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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$\det\left(I + A^TA^{-1}\right) = 2\left(1 + \operatorname{tr}\left(A^TA^{-1}\right)\right)$

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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Show that the area of a triangle is given by this determinant

This is part of my homework. I'm not sure how to start for this question. Can you guys provide some input/hints? Thank you! Let $A=(x_1,y_2)$, $B=(x_2,y_2)$ and $C=(x_3,y_3)$ be three points in $...
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Prove that $\det(M-I)=0$ if $\det(M)=1$ and $MM^T=I$

$M$ is a $3 \times 3$ matrix such that $\det(M)=1$ and $MM^T=I$, where $I$ is the identity matrix. Prove that $\det(M-I)=0$ I tried to take $M$ $=$ $$ \begin{pmatrix} a &b & c \\ ...
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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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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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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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Non-negative determinant of a block matrix

Here's the problem I've been stuck on for some time now. Let $A,B \in M_n(\mathbb{R})$. Let $C= \begin{bmatrix} A & B \\ -B & A \\ \end{bmatrix} $ be a real ...
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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} & nx_{2}^{n-...
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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: $\det\left(\begin{array}{...
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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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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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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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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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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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Existence of an $n\times n$ real matrix $A$ such that $A^2=-I$.

Let $A$ be a $n\times n$ real matrix $A$ such that $A^2=-I$. Such an $A$ cannot be, Orthogonal. Invertible. Skew-symmetric. Symmetric. Diagonalizable. I tried to figure out the answer by looking ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can this circulant determinant be zero?

The question is: If $a,b,c$ are negative distinct real numbers,then the determinant $$ \begin{vmatrix} a & b & c \\ b & c & a\\ c & a & b \end{vmatrix} $$ is $$(a) \le 0 ...
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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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Prove that determinant of matrix equal $\pm1$ or $0$

We are given square binary matrix $A_n$. Data contained by A comply the following rule: if row has any 1's then they would appear there only successively (row $(1\space 1\space0\space1 )$ is ...
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Proving determinant product rule combinatorially

One of definitions of the determinant is: $\det ({\mathbf C}) =\sum_{\lambda \in S_n} ({\operatorname {sgn} ({\lambda}) \prod_{k=1}^n C_{k \lambda ({k})}})$ I want to prove from this that $\...
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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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Singular covariance matrix

I am looking into the process $\{X_t, t\in\mathbb{Z}\}$, $X_t=A\cos(\lambda t)+B\sin(\lambda t)$, here $\lambda\in(0,\pi)$ is fixed, $A$ and $B$ are uncorrelated random variables with $EA=EB=0$, $EA^2=...
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Determinant of the transpose via exterior products

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over $F$ and let $\tau:V \to V$ be a linear operator. Here's my definition of the determinant: If $t:U \to U$ is a linear operator and $\dim(U)=n$ then ...
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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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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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If GCD $(a_1,\ldots, a_n)=1$ then there's a matrix in $SL_n(\mathbb{Z})$ with first row $(a_1,\ldots, a_n)$

Since the gcd of the integers $a_1,\ldots, a_n$ is $1$, there exists weights $x_i \in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $a_1x_1+\cdots+ a_nx_n=1$. My two ideas are (a) to brute force construct an $n\times n$ ...
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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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How much can we tell about $\det(X)$ if we know $\det(I + X)$?

What can we tell about $\det(X)$ if we know $\det(I + X)$? Will it give some kind of bound for $\det(X)$? In general, if we know the determinant of matrix $A + X$, where $A$ is a constant matrix, how ...
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Cayley-Hamilton Theorem - Trace of Exterior Power Form

Let $V$ be an $n$-dimensional vector space over a field $F$ (the characteristic of which, for the purpose of this post, may be taken as $0$). Let $T$ be a linear operator on $V$ and $\lambda\in F$. ...
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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 $\mathcal{O}_X$-...
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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 $$\begin{vmatrix}a_1&\cdots&a_n\\x_{11}&\cdots&x_{1n}\\x_{21}&\...
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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 m/n\...
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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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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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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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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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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 &...