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How prove this matrix inequality $\det\left(6(A^3+B^3+C^3)+I_{n}\right)\ge 5^n\det(A^2+B^2+C^2)$?

Question: let matrices $A,B,C\in M_{n}(C)$ be Hermitian and Positive definite matrices, such that:$$A+B+C=I_{n}$$ Show that: $$\det\left(6(A^3+B^3+C^3)+I_{n}\right)\ge 5^n\det(A^2+B^2+C^2)$$ ...
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Limit of sequence of growing matrices

Let $$ H=\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 0 & 1/2\\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/2 & 0 \end{array}\right), $$ ...
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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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Are there open problems in Linear Algebra?

I'm reading some stuff about algebraic K-theory, which can be regarded as a "generalization" of linear algebra, because we want to use the same tools like in linear algebra in module theory. There ...
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Determining the kernel of a Vandermonde-like matrix

The kernel of a Vandermonde matrix can be determined using this formula. The following type of matrix has a similar structure, and should also have a one-dimensional kernel. $V= \begin{bmatrix} 1 ...
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Inverse of Toeplitz Matrix Property

Sorry if this question has been asked already but I didn't find it. Given a symmetric Toeplitz matrix of the form $$\left[\begin{array}{llll} a_0 & a_1 & \dots & a_n\\ a_1 & a_0 ...
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Convexity of Matrix Exponential

Consider the function $A: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ defined as $$ A( x ) := \left[ \begin{matrix} x_1 & a_{1,2} & \cdots & a_{1,n} \\ a_{2,1} & x_2 & ...
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Trace and determinant over a commutative ring

Copy pasted from Darij Grinberg's post on AoPS from a while back: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=276930 Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unity. For any matrix ...
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Minimal and characteristic polynomials on tensor product spaces

Given two finite-dimensional vector spaces $V$ and $W$ over a common field $k$ as well as linear transformations $\varphi \colon V \to V$ and $\psi \colon W \to W$, what (if anything) can one say in ...
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Inverse of a Toeplitz Matrix

A Toeplitz matrix or diagonal-constant matrix is a matrix in which each descending diagonal from left to right is constant. For instance, the following matrix is an $n\times n$ Toeplitz matrix: $$ A ...
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Linear functional equation

During my mathematical musings I encountered the following functional equation : denote by $L$ the set of all functions ${\mathbb Z}^2 \to {\mathbb C}$ satisfying $$ \begin{array}{cl} ...
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On the maximum number of polynomials in a certain subspace

I've already asked this question on mathoverflow, but no one answered. So I put this problem also here. Sorry for that. Let $\mathbb F_q$ be a finite field and let $e, k$ be positive integers with ...
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Is there an infinite-dimensional Jordan decomposition?

I just noticed this embarrassing gap in my understanding of linear algebra. This question seems to be asking something similar, although the questioner doesn't quite say it explicitly. And this ...
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Algorithm for obtaining the surface of a mirror

My colleague and I have been trying to implement an algorithm described in the paper "Recovering local shape of a mirror surface from reflection of a regular grid", primary author of which being ...
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Conceptual proof relating linear fractional transformations to matrices

Define a map from $2 \times 2$ invertible matrices to linear fractional transformations $$ f:\left( \begin{array}{ccc} a & b \\ c & d \\\end{array} \right) \mapsto \frac{az + b}{cz + d}.$$ ...
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How is $\mathrm{PGL}(V)$ a subgroup of $\mathrm{P\Gamma L}(V)$?

I've stumbled upon a strange exercise while reading "Notes on Infinite Permutation Groups" by Bhattacharjee, Möller, Macpherson and Neumann. If you have the book, the exercise is 7(ix) on page 66. ...
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Eigenvalues of doubly stochastic matrices

There was a long standing conjecture stating that the geometric location of eigenvalues of doubly stochastic matrices of order $n$ is exactly the union of regular $k$-gons anchored at $1$ in the unit ...
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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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What does the space of non-diagonalizable matrices look like?

Let $k$ be a field (I would be happy working entirely over $\mathbb C$). Consider the action of $G=GL_n(k)$ by conjugation on the set of $n\times n$ matrices over $k$. The collection $X$ of matrices ...
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Invariant tensors in adjoint representation

Suppose we have a simple Lie group $G$ with algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\{X_a\}$, where the generators $X_a$ are in some matrix representation. Is it true that the only invariant rank $n$ tensor in the ...
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Is this matrix decomposition possible?

Given a $2\times2$ matrix $S$ with entries in $\mathbb{Z}$ or $\mathbb{Q}$ , when is it possible to write $S=\frac{1}{3}(ABC+CAB+BCA)$ such that $A+B+C=0$, where $A, B, C$ are matrices over the same ...
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Is $(V_1\otimes\cdots\otimes V_k)^\ast \simeq V_1^\ast\otimes \cdots \otimes V_k^\ast$ true for infinite dimensional spaces?

Suppose $V_1,\dots,V_k$ are vector spaces of finite dimension. Then I could prove easily that $(V_1\otimes\cdots\otimes V_k)^\ast\simeq V_1^\ast\otimes\cdots\otimes V_k^\ast$. My proof was like that: ...
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Infer distance from a point to a line, from the distance from a point to a plane [Stewart P793 12.4.44]

I'm able to prove $44$, but how would one deduce $43$ from it without further industry, forthwith? $43$ seems like a reduced, 2D version of $44$? I'm not enquiring about individual proofs. $44.$ ...
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Intuiting Product of Elimination Matrices (and NOT by Matrix Multiplication)

I want to intuit, and NOT compute with matrix multiplication, $M:=\color{green}{E_{P_3 \rightarrow P_4}}\color{#CA790F}{E_{P_2 \rightarrow P_3}}E_{P_1 \rightarrow P_2},$ where: $E_{P_1 \rightarrow ...
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Monotone matrix norms

[Ciarlet 2.2-10] Let $\mathscr{S}_n$ be the set of symmetric matrices and $\mathscr{S}_n^+$ the subset of non-negative definite symmetric matrices. A matrix norm $\|\cdot\|$ to be monotone if ...
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Condition of an eigenvector problem

Please, somebody help me with this problem. [Ciarlet 2.3-5] Let ${A}$ and ${B} = {A} + \delta{A}$ be two symmetric matrices with eigenvalues $$\alpha_1\ \leq\ \alpha_2\ \leq\ \ldots\ \leq\ ...
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Reference suggestion: eigenvalues of tridiagonal matrices

I would like to ask for a reference on the problem of computing the eigenvalues/eigenvectors of tridiagonal matrices (not necessarily with constant diagonals). I have seen authors use continued ...
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Continuous choice of basis for subspaces

Consider the flag variety (or flag manifold, depending on who you are) $V=\mathrm {Fl} (3,\mathbb C)$ of complete flags of subspaces of $\mathbb C^3$. That is, an element of M is a tuple (L , P) ...
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Pfaffian properties

Given a $2n\times 2n$ real skew-symmetric matrix $A$, its Pfaffian $\mathrm{Pf}$ is defined as: $$ \mathrm{Pf}(A) = \frac1{2^n n!}\sum_{\sigma\in S_{2n}}\mathrm{sgn}(\sigma)\prod_{i=1}^n ...
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How can I construct a solution for this system of many inequalities?

Let there be types $\omega\in\{0,1\}^n$ drawn according to some probability distribution. Suppose that these types are relayed through some imperfect message service. Specifically, any type $\omega$'s ...
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Another Algebraic de Rham Cohomology question…

NOTE: scroll down to read my latest edit first if you're reading this for the first time :) My aim is to calculate the de Rham cohomology of the variety $U = \text{Spec} \ A$, where: $$A = ...
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Maximum determinant of latin squares

I strongly conjecture that the maximum absolute determinant of a latin square can be attained by a circulant matrix. For example, $\pmatrix {5&4&2&3&1 \\ 1&5&4&2&3 \\ ...
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A power of the characteristic polynomial

Let $A$ be a square matrix with real or complex coefficients of size $n$. Define its characteristic polynomial by $\chi_A(X) = \det(A-XI_n)$ (or $\det(XI_n-A)$ if you prefer). The question is : Prove ...
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Set geometry and inclusion

I would like to prove that the set of the symmetric positive semi-definite matrices which is defined as $$\Delta_2= \{S\in\mathbb{S}_{m,m} \quad \text{s.t.}\quad ...
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Matrix diagonalization theorems and counterexamples: reference-request.

I'm looking for exhaustive list of diagonalization theorems and counterexamples in linear algebra. In this question I understand the question of matrix diagonalization very broadly: suppose we have ...
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Coefficients in expansion of $(\sqrt[3]{2} - 1)^m$

In trying to solve $a^3 - 2b^3 = 1$ over the integers I came across the need to answer the question: when does $(1+ \sqrt[3]{2} + \sqrt[3]{2}^2)^n$ have no $\sqrt[3]{2}^2$ term in it's expansion (in ...
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Columns of A - Linear independence, span, rank. [GStrang P180, 3.5.19]

The columns of $A$ are $n$ vectors from $\mathbb{R^m}$. If they're linearly independent, what's $rank(A)$? If they span $\mathbb{R^m},$ what's $rank(A)$? If they're a basis for $\mathbb{R^m},$ ...
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Determinants of certain matrices.

I need help with this Linear Algebra homework problem; it's killing me. Problem 3: Consider the infinite dimensional matrix $A$ given by $A_{ij} = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 1, &\text{if } ...
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Finding the maximum number of subspaces of a vector space over finite field that satisfy these relations

I have a question and I am stuck. I was wondering if anyone has a thought, before I start a brute-force search. For $q$ a prime number and $n =6$, let $\mathbb {F}_{q}^{n}$ be an $n$-dimensional ...
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Dimension of the space of algebraic Riemann curvature tensors

Given $n\in \mathbb N$, consider the vector space $\mathbb R^{n^4}$ whose elements I will denote by $(R_{abcd})$ with indices $a,b,c,d \in \{1, \dots, n\}$. This vector space is $n^4$-dimensional. The ...
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Duality of $Z(G)$ and $[G,G]$ in representation?

This question and its many wonderful answers illustrate many faces of the duality of $Z(G)$ and $[G,G]$, the centre/ commutator duality of a group. I was thinking about its manifestation in group ...
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Computing the SVD factorization on C++ (using the proof of the existence of the SVD factorization)

I am doing a C++ program that computes the SVD factorization of a real matrix A without using any known library of algebra that contains the implementation. In addition, QR descomposition is not ...
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Farkas Lemma proof

I am trying to prove the Farkas Lemma using the Fourier-Motzkin elimination algorithm. From Wikipedia: Let A be an $m \times n$ matrix and $b$ an $m$-dimensional vector. Then, exactly one of the ...
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Generalized Eigenvalue Problem with one matrix having low rank

I have a specific Generalized Eigenvalue Problem (GEVP) where i am primary not interested in solving this problem but concluding from a standard EVP the spectrum of the GEVP. The Problem Let $A$ be ...
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Piecewise Affine Bijections of $\mathbb{R}^n$

I have a min-max function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^n$ of the form $$f(x) = \min_{i=1,\dots,n}\max_{j=1,\dots,n}(\alpha_{ij}^Tx + \beta_{ij})\quad\text{where each } \alpha_{ij}\in ...
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Is there a Mazur–Ulam theorem equivalent for vector spaces over finite fields?

I know that Mazur–Ulam theorem holds for normed linear spaces over $\mathbb{R}$. I wanted to know whether under some "weak" conditions on the map $f$, can we have Mazur-Ulam theorem for a vector ...
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Uses of Chevalley-Warning

In the recent IMC 2011, the last problem of the 1st day (no. 5, the hardest of that day) was as follows: We have $4n-1$ vectors in $F_2^{2n-1}$: $\{v_i\}_{i=1}^{4n-1}$. The problem asks : Prove the ...
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Hardness of finding eigenvalues over finite fields

How hard is it (computationally) to find eigenvalues/eigenvectors of matrices over finite fields? Suppose the field has size exponential in the input. (Does the QR algorithm still converge?) How ...
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Eigenvectors of difference of inverse matrices

I have two matrices $A$ and $B$, symmetric and positive semi-definite (in fact, they are covariance matrices), and I am interested in computing the eigenvectors of the matrix $A^{-1}-B^{-1}$. From ...
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Counting the number of elements in a double coset

Let $G$ denote the groups of $n\times n$ invertible matrices and $H$ be the subgroup of invertible upper triangular matrices. For $n=2$, by row reduction, or equivalently LU decomposition, it is ...