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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What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant?

In my linear algebra class, we just talked about determinants. So far I’ve been understanding the material okay, but now I’m very confused. I get that when the determinant is zero, the matrix doesn’t ...
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Cute Determinant Question

I stumbled across the following problem and found it cute. Problem: We are given that $19$ divides $23028$, $31882$, $86469$, $6327$, and $61902$. Show that $19$ divides the following determinant: ...
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How to find the determinant of this matrix?

Today at my linear algebra exam, there was this question that I couldn't solve. There was a matrix $A$ $$A=\begin{bmatrix} n^{2} & (n+1)^{2} &(n+2)^{2} \\ (n+1)^{2} &(n+2)^{2} & ...
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Determinant of a non-square matrix

I wrote an answer to this question based on determinants, but subsequently deleted it because the OP is interested in non-square matrices, which effectively blocks the use of determinants and thereby ...
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How prove this matrix $\det (A)=\left(\frac{1}{\ln{(a_{i}+a_{j})}}\right)_{n\times n}\neq 0$

Question: let $a_{i}>1,i=1,2,3,\cdots,n$,and such $a_{i}\neq a_{j}$,for any $i\neq j$ define the matrix $$A=\left(\dfrac{1}{\ln{(a_{i}+a_{j})}}\right)_{n\times n}$$ show that: ...
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Development of the Idea of the Determinant

While I basically understand what a determinant is, I wonder how this idea was developed? What was the principal idea behind its origination? I would like to know this so that I can have a better ...
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Prove the determinant of this matrix

We have a square matrix, that all elements on main diagonal are zero, and other elements are following: $$a_{i,j}=\begin{cases} 1,&\text{if i+j belongs to Fibonacci numbers,}\\ 0,&\text{if ...
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How to show that $\det(AB) =\det(A)\det(B)$

Given two square matrices $A$ and $B$, how do you show that $\det(AB) = \det(A)\det(B)$, where $\det(\cdot)$ is the determinant of the matrix?
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If $\,A^k=0$ and $AB=BA$, then $\,\det(A+B)=\det B$

Assume that the matrices $A,\: B\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ satisfy $$ A^k=0,\,\, \text{for some $\,k\in \mathbb{Z^+}$}\quad\text{and}\quad AB=BA. $$ Prove that $$\det(A+B)=\det B.$$
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Prove that the set of $n$-by-$n$ real matrices with positive determinant is connected

Math people: In the fourth edition of Strang's "Linear Algebra and its Applications", page 230, he poses the following problem (I have changed his wording): show that if $A \in \mathbf{R}^{n \times ...
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Showing $\prod\limits_{i<j} \frac{x_i-x_j}{i-j}$ is an integer

Let $x_1,...,x_n$ be distinct integers. Prove that $$\prod_{i<j} \frac{x_i-x_j}{i-j}\in \mathbb Z$$ I know there is a solution using determinant of a matrix, but I can't remember it now. Any ...
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Is it always true that $\det(A^2+B^2)\geq0$?

Let $A$ and $B$ be real square matrices of the same size. Is it true that $$\det(A^2+B^2)\geq0\,?$$ If $AB=BA$ then the answer is positive: ...
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Determinant of transpose?

$$\det(A^T) = \det(A)$$ Using the geometric definition of the determinant as the area spanned by the columns could someone give a geometric interpretation of the property? Thanks!
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How find this determinant $\det(\cos^4{(i-j)})_{n\times n}$

Question: Define the matrix $A_{k}=(a^k_{ij})_{n\times n}\quad$where $a_{ij}=\cos{(i-j)},\quad n\ge 6$ Find the value $$\det(A_{4})=\:?$$ My try: since $$\det(A_{4})=\begin{vmatrix} ...
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A problem on Condition $\det(A+B)=\det(A)+\det(B)$

Let $A$ be a matrix $n\times n$ matrix that for any matrix $B$ we have $\det(A+B)=\det(A)+\det(B)$. If this imply that $A=0$? or $\det(A)=0$?
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Why is there no generalization of the determinant to infinite dimensional vector spaces?

This question is to add to my understanding why the concept of a determinant does not extend to an infinite dimensional vector space. I am already aware of a couple facts which hint why this is so: ...
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Assume that the square matrix A has an eigenvalue of 0. Is A invertible? Why or why not?

Just wanted some input to see if my proof is satisfactory or if it needs some cleaning up. Here is what I have. Proof:Suppose $A$ is square and invertible and for the sake of contradiction let $0$ ...
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Slick proof the determinant is an irreducible polynomial

A polynomial $p$ over a field $k$ is called irreducible if $p=fg$ for polynomials $f,g$ implies $f$ or $g$ are constant. One can consider the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix to be a polynomial in ...
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Determinant of a generalized Pascal matrix

Let $M$ denote the infinite matrix defined recursively by $$ M_{ij} = \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if } i=1 \text{ and } j=1; \\ aM_{i-1,j}+bM_{i,j-1}+cM_{i-1,j-1}, & ...
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Why do determinants have their particular form?

I know that for a matrix $A$, if $\det(A)=0$ then the matrix does not have an inverse, and hence the associated system of equations does not have a unique solution. However, why do the determinant ...
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A Triangle Determinant

How do we prove, without actually expanding, that $$\begin{vmatrix} \sin {2A}& \sin {C}& \sin {B}\\ \sin{C}& \sin{2B}& \sin {A}\\ \sin{B}& \sin{A}& \sin{2C} \end{vmatrix}=0$$ ...
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easier way of calculating the determinant for this matrix

I have to calculate the determinant of this matrix: $$ \begin{pmatrix} a&b&c&d\\b&c&d&a\\c&d&a&b\\d&a&b&c \end{pmatrix} $$ Is there an easier way of ...
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Help deriving that $\mathrm{sign} : S_n\to \{\pm 1\}$ is multiplicative

$\def\sign{\operatorname{sign}}$ For homework, I am trying to show that $\sign:S_n \to \{\pm 1\}$ is multiplicative, i.e. that for any permutations $\sigma_1,\sigma_2$ we have $$\sign(\sigma_1 ...
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Effect of elementary row operations on determinant?

1) Switching two rows or columns causes the determinant to switch sign 2) Adding a multiple of one row to another causes the determinant to remain the same 3) Multiplying a row as a constant results ...
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Is a linear combination of minors irreducible?

Let $X=(X_{ij})_{1\le i,j\le n}$ be a matrix of indeterminates over $\mathbb C$. For choices $I,J\subseteq\{1,\ldots,n\}$ with $|I|=|J|=k$ denote by $X_{I\times J}$ the matrix $(X_{ij})_{i\in I,j\in ...
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Expected Value of a Determinant

Suppose that I construct an $n \times n$ matrix $A$ such that each entry of $A$ is a random integer in the range $[1, \, n]$. I'd like to calculate the expected value of $\det(A)$. My conjecture is ...
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Find the determinant of $A$ satisfying $A^{-1}=I-2A.$

I am stuck with the following problem: Let $A$ be a $3\times 3$ matrix over real numbers satisfying $A^{-1}=I-2A.$ Then find the value of det$(A).$ I do not know how to proceed. Can someone point me ...
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Evaluate the determinant $\det\left[ \binom{2n}{n+i-j} \right]_{i,j=0}^{n-1}$

I am trying to show that: \begin{equation} \det\left[ \binom{2n}{n+i-j} \right]_{i,j=0}^{n-1}=\prod_{i=0}^{n-1} \frac{\binom{2n+i}{n}}{\binom{n+i}{n}} \end{equation} I have tried playing with the ...
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when does $\det(AB^T+BA^T)\le \det(AA^T+BB^T)$ hold?

When does the following matrix inequality hold? $$\det(AB+B^TA^T)\le \det(AA^T+BB^T)$$ $A$ and $B$ are any real matrices. My reply gives a counter example. The question is under what condition ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 $X=A+\dfrac{B}{2},Y=-\dfrac{B}{2}$ ...
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Geometric interpretation of the cofactor expansion theorem

I find the geometric interpretation of determinants to be really intuitive - they are the "area" created by the column vectors of the matrix. Could someone give me a geometric interpretation of the ...
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What is the origin of the determinant in linear algebra?

We often learn in a standard linear algebra course that a determinant is a number associated with a square matrix. We can define the determinant also by saying that it is the sum of all the possible ...
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Largest determinant of a real $3\times 3$-matrix

What is the largest determinant of a real $3\times 3$-matrix with entries from the interval $[-1,1]$ ? A result of John Williamson says that the largest value is equal to $4$, if the entries are just ...
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Compute $\det(A^n+B^n)$

Let $A, B $ be two real $3\times 3 $ matrices, $AB=BA$, and $ \det(A-B)=\det(A^2+B^2)=1,\det(A+B)=3, \det(B)=0 $, then, what is ? $$\det(A^n+B^n)$$ here $n$ is a positive integer. The problem ...
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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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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 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\\ ...
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determinant of a standard magic square

What is the lowest positive, what the highest possible value for the determinant of a standard-magic-square-matrix of order n ? Are there singular standard-magic-square-matrices of any order ...
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Prove this determinant identity combinatorially

This is for those of you who understand the Lindstrom-Gessel-Viennot lemma. I am looking for a proof of the following identity using paths and such: Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix, and for ...
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What does it mean to have a determinant equal to zero?

After looking in my book for a couple of hours, I'm still confused about what it means for a $(n\times n)$-matrix $A$ to have a determinant equal to zero, $\det(A)=0$. I hope someone can explain this ...
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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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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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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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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 + ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...