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For any topic related to matrices. This includes: systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors (diagonalization, triangularization), determinant, trace, characteristic polynomial, adjugate and adjoint, transpose, Jordan normal form, matrix algorithms (e.g. LU, Gauss elimination, SVD, QR), invariant factors, quadratic forms, etc. For questions specifically concerning matrix equations, use the (matrix-equations) tag.

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Limit of sequence of growing matrices

Let $$ H=\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 0 & 1/2\\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/2 & 0 \end{array}\right), $$ $K_1=\left(\...
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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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Determining the kernel of a Vandermonde-like matrix

The kernel of a Vandermonde matrix can be determined using this formula. The following type of matrix has a similar structure, and should also have a one-dimensional kernel. $$V= \begin{bmatrix} ...
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Can some proof that $\det(A) \ne 0$ be checked faster than matrix multiplication?

We can compute a determinant of an $n \times n$ matrix in $O(n^3)$ operations in several ways, for example by LU decomposition. It's also known (see, e.g., Wikipedia) that if we can multiply two $n \...
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What does the ideal norm of matrix elements really mean?

Say we have a number field $K$ (specifically, an imaginary quadratic field) and a $2\times2$ matrix $\sigma=\pmatrix{a&c\\b&d}$ with elements $a,b,c,d\in\mathcal O_k$, the ring of integers of $...
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Find the cardinality of a subset of $GL_n( \mathbb F_p)$

Let $m,n \in \mathbb N$. Let $\mathbb F_p$ denote the prime field of characteristic $p$. Consider the set $$ X_m = \{A \in GL_n( {\mathbb F_p}): A^m=1 \}$$ Compute the cardinality of $X_m$. Its ...
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Matrix generated by prime numbers

Let $p$ be the vector of dimension $n^2$ consisting of ordered prime numbers i.e. $p= [ 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 5 \ 7 \ldots]^T$ and $A$ be the matrix of dimension $n\times{n}$ constructed with this vector by ...
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Simpson's Rule for Double Integrals

Simpson's Rule for double integrals: $$\int_a^b\int_c^df(x,y) \,dx \,dy$$ is given by $$S_{mn}=\frac{(b-a)(d-c)}{9mn} \sum_{i,j=0,0}^{m,n} W_{i+1,j+1} f(x_i,y_j) $$ where: $$W= \begin{pmatrix} 1&...
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Matrix diagonalization theorems and counterexamples: reference-request.

I'm looking for exhaustive list of diagonalization theorems and counterexamples in linear algebra. In this question I understand the question of matrix diagonalization very broadly: suppose we have ...
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Inverse of Toeplitz Matrix Property

Sorry if this question has been asked already but I didn't find it. Given a symmetric Toeplitz matrix of the form $$\left[\begin{array}{llll} a_0 & a_1 & \dots & a_n\\ a_1 & a_0 &...
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Pfaffian properties

Given a $2n\times 2n$ real skew-symmetric matrix $A$, its Pfaffian $\mathrm{Pf}$ is defined as: $$ \mathrm{Pf}(A) = \frac1{2^n n!}\sum_{\sigma\in S_{2n}}\mathrm{sgn}(\sigma)\prod_{i=1}^n A_{\sigma(2i-...
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A conjecture on the Lyapunov equation

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a Hurwitz stable matrix (i.e., all the eigenvalues of $A$ have strictly negative real part). Let $X\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a positive semi-definite matrix of ...
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Finding the ratio between two $8$-dimensional volumes

EDIT: At this point, geometric interpretations of conditions 2-4 would qualify as an answer. This can include symmetries of the region. I have a real $3 \times 3$ matrix $A$ with entries $a_{ij},$ ...
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Bounding the minimum singular value of a block triangular matrix

Question: What is the sharpest known lower bound for the minimum singular value of the block triangular matrix $$M:=\begin{bmatrix} A & B \\ 0 & D \end{bmatrix}$$ in terms of the properties ...
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Closeness the eigenvalues of a Matrix to a list of numbers

Let $A,B\in M_n(\mathbb R)$, and $\ell$ a list of $n$ numbers sorted in some order (say, decreasing). Let $\lambda_i(A)$ be the $i$th eigenvalue of $A$ with respect to the chosen order. Finally, let ...
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Minecraft water spreading initial arrangements

So as most minecraft players quickly learn, the best way to flood an area is to place water along a diagonal. There are of course other ways to flood the same area with the same number of buckets ...
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Flipping Summation of Kronecker Products

Question Suppose $\mathbf A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix, and that $\mathbf B_i$ is an $m\times m$ matrix, for all $i\in\{1,\dots, n\}$. Is it possible to find $n\times n$ matrices $\mathbf U$ and $\...
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How to solve linear system of form $(A \otimes B + C^{T}C)x = b$ when $A \otimes B$ is too large to compute?

For the given linear system: $$(A \otimes B + C^{T}C)x = b$$ where $\otimes$ is the Kronecker product, $A$ and $B$ are dense and symmetric positive-definite, and $C^{T}C$ is a sparse symmetric block ...
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Uniqueness of an infinite system of linear ODEs

How to prove that $\dot{x}=ax,\space x(0)=1$ has a unique solution if $a,x$ are infinite dimensional matrices? More specifically, let $Q$ be a bounded infinitesimal generator, i.e. $Q=(q_{i,j})_{i,j\...
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Representation for Vandermonde's permanent

Permanent of a matrix A = $\|a_{i,j}\|_{i,j=1}^{n}$ is defined as $$ \mathrm{Perm}(A) = \sum\limits_{\sigma \in S_{n}} a_{1,\sigma_{1}},\ldots,a_{n,\sigma_{n}} $$ Is there some representation for ...
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Reference request: arranging distinct numbers into a full rank matrix

I thought of the following problem: Let $n\ge 2$. Suppose you have $n^2$ distinct numbers in some field. Is it necessarily possible to arrange the numbers into an $n\times n$ matrix of full ...
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What is $\ \overline{\bigcup_{p≥ 1}\ \{A\in M_n(\mathbb C), \ A^p = I_n\}} \ $?

Let $\Gamma_p = \{A\in M_n(\mathbb C), A^p = I_n\}$ and let $\Gamma = \bigcup_{p≥ 1}\ \Gamma_p$. What is the closure of $\Gamma$ ? (This is from an oral exam). Let $B \in M_n(\mathbb C)$ such that ...
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Matrix exponential, containing a thermal state

Define an infinite matrix $$ M = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & -1 & 0 & 0 & \cdots \\ 1 & 0 & -2 & 0 & \cdots \\ 0 & 2 & 0 & -3 & \cdots \\ 0 & 0 & 3 &...
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Can the Riemann hypothesis be relaxed to say that this matrix A consists of square roots?

I realize that asking this question is like presenting to a patent attorney a wheel-less skateboard while asking to patent a hoverboard. Anyways. Lagarias version of the Riemann hypothesis sets a ...
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Determinant of a symmetric matrix with entries on diagonals

I am interested in the calculation of the determinant of the $N\times N$ symmetric matrix \begin{equation*} \mathbf B = \left(\begin{array}{*{20}c} 2 & & -1& &-1& &\\ & 2 &...
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When does $S \cap GL_4(\mathbb R)$ have precisely two connected components where $S \subset M_4(\mathbb R)$ is a linear subspace?

This is related to the question How many connected components for the intersection $S \cap GL_n(\mathbb R)$ where $S \subset M_n(\mathbb R)$ is a linear subspace? I asked. There is a nice example in ...
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Polynomial approximation to formal power series matrix

I noticed that starting with a $2 {\times} 2$ matrix $M$ with a handful of polynomial entries in two variables such that $\det M$ is invertible in $\mathbb C [x] [[y]]$ I can add infinitely many terms ...
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The practical usage of Arnold Matrix Trace Theorem

I would like to ask about the Arnold's Matrix Trace theorem: $$\textrm{tr}\big(A^{p^k}\big)\equiv\textrm{tr}\big(A^{p^{k-1}}\big)\ (\!\!\bmod {p^k}).$$ This theorem looks fantastic to me. But is ...
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Upper bound on Frobenius norm of inverse of positive definite, symmetric matrix

Let $\Sigma$ be a symmetric, positive definite $n \times n$ matrix. I want an upper bound on the Frobenius norm of $\Sigma^{-1}$ that does not involve calculating the determinant of $\Sigma$. The ...
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Sylvester's criterion for negative semidefinite matrices

Is there a Sylvester's criterion for negative semidefinite matrices? I suspect such a criterion to be: All principal minors with odd dimension are non-positive. All principal minors with even ...
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Matrix multiplication of columns times rows instead of rows times columns

In ordinary matrix multiplication $AB$ where we multiply each column $b_{i}$ by $A$, each resulting column of $AB$ can be viewed as a linear combination of $A$. If however if we decided to multiply ...
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What do you call the product of a matrix's diagonal elements?

The trace of $A$, an $N\times N$ matrix, is $\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^N A_{ii}$. What do you call $\displaystyle\prod_{i=1}^N A_{ii}$?
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If nilpotent matrix $A$ and $AB−BA$ commute, show that $AB$ is nilpotent.

Let $A$ and $B$ be $n×n$ complex matrices. If $A$ is a nilpotent matrix, and $A$ commute with $AB−BA$, show that $AB$ is nilpotent. Equivalently, the question can be expressed as following ...
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Meaning cone,ray, fan for polytopes

I'm trying to understand some mathematical operations and definitions for my project. Could you explain the meanings? $P_b ={x∈R^d : Ax≤b}$ is a polytope. Let's have a 10x3 matrix $Ax≤b$ $$ \begin{...
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Theorem 2.20 in Friedberg's Linear Algebra

Theorem 2.20 Let $V$ and $W$ be finite-dimensional vector spaces over $F$ of dimensions $n$ and $m$, respectively, and let $\beta$ and $\gamma$ be ordered bases for $V$ and $W$, respectively. Then the ...
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Number of permutations of matrices with unique rows and columns

Consider an $m$ by $n$ matrix filled with integers in $\left[0, b\right[$. There would be $b^{mn}$ possible matrices. Two matrices would be considered equivalent (in this system) iff you can switch ...
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Sequential square packings

There are various studies for packing sequential squares of size $1$ to $n$. We can try to find the smallest square they will pack into, as in tightly packed squares. We can find the smallest square ...
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Simplifying Trace of a Matrix Expression ${\rm Tr} \left( (I- D^{-1} BA^2) B (I- D^{-1} BA^2)^T \right)$

Let $B$ be a symmetric invertible matrix and let $A$ be a diagonal matrix with non-zero entries on the main diagonal. I am trying to simplify the following expression \begin{align} {\rm Tr} \left( ...
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A conjecture on Schatten 1-norm

I have a conjecture on Schatten 1-norm. Before presenting the conjecture, let us first specify the notions used here. A matrix $A$ is said to be a density operator if $A$ is positive semidefinite ...
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Is a symmetric positive definite matrix always diagonally dominant?

A Hermitian diagonally dominant matrix $A$ with real non-negative diagonal entries is positive semidefinite. Is it possible to have a Hermitian matrix be positive semidefinite/definite and not be ...
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Hadamard matrices and sub-matrices (Converse of Sylvester Construction)

Let $H$ be a $d$ by $d$ real Hadamard matrix, namely: $$HH^{T}=d I$$ where $I$ is the identity matrix and $d=2^{k}$ for some natural number $k\geq 2$. The entries of $H$ are either $1$ or $-1$ and it ...
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Exactly $n-1$ nonzero elements if $\det(A)=0$ for every arrangement

Let $x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n^2}\in\mathbb{R}$ with the property that any $n\times n$ matrix with exactly these elements has determinant $0$. Suppose also that there are at least $n$ distinct elements. ...
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Birkhoff representation of a stochastic matrix

From the Birkhoff theorem, it is known that every doubly stochastic matrix can be written as a convex combination of permutation matrices, although this representation might not be unique. Assume ...
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Proof of the conjecture that the kernel is of dimension 2, extended

Pursuing my research, I am now looking for a proof of an extension of the problem proposed here and answered. It's an extension in the sense that I'm now considering two different $t_1$ and $t_2$. The ...
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Why matrix representation of convolution cannot explain the convolution theorem?

A record saying that Convolution Theorem is trivial since it is identical to the statement that convolution, as Toeplitz operator, has fourier eigenbasis and, therefore, is diagonal in it, has ...
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Condition of an eigenvector problem

Please, somebody help me with this problem. [Ciarlet 2.3-5] Let ${A}$ and ${B} = {A} + \delta{A}$ be two symmetric matrices with eigenvalues $$\alpha_1\ \leq\ \alpha_2\ \leq\ \ldots\ \leq\ \alpha_n\;...
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If $AB=A$, does B have to be the identity matrix?

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are square matrices and that $AB=A$ with $B \neq I$. What does this say about the invertibility of $A$? This question showed up on an exam I took this past spring. I got stuck on ...
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Is the matrix $\sum_{g \in G} a_g \rho(g)$ normal and what further properties does it have?

Let $\rho$ be the regular representation of $G$. $S \subset G$ a generating set, $|g| := |g|_S=$ word length with respect to $S$. Then I construct such a matrix, where we have some ordering $g_i$ of ...
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Some concrete examples of $M_q(2)$ points

Given $q \in C$ invertible, Kassel says that a $M_q(2)$ point of an $R$ algebra is a $m=\left(\begin{array}{cc} A & B\\ C & D \end{array}\right)\in R^{4}$ such that $A,\,B,\,C,\,D \in R$ ...
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Find a flag to transform a matrix to an upper triangular one

Consider $F: \mathbb{R^3} \to \mathbb{R^3}$ represented by: $ A= \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1 & 2 \\ -2 & 5 & 6 \\ 1 & -2 & -2 \\ \end{bmatrix} $ , eigenvalues: $...