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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How to prove a Wronskian identity?

The following Wronskian identity can be proved by expanding both sides and checking that two sides are the same. But how to prove it more elegantly? Let $u_1(x), u_2(x), u_3(x), u_4(x)$ be four ...
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Determinant of a block lower triangular matrix

I'm trying to prove the following: Let $A$ be a $k\times k$ matrix, let $D$ have size $n\times n$, and $C$ have size $n\times k$. Then, $$\det\left(\begin{array}{cc} A&0\\ C&D \end{array}\...
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Determinant of a specific circulant matrix, $A_n$

Let $$A_2 = \left[ \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{array}\right]$$ $$A_3 = \left[ \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & 1 & 1\\ 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 1 & 0 \end{array}\right]$$ $$...
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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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Show determinant of matrix is non-zero

I have $a,b,c\in\mathbb{Q}$ not all zero. ($a^2+b^2+c^2\ne 0$), I want to show that the following determinant is then non-zero. I failed to arrive at an appropriate form of the polynomial. Help please....
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Prove/disprove: if $\det(A+X) = \det(B + X)$ for all $X$, then $A=B$

I have to prove/disprove this: If $\det(A+X) = \det(B + X)~ \forall X \in M_{n \times n} (\mathbb F) \rightarrow A = B$ I believe it is true but I can not think of a direct way to prove it. Any ...
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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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Solving a system of non-linear equations

Let $$(\star)\begin{cases} \begin{vmatrix} x&y\\ z&x\\ \end{vmatrix}=1, \\ \begin{vmatrix} y&z\\ x&y\\ \end{vmatrix}=2, \\ \begin{vmatrix} z&x\\ y&z\\ \end{...
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determinant inequality $\det(A^2+AB+B^2)\geq\det(AB-BA)$

$A,B$ are two $2\times 2$ real matrices, then $$\det(A^2+AB+B^2)\geq\det(AB-BA)$$ The inequality is equivalent to the following problem: Let $X=A+\dfrac{B}{2},Y=-\dfrac{B}{2}$ $$\det[(X-Y)(X+...
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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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How do I prove that $\det A= \det A^t$?

I found this exercise in Artin. It asks me to prove that $\det A= \det A^t$ where $A^t$ is the transpose of the matrix $A$. Can anyone please comment whether my proof is correct or not? Attempted ...
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Integral of determinant

Good evening. I need help with this task $$ \int\limits_{-\pi}^\pi\int\limits_{-\pi}^\pi\int\limits_{-\pi}^\pi{\det}^2\begin{Vmatrix}\sin \alpha x&\sin \alpha y&\sin \alpha z\\\sin \beta x&...
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The Hessian of the Determinant

It is well known how to take the derivative of the determinant: let $A(s)$ be a family of square matrices smoothly parametrised by the variable $s$ (in other words, $A:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^{N^2}$ ...
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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 $c_{ij} \neq 0\ \forall i,j$): $$\left(\...
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How to prove this determinant is $\pi$?

prove or disprove $$\pi=\begin{vmatrix} 3&1&0&0&0&\cdots\\ -1&6&1&0&0&\cdots\\ 0&-1&\dfrac{6}{3^2}&1&0&\cdots\\ 0&0&-1&\dfrac{...
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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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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 Abstract Matrix

Given an $n \times n$ matrix $A$, where $x$ is any real number: $A = \left[ \begin{array}{ c c c c c c c c } 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & \cdots & 1 \\ 1 & x &...
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Find this Determinant

I have to find this determinant, call it $D$ \begin{vmatrix} \frac12 & \frac1{3}& \frac1{4} & \dots & \frac1{n+1} \\ \frac1{3} & \frac14 & \frac15 & \dots & \...
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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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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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Geometric meaning of the determinant of a matrix

What is the geometric meaning of the determinant of a matrix? I know that "The determinant of a matrix represents the area of ​​a rectangle." Perhaps this phrase is imprecise, but I would like to know ...
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Prove or disprove : $\det(A^k + B^k) \geq 0$

This question came from here. As the OP hasn't edited his question and I really want the answer, I'm adding my thoughts. Let $A, B$ be two real $n\times n$ matrices that commute and $\det(A + B)\...
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Coefficients of characteristic polynomial of a matrix

For a given matrix $A$, and $J\subseteq\{1,...,n\}$ let us denote by $A[J]$ its principal minor formed from the columns and rows with indices from $J$. If the characteristic polynomial of A is $x^n+...
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Defining the Determinant

The concept of determinant is quite unmotivational topic to introduce. Textbooks use such an "strung out" introductions like axiomatic definition, Laplace expansion, Leibniz'a permutation formula or ...
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Show that there is always a way to achieve det(A) > 0

a) Assume that $(a_1, ..., a_9)$ are different positive numbers. Let us make a $3 \times 3$ matrix $A_s$ by placing them arbitrarily into $9$ positions available. Show that there is always a way to ...
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Determinant of a finite-dimensional matrix in terms of trace

I have noticed that for the case of 1x1, 2x2 and 3x3 matrices $A$, $B$, I can write the determinant of their commutator $C=[A,B]$ in terms of traces: 1x1 matrices $A$, $B$: $$\det(C)=\text{tr}(C)$$ ...
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Determinant of a special $4\times 4$ matrix

Let $f(x)=\sum_{k=1}^{4}a_{k}x^{k},\varepsilon =\cos\frac{\pi}{2}+i\sin\frac{\pi}{2}.$ $\qquad\qquad 4\times 4$ matrix $$T=\begin{bmatrix} 1& a_{2}& a_{3}& a_{4}\\ 1& a_{1}&...
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Is there an easy way to find the sign of the determinant of an orthogonal matrix?

I just learned that if a matrix is orthogonal, its determinant can only be valued 1 or -1. Now, if I were presented with a large matrix where it would take a lot of effort to calculate its determinant,...
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Limit of a sequence of determinants.

Let $\beta>0$ be given. For each $n\geq 2$, let $\Delta_n=\det M_n$ denote the determinant of the following matrix: \begin{align} M_n = \begin{pmatrix} 2+\epsilon^2 & -1 & 0 & 0 &...
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How to calculate the following determinants (all ones, minus $I$)

How do I calculate the determinant of the following $n\times n$ matrices $ \left[ \begin {matrix} 0 & 1 & \ldots & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & \ldots & 1 \\ \vdots & \vdots & \...
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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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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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Vandermonde determinant by induction

The determinant at the top-left of the page can be done by induction, it says show that. I have done this before, if I submit this will I get marks? MORE IMPORTANTLY how do I do it by induction? 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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The determinant of block triangular matrix as product of determinants of diagonal blocks

I am given the following partitioned - upper-triangular matrix: $$ \begin{bmatrix} A_1 &* &* &* &* &* \\ 0& A_2 &* &* &* &* \\ .& 0& ...
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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 of ...
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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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Is there a deeper meaning behind the “determinant” formula for the cross product?

We all know that for all vectors $\mathbf{a}, \mathbf{b} \in \mathbb{R^3}$, if $(a_x,a_y,a_z)^\top$ is the component form of $\mathbf{a}$ and similarly $(b_x, b_y, b_z)^\top$ is the component form of $...
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Can you prove My conjecture about Invertiblity of the Derivative Matrix ?! (to use Inverse function Theorem)

In the Analysis2 midterm exam, we had the following problem: Let the equation $a_nx^n+\cdots+a_1x+a_0=0$ has $n$ simple real roots (distinct) $\{\alpha_1,\cdots,\alpha_n\}$. Prove that the above ...
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How to generalize the determinant as function

Hi I was asked to show that for any vector space $V$ over a field $\mathbb{F}$ of arbitrary dimension $n$ that if we fix some basis $\beta=\{w_1,\ldots,w_n\}$ that there is a unique function $D_\beta ...
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Name for determinant identity

Let $A$ be an $N\times N$ square matrix. There exists a determinant identity $$\operatorname{det}\left(I+A\right)=1+\sum_m A_{mm}+\frac1{2!}\sum_{m,n}\left| \begin{array}{cc} A_{mm} & A_{mn} \\ A_{...
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Show that a matrix has positive determinant

For a natural number $i>0$, let $p_i$ be the $i$th prime number, that is, $p_1=2, p_2=3, p_3=5,...$. Show that for all $n$, the following matrix has positive determinant $$ \begin{pmatrix} 1^{p_1}...
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Why are 1 and -1 eigenvalues of this matrix?

This is a subject I've been working on for a very long time now, but still did not manage to fully understand the interesting properties of this matrix. I have already asked a (viewed but unanswered) ...
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Maximum determinant of latin squares

I strongly conjecture that the maximum absolute determinant of a latin square can be attained by a circulant matrix. For example, $\pmatrix {5&4&2&3&1 \\ 1&5&4&2&3 \\ ...
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I get a wrong determinant - why?

I'm trying to calculate the following determinant: $$\begin{vmatrix} a_0 & a_1 & a_2 & \dots & a_n \\ a_0 & x & a_2 & \dots & a_n \\ a_0 & a_1 & x & \dots &...
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Does $\det(A + B) = \det(A) + \det(B)$ hold?

Well considering two $n \times n$ matrices does the following hold true: $$\det(A+B) = \det(A) + \det(B)$$ Can there be said anything about $\det(A+B)$? If $A/B$ are symmetric (or maybe even of the ...
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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 \\ -1&...
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Compute $\det{T}$ where $T(X)=AX+XA$

Consider the linear transformation $T:V\to V$ given by $T(X) = AX + XA$, where $$A = \begin{pmatrix}1&1&0\\0&2&0\\0&0&-1 \end{pmatrix}.$$ Compute the determinant $\det T$. ...
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Calculate a determinant.

Let $a_{1}, \cdots, a_{n}$ and $b$ be real numbers. I like to know the determinant of the matrix $$\det\begin{pmatrix} a_{1}+b & b & \cdots & b \\ b & a_{2}+b & \cdots & b \...