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The Jordan normal form of a matrix is a similar block matrix having diagonal blocks when the matrix is diagonalizable and diagonal + nilpotent blocks more generally.

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Why does the $n$-th power of a Jordan matrix involve the binomial coefficient?

I've searched a lot for a simple explanation of this. Given a Jordan block $J_k(\lambda)$, its $n$-th power is: $$ J_k(\lambda)^n = \begin{bmatrix} \lambda^n & \binom{n}{1}\lambda^{n-1} & \...
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How to calculate the matrix exponential explicitly for a matrix which isn't diagonalizable?

How can I compute an expression for $(\exp(Qt))_{i,j}$ for some fixed $i, j$ and matrix $Q$? When $Q$ is diagonalizable, we can diagonalize, but what can be done otherwise? Thanks.
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All nilpotent $2\times 2$ matrices

I want to find all nilpotent $2\times 2$ matrices. All nilpotent $2 \times 2$ matrices are similar($A=P^{-1}JP$) to $J = \begin{bmatrix} 0&1\\0&0\end{bmatrix}$ But how do I find all of these ...
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Why does the largest Jordan block determine the degree for that factor in the minimal polynomial?

Let $A$ be a square matrix, so $A$ has some Jordan Normal form. Then $A$ has a minimal polynomial, say $m(X)=\prod_{i=1}^k (t-\lambda_i)^{m_i}$. Wikipedia says The factors of the minimal ...
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What is the purpose of Jordan Canonical Form?

I don't claim at all to be an expert on this topic. In many (advanced) linear algebra textbooks for undergraduates, I usually find something about the "Jordan Canonical Form" of a matrix. What is ...
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Prove that $ND = DN$ where $D$ is a diagonalizable and $N$ is a nilpotent matrix.

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ complex matrix. Prove that there exist a diagonalizable matrix $D$ and a nilpotent matrix $N$ such that a. A = D + N b. DN = ND and show that these matrices are uniquely ...
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Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix with real entries such that $A^2 + I = 0$ then $n$ is even.

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix with real entries such that $A^2 + I = 0$ then $n$ is even. And if $n = 2k$, then $A$ is similar over the field of real numbers to a matrix of the block form $$\...
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Prove that $V = \ker(\phi^n) \oplus \text{image}(\phi^n)$

Let $V$ be a $n$-dimensional complex vector space and $\phi:V\to V$ a linear mapping. Prove that $$V = \ker(\phi^n) \oplus \text{image}(\phi^n)$$ Here is my attempt: Since $\phi^n$ is also a linear ...
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Finding Jordan form

Find Jordan form of the following matrix: $$\left(\begin{matrix}4&-5&2 \\ 5&-7&3\\ 6&-9&4 \end{matrix}\right)$$ So I got stuck pretty much trying to find the eigenvalues. ...
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Jordan normal form for a characteristic polynomial $(x-a)^5$

Write down all the possible Jordan normal forms for matrices with characteristic polynomial $(x-a)^5$. In each case, calculate the minimal polynomial and the geometric multiplicity of the eigenvalue $...
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Finding $P$ in $A = P^{-1}JP$ (Jordan Form)

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding the process of finding a basis for the Jordan canonical form (the "algorithm"). My textbook (Friedberg 4E) isn't very clear, and I can't seem to find anything ...
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Finding Jordan Canonical form for 3x3 matrix

I was looking at http://www.math.hkbu.edu.hk/~zeng/Teaching/math3407/Jordan_Form.pdf (section 2) $A =\left(\begin{array}{ccc}4 & 0 & 1 \\2 & 3 & 2 \\1 & 0 & 4\end{array}\right)...
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Non-integral powers of a matrix

Question Given a square complex matrix $A$, what ways are there to define and compute $A^p$ for non-integral scalar exponents $p\in\mathbb R$, and for what matrices do they work? My thoughts ...
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Finding the Jordan canonical form of this upper triangular $3\times3$ matrix

I am supposed to find the Jordan canonical form of a couple of matrices, but I was absent for a few lectures. \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 0 & 3 \end{...
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Possible Jordan Canonical Forms Given Minimal Polynomial

I was supposed to find all possible Jordan canonical forms of a $5\times 5$ complex matrix with minimal polynomial $(x-2)^2(x-1)$ on a qualifying exam last semester. I took the polynomial to mean ...
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Generalization of the Jordan form for infinite matrices

Under what conditions is it the case that for a matrix $M$ whose rows and columns are indexed by a countably infinite set $S$ one has a Hamel basis consisting of generalized eigenvectors (i.e. $v \in \...
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prove that for any nonsingular matrix $A$ there exist $X$ such that $X^2=A$

Prove that given any matrix A, where $$\det(A)\neq0$$ $$A\in M_{n,n}(\mathbb C)$$ the following equation $$X^2=A$$ always has a solution. Should I do something with Jordan Normal form? Any help will ...
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Similar Matrices and their Jordan Canonical Forms [duplicate]

Let $A$ and $B$ be two matrices in $M_n$. Is the following ture: $A$ and $B$ are similar $\iff$ $A$ and $B$ have the same jordan canonical form. Could someone explain?
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The index of nilpotency of a nilpotent matrix

Let $A$ a matrix in $\mathcal{M}_5(\mathbb C)$ such that $A^5=0$ and $\mathrm{rank}(A^2)=2$, how prove that $A$ is nilpotent with index of nilpotency $4$? Thanks in advance.
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If N is elementary nilpotent matrix, show that N Transpose is similar to N

If $N$ is a $k \times k$ elementary nilpotent matrix, i.e. $N^k = 0$ but $N^{k-1} \ne 0$, then show that $N^\top$ is similar to $N$. Now use the Jordan form to prove that every complex $n \times n$ ...
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Matrix exponential using the Jordan form

How do I calculate the matrix exponential $\Bbb e^{At}$ for $A = \left( \begin{matrix} 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 2 & 3 \\ 0 & 0 & 2 \end{matrix} \right)$ using the Jordan form of $A$? I ...
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If $(A-2I)^3(A+2I)^2=0$, then what are the possible Jordan canonical forms of $A$?

Here is the exercise: Let $A$ be a $5\times5$ complex matrix such that $(A-2)^3(A+2)^2=0$, where we define $A-\mu:=A-\mu I$ for scalar $\mu$. Assume that $\lambda=2$ is an eigenvalue of $A$ and its ...
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Jordan normal form and invertible matrix of generalized eigenvectors proof

Struggling to find a place to start with this proof- just began learning about Jordan normal. Given a 2-by-2 matrix $A$ and a Jordan normal form matrix $J_{\lambda}$, there exists a matrix $S = [v1, ...
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Jordan canonical form of an upper triangular matrix

Find the Jordan canonical form of the matrix. Justify your answer. $A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 0 & 4 & 5 \\ 0 & 0 & 4 \end{bmatrix} $ My Try: The eigenvalues are $...
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Lost on rational and Jordan forms

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to understand rational canonical form, primary rational canonical form, and Jordan form. I've looked at the posts about this, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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Two different definitions of Jordan canonical form

I am currently reading two linear algebra books. One is Hoffman/Kunze's and the other one is Friedberg/Insel/Spence's. They define Jordan canonical form of linear operator in different ways. In ...
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If we know the eigenvalues of a matrix $A$, and the minimal polynom $m_t(a)$, how do we find the Jordan form of $A$?

We have just learned the Jordan Form of a matrix, and I have to admit that I did not understand the algorithm. Given $A = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 & 1 & -1 \\ 0 & 2 & 1 & -1 \\ ...
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Size of Jordan block

Imagine that I'm writing the Jordan form of a matrix and I know that the eigenvalue needs to appear 4 times in the diagonal (algebraic multiplicity is 4) and we need 2 Jordan blocks (geometric ...
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Finding Jordan basis of a matrix ($3\times3$ example)

Our teacher didn't explain us how to find it so I've had to look up a bit by myself. I have this matrix : $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 9 & 4 & 5 \\ -4 & 0 & -3 \\ -6 & -4 & -2 \end{...
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$2\times2$ matrix $A$ such that $A$ has one independent eigenvector while $A^{2}$ has two independent eigenvectors

Give an example of $2\times2$ matrix $A$ such that $A$ has one independent eigenvector while $A^{2}$ has two independent eigenvectors. I would like to know a systematic answer of how to get this. My ...
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Superdiagonal for the Jordan form of a Jordan block power

The question is an extension of the Prove that $A$ is similar to $A^n$ based on A's Jordan form. Let $J$ be Jordan block of any form. In what circumstances Jordan form of power $J^n$ has the ...
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Computation of transformation matrix for jordan normal form: how to choose eigenvectors

During this semester at university we we're introduced to the jordan normal form of a matrix. While we never wrote down an explicit algorithm of how to find the matrix $B$, such that $B^{-1}AB$ is a ...
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An intuitive approach to the Jordan Normal form

I want to understand the meaning behind the Jordan Normal form, as I think this is crucial for a mathematician. As far as I understand this, the idea is to get the closest representation of an ...
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Jordan-Chevalley vs Jordan normal decomposition

I am confused about a proof of the Jordan-Chevalley decomposition I was reading in Peterson's linear algebra book. Let $T : V \to V$ be an $n$-dimensional operator on a complex vector space. The ...
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Jordan form of a power of Jordan block?

How, in general, does one find the Jordan form of a power of a Jordan block? Because of the comments on this question I think there is a simple answer.
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Finding Jordan Canonical form given the minimal and characteristic polynomial.

I have the following information: the characteristic polynomial of $A$ is $p_A(t)=(t-4)^3(t+6)^2$ and the minimal polynomial is $q_A(t)=(t-4)^2(t+6).$ I'm having problems seeing how one would work ...
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Find all possible Jordan Canonical forms for a nilpotent matrix

$A$ is a $10 \times 10$ nilpotent matrix of order $4$ ($A^4=0$) over $\mathbb C$ with $\operatorname{rank} (A)=6$. Find all possible Jordan Canonical forms The nullity of $A$ is $4$ so there are ...
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Prove Why $B^2 = A$ exists?

Define $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 8 & −4 & 3/2 & 2 & −11/4 & −4 & −4 & 1 \\ 2 & 2 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ −9 & 8 & 1/2 & −4 & 31/...
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$n$-th root of $3 \times 3$ invertible matrix

Yo, I couldn't solve this exercise after thinking for a while. For every $A \in GL_{3} (\mathbb{C})$ and $n$, there's a $B \in Mat_{3, 3}(\mathbb{C})$ such that $B^n = A$ The previous exercise was ...
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Can we reduce finding matrix roots to finding roots of Jordan blocks?

I just found some interesting question about matrix square roots and I came to think of one way to find them, or at least reduce them to a set of simpler problems. Assume we have a matrix $\bf A$ and ...
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Jordan normal form over $\mathbb{C}$

Let there be $T:\mathbb{C}^8\rightarrow \mathbb{C}^8$ Such that $ T\left(\begin{array}{c} x_{1} \\ x_{2} \\ x_{3} \\ x_{4} \\ x_{5} \\ x_{6} \\ x_{7} \\ x_{8} \end{array}\right)=\left(\begin{...
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Jordan Form Superdiagonal

How do you know how many of the super diagonal entries in the Jordan Form are zeros and how many are ones, and where they are placed? Thanks.
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Is the matrix norm of a matrix equal to the maximum of the norms of its Jordan block?

Let $J$ be a Jordan block matrix with blocks $J_1,\cdots,J_n$. I came up with some examples of $J$ and noticed that $\|J\|=\max_{i=1,\cdots,n}\|J_i\|$. Does this result always hold? The norm I use ...
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Jordan Block of Kronecker Product

Let $A$ be a $(p\times p$)-Jordan block of generalized eigenvalue $\lambda$. Let $B$ be a $(q\times q$)-Jordan block of generalized eigenvalue $\mu$. Then what is the Jordan canonical form for $A\...
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How to find the 'real' jordan canonical form of a matrix

Given that the the Jordan normal form of a matrix is, $J=\begin{bmatrix}2&1&0&0\\0&2&0&0\\0&0&1-i&0\\0&0&0&1+i\end{bmatrix}$ How do you find the 'real'...
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Prove that $A$ is similar to $A^n$ based on A's Jordan form

Let $A = \begin{bmatrix}1&-3&0&3\\-2&-6&0&13\\0&-3&1&3\\-1&-4&0&8\end{bmatrix}$, Prove that $A$ is similar to $A^n$ for each $n>0$. I found that ...
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Complex eigenvalues Jordan real matrix

As I posted here and here I'm studying Jordan forms and similar concepts. I've got a problem with complex eigenvalues in jordan real matrices. I know (at least I think so) how to compute the Jordan ...
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How to turn this matrix to Jordan normal form?

Matrix $A$ is $ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 3 & 0 & 8 \\ 3 & -1 & 6 \\ -2 & 0 & -5 \end{array} \right)$ and I need to find a matrix P such that $P^{-1} A P = J$ where $J$ is a ...
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On the rank inequality $\operatorname{rank}(A)+\operatorname{rank}(A^3)\geq2\operatorname{rank}(A^2)$

So, I have to show that for all square matrices $A$, $$\newcommand{\rank}{\operatorname{rank}}\rank(A)+\rank(A^3)\geq2\rank(A^2).$$ My attempt at it so far: So, if I try to use this theory: Let $A$ ...
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Find the jordan basis for $A$

$$A =\left(\begin{array}{cc}5 & -4 \\9 & -7\end{array}\right)$$ I found that the eigenvalues are $-1$ (algebriac multiplicity 2) Therefore, the jordan form looks like this: $$J =\left(\...