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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Homework Help - AP Calculus - Inverse of Polynomial

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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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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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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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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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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Suppose R is an integral domain. Prove that $(a)=(b)$ if and only if $b = ua$ where $u$ is in $R^\times$

I am lost on this one. I'm still new to ring theory, as we're only a couple weeks into the course, but it's already well over my head. I know that $R$ is an integral domain, so the additive and ...
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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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Inverse Laplace Transform for $F(s) = (9s-24)/(s^2-6s+13)$

Find the inverse Laplace transform of $\displaystyle F(s) = \frac{9s-24}{s^2-6s+13}$. I have tried factoring out a $3$ from the top and putting it into the form of $\displaystyle\frac{b}{(s-a)^2+b^2}$ ...
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Example of a linear operator on some vector space with more than one right inverse.

In my preparations for an upcoming exam, I'm working through the past exams available from my department. One of the questions asks for an example of a linear operator on some vector space with more ...
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Moore-Penrose Inverse and Standard Inverse

I have read that the Moore-Penrose inverse $A^+$ of a matrix $A$ is the same as the standard inverse $A^{-1}$ in the case $A$ is a square, invertible matrix. Is there any relation between the ...
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Question related to diagonally dominant matrix

A matrix is said to be positive if each entry in the matrix is positive. If $A$ is real, irreducible, diagonally dominant (or strictly dominant matrix) and has positive diagonal and non-positive ...
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Finding The Equivalence Class

Okay, so the question I am working on is, "Suppose that A is a nonempty set, and $f$ is a function that has A as its domain. Let R be the relation on A consisting of all ordered pairs $(x, y)$ such ...
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How do I calculate the inverse of these matrices?

In learning how to rotate vertices about an arbitrary axis in 3D space, I came across the following matrices, which I need to calculate the inverse of to properly "undo" any rotation caused by them: ...
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Sherman-Morrison formula for rank 1 update

If $A$ is nonsingular and if for a particular $i$ and $j$ there is no way to make $A$ singular by changing $a_{ij}$ (rank-$1$-update), then using the Sherman-Morrison formula, what can we conclude ...
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Delta function that obeys inverse square law outside its (-1; 1) range and has no 1/0 infinity

Does anybody know if such function exists? As I understand it, the function $$\frac{1}{x^2}$$ itself could be used as a delta function if it had no 1/0 infinity. That is why I'm in a search of an ...
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Left inverse of function $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$

Let there be a function $f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ given by $$f(x)=\begin{cases}5x + 2&x\geq 1\\x-1&x<1 \end{cases}$$ Give an example of a Left inverse of $f$, and prove that it is ...
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Reverse rows in a matrix

To rotate a matrix 180 degrees around the center point, what I am planning to do is first transverse the matrix, then reverse the rows and then do it again to produce the final result. This works and ...
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Derivative of a complicated inverse function

$\Phi(\cdot,0,1)$ and $\phi(\cdot,0,1)$ are cdf and pdf of standard normal distribution. $$y=F_\text{mix}(x,\mu,\sigma)=\sum\limits_{i=1}^{K}\lambda_i\Phi\left(\frac{x-\mu_i}{\sigma_i},0,1\right).$$ ...
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Domain of convergence of $f^{-1}: \mathbb R ^N \mapsto \mathbb R^N$ taylor series

In another question, I ask about the topology of the singular manifold of the Jacobian. What i want to ask in here is about the radius of convergence of a Taylor series expansion of the inverse ...
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How to find the inverse of F(x), where F is a cumulative distribution function

I have a cumulative distribution function $F(x)= \mathbb P(X < x)$. Now, for some further purposes, I need to find its inverse. The case is also that I am dealing with a KS test, where I have the ...