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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Are most matrices invertible? [duplicate]

I asked myself this question, to which I think the answer is "yes". One reason would be that an invertible matrix has infinitely many options for its determinant (except $0$), whereas a non-invertible ...
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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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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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What's the inverse operation of exponents?

You know, like addition is the inverse operation of subtraction, vice versa, multiplication is the inverse of division, vice versa , square is the inverse of square root, vice versa. What's the ...
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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 $A + A^{-1}$ 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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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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From matrices to bipartite graphs

Assume $G(A,B)$ is a bipartite graph and assume $L(G)$ is the adjacency matrix of its line graph. define $$B=[3\text{I}+L(G)]^{-1}$$. Is it always the case that for each edge $e=(a,b)\in G$, we have: ...
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If $A^2$ is invertible, then $A$ is also invertible?

True or False: If $A^2$ is invertible, then $A$ is also invertible. ($A$ is a matrix here.) The answer is true. I was trying to come up with an example that makes this false. But I couldn't. ...
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Calculating the trace of the product of two matrices

I have to calculated $\mbox{trace}(A^{-1}B)$ where $A$ is a symmetric positive definite matrix and $B$ is a symmetric matrix, very sparse with only two elements non zero. I want to find a way that I ...
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On the convexity of element-wise norm 1 of the inverse

Let us define $\|A\|_1$ the element wise norm 1 of a matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$ as $$ \|A\|_1= \sum_{i,j} |A_{i,j}|. $$ Obviously, this function is convex over $\mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$. ...
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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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Prove that if $AB$ is invertible then $B$ is invertible.

I know this proof is short but a bit tricky. So I suppose that $AB$ is invertible then $(AB)^{-1}$ exists. We also know $(AB)^{-1}=B^{-1}A^{-1}$. If we let $C=(B^{-1}A^{-1}A)$ then by the invertible ...
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Does $(\mathbf A+\epsilon \mathbf I)^{-1}$ always exist? Why?

Does $(\mathbf A+\epsilon \mathbf I)^{-1}$ always exist, given that $\mathbf A$ is a square and positive (and possibly singular) matrix and $\epsilon$ is a small positive number? I want to use this to ...
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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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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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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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$\operatorname{arsinh}$ vs $\operatorname{arcsinh}$

I note that some people like to write the inverse hyperbolic functions not with the prefix "arc" (like regular inverse trigonometric functions), but rather "ar". This is because the prefix "arc" (for ...
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Is there an inverse to Stirling's approximation?

The factorial function cannot have an inverse, $0!$ and $1!$ having the same value. However, Stirling's approximation of the factorial $x! \sim x^xe^{-x}\sqrt{2\pi x}$ does not have this problem, and ...
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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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Can A be singular? [duplicate]

Let $A\in \mathbb{C}^{n\times n}$ satisfy $$A^{2}+A+I=0 $$ Can A be singular? So I have: $$ (A-I)(A^{2}+A+I)=0\\ A^{3} = I \\ (\det A^{3}) = \det(I) \\ (\det A)^{3} = 1\\ \det A\neq 0 $$ So $A$ is ...
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Calculating $\text{erf}^{-1}(z)$ for $z\in\mathbb{C}$

All the information I found about inverse error function $\text{erf}^{-1}(z)$ was about $z\in\mathbb{R}$. Also I found some Taylor expansions for it, but as the function is unbounded near $z=\pm1$, ...
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If $A$ and$ I+AB$ are invertible, show $I+BA$ is also invertible

Show that if $A$ and $I+AB$ are invertible, then $I+BA$ is also invertible with $$(I+BA)^{-1} = A^{-1}(I+AB)^{-1}A$$
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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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Diffeomorphism from Inverse function theorem

I often heard that it is possible to show by using the inverse function theorem that if a function is smooth(arbitrarily often differentiable, a bijection between open sets and has a non-singular ...
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Proof: if the graphs of $y=f(x)$ and $y=f^{-1}(x)$ intersect, they do so on the line $y=x$

This came out of a textbook problem, and as Lubin pointed out below, it's not actually true as originally stated. I'm guessing it should be restated as: If the graphs of $y=f(x)$ and $y=f^{-1}(x)$ ...
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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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Some questions about the pseudoinverse of a matrix

For every mxn-matrix A with real entries, there exist a unique nxm-matrix B, also with real entries, such that $$ABA = A$$ $$BAB = B$$ $$AB = (AB)^T$$ $$BA = (BA)^T$$ B is called the pseudoinverse ...
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Moore-Penrose Pseudo-inverse of a matrix on adding 1 new row/column

Given that I know the pseudo-inverse of a matrix(not necessarily a square matrix), how to calculate the pseudo-inverse of the matrix I get by adding a single row/column to the original matrix? i.e, ...
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My proof that if for a k degree polynomial $P(x)$, for the matrix $A$, $P(A)=0$ then $A$ is invertible

Let $P(x)$ be a $k$-degree polynomial with with non-zero free coefficient. Prove that if for matrix $A$, $P(A)$=0, then $A$ is invertible and $A^{-1}$ is $k-1$ degree $A$ polynomial. Here's my ...
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Which is easier to work out: determinant or inverse?

Suppose $A\in M_n(R)$ be a $n\times n$ matrix over some ring $R$. Which of the following two tasks is easier? to work out $\det(A)$; to work out $A^{-1}$. More specifically, I want to know the ...
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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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Can a matrix A with the property $A=A^{-1}$ only have the eigenvalues -1 and 1?

If a matrix A has the property $A=A^{-1}$, are the only possible eigenvalues 1 and -1 ? How can the matrices with integer values and the property $A=A^{-1}$ be characterized ? I found out that if ...
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Help finding inverse of $f(x)=\frac{e^x-e^{-x}}{2}$

I'm trying to find the inverse of $f(x)=\frac{e^x-e^{-x}}{2}$. My textbook says $f^{-1}(x)=\ln(x+\sqrt{x^2+1})$, but I haven't been able to get that answer. Switching $x$ and $y$, I tried solving for ...
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Integral involving inverse of $x^x$

My brother gave me the following problem: Let $f:[1;\infty)\to[1;\infty)$ be such that for $x≥1$ we have $f(x)=y$ where $y$ is the unique solution of $y^y=x$. Then calculate: $$ \int_0^e f(e^x)dx $$ ...
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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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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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Inverse and derivative of a function [duplicate]

Find an example of an inverse function f(x) such that its derivative is the same as its inverse. I tried many different functions but non of them worked.
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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 sparse matrix is not generally sparse

I have a question regarding inverse of square sparse matrices(or can be restricted to real symmetric positive definite matrices). I encountered several times the web pages which states that the ...
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Is there a name for this type of inverse?

I have a function $f : A \to B$ and an inverse $f^{-1} : B \to A$, and the only property of the inverse is that $(f \circ f^{-1} \circ f)(x) = f(x)$. In particular, it is not necessarily true that ...
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Showing a function is bijective and finding its inverse

The function f: ℝ2-> ℝ2 is defined by f(x,y)=(2x+3y,x+2y). Show that f is bijective and find its inverse. I've got so far: Bijective = 1-1 and onto. 1-1 if (2x1+3y1,x1+2y1)=(2x2+3y2,x2+2y2) Then ...
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Inverses where $f(g(x))=x\neq g(f(x))$

If $f: \mathbb{Z\to Z}$ and $G: \mathbb{Z\to Z}$, find $f$, and $g$ such that $f(g(x))=x\neq g(f(x))$. I can find lots of $f$ and $g$ that aren't equal when composed with each other, but I have no ...
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Statement about $(I-A)^{-1}$ matrices

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ and let denote $I$ the $n \times n$ identitiy matrix. Theorem. If $(I-A)$ is invertible and $(I-A)^{-1}$ is a nonnegative matrix and there is such a diagonal ...
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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 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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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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Inverse function of a polynomial

What is the inverse function of $f(x) = x^5 + 2x^3 + x - 1?$ I have no idea how to find the inverse of a polynomial, so I would greatly appreciate it if someone could show me the steps to solving this ...
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Using the Inverse Function Theorem prove that $(\sin^{-1}x)'$ = $\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$.

Using the Inverse Function Theorem prove that $(\sin^{-1}x)'$ = $\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$. Proof: Let $f(x) = \sin x$, for $x$ in $(-1,1)$. Then let $x_{0}$ be in (-1,1). Then $f'(x_{0})$ = ...