Questions about quadratic forms in many variables, for example $4x_1^2 + 3x_1x_2 + 5x_1x_3 - 8x_3^2$.

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A curious question about optimizing a function of 2 variables.

Let $f(x,y)$ be defined and has continuous first and second partials on a domain $D$. Also, let $$A = \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2} \\ B = \frac{\partial^2{f}}{\partial x \partial y} \\ C = ...
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Will a 2 by 2 quadratic form be negative definitive if it has repeated eigenvalues which are negative?

Say we have the quadratic form $$ f = x^T Q x \\ Q = \begin{bmatrix}-1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1\end{bmatrix}$$ which has repeated eigenvalues $\lambda = -1$. Will the quadratic form be negative ...
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Does an isotropic vector always exist for an indefinite quadratic forms?

I have some problem reading some paper. In that paper, the author proved that a quadratic form $Q$ has an isotropic vector(of course, nonzero) by showing $Q$ has both nonnegative and nonpositive ...
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On modular group and quadratic forms

Let $\Gamma$ be the modular group, is the group of linear transformations of the upper half of the complex plane. Let $\mathbb Q_{N^2{d_K}}/\Gamma$ (the group of positive definite primitive quadratic ...
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Rank four quadratic form with trivial discriminant

Is there an example of a field $k$, quadratic form $\varphi$ of rank four, which is anisotropic over $k$, has trivial discriminant and is not a Pfister form? In case of rank six one can use Albert ...
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Solution to a System of Quadratic Equations

Problem: Solve for the values of a, b Equation 1: $$(x_1-a)^2+(y_1-b)=r^2$$ Equation 2: $$(x_2-a)^2+(y_2-b)^2=r^2$$ Where, $x_1, x_2, y_1, y_2$ and $r$ are all constant values For the ...
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Expressing a quadratic form, $\mathbf{x}^TA\mathbf{x}$ in terms of $\lVert\mathbf{x}\rVert^2$, $A$

EDIT: This question is actually an attempt to solve this. Please take a look. Let $A$ be a symmetric postive-definite $n\times n$ matrix, i.e. $A\in\mathbb{S}_{++}^{n}$ Also, let ...
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example of quadratic form

Kindly give me an example of regular quadratic forms $q_1, q_2$ over a field $\mathbb F$ such that $D(q_1)=D(q_2)$ and $d(q_1)=d(q_2)$ but $q_1$ is not isometric to $q_2$, where $D(f)=\{d \in \mathbb ...
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Find max and min subject to constraint ||x|| = 4

$Q(x,y)=7x^{2}+12xy+12y^{2}$ I only know how to do this is $\|(x,y)\|=1$ If $\|(x,y)\|=1$, the eigenvalues are $16$ and $3$. So obviously $\min=3,\max=16$. I don't know what to do if ...
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Symmetric Matrix Quadratic Form

Let $A,B\in\mathbb{M}_{n\times n}(\mathbb{R})$ and $A,B$ are symmetric matrics. Prove that if $\vec{x}^TA\vec{x} = \vec{x}^TB\vec{x}$ $\forall\vec{x}$, then $A=B$. Since $A,B$ are symmetric, they are ...
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Rational quadratic forms

The quadratic form $$10x^2+20y^2+2z^2+4xy-6xz+8yz$$ can be written as $x^TAx$, where A = [ [10,2,-3] , [2,20,4] , [-3,4,2] ] Using diagonalization, this can be written in the form ...
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Projecting self-adjoint operator onto closed subspace

Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space and let $(Q, D(Q))$ be a closed, densely defined, positive semidefinite, Hermitian quadratic form on $H$. (That is, $D(Q)$ is a dense subspace of $H$, $Q$ maps ...
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Rescaling of Ternary quadratic forms

I was reading about the Hilbert residue symbol, and the discussion of it starts out with the assumption that we can reformat any ternary quadratic form over the integers into the form ...
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When does $x^TAx + c^Tx$ have a global minimum?

This question is closely related to my last question about extended quadratic forms. I figured out a nice criterion, when $$f : \mathbb R^n \rightarrow \mathbb R$$ $$f(x) = x^TAx + c^Tx$$ has a ...
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Solving $a^2+3b^2=c^2$

I'm looking for how to solve the equation $a^2+3b^2=c^2$ where $a,b,c$ are integers and $b$ is even, I'm looking for the algorithm used to solve this kind of equations, not just the solution. Regards ...
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Signed determinant of quadratic forms over Q_p

Let $W(k)$ be the Witt-Ring of the field $k$. in this script http://math.uga.edu/~pete/quadraticforms2.pdf at the bottom of page 2 the signed determinant is introduced by $d^\pm (q) = ...
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numeric solutions on quadric surfaces

Maybe it's a trivial thing, but I can't seem to find solution I'm looking for. I need to find a parametric solution to the following equation ($\mathbf{A}$ is positive definite): $$ ...
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rank of quadrics

Consider the quadric $xw-yz$ in $\mathbf{P}^3$ (all over $\mathbf{C}$), and the Klein quadric $x_0 x_5+x_1 x_4+x_2 x_3$ in $\mathbf{P}^5$. I want to determine the rank of these quadrics. For the first ...
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Quaternary Quadratic Forms

What is a Quaternary Quadratic Form? I've looked for a definition online and cannot find a precise clear definition. I am not taking a course. Just reading about quadratic forms. Thank you.
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Primes of the form $x^2+ny^2$ where $n\equiv 1\pmod{4}$ is a squarefree number

Let $n\equiv1\pmod{4}$ be a squarefree number and $p\equiv1\pmod{4n}$ be a prime number. Does there exist $x,y\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $p=x^2+ny^2$?
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Quadratic reciprocity and Pfister forms

Let $p,q$ be different primes unequal to $2$. Let $(a/b)$ denote the Legendre Symbol. The following holds: $q\text{ is a square }\bmod p \Longleftrightarrow (q/p) = 1 \Longleftrightarrow X^2+qY^2 = ...
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How do i find a signature of a quadratic form? Also how do i represent a quadratic form as a sum/difference of squares?

For example given $(x,y,z,t) = xy+ y^2+ yz+z^2+zt$ How do i represent it as a sum and difference of squares (i.e. in the form $\sum a_iA_i^2$) and how do i find its trace? Or if i have a quadratic ...
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How can I show the complete symmetric quadratic form has no zeros?

The quadratic complete symmetric homogeneous polynomial in $n$ variables $t_1,\ldots,t_n$ is defined to be $$h_2(t_1,\ldots,t_n) := \sum_{1 \leq j \leq k \leq n} t_j t_k = \sum_{j=1}^n t_j^2 + ...
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positive definite quadratic form

Is $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i^2 + \sum_{1\leq i < j \leq n} x_{i}x_j$ positive definite? Approach: The matrix of this quadratic form can be derived to be the following $$M := \begin{pmatrix} 1 & ...
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Finding the three unknowns

Can someone show me the steps to finding the three unknowns of these two equations. $$-a-bx+cx^2 = x^2+2x+1$$ The answers are $a=\ ...\ $, $b=\ ...\ $, and $c=\ ...$ , but I can't see how they ...
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Classification of quadrtic forms over Q_p

I need some one to recap the topic with me and correct me when i am wrong. There are basically just a few questions at the end,but its important to also show what i know and not just what i dont. ...
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Question regarding quadratic form exercise in Hoffman Kunze

In the book the quadratic form associated with a bilinear form f is defined as $q(\alpha)=f(\alpha,\alpha)$. Then, if $U$ is a linear operator on $\mathbb R^2$ an operator $U^\dagger$ on the space of ...
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A particular quadratic minimization problem

Given $n^2$ constants $a_{11},a_{12},\ldots,a_{1n},a_{21},\ldots,a_{nn}$ and $n^2$ non-negative variables $x_{11},x_{12},\ldots,x_{1n},x_{21},\ldots,x_{nn}$. Find the minimum value of $$\sum_{i=1}^n ...
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How to solve an equation of the form $ax^2 - by^2 + cx - dy + e =0$?

I am trying to find out how to solve $ax^2 - by^2 + cx - dy + e = 0$ to get integer solutions, failing this the rational solutions. Thanks!
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Transformation of quadratic form

I've got the following quadratic form $T(x_1,x_2)=x^TQx$, with $$ x=\begin{pmatrix}x_1\\x_2\end{pmatrix}, Q=\begin{pmatrix}\frac{1}{2}(m_1+m_2)L_1^2 & \frac{1}{2} ...
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Show that a quadratic form is bounded

I have a question (I hope I can formulate it adequately) concerning quadratic forms: If I have a quadratic form $$ T(x_1,x_2)=x^TQx, x=(x_1,x_2)^T $$ which is bounded to above, i.e. ...
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Positive definit quadratic form

I have a very elementar question... If I have a quadratic form $$ T(x_1,x_2)=x^TQx $$ and $Q$ is a positive definit symmetric 2x2-matrix, then does this mean that the quadratic form is positive ...
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Quadratic Diophantine Equation $x^2 + axy + y^2 = z^2$

I have been reading about this quadratic Diophantine equation of the form $x^2 + axy + y^2 = z^2$ where x, y, z are integers to be solved and a is a given integer. All integral solutions are given ...
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What finite fields are quadratically closed?

A field is quadratically closed if each of its elements is a square. The field $\mathbb{F}_2$ with two elelemts is obviously quadratically closed. However, testing some more finite fields on this ...
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A Pell equation inside a Pell equation

While working on another problem (see http://mathoverflow.net/questions/143599/solving-the-quartic-equation-r4-4r3s-6r2s2-4rs3-s4-1), I found the following equation to be solved: $$ ...
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Proof of axis of symmetry [duplicate]

How do you prove -b/2a the Axis of symmetry equation using the Quadratic formula?
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Condition for the identity $(a-b)(a+b)=a^2-b^2$

The identity $(a-b)(a+b)=a^2-b^2$ holds true for what condition ???? I tried using real numbers and imaginary numbers but seems like it holds everywhere. Some say... only for ($a>b$) but I don't ...
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Quadratic Form - New Axes = Eigenvectors of P, Order of Eigenvectors Important? [Kolman P539 Example 6]

Hypothesise that $P$ is the symmetric matrix of some quadratic form $g(\mathbf{ x} ) = \mathbf{ x^TAx} $. Then $P$ is the orthogonal matrix consisting of orthogonal eigenvectors of $A$. Moreover, use ...
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Expanding the Malhalanobis distance to find sufficient statistics of a multivariate Gaussian distribution.

Given a dat set $X=(x_1,...,x_N)^T$ in which the observations $x_n \in R^D$ are assumed to be drawn independently from a multivariate Gaussian distribution with mean $\mu \in R^D$ and covariance ...
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Integral solutions of hyperboloid $x^2+y^2-z^2=1$

Are there integral solutions to the equation $x^2+y^2-z^2=1$?
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Reducible Quadratic form

What is a Reducible/Irreducible quadratic form?. I read about quadratic forms on wikipedia. I am reading this paper (A.O.L. Atkin, D.J. Bernstein, Prime sieves using binary quadratic forms, Math. ...
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Why must P be orthonormal, and not just orthogonal, for change of variable in Quadratic Form? [Kolman P560 8.8.24]

Lay P402 : A change of variable is an equation of the form $x=Py$, where $P$ is an invertible matrix and $y$ is the (neW) coordinate vector of $x$ relative to the basis of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ determined ...
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Problem about $\mathbb{P}^3(K)$

Show that four skew lines in $\mathbb{P}^3$ have two transversals in common. I know that exist a quadric which contains three of the four lines....but i'm stuck EDIT: If the skew lines are ...
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constrained Quadratic forms

suppose I have the following quadratic form $$ {\bf{x^{\top}Ax}} = constant $$ where A is positive definite and I know that $$ {{\bf{x}}^ \top }{\bf{1}} = 1 $$ Is there an analytical solution to ...
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finding if two binary quadratic forms represent the same integers

I am currently working with quadratic forms for a given discriminant D; to get all primitive forms (one for each equivalence class) I found this website : ...
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How to find quadratic function in vertex form from two points?

I'm starting to learn about quadratic formulas in math class. This question came up in a homework packet: A WNBA player takes a three-point shot 22 feet away from the basket, The ball reaches ...
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A is a matrix of positive defined quadratic form. How can I show, $A^{-1}$ is the same?

Let a square matrix A is a matrix of positive defined quadratic form. How can I show, that $A^{-1}$ also a matrix of a positive defined quadratic form? Positive defined quadratic form is A(x,y), that ...
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How to prove: a quadratic form with a matrix $ B = CC^T $ is positive defined?

Let a matrix $ C \in \Bbb K^{n \mathtt x n} : det(c) \ne 0 $ (K is any field - C or R) $ \Rightarrow $ a quadratic form with a matrix $ B = CC^T $ is positive defined one. How to prove it?
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If $4xy+3=c^2+3d^2$, is $xy$ necessarily a square?

I have a polynomial which, simplified, ends up in the form $$4xy+3 = c^2+3d^2.$$ Evidently $4xy+3$ is of the form $a^2+3b^2$, in light of the equality. But does $$ c^2 + 3d^2 = 4xy + 3 = xy(2)^2 ...
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Applications of simultaneous diagonalization of quadratic forms

If $A$ and $B$ are square symmetric matrices and, additionally, one of them, say $B$, is positively defined, then there exists an invertible matrix $S$ such that $$S^{\top}\!AS=D ...