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Quaternions, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. Steps to realize a paper. [closed]

I have to realize a paper about quaternions and Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. How can I realize the links between quaternions and Lie Groups & Algebras. Which books do you recommend me? First, I ...
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Can different quaternions represent the same orientation?

For a current project I'm working on I have to use quaternions to represent the orientation of an object. The piece of code I'm working on now integrates rotation rates to the quaternion representing ...
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Are roots of unity in hypercomplex algebras well defined?

While playing around with cyclotomic fields, I started to wonder about taking the roots of unity in higher dimensional analogues of the complex plane. Are the roots of unity well defined in the ...
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Dual quaternion inverse

Is it true that for every dual quaternion $Q$ I can find it's inverse such that $QQ^{-1} = 1?$ Using the usual definition $Q^{-1}=\frac{Q^{*}}{||Q||^2}$ doesn't work for me, since the dual part ...
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Does Shor's algorithm work for noncommutitive or nonassociative algebras?

Shor's algorithm is said to solve the hidden subgroup problem for finite Abelian groups, at least according to the Wikipedia article I read. This means that it can be used to solve factoring or ...
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Motivation for construction of cross-product (Quaternions?)

I just found a very interesting article here: http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2012/02/15/dot-cross-and-quaternion-products/ The author observes that by defining i,j,k s.t. $i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1$, ...
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Complex number with 3 dimensions [duplicate]

I was looking back on complex analysis and asked myself: ''Why is there no complex number in 3 dimensions ?''. To place this question let me define with what I mean with 3 dimensions in the following. ...
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Rotation orientations in n-dimensions

I'm doing a change of variables that involves doing simple rotations on the standard basis vectors in R^n, and I'm wondering what the standard orientations are in n dimensions are and why. For ...
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Is complex symplectic structure equivalent to a quaternionic structure?

Let $S$ be a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$ of dimension $\operatorname{dim} S =2n$, let me denote by $S_\mathbb{R}$ real form of $S$ i.e. vector space over $\mathbb{R}$ of dimension $4n$. Is it true ...
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How to rotate a 3d vector to be parallel to another 3d vector using quaternions?

I have a vector (a,b,c) and another vector (d,e,f). I'm trying to rotate (a,b,c) so its parallel to (d,e,f) using quaternions. I need help understanding how I would do this. I have so far that a ...
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Analogy between the quaternion ring and extensions of the rationals

I've started studing fields and their extensions. As an exercise I proved that $[\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt2,\sqrt3):\mathbb{Q}]=4$ by showing that $B=(1,\sqrt2,\sqrt3,\sqrt6)$ is a base for the extension field ...
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How can I transform coordinate systems with quaternions?

I have a coordinate system $0$ which I'd first like to rotate about its $z$-axis which gives me system $1$, and afterwards rotate system $1$ about its $y$-axis which gives me system $2$. See picture: ...
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How to deal with multiple representations of quaternions

I'm using a quaternion to represent the orientation in a kalman filter. My algorithm works fine until I rotate "upside down". I think this is because there seems to be multiple ways to represent the ...
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Sources on Hamilton's Discovery of Quaternions

This is a strange question and I'm not sure where to put it; I'm currently writing an essay for a history of maths course, and I've chosen the topic of Hamilton's discovery of the quaternions. I ...
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Quaternion and Matrix

I have a quaternion for rotation and a matrix for changing axis(change coordinate from camera to my rendering scene ). I have tested two method and i except to have equal resuls but results are ...
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geometry rotation quaternion

Express the rotation of $\mathbb R^3$ by $\frac{\pi}{4}$ about the $x = y,\ z = 0$ axis by using quaternions and identifying $\mathbb R^3$ with $(i, j, k)$-space. Find the image of the point ...
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How to raise a number to a quaternion power

Now, I know that it's (relatively) easy to calculate, say, $r^{a+bi}$ (using the fact that, for $z_1, z_2\in \mathbb{C}, {z_1}^{z_2}=e^{z_2\ln(z_1)}$ and $\ln(z_1$) can just be found using: ...
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Show that $Q_8$ can't be embedded in $M_{2 \times 2}(\mathbb{R})$ as a group.

So, suppose that we're working in a field $F$. Consider the ring $M_{n \times n} (F)$ which is the set all $n \times n$ matrices with entries in $F$. Is it possible to determine whether a matrix ...
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Integral elements with predescribed properties in quaternion orders

In the course of doing some calculations I have found myself wanting to answer the following question: Let $D/\mathbb{Q}$ be a quaternion algebra ramified at a prime $p$ and at $\infty$ and let ...
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Plücker coordinates of the Clifford parallels

Let $$q=\cos\theta+(x_q\textbf{i}+y_q\textbf{j}+z_q\textbf{k})\sin\theta$$ be a unit quaternion parameterised by $\theta\in\mathbb{R}$, where $(x_q,y_q,z_q)$ is fixed and $x_q^2+y_q^2+z_q^2=1$, and ...
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Quaternion isn't normal!

I use the following scheme: Quaternion: [ w, x, y, z ] Then I use Euler Angles and convert it to a quaternion, as following: ...
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non-division quaternion algebra is isomorphic to $2\times 2$ matrices

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $\neq2$. Let $a,b\in k$ be nonzero elements. Let $A:=\left(\frac{a,b}{k}\right)$ be the quaternion algebra over $k$ with parameters $a,b$. Suppose $A$ is not a ...
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Getting Euler (Tait-Bryan) Angles from Quaternion representation

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I haven't been able to get a clear answer from looking on Stack Exchange so-far. I'm trying to solve a camera stabilization problem. I have a 2-axis ...
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How can I find a unit velocity vector between two quaternions?

I have two quaternions, $Q_0$ and $Q_1$. I want to find the unit angular velocity vector $w$ that rotates $Q_0$ in the direction of $Q_1$ (shortest path). How can I do this? The analog of what I ...
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Quaternion derivative w.r.t. its angle

The following quaternion represents a rotation by $\theta$ around the z-axis: \begin{align} q &= (\cos(\frac{1}{2}\theta), \vec{u}\cdot\sin(\frac{1}{2}\theta)), \\ \vec{u}&=(0,0,1)^t ...
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Indefinite quaternion algebra over Q

Let $D$ be an indefinite quaternion algebra over $\Bbb Q$. We have a chosen isomorphism $\iota \colon D \otimes_{\Bbb Q} {\Bbb R} \cong {\mathrm{M}}_2({\Bbb R})$. Q: If we choose another isomorphism ...
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Preimage of a point by a power map in quaternions

Suppose we have a point $x_0\in{\bf H}$ (where by $\bf H$ I denote the ring of quaternions). What I'm curious about is what can the set of solutions of $x^2=x_0$ look like? From what I've checked, ...
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Quaternion Decomposition

I'm having trouble decomposing a unit quaternion into euler angles (or roll, pitch and yaw). The overall goal is to tell how a phone is rotated with respect to the world. I'm given a unit quaternion ...
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About the derivation of a composite quaternion

This problem has been bothering me for several days, hence I decided to ask you for help. I am reading the book "Quaternions and Rotation Sequence" written by Jack B. Kuipers. In section 6.4, the ...
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Dual quaternion derivation

I'd like to derivate a dual quaternion \begin{align} \hat{q}&=(1 + \frac{1}{2}\epsilon\vec{t})q \end{align} where \begin{align} q &= e^\vec{w} , \\\vec{w}&=(0, w_1,w_2,w_3)^t ...
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Unit quaternions as rotations

How would one represent the map $f$ such that $f(1) = i, f(i) = -1$ and keeping $j$ and $k$ fixed as a quaternion representation of rotations?
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Quaternions and critically damped spring

I would like to apply critically damped spring smoothing method to smooth movement on the unit sphere to a desired orientation. I have two quaternions, one that represent current orientation and one ...
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How to find angle difference in quatenions?

How does one find the angle difference between two quaternions. There was an answer to this post which says the angle difference between $x$ and $y$ is $z=x\ast \mathrm{conj}(y)$. Is that the ...
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smooth orientation change with quaternions

My camera orientation is looking in the $v_1$ direction. Something happens on direction $v_2$ and I want the camera to move smoothly to look at that direction. So, to find the quaternion to go from ...
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Quarternionic Analysis

What is/are the current understanding/opinions about Quarternionic Analysis as a generalization of Complex Analysis with respect to a "Quarternionic Residue Calculus" (if such a thing exists)? i.e. ...
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What specific algebraic properties are broken at each Cayley-Dickson stage beyond octonions?

I'm starting to come around to an understanding of hypercomplex numbers, and I'm particularly fascinated by the fact that certain algebraic properties are broken as we move through each of the $2^n$ ...
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Show by Example that $\mathbb{H}^n$ to $\mathbb{H}^n$ is not necessarily $\mathbb{H}$-linear

Show by example that for$ A \in M_n \mathbb{H}, L_A : \mathbb{H}^n \rightarrow\mathbb{H}^n $ is not necessarily $\mathbb{H}$-linear So I thought it would be linear by definition. Because if we have $ ...
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Quaternions as an Algebra

I'm lacking some vital understanding about quaternions and algebras in general. If we first define $V=\{a+bi+cj+dk|a,b,c,d\in\mathbb{R}\}$. Then we define scalar multiplication, vector multiplication, ...
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How to define a quaternion group of order 8

I'm having problems to understand the way this group (Q8) is represented. I have seen definitions using the elements i,j and k, but these same letters don't appear in another definition where each ...
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Relative rotations using quaternions [duplicate]

I have a sensor at some arbitrary orientation (non-zero roll, yaw, pitch) given by quaternion $q_{0}$. I then pitch the sensor to orientation $q_{1}$. When I compute the relative rotation between the ...
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Is there much theory developed for analytic functions of quaternions or of octonions?

The quaternions are associative, so nonnegative integer powers of quaternions are well-defined, and one can consider analytic functions on $\mathbb{H}$ (functions that are given locally by power ...
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Quaternion techniques for a geometric description of the composition of two rotations

Let $q \in S^3$. Therefore $q$ can be represented as $q=\cos(\alpha/2) + \sin(\alpha/2)u$ for some $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ and some $u \in S^3$ with it's real part zero. Recall that the quaternions ...
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Magnitude of rotation between two quaternions

I have a quaternion for an object's starting rotation, and a quaternion for an object's ending rotation, and I am SLERPing the shortest rotation between the two. How can I figure out the magnitude of ...
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Every element with finite conjugates in the ring of real quaternions is a real number

Let $H$ be the ring of real quaternions and let $x$ be a member of $H$ having finite conjugates. Prove that $x$ is a real number. I worked a lot on this question, but no progress! :|
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Relative rotation between quaternions

Say I have a quaternion q which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 1, and a quaternion r which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 2. To get the "quaternion difference" between q and r, ...
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Using quaternions to represent an affine transformation?

I have never used quaternions, so before trying on my problem I would like to know whether this is a good idea: I want to interpolate an affine transformation: I have a set of points in a first 2D ...
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Show that for $\forall a\in\mathbb{H}, \ \exists b \in\mathbb{H}: ab =ba = 1$.

Show that $\forall a\in\mathbb{H}, \ \exists b \in\mathbb{H}: ab =ba = 1.$ I am pretty sure I can easily google the multiplicative inverse in $\mathbb{H}$, but can you give me a hint on how to ...
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Difference between quaternions and rotation matrices

This is a really simple question, I guess. Do quaternions cover the same set of rotations as rotation matrices? I assume the answer is yes, they both can represent SO(3), but I'm unsure about the ...
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Enumeration of Hurwitz quaternions of norm p

In "on Quaternions and Octonions" by Conway and Smith, they quote a result by which for each prime norm $p$ there are exactly $p+1$ Hurwitz quaternions of norm $p$. I haven't found any proof of that. ...
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Hamilton's letter to his son

I'm looking for a better reference on this letter from Hamilton to his son where he wrote about his discovering on Quaternions. I'd like to read, if it is possible, a scanned version of the letter. ...