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Let $R=M_{n}(Z_{2})$, can we write every matrices of $R$ as sum of two matrices of $GL_{n}(Z_{2})$?

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closed as not a real question by Victor Protsak, Loop Space, Akhil Mathew, Yemon Choi, Qiaochu Yuan Aug 23 '10 at 21:20

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The body of the question is unclear and doesn't correspond to the title. –  Victor Protsak Aug 23 '10 at 19:26
    
However, if a question like this appears unclear, I would rather ask the questioner to clarify it. In the present case, the only unclear point seems to me the use of "unitary" in the title, in place of "invertible". –  Pietro Majer Aug 24 '10 at 19:13
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It appears you are asking whether $R$ is a 2-good ring. The answer is yes. You may find the paper "2-good rings" by Peter Vamos to be useful in giving you some background information.

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The answer is "yes" if all matrices are the sum of at most 2 units. The answer is "almost" if every matrix is required to be the sum of exactly two units. (Hint: the monkey in this wrench is pretty small.) Gerhard "Ask Me About System Design" Paseman, 2010.08.24 –  Gerhard Paseman Aug 24 '10 at 11:54
    
I failed to remark that I am, of course, assuming that $n>1$, otherwise the result is not true. I also want to mention that a colleague of mine Thomas Dorsey (along with two coauthors) has a preprint on this topic which is quite good. You might look for that paper to appear soon. –  Pace Nielsen Aug 24 '10 at 17:28
    
Thanks for the heads up on the preprint. If you see the paper before I do, please mention it here. I shall do same if I see the paper before a new comment here. Gerhard "Ask Me About System Design" Paseman, 2010.08.24 –  Gerhard Paseman Aug 24 '10 at 17:58
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