Inversion is the process of creating the opposite. Familiar examples include multiplicative inverse $2 \mapsto 1/2$, inverting functions $f(x) \mapsto f^{-1}(x)$, matrix inverse $M \mapsto M^{-1}$ etc. Please include an additional subject tag such as (linear-algebra) or (arithmetic) to help clarify ...

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How to derive compositions of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions?

To prove: $$\sin({\arccos{x}})=\sqrt{1-x^2}$$ $$\cos{\arcsin{x}}=\sqrt{1-x^2}$$ $$\sin{\arctan{x}}=\frac{x}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}$$ $$\cos{\arctan{x}}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}$$ ...
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Right Inverse for Surjective Function

Prove that if $f:X\to Y$ is a surjective function between sets, then there must exist a function $g:Y\rightarrow X$ such that $f\circ g=1_Y$. I know that the identity function is onto, and if $f$ ...
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Left inverse iff injective; right inverse iff surjective

For a function $f:A\to B$, the function $g:B\to A$ is called: a left inverse for $f$ if $g\circ f$ is the identity on $A$ (i.e., $g\circ f = {\rm id}_A$); and a right inverse for $f$ if ...
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Transpose of inverse vs inverse of transpose

I can't seem to find the answer to this using Google. Is the transpose of the inverse of a square matrix the same as the inverse of the transpose of that same matrix? Thanks!
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Adjoint functors as “conceptual inverses”

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on category theory claims that adjoint functors can be thought of as "conceptual inverses" of each other. For example, the forgetful functor "ought ...
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Is the trace of inverse matrix convex?

Hi I would like to know whether the trace of the inverse of a symmetric positive definite matrix $\mathrm{trace}(S^{-1})$ is convex. Actually I know that the trace of a symmetric positive definite ...
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Inverse function of $\operatorname{li}(x)$ over $x>\mu$?

How can I get the inverse function of $\operatorname{li}(x)$ over $x>\mu$? Where $$\operatorname{li}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\frac{ds}{\ln(s)}$$ is the so-called logarithmic integral, and ...
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The inverse of the matrix $\{1/(i+j-1)\}$

Let $n$ be a positive integer. Show that the matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1/2 & 1/3 & \cdots & 1/n \\ 1/2 & 1/3 & 1/4 & \cdots & 1/(n+1) \\ \vdots & \vdots & ...
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Why is $\frac{1}{\frac{1}{X}}=X$?

Can someone help me understand in basic terms why $$\frac{1}{\frac{1}{X}} = X$$ And my book says that "to simplify the reciprocal of a fraction, invert the fraction"...I don't get this because isn't ...
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Why do negative exponents work the way they do? [closed]

Why is a value with a negative exponent equal to the multiplicative inverse but with a positive exponent? $$a^{-b} = \frac{1}{a^b}$$
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Inverse function of $y=W(e^{ax+b})-W(e^{cx+d})+zx$

I have a simple question for which I am looking for a closed form expression (If there exits one). In other words, given: $$y=W(e^{ax+b})-W(e^{cx+d})+zx$$ where $W$ is the Lambert $W$ function and ...
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Inverse of symmetric matrix $M = A A^\top$

I have a matrix, generated by the product of a non-square matrix with its own transpose: $$M = A A^\top.$$ I need the inverse of $M$, assuming $\det(M) \neq 0$. Given the nature of the matrix $M$, ...
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Inverse of $f(x)=\sin(x)+x$

What is the inverse of $$f(x)=\sin(x)+x.$$ I thought about it for a while but I couldn't figure it out and I couldn't find the answer on the internet. What about $$f(x)=\sin(a \cdot x)+x$$ where ...
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Inverse of a block matrix

I have a special case where $X=\left(\begin{array}{cc} A & B\\ C & 0 \end{array}\right)$ and: $X$ is non-singular $A$ is singular $B$ is full column rank $C$ is full row rank How do you ...
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Linear algebra proof regarding matrices

I'd like a hint rather than a full solution. The problem I am considering is the following: $X$ is an $n\times m$ matrix $Y$ is $m\times n$ Show that $(I - XY)^{-1}\cdot X = X\cdot(I - ...
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Inverse modulo question?

I know that when gcd(a,b) = 1, a and b are relatively prime. This allows you to write the linear combination aS + bT = 1, where S and T are Bezouts's coefficients. As I understand, one of these ...
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Finding the inverse of the sum of two symmetric matrices A+B

Consider calculating the inverse of matrix sum $$A+B$$ where A is a symmetric dense matrix while B is a symmetric block diagonal matrix. I am interested in finding an efficient approach to update ...
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Find the range of arcsin$((1-x^2)^{0.5})$

Title says it all, how do you get the answer to this? So far I only reach $0<1-x^2<pi/2$ but I get an invalid answer from here. the correct answer is $0<x<pi/2$. Any help is appreciated, ...
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Simple to state yet tricky question

Define $$A=\left[\mathrm I+\sum_{k=1}^{m_1}v_k v_k^T+\sum_{k=1}^{m_2}u_k u_k^T\right]^{-1},$$ where each $u_k$ and $v_k$ is a $0$-$1$ column vector, and for each $1\leq i \leq n$, the $i$th component ...
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How to formally show that $f(z)$ is analytic at $z=0$?

Let $z$ be a complex number. Let $$f(z)=\dfrac{1}{\frac{1}{z}+\ln(\frac{1}{z})}.$$ How to formally show that $f(z)$ is analytic at $z=0$? I know that for small $z$ we have ...
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What's the difference between arccos(x) and sec(x)

My question might sound dumb, but I don't really see why the graphics of arccos(x) and sec(x) are different, because as far as I know arccos is the inverse cosine function (cos(x)^-1) and sec equals ...
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Functions whose derivative is the inverse of that function

Everyone knows that there are at least three functions whose derivative is the function itself, namely $e^x, \ 0$ and $-e^{x}$. ( are there more?) I was drawing some polynomials and their ...
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How to invert a very regular banded Toeplitz matrix?

What's the best way to invert a simple Toeplitz matrix of the following form? $$ A = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & a & 0 & \ldots & \ldots & 0 \\\ a & 1 & a & \ddots & ...
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Inverse of $(A + B)$ and $(A + BCD)$?

Consider $A$ as an arbitrary matrix and $B$ as a symmetric matrix. Since $B$ is symmetric, therefore, it can be written as a $\Gamma \Delta \Gamma'$, where $\Delta$ is a diagonal matrix with ...
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second derivative of the inverse function

I know that the derivative of the inverse function of $f(x)$ is $g'(y) = \frac{1}{f'(x)}$ But how to derive the formula for the second derivative of g(y) knowing that $\left[\frac{1}{f(x)}\right]' = ...
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Show that A is invertible and that it is Lower Triangular.

Does anybody have a solution to the given word problem below? Let A be a lower triangular n x n matrix with nonzero entries on the diagonal. Show that A is invertible and and that A-inverse is lower ...
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Is $A + A^{-1}$ always invertible?

Let $A$ be an invertible matrix. Then is $A + A^{-1}$ invertible for any $A$? I have a hunch that it's false, but can't really find a way to prove it. If you give a counterexample, could you please ...
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Given the inverse of a block matrix - Complete problem

Given $X$ a block matrix $$\pmatrix{A&B}$$ where $A$ is $m \times n$ and $B$ is $m \times (n−m)$. I know a priori the value of $X \times (X^{T} \times X)^{-1}$. Substituting $X$: ...
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What is the inverse function of $\ x^2+x$?

I think the title says it all; I'm looking for the inverse function of $\ x^2+x$, and I have no idea how to do it. I thought maybe you could use the quadratic equation or something. I would be ...
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Proving that a right (or left) inverse of a square matrix is unique using only basic matrix operations

Proving that a right (or left) inverse of a square matrix is unique using only basic matrix operations -- i.e. without any reference to higher-order matters like rank, vector spaces or whatever ( ...
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How adjacency matrix shows that the graph have no cycles?

Let $G$ a directed graph and $A$ the corresponding adjacency matrix. Let denote the identity matrix with $I$. I've read in a wikipedia article, that the following statement is true. Statement. $I-A$ ...
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Is $\sqrt{x^2}$ always $\pm x?$

I am wondering if this holds in every single case: $$\sqrt{x^2} = \pm x$$ Specifically in this case: $$\sqrt{\left(\frac{1}{4}\right)^2}$$ In this one we know that the number is positive before ...
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Inverse function of a polynomial and its derivative

I know it is a simple problem but I am having trouble. Here is what I have so far: Let $f(x) = x^5 + 2x^3 + x - 1$ a) Find $f(1)$ and $f'(1)$ I have a) done. $f(1)$ is $3$ and $f'(1)$ is ...
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Why is $x^{1/n}$ continuous?

Why is $x^{1/n}$ continuous for positive $x,n$ where $n$ is an integer? I can't see how it follows from the definition of limit. And I don't see any suitable inequalities so is this an application of ...
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how to prove this equality

There are two equalities, $\sinh({\cosh }^{-1}x)=\sqrt { {x }^2-1 }\quad (x>1)$ $\cosh({\sinh}^{-1}y)=\sqrt{1+{y}^2}$ prove this equality please.. how to prove it? i cannot try it.. also, ...
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RYB and RGB color space conversion

I am working on a project where I need to convert colors defined in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color space to RYB (Red Yellow Blue). I managed to solve converting a color from RYB to RGB space based on ...
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Is there a general way to solve transcendental equations?

To make things definite, let's narrow them and call transcendental equation of the form $$f(x) = 0$$ where $f$ is a real elementary function in the usual sense. For example $$\cos(\pi x) + x^2 = ...
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What's the limit of coefficient ratio for a reciprocating power series?

I have a question about the coefficient in the inverse of the power series. Assume $$ f=1-\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}(ck_i)x^i, $$ where $c$ and $k_i$ are positive and $0<ck_i<1$ for any $i>0$. ...
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Multiplicative inverse of $0$

If I'm not mistaken, in a ring with identity, the additive identity cannot have a multiplicative inverse. I'm trying to prove this. Here's my attempt so far: Suppose $0\cdot a=1$ $$0\cdot a=1$$ ...
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Finding the inverse of a map from $CP^1$ to $S^2$

Given the map: $$f:CP^1 \to S^2\ ,\ f[z:w] = \left(\frac{2\mbox{Re}(w\bar{z})}{|w|^2+|z|^2},\frac{2\mbox{Im}(w\bar{z})}{|w|^2+|z|^2}, \frac{|w|^2-|z|^2}{|w|^2+|z|^2}\right)$$ How would I go about ...
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A formula for n-derivative of the inverse of a function?

Let $y=f^{-1}(x)$. As we know: \begin{align} \frac{\mathrm{d} y}{\mathrm{d} x}=\frac{1}{{f}'(y)} \end{align} Thereof we have: \begin{align} \frac{\mathrm{d^2} y}{\mathrm{d} ...
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How to invert this exponential function to solve for x: $y = a \exp(bx) + c \exp(dx)$?

Cheers. So if I don't make sense, I have a value for $y$, I need to know what $x$ is. $$y = a \exp(bx) + c \exp(dx)$$ $a = 12.85$, $b = 0.001857$, $c = -54.24$, $d = -0.05316$
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Inverse of a Function exists iff Function is bijective

How to mathematically prove that inverse of a function, let's say, $f^{-1}$, exists, if and only if $f$ is bijective? I know how to prove it using diagrams but I'm looking for a rather mathematical ...
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Contradiction in inverse Laplace transform problem with Mellin's inverse formula?

Let say we have to solve a given differential equation $$ty''+y'+ty=0$$ $$y(0)=1,\ y'(0)=0$$ (which is Bessel equation with the solution $y=J_0 (t)$, of course) with the Laplace transform. Then we ...
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Inverse of Ulam's spiral

I have a program and I need a function that takes a coordinate as input and returns an integer corresponding to the position in Ulam's spiral. The simple (but slow) way to do this would be to ...
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Blockwise Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse?

There exists a convenient formula for computing the inverse of a block matrix consisting of 4 matrices $\mathbf{A, B, C, D}$ $ \begin{bmatrix}\mathbf{A} & \mathbf{B} \\ \mathbf{C} & ...
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mean and variance of reciprocal normal distribution

If $X$ is a normal distributed with mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$. What would be the mean and variance of $Y = \dfrac{1}{X}$
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left inverse is not equal to right inverse [duplicate]

Is it possible to have a function which has both left and right inverse but they are unequal ? A left inverse means the function should be one-to-one whereas a right inverse means the function should ...
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Error in understanding the theorem about the invertibility of an element(coset) of a quotient ring

There's a theorem in Abstract Algebra which states that: An element of a quotient ring $\mathbb{Z}/\langle n \rangle$ or $\mathbb{Z_n}$ that is a coset $\overline{a}$ is invertible iff $a$ and $n$ ...
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How do I solve this trig derivative in respect to $x$?

Okay so I have $$f(x)=8\tan^{-1}\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)-\ln \left(\sqrt{x^2+y^2}\right)$$ since $$\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}\tan^{-1}(x)=\frac{1}{1+x^2}$$would ...