A)\right)^n\;$?

How can the value of $\;\det\left(A^{11}\right)\;$ be calculated from $\;\det(A)$? Generally how can $\;\det\left(A^n\right)\;$ be obtained from $\;\det(A)$?
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Circulant determinants

Suppose that $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ are $n$ distinct real numbers; is the following statement true? There is a permutation of $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$, namely $b_1,b_2,\ldots,b_n$, such that the ...
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$\det(I+A) = 1 + tr(A) + \det(A)$ for $n=2$ and for $n>2$?

Let $I$ the identity matrix and $A$ another general square matrix. In the case $n=2$ one can easily verifies that \begin{equation} \det(I+A) = 1 + tr(A) + \det(A) \end{equation} or \begin{equation} ...
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$\det\left(I + A^TA^{-1}\right) = 2\left(1 + \operatorname{tr}\left(A^TA^{-1}\right)\right)$

Let $A$ be an invertible $3\times3$ matrix with complex values. Prove that: $$\det\left(I + A^TA^{-1}\right) = 2\left(1 + \operatorname{tr}\left(A^TA^{-1}\right)\right)$$ I've tried to solve this ...
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Using the Determinant to verify Linear Independence, Span and Basis

Can the determinant (assuming it's non-zero) be used to determine that the vectors given are linearly independent, span the subspace and are a basis of that subspace? (In other words assuming I have a ...
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Prove that $\det(A^2 + A + xI) = x$

Let $x$ be a positive real number and $A$ a $2\times2$ matrix with real values satisfying the following property $\det(A^2 + xI) = 0$. Prove that $\det(A^2 + A + xI) = x$ I have tried something with ...
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where did determinant come from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant? I just learned the basics of matrices. Then I came across the magical formula $$\det(AB)=\det(A)\det(B)$$ I ...
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Calculate the determinant of the $2n \times 2n$ matrix with entries equal to zero on the main diagonal, $1$ below and $-1$ above [duplicate]

Calculate the determinant of the $2n \times 2n$ matrix with entries equal to zero on the main diagonal, equal to $1$ below and equal to $-1$ above. I'll denote this matrix $A_{2n}$. So for example ...
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How to evaluate this determinant?

Can someone give me a hint how to solve $$\left|\begin{array}{ccccc} 1 & 1 & \ldots & & 1\\ 2x_{1} & 2x_{2} & & & 2x_{n}\\ \vdots\\ nx_{1}^{n-1} & ...
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Is this a well known determinant identity? Are there any generalizations?

Let $A$ be a $3\times3$ matrix and for any $i,j\subseteq\{1,2,3\}$, let $A^{i,j}$ denote the $2\times2$ matrix resulting from removing row $i$ and column $j$ from $A$. Then: ...
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Determinant of matrix $(x_j^{n-i}- x_j^{2n-i})_{i,j=1}^{n}$

Good evening all, I am determined to determine this determinant: $$D = \det{\left[x_j^{n-i} - x_j^{2n-i}\right]_{i,j=1}^{n}}$$ Looking at the smaller cases, leads me to believe that $$D = \prod_{1 ...
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Matrix Determinant Identity

I have come across an observation about the determinant of a matrix, but I don't know how to prove it in general. Let me demonstrate it through an example. $$ \begin{align} \left| \begin{matrix} 1 ...
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Determinant of a linear map given by conjugation

Suppose we have two fields $K\subset L$ and $A\in GL(n,L)$. See $L^{n\times n}$ as a $K$-vectorspace, then $$C_A\colon L^{n\times n}\rightarrow L^{n\times n},B\mapsto ABA^{-1}$$ is a $K$-linear map. ...
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Computing the trace and determinant of $A+B$, given eigenvalues of $A$ and an expression for $B$

Let $A$ be $4\times 4$ matrix with real entries such that $-1$, $1$, $2$, and $-2$ are its eigenvalues. If $B = A^4 - 5A^2+5I$, where $I$ denotes $4\times 4$ identity matrix, then what would be ...
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A special case: determinant of a $n\times n$ matrix

I would like to solve for the determinant of a $n\times n$ matrix $V$ defined as: $$ V_{i,j}= \begin{cases} v_{i}+v_{j} & \text{if} & i \neq j \\[2mm] (2-\beta_{i}) v_{i} & \text{if} ...
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How to find determinant of this matrix?

Is there a manual method to find $\det\left(XY^{-1}\right)$ ? Let $$X=\left[ {\begin{array}{cc} 1 & 2 & 2^2 & \cdots & 2^{2012} \\ 1 & 3 & 3^2 & \cdots & 3^{2012} \\ ...
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Historical meaning and usage of determinant

Can anyone please explain how, why, and where determinants were developed/formalized? What was their historical usage? Why were they initially formulated and what were they used for (and later ...