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accepted Who was the mathematician who thought “god” was out to get him?
May
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comment Who was the mathematician who thought “god” was out to get him?
oh ok... well thanks all for clearing that up :)
May
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comment Who was the mathematician who thought “god” was out to get him?
@Arturo: but how was he an atheist if he was convinced that "God" would not let him die? I mean for him to write the letter, he must have thought that there was a god, right?
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asked Who was the mathematician who thought “god” was out to get him?
Apr
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accepted How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
Apr
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comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
Thank you very much, this is the sort of thing I was looking for. So a matrix is positive definite if it is hermitian, finite dimensional(is that what all that $k\leq n$ stuff means?), and the determinant is positive? Other question was about the hint, I tried it and got: $z = \left( \begin{array}{c} |i|^2 \\ -(1)(-i) \end{array}\right) \Rightarrow \overline{z}^{t}A_{1}z = 4$, did I misunderstand the inputs?
Apr
26
comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
@J.M.: sorry, but I still can't understand your idea... First, I thought I had already worked out the $m=1$ case, right? Second, I don't see where, how, or why to make $a,b,c,d$ evaluate to something manifestly nonpositive... Also when you say quadratic form, you are referring to a specific type of mapping, or just any polynomial with terms of degree 2?
Apr
26
comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
@J.M. : do I need to show that $a^2 +b^2 +c^2 +d^2 \gt ad -bc$? Do you know how to do this? (Sorry if this is trivial...)
Apr
26
comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
thank you for this answer, it is good to know that this is a possibility, unfortunately I think this method is still a little too advanced.
Apr
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comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
@J.M: as to the definition of positive definite: I think it has so far just been $\alpha$ is positive definite $:\Leftrightarrow \forall v \in V, v\neq 0 : \alpha(v,v) \gt 0$... so pretty basic and we haven't covered how eigenvalues relate to that yet...
Apr
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comment How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
@J.M. : To your previous comment, thank you for the tip! Does something like this look like the right direction? $z = (a+bi, c+di)^t \Rightarrow m(a^2 + b^2) -2(ad-bc) +m(c^2+d^2)$ and since $m(a^2 + b^2) -2(ad-bc) +m(c^2+d^2) \geq 0 \Leftrightarrow m \geq \frac{2(ad-bc)}{a^2 + b^2 +c^2 +d^2}$
Apr
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asked How is it shown that a Hermitian matrix will be positive definite?
Apr
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accepted What is the difference between finding a basis for a complex and a real space?
Apr
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comment What is the difference between finding a basis for a complex and a real space?
Thank you very much!
Apr
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asked What is the difference between finding a basis for a complex and a real space?
Apr
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revised Why does $a_n = (1+\frac{2}{n})^{n}$ converge to $e^2$?
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revised How to show certain things related to scalar products
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Apr
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accepted How to show certain things related to scalar products
Apr
17
comment How to show certain things related to scalar products
thank you for this answer
Apr
17
comment How to show certain things related to scalar products
thanks for all your help