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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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When are all ring homomorphisms also algebra homomorphisms?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $A,B$ be two unitary $k$-algebras. In general, there are more ring homomorphisms $A\to B$ than there are $k$-algebra homomorphisms. More precisely, ...
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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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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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Decomposition of order-$n$ tensors

If $V$ is a finite-dimensional vector space, then $V\otimes V\cong\mathbf{S}^2(V)\oplus\bigwedge^2(V)$. The first summand on the right is the symmetric part of $V\otimes V$ and the second summand is ...
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Intuition about structures in Galois Theory.

Background Often in mathematics I find we can ask "why" something is true. Of course, this is not a well defined question. However, it usually prompts answers that includes words like ...
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Generating a 3d ribbon from a series of points

I am attempting to generate a 3d ribbon from a set of 3d points. The idea is to generate a realistic ribbon which follows those points. In its current state, one example looks like this: In this ...
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Are there eigenvectors, eigenvalues, and characteristic functions for non-linear vector fields?

An eigenvector is a vector in the preimage of the transformation whose direction is not changed when the transformation is applied. It seems like the concept of eigenvectors and eigenvalues would ...
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Is the Laplace transform a vector space isomorphism? And what space is it isomorphic to?

The laplace transform is a linear transformation, $\mathcal{L}: \mathcal{M} \rightarrow?$, where $\mathcal{M}$ is the set of exponentially bounded functions on $\mathbb{R},$since ...
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The dimension of vector space $F^{X}$.

Here's the problem: Let $F$ be field, $X$ an infinite set and $F^{X}$ be the set of all functions $f:X\rightarrow F$. Then $F^{X}$ is a vector space over $F$ (with $(f+g)(x)=f(x)+g(x)$ and ...
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Can these characterisations of finite dimensionality be proven equivalent without using a basis?

I was wondering about how to define "finite dimensional" without talking about bases. Two possibilities occurred to me: Say $V$ is finite dimensional if the canonical inclusion $V\hookrightarrow ...
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Structure of a fuzzy subspace

Let $V$ be a vector space over a field $F$ and let $f$ be a function from $V$ to the interval $I:=[0,1]$ satisfying the condition that for any $a \in I$ the set $V_a:=\{v \in V | f(v) \ge a\}$ is a ...
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Vandermonde matrix

Let ${\bf G} \in\mathbb{C}^{M\times K}$ and ${\bf H} \in\mathbb{C}^{N\times K}$ are full-rank Vandermode matrices where $MN-1=K>N\geq N$, that is, ${\bf G}$ and ${\bf H}$ are fat. Let ${\bf F}= ...
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Find a matrix to represent the mapping of a factor module

I have a problem from my past paper I can't figure the logic to, even after seeing the answers. The question goes 【Q】Let $V=\mathbb{R}[X]_{<4}$ be the vector space of real polynomials of degree ...
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Basis of $\mathbb{F}[[x]]$ over $\mathbb{F}$ without AC

Does the ring of formal power series $\mathbb{F}[[x]]$ as a vector space over $\mathbb{F}$ admit a basis without assuming the Axiom of choice, at least in some special cases of $\mathbb{F}$? I'm ...
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Mapping vector spaces over two different fields?

I was having linear algebra class and we have been discussing about a possible group homomorphism that might allow mapping between two vector spaces over two different fields This is also an ...
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Is this the correct solution involving vector subspaces and basis?

I need to find the basis and hence dimension of a subspace of $\mathbb{R^3}$. 1) $$U=\{(x,y,z):x=2y\}$$ Solution: We have $x=2y \iff y=\frac{x}{2}$ therefore we can write all elements in $U$ as the ...
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Matrix which is not similar to it's transposed

Let $V$ be vector space over a field $\mathbb{k}$. I can prove that any matrix is similar to its matrix transpose if $\mathbb{k}$ is an infinite field, but is this still true when $\Bbb k$ is finite? ...
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Vector spaces and infinite cyclic linear transformations

Let $G$ be a direct sum of infinitey many copies of the group of rational numbers $\mathbb{Q}$. Let $\alpha$ be an automorphism of $G$ with infinite order. Is always possible to find an ...
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How to visualize cotangent spaces.

I was wondering how to intuitively and visually understand dual vector spaces and one-forms. So my question is (1), how to visualize cotangent spaces and (2), how to intuitively understand them? My ...
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Add vectors from a set to reach the goal vector, using the minimum possible cost

I am trying to solve a problem in an optimal way. The problem is as follows: We have an n-dimensional space In this space, we have a "finish" point with n coordinates, all non-negative We have a set ...
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Can we show it without involving that $V=V^{**}$ are canonically isomorph?

My text proves the following Theorem. Let $V$ be a vector space over $F$ and $B=\{ v_1, \ldots , v_n \}$ a basis of $V$. Then there is exactly one basis $B^*=\{ f_1, \ldots , f_n \}$ of $V^*$ with ...
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Find the projection of any vector onto the linear span and the normal from any vector to that span

Show that the vectors $u_1 = (1/9,4/9,8/9), u_2=(8/9,-4/9,1/9), u_3=(-4/9,-7/9,4/9)$ form an orthonormal basis of $\mathbb{R}^3$. Find the projection of any vector $x=(\xi_1,\xi_2,\xi_3) \in ...
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Proof check: any linear transformation can be represented as a matrix-vector product

I'm trying to prove that Theorem. Consider a linear transformation $T : \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R^n$. The transformation $T$ can be represented as a matrix product $\mathbf x \mapsto A \mathbf ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero scalar yields zero vector

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space related axioms. ...
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Vector Space Verification

I just took an exam asking me if the following are a vector space over $\mathbb{R}$ assuming that the set of all real valued functions on the interval $[0,1]$ is a vector space with theoperations ...
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Higher Dimensional Right-Hand Rule

In seven dimensions, the cross product makes sense. Without resorting to nonvector tensors or exterior products (although they can be used to further explain), how does one perform this cross product ...
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What extra assumption makes this transformation affine?

Let a vector space $V$ be given. Let $f:V\to V$ have the property that for all $x,y,a\in V$, $$ f(x+a)-f(y+a) = f(x) - f(y) \tag{$\star$} $$ Q1. I'd like to know how weak one can make additional ...
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Find closest vector to a given vector from a particular set of vector

Let $x=\left(x_t\right)_{t=1}^n$ be a vector such that $$ x_t = \prod_{i=1}^t u_i, \tag{1} $$ where each parameters $u_i$ can take any of two value $$ u_i \in \left\{a,b \right\} = \left\{ 1.3, 0.8 ...
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Choosing an appropriate complete orthogonal basis

I have a function $f(x)$ which I want to represent as the sum over some complete orthogonal basis $\phi_i$ such that: $$ f(x) = \sum_{i} c_i \phi_i(x) $$ Where the $\phi_i$ are orthogonal with ...
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Basis for an infinite dimensional vector space.

Is there any good paper that focus on the topic of basis for infinite dimensional vector space that I can read/ study. I found some papers that mention about this topic online, but they are very brief ...
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Problem involving subspaces and linear transformations

I'm asking for some opinions about my proof! $V$ and $W$ are vector spaces, and $T : V \rightarrow W$ is a linear transformation. $Z$ is a subspace of $W$, and $U$ is the set of all $\textbf{x} \in ...
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How can I show that two infinite-dimensional vector spaces are isomorphic?

How can I show that two infinite-dimensional vector spaces are isomorphic? Can I define a function which maps a basis of the vector space $V$ to a basis of the vector space $W$? And are there more ...
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Show that if $S$ is a subspace of a vector space $V$, then $\dim (S) \leq \dim (V)$

Show that if $S$ is a subspace of a vector space $V$, then $\dim(S) \leq \dim(V)$. Furthermore, if $\dim(S)= \dim(V) < \infty$ thn $S=V$. Give an example to show that the finiteness is required ...
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How to show annihilator has dimension m-n (with Proof)

I would like to show the following: Given a vector spaces $V$, a subspace $S \subset V$ and an the dual space $V^*$ to $V$. Show that: $$\dim(N)+\dim(S) = \dim(V) = \dim(V^*)$$, where $N \subset V^*$ ...
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find the dimension of $W.$

Let $W=\{p(B):p \text{ is a polynomial with real coefficients}\},$ where $B=\begin{pmatrix}0&1&0\\0&0&1\\1&0&0\end{pmatrix}.$ Then find the dimension of $W.$ I have shown ...
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Divergence Theorem to prove equality of integrals

I'm trying to wrap my head around this problem - the interplay between $\nabla$ and $\Delta$ is doing my head in. It says to use the divergence theorem. Prove that $$\int_\Omega u \cdot \Delta v\, ...
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Symmetrizing a sequence of vectors

Given a finite set of real numbers $X_1, \ldots, X_n$, we can compute the first $n$ power sums of these numbers. From the power sums, the set $\{X_1, \ldots, X_n\}$ can be recovered. Essentially we ...
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Three-dimensional vectors and force systems

Full disclosure: this is a homework problem. However, I find myself stuck in the middle. The problem is below As shown, a system of cables suspends a crate weighing W = 350 . (Part C 1 figure) ...
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Self-absorbing subsets in a vector space

From planetmath Let $V$ be a vector space over a field $F$ equipped with a non-discrete valuation $|\cdot|:F\to \mathbb{R}$ . Let $A$ and $B$ be two subsets of $V$. Then $A$ is said to absorb ...
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a norm is symmetric if and only if it is unitarily invariant

how can I prove this : A norm on $\mathcal{M}_n(\mathbb{C})$ is symmetric if and only if it is unitarily invariant ? My attempt I know that a symmetric norm is a norm which verifies : $$N(ABC)\leq ...
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Derivative of inv: subset of linear automorphisms

I have no clue how to approach this problem, I've asked for some help from different people, but I have yet to comprehend it. The question is the following, Let $\mathcal L$($\mathbb C$$^n$) denote ...
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computing characteristic polynomial of hyperplane arrangement

The following problem comes from Richard Stanley's $\textit{Enumerative Combinatorics}$ vol. 1, 2nd ed. It is problem 114 (c) in Chapter 3. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a hyperplane arrangement in ...
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Does $\dim (A_1\otimes A_2)=\dim(V_1\otimes V_2)$ for all affine spaces $A_{1,2}$, their vector spaces $V_{1,2}$ and the operations $\cap,+$?

Let $A_1=P_1+V_1,A_2=P_2+V_2$ be affine spaces. My teacher uses $\dim$ on affine spaces and the embedded vector spaces interchangeably, which is correct by definition for $\dim A_1=\dim V_1$, but ...
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How to extended a unitary operator to a larger space?

Problem (the following is the exercise problem from Neilson and Chuang) Suppose $V$ is a Hilbert space with a subspace $W$. Suppose $U: W\rightarrow V$ is a linear operator which preserves inner ...
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All infinite dimensional vector spaces with a countable basis are space of sequences or functions?

I'm searching a proof that every infinite dimensional vector space that has a countable basis (Schauder basis), can be represented as a space of functions or sequences. All vector spaces of this ...
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What is the $\dim L(X,Y)$?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two finite-dimensional vector spaces over the same field $K$, and let $L(X,Y)$ denote the vector space of all linear operators $T \colon X \to Y$. Then what is $\dim L(X,Y)$? My ...
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Question on dual spaces of vector spaces

Let $k$ be a field. Also let $E$ and $F$ be finite dimensional $k$ vector spaces. What are the most general conditions for $k$, $E$ and $F$ under which a $k$-bilinear form $\langle\;,\;\rangle ...
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Lattices in $\mathbb{Q}_p^n$ with the same stabilizer

Consider the action of $GL_n(\mathbb{Q}_p)$ on $\mathbb{Q}_p^n$, and let $T$ be the diagonal torus. Let $\Lambda$ and $\Lambda'$ be full-rank sublattices ($\mathbb{Z}_p$-submodules of rank $n$) such ...
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Jordan decomposition algorithm

I'm trying to calculate the value of a matrix function. As far as I understood, this is done by first decomposing my matrix $A$ into $PJP^{-1}$. Where $J$ is in Jordan normal form. However, this ...