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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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Is this determinant identity known?

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix that is 'almost upper triangular' in the following sense: entries on and above the main diagonal can be whatever they want, entries on the diagonal just below the ...
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How do I find the common invariant subspaces of a span of matrices?

Let $G_1, \ldots, G_n$ be a set of $m\times m$ linearly-independent complex matrices. Let $\mathcal{G} = \operatorname{span}\left\{ G_1, \ldots , G_n\right\}$ be the vector space that spans the set ...
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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 $k$-linear transformations $\varphi \colon V \to V$ and $\psi \colon W \to W$, what can be said in general ...
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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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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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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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Mathematical properties of two dimensional projection of three dimensional rotated object

Please be gentle as I do not have any degree in maths. By using a compass/straighedge method to construct Metatron's cube, a regular dodecahedron can be inferred from intersecting points. I'm looking ...
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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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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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What exactly is antieigenvalue analysis?

I found a book in the library about antieigenvalue analysis and it is possibly the most unreadable piece of literature I have ever made an effort to understand. Unfortunately, every other resource I ...
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Here is a riddle that I have no idea how to solve.

Okay, so I was trying to solve this riddle found here. It is a diagram of a star with 16 points. Each point corresponds uniquely to a number between 1 and 16. The letters on each point represent a ...
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What is the intuition behind / How can we interpret the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of Euclidean Distance Matrices ?

Given a set of points $x_1,x_2,...,x_m$ in the euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^n$, we can form a $m$ x $m$ Euclidean Distance Matrix $D$ where $D_{ij}={||x_i-x_j||}^2$. We know a little bit about these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Hadamard matrices and sub-matrices (Converse of Sylvester Construction)

Let $H$ be a $d$ by $d$ real Hadamard matrix, namely: $$HH^{T}=d I$$ where $I$ is the identity matrix and $d=2^{k}$ for some natural number $k\geq 2$. The entries of $H$ are either $1$ or $-1$ and it ...
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Exactly $n-1$ nonzero elements if $\det(A)=0$ for every arrangement

Let $x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n^2}\in\mathbb{R}$ with the property that any $n\times n$ matrix with exactly these elements has determinant $0$. Suppose also that there are at least $n$ distinct elements. ...
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What is the precise mathematical definition of what a wavelet is and what is its relation to linear algebra?

I was reading on wavelets and it seems that its hard to find a precise mathematical definition of what this concept is. My confusion first arose due to Gilbert Stang's linear algebra book. In ...
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Does the inverse of a polynomial matrix have polynomial growth?

Let $M : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ be a matrix-valued function whose entries $m_{ij}(x_1, \dots, x_n)$ are all multivariate polynomials with real coefficients. Suppose that ...
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Why are 1 and -1 eigenvalues of this matrix?

This is a subject I've been working on for a very long time now, but still did not manage to fully understand the interesting properties of this matrix. I have already asked a (viewed but unanswered) ...
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A very difficult problem about the existence of following $SU(2)$ matrices?

Let $G_i$ be a sequence of $2\times2$ $SU(2)$ matrices, where $i=1,2,...,n$; and $P$ represents a permutation of $\left \{ 1,2,...,n \right \}$. The question is: Does there exist a sequence of ...
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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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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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Tensor Product is associative, distributive, not commutative.

Tensor Product is associative, distributive, not commutative. Here is my attempt to show tensor product is associative, is it legit? If $T$ is a $p$-tensor and $S$ a $q$ tensor, then $T \otimes ...
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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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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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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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How to solve linear system of form $(A \otimes B + C^{T}C)x = b$ when $A \otimes B$ is too large to compute?

For the given linear system: $$(A \otimes B + C^{T}C)x = b$$ where $\otimes$ is the Kronecker product, $A$ and $B$ are dense and symmetric positive-definite, and $C^{T}C$ is a sparse symmetric block ...
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Symmetric matrix with given determinant

The matrix \begin{equation} A := \begin{pmatrix} x & 0 & 0 & z \\ 0 & y & 0 & x \\ 0 & 0 & z & y \\ y & z & x & w \end{pmatrix} \end{equation} has ...
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Let $\mathbb{K} $ be a field of characteristic $p>0$ and $\mathbb{F} | \mathbb{K} $ a finite and separable extension.

Let $\mathbb{K}$ be a field of characteristic $p>0$ and $\mathbb{F}/ \mathbb{K}$ a finite and separable extension. Show that if $B=\{\alpha_1,\dots,\alpha_n\}$ is a basis, then ...
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Is there a mathematical way to fold a $20 dollar bill for compactness?

I had a strange thought. I used to carry a pill fob on my keys with an emergency $20 bill in it, before the whole thing got stolen. I always had some trouble fitting the bill inside the fob and ...
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Reference for Cavalieri's principle

Does someone know of a reference where I can see Cavalieri's principle (basically the principle that generalized areas can be obtained by multiplying "base times height" -- for constant ...
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Hermitian Matrices with At Most Pair-wise Eigenvalue Degeneracy

Let $n\in2\mathbb{N}$ be given. Let $H\in Mat_{n\times n}(\mathbb{C})$ be a Hermitian traceless matrix such that its eigenvalues have at most pairwise degeneracy. (That is, if the eigenvalues are ...
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Geometric interpretation of $x_1^2y_1^2+x_2^2y_2^2+x_3^2y_3^2+\dots$

Say $x$ and $y$ are two $L_2$ unit vectors of size $n$. In that case the inner product: $$x_1y_1+x_2y_2+x_3y_3+\dots+x_ny_n$$ Is the cosine of the angle between them. For an application I was ...
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Exploiting structure in multilinear equations

I'm wondering if there are any standard techniques for exploiting structure in multilinear equations. An example of what I have in mind is solving $A_{ab} X_{bc} A_{cd} (B_{ad} B_{bc} + B_{ac} ...
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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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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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Strength of “Every finite dimensional subspace of a vector space has a complement”

Does the following choice principle have a name? Every finite dimensional subspace of a vector space has a complement. Equivalently, every line inside a vector space has a complementary ...
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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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Holder inequality for matrices

I am interested in the following version of the Holder inequality. Let $D \in M_n(\mathbb{C})$ be a positive semi-definite matrix of trace $1$ and $A, B \in M_n(\mathbb{C}).$ Does it follow that $$ ...
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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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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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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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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 ...