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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Prove that p divides to algebraic multiplicity of the eigenvalue

I need help in the following exercise of a qualifying exam: Let $A$ be a matrix of size $m$ by $m$ over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ such that $\operatorname{trace}\left(A^n\right)=0$ for all $n$. ...
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Problem involving trace and determinant of symmetric matrices

I've stumbled upon this exercise on a linear algebra book that asks me to determine all the ordered pairs $(a,b)$ of real numbers to which there exists an unique symmetric matrix $A\in R^{2\times 2}$ ...
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The Diagonal Elements Of A Special Symmetric Matrix

A $n \times n$ matrix $M$ is a symmetric matrix,where $n$ is odd($i.e.n=2k+1,k\in \mathbb{Z}^{+}\cup{\{0\}}$). Every row of $M$ is a permutation of $\{1,2,\cdots,n\}$. Show that the diagonal ...
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Determinant of exact sequence

Let $0 \to A \to B \to C \to 0$ be an exact sequence of vector spaces. I want to show that I have a canonical isomorphism $$\det(B)= \det(A) \otimes \det(C).$$ Here, "det" refers to the $n$-th ...
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A $2\times2$ Matrix inequality

$M,N$ are $2\times2$ real matrices, and $MN=NM$. Then, for any three real numbers $x,y,z$, we have $$4xz\det(xM^2+yMN+zN^2)\geq(4xz-y^2)\big(x\det(M)-z\det(N)\big)^2 $$ some thought: 1). ...
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Extending a Chebyshev-polynomial determinant identity

The following $n\times n$ determinant identity appears as eq. 19 on Mathworld's entry for the Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind: $$U_n(x)=\det{A_n(x)}\equiv \begin{vmatrix}2 x& 1 & 0 ...
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Determinant bundle of a tensor product

Let $X$ be a ringed space (for example, a scheme or a manifold). If $V$ is a locally free $\mathcal{O}_X$-module of rank $n$, then $\mathrm{det}(V) := \Lambda^n V$ is a locally free ...
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Determinant of matrices along a line between two given matrices

The question, with no simplifications or motivation: Let $A$ and $B$ be square matrices of the same size (with real or complex coefficients). What is the most reasonable formula one can find for ...
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If all entries of matrix $X$ are the same, then $\det (A+X)\det (A-X) \leq \det (A^2)$

I want to prove that $\det (A+X)\det (A-X) \leq \det (A^2)$ where $X $ is a matrix whose $n^2$ entries are all the same. I tried to write down the expressions involved but that didn't help me prove ...
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Can the determinant of an integer matrix with a given row be any multiple of the gcd of that row?

Let $n\geq2$ be an integer and let $a_1,\ldots,a_n\in\mathbb Z$ with $\gcd(a_1,\ldots,a_n)=1$. Does the equation ...
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What is the limit $\lim\limits_{(x,y)\to(1,1),\ (x,y)\in S}(1-x^py^q)(1-x^ry^s)\sum_{p/q\le m/n\le r/s}x^my^n$?

Let $S=[0,1)^2$ and $m,n$ are positive integers and $p/q,r/s$ are positive rationals with $p/q<r/s$. What is the limit $$\lim\limits_{(x,y)\to(1,1),\ (x,y)\in S}(1-x^py^q)(1-x^ry^s)\sum_{p/q\le ...
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Proof of the conjecture that the kernel is of dimension 2, extended

Pursuing my research, I am now looking for a proof of an extension of the problem proposed here and answered. It's an extension in the sense that I'm now considering two different $t_1$ and $t_2$. The ...
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How to prove $I + t X$ is invertiable for small enough $ | t | ?$

Let $X \in \text{GL}_n(\mathbb{R})$ be an arbitrary real $n\times n$ matrix. How can we prove rigorously: $$ \underset{b>0} {\exists} : \underset{|t|\le b} {\forall} : \det (I + t X) \neq 0 $$ If ...
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Shortest and most elementary proof that the product of an $n$-column and an $n$-row has determinant $0$

Let $\bf u$ be any column vector and $\bf v$ be any row vector, each with $n \geq 2$ arbitrary entries from a field. Then it is well known that ${\bf u} {\bf v}$ is an $n \times n$ matrix such ...
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Find the determinant of $A + I$

Given a real valued matrix $A$ such that $A$ satisfies $AA^T = I$ and $\det(A)<0$, calculate $\det(A + I)$ My start : Since $A$ satisfies $AA^T = I$, $A$ is a unitary matrix. The determinant ...
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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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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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If $A^T=-A$, then A is not invertible

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$ be odd and $A \in$Mat$(n,\mathbb{R})$ with $A^T=-A$. Show that $A$ is not invertible. I have no idea how to start this...
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Determinant of a matrix with $t$ in all off-diagonal entries.

It seems from playing around with small values of $n$ that $$ \det \left( \begin{array}{ccccc} -1 & t & t & \dots & t\\ t & -1 & t & \dots & t\\ t & t & -1 ...
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Why is it true that $\mathrm{adj}(A)A = \det(A) \cdot I$?

This is a statement in linear algebra that I can't seem to understand the proof behind. For a square matrix $A$, why is: $$\mathrm{adj}(A)A = \det(A) \cdot I$$ Any explanation would be greatly ...
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Determinant of symmetric matrix

Given the following matrix, is there a way to compute the determinant other than using laplace till there're $3\times3$ determinants? \begin{pmatrix} 2 & 1 &1 &1&1 \\ 1 & 2 ...
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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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Why this determinant is conformally invariant?

While I was reading a paper about random analytic function I found a statement that I was not able to prove and after try brute force and search for some references I decided to ask for a help here. ...
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If $A^n = I$, $n$ odd, $A$ a square integer matrix, does $A = I$?

Edit: Crap, even my hypothesis was wrong. If you put $A = \left[ \begin{array}{cc} 1&-1\\3&-2 \end{array} \right]$, then $A^3 = I$ but no eigenvalue is $1$. (What's true is that all ...
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How can I quickly find the determinant of this matrix

$$ \begin{vmatrix} 14 & 2 & 1 & 3\\ 31 & 4 & 5 & 6\\ 26 & 3 & 7 & 4\\ 10 & 1 & 3 & 2\\ \end{vmatrix} ...
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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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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) = ...
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Determinant always equal to zero?

I just finished writing a computer program that takes as input a number of matrices and computes the inverse of the product of matrices. To test this program, I wanted to input a 3x2 matrix followed ...
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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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Formal proof of $\det(I + tA) = \prod\limits_{i=1}^n (1 + t\lambda_i)$

I'm looking for a formal proof for: $$\det(I + tA) = \prod\limits_{i=1}^n (1 + t\lambda_i).$$ I'm very new to matrix theory therefore please forgive me if you find this elementary. Your help in this ...
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Why is the determinant invariant under row and column operations?

I know that we may add any row to any other in a determinant and its value remains the same. This is clear enough since elementary matrices corresponding to row and column operations have determinant ...
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Computing determinant of a matrix with non-zero values on three diagonals

let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix with entries $a_{ij}$ such that $a_{ij}=2$ if $i=j$. $a_{ij}=1$ if $|i-j|=2$ and $a_{ij}=0$ otherwise. compute the determinant of $A$. using the famous formula ...
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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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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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Prove that determinant of the matrix is non-zero

Given a square matrix $A$ of order $2n$ such that $a_{ii}=0$ and $a_{ij}\in\{-1,1\},\space i\neq j$, prove that $\det(A)\neq0$.
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Determinant of remainder of a primitive matrix modulo 2

I'm trying to prove the following relation for a matrix $A\in \mathbb{Z}^{m\times m} $, $m\geq 2$. It is assumed that the characteristic polynomial of $A$ is primitive modulo $2$: If $C$ is ...
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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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Cross products?

Say you have vectors $v$ and $w$. Let there cross product be denoted by $x$ so that: $$v \times w = x$$ According to Wikipedia: $$x_x = v_yw_z - v_zw_y$$ $$x_y = v_zw_x - v_xw_z$$ $$x_z = v_xw_y - ...
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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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Determinant of an unknown matrix.

Let $x, y$ be two real variables. If $A$ is any $n\times n$ matrix with all entries in the set $\{x,y\}$ then prove that \begin{equation} \det A = (x-y)^{n-1}(Px + (-1)^{n-1}Qy) \end{equation} where ...
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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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Matrix of Ones with Diagonal of Integers

My teacher posed a question to the class today asking us to find the determinant of the following matrix... \begin{bmatrix} 2 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 1 & 3 & 1 & 1 ...
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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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How to prove this inequality for determinant of Hermitian block matrix?

I am given an Hermitian positive definite matrix $$D=\left(\begin{matrix}A&\overline{C}^T\\C&B\end{matrix}\right)$$ $A$ and $B$ are square matrices. The task is to prove the following ...
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Verification for a block-determinant evaluation, and some further thoughts

First, I want some verification for the validity of my approach for this det evaluation question: If $A,B\in M_n(K)$, $K$ is a number field (in the sense that $\Bbb Q$ is the smallest possible ...
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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 ...