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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Is the determinant of a zero divisor zero?

Suppose that $A$ is a zero divisor in the ring of $(n\times n)$-matrices over the ring $R$. Is $\det(A) =0$ if $R$ is a field? Is $\det(A) =0$ if $R$ is an integral domain? It's not necessarily ...
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Explanation of a cross product result

In my book the result $$(u\times v)\cdot(x\times y)=\begin{vmatrix} u\cdot x & v\cdot x \\u \cdot y & v \cdot y\end{vmatrix},$$ where u, v, x and y are arbitrary vectors, is stated (here ...
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How to deduce that there are $(n^3+2n-3)/3$ multiplications for the determinant evaluation?

In Friedberg's Linear Algebra, the author points out that the evaluation of the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix by cofactor expansion along any row requires over $n!$ multiplications, whereas ...
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Any hint about solving this monster determinant?

I'm asked to solve the following determinant: $$|A|= \begin{vmatrix} 1 &2 &3 &\cdots &{n-1} &n\\ 2 &3 &4 &\cdots &n &1\\ \vdots &\vdots &\vdots & ...
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Determinant identity: $\det M \det N = \det M_{ii} \det M_{jj} - \det M_{ij}\det M_{ji}$

Let $M$ be a (real) $n \times n$ matrix. For $1 \leq i, j \leq n$ we denote by $M_{ij}$ the $(n-1) \times (n-1)$ matrix that we get when the $i$th row and $j$th column of $M$ are removed. Now, ...
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What is the maximum possible value of determinant of a matrix whose entries either 0 or 1?

My question is simply the title: What is the maximum possible value of determinant of a matrix whose entries either 0 or 1 ?
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Solving $n$-queens with determinants

I keep reading about a proposed method of finding solutions to the $n$-queens problem using determinants, but I can't find any specific details anywhere. Can somebody explain to me how to find ...
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Determinant of $A + \epsilon X$

In the Wikipedia article on the determinant, it is stated that $$\det \left ( A + \epsilon X \right ) - \det \left ( A \right ) = {\rm tr} \left ( {\rm adj} \left ( A \right ) X \right ) \epsilon + ...
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Cross product of vectors as a determinant: valid matrix operation?

"The definition of the cross product can also be represented by the determinant of a formal matrix." —Wikipedia This seems like a hack to me—something of much practical use but ...
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Do multiplicative maps of matrices factor through determinants?

Given a map $f:M_n(k)\to k$ (with $k$ some field) such that $f(AB)=f(A)f(B)$ for all matrices $A$ and $B$, is it necessarily the case that $f$ factors through the determinant, i.e. does there exist a ...
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Evalute big determinant

Today in exam I tried to evaluate this determinant but failed, only somehow "guessed" the answer I got here. Now in home I've managed to find something intuitive, just want to know whether the ...
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Sum of squares of maximal minors of a rectangular matrix with orthonormal rows

A matrix $A$ has $m$ rows and $n$ columns, such that $m \leq n$. We know that each row of $A$ has norm $1$ (the norm of an element $x=(x_1,x_2,...,x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n$ is ...
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Determining the derivation of a determinant

Let $\Phi\colon E\to M$ with $E\subset \mathbb{R}\times M$ and $M\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ open. Consider the function given by $x\mapsto \Phi(t,x)$ for fixed $t\in\mathbb{R}$. (1) Determine $$ ...
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Determinant of a Certain Block Structured Positive Definite Matrix

PLEASE FIND THE EDITED VERSION OF THIS QUESTION HERE: Asymptotic behavior of the minimum eigenvalue of a certain Gram matrix with linear independence I WILL ALSO PUT UP A BOUNTY FOR THE EDITED ...
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Order $n^2$ different reals, such that they form a $\mathbb{R^n}$ basis

I've been trying to solve this linear algebra problem: You are given $n^2 > 1$ pairwise different real numbers. Show that it's always possible to construct with them a basis for $\mathbb{R^n}$. ...
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Determinant of block tridiagonal matrices

Is there a formula to compute the determinant of block tridiagonal matrices, when the determinants of the involved matrices are known? In particular, I am interested in the case $A = \begin{pmatrix} ...
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Upper Triangular Block Matrix Determinant by induction

We want to prove that: $$\det\begin{pmatrix}A & C \\ 0 & B\\ \end{pmatrix}= \det(A)\operatorname{det}(B),$$ where $A \in M_{m\times m}(R)$, $C \in M_{m\times n}(R)$,$B \in M_{n\times n}(R)$ ...
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Calculation of determinant

Is there any easier way to make sure the determinant of the following matrix is n (the dimension of square matrix)? $ \begin{vmatrix} 1 & -1 & -1 & -1 & \cdots & -1 \\ 1 ...
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Determinant (and invertibility) of generalized Vandermonde matrix

I have stumbled upon the following generalization of Vandermonde matrix when solving some problem in linear algebra related to Jordan normal form. Let us consider some number $\lambda$ and we assign ...
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A particular (functional) determinant calculation

One wants to calculate the quantity, $\det'(\frac{\partial}{\partial t} - i [\alpha, ])$ where the prime on the "det" means that one wants to do a product over only non-zero eigenvalues of the ...
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Which is easier to work out: determinant or inverse?

Suppose $A\in M_n(R)$ be a $n\times n$ matrix over some ring $R$. Which of the following two tasks is easier? to work out $\det(A)$; to work out $A^{-1}$. More specifically, I want to know the ...
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Lower bound on absolute value of determinant of sum of matrices

I needed to find a lower bound on $|\det(A+B)|$ where $|.|$ is the absolute value operator. Because I was unable to get such a bound so I was trying to guess a bound and prove it. But ...
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Can we determine the determinant?

Could someone prove that this determinant is not zero? $$\left| \begin{array}{cccc} 1^n & 2^n & \cdots & (n+1)^n \\ 2^n & 3^n & \cdots & (n+2)^n \\ ...
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Minimum and maximum determinant of a sudoku-matrix

Let $A$ be a sudoku-matrix. Assume that its determinant is positive. What is the lowest, what the highest possible value for the determinant of $A$ ? $A$ must have the dominant eigenvalue $45$, but ...
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determinant of the Fubini-Study metric

Is there any easy way to compute the determinant of the Fubini-Study metric, given by: $g_{\alpha\bar{\beta}}=\frac{1}{1+\bar{z}z}\left(\delta_{\alpha\bar{\beta}}-\frac{\bar{z}_\alpha ...
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What does abstract algebra have to say about the determinant?

The determinant is a homomorphism from the multiplicative monoid of matrices to the multiplicative monoid of a field (right?). I find this to be the most intuitive way to interpret some of the ...
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Determinant vanishing over polynomial ring

Let $R=\mathbb C[t_1,\ldots,t_N]$ be a polynomial ring in some number of variables. Assume that $f_{ij}\in R$ are homogeneous linear polynomials for $1\le i,j\le n$. If $\det(f_{ij})=0$, I can ...
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Determinant of Transpose of Linear Map

I'm trying to find a way to prove that the determinant of the transpose of an endomorphism is the determinant of the original linear map (i.e. det(A) = det(Aᵀ) in matrix language) using Dieudonne's ...
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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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Is a square matrix whose diagonal and antidiagonal elements are all zero always singular?

Consider an $n\times n$ matrix whose primary and secondary diagonal elements are all zero. Does it necessarily follow that the determinant vanishes for these matrices? When $n=1,2,3,4$, the matrix is ...
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How to compute the determinant of a tridiagonal matrix with constant diagonals?

How to show that the determinant of the following $(n\times n)$ matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} 5 & 2 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 2 & 5 & 2 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & ...
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Is $\det(AB) =\det(BA)$

I am having trouble proving if $$ \det(AB) = \det(BA) $$ is right or wrong. $A,B$ are square matrices. Can you please point me to the right direction? Thank you
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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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Why must the determinant of a matrix with with integer entries be an integer?

Why must the determinant of a matrix with integer entries be an integer? Note: I know what a determinant of a matrix is, not sure how to explain this question. Is that because if the matrix is made ...
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Proof If $AB-I$ Invertible then $BA-I$ invertible.

I have these problems : Proof If $AB-I$ invertible then $BA-I$ invertible. Proof If $I-AB$ invertible then $I-BA$ invertible. I think I solve it correctly, But I'm not so sure, I'll be glad to ...
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Linear Algebra: different determinant answers

I'm having a problem verifying my answer to this question: Solve for x: $$\left| \begin{array}{cc} x+3 & 2 \\ 1 & x+2 \end{array} \right| = 0$$ I get: $(x+3)(x+2)-2=0$ $(x+3)(x+2)=2$ ...
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Determinant of a block matrix [duplicate]

How prove this equality for a block matrix: $$\det\left[\begin{array}[cc]\\A&C\\ 0&B\end{array}\right]=\det(A)\det(B)$$ I tried to use a proof by induction but I'm stuck on it. Is there a ...
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Determinant of a linear transformation defining matrix transpose

So if I define a linear transformation $ T: M_{n\times n}(R) \rightarrow M_{n\times n}(R) $ and $ T(A)=A^t $ what would be its determinant?
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Am I misinterpreting this matrix determinant property?

I was reading matrix determinant properties from wikipedia. The property reads $\det(cA) = c^n \det(A)$ for $n \times n$ matrix. However I am not able to realize it. What I find is $\det(cA) = ...
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For which values of $a,b,c$ is the matrix $A$ invertible?

$A=\begin{pmatrix}1&1&1\\a&b&c\\a^2&b^2&c^2\end{pmatrix}$ ...
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Decompose this matrix as a sum of unit and nilpotent matrix.

Show that the matrix $A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 2 & 1 \\ \end{bmatrix}$ can be decomposed as a sum of a unit and nilpotent matrix. Hence evaluate the matrix ...
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Question about determinants

I am working on some practice problems and I'm unsure where to begin this problem. It starts off by giving $\det(X)= 1$ for the following matrix $X$:$$ \begin{matrix} a & 1 & d \\ b & 1 ...
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Vector space of polynomials over $\mathbb{R}$ with degree $\leqslant n-1$

Let $P \in \mathbb{R}_{n-1}[X]$ be a polynomial of degree $n-1 \geqslant 0$. Let $\mathbb{R}_{n-1}[X]$ be the vector space of polynomials with degree $\leqslant n-1$ over $\mathbb{R}$. Show ...
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Special orthogonal matrices have orthogonal square roots

Let $A$ be an orthogonal matrix with $\det (A)=1$. Show that there exists an orthogonal matrix $B$ such that $B^2=A$. Thank you very much.
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Invertible matrices over a commutative ring and their determinants

Why is it true that a matrix $A \in \operatorname{Mat}_n(R)$, where $R$ is a commutative ring, is invertible iff its determinant is invertible? Since $\det(A)I_n = A\operatorname{adj}(A)$ then I ...
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Determinant of the inverse matrix [duplicate]

I'm seeking for a proof of the following: Let $A$ be an invertible matrix. Then the determinant of $A^{-1}$ equals: $$\left|A^{-1}\right|=|A|^{-1} $$ I don't know where to begin the proof. Any ...
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Proving the relation $\det(I + xy^T ) = 1 + x^Ty$

Let $x$ and $y$ denote two $n$ - length column vectors. Prove that $$\det(I + xy^T ) = 1 + x^Ty$$ Is Sylvester's determinant theorem an extension of the problem? Is the approach same?
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How to show that $\det(A+I)\ne 0$

How to show that for any skew symmetric real matrix $A$, we have $\det(A+I)\ne 0?$ Where to begin? I'm looking for some clue only.
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Linear Algebra - four “true or false” questions about matrices and linear systems

I'm reviewing for my linear algebra course, and have four "true or false" questions that I'm struggling to prove. I've included my approach to the solutions in brackets below them: 1) If $A^2 = B^2$, ...
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How to prove that $\det(M) = (-1)^k \det(A) \det(B)?$

Let $\mathbf{A}$ and $\mathbf{B}$ be $k \times k$ matrices and $\mathbf{M}$ is the block matrix $$\mathbf{M} = \begin{pmatrix}0 & \mathbf{B} \\ \mathbf{A} & 0\end{pmatrix}.$$ How to prove that ...