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How to prove the following determinant identity?

This problem is relevant to the spin operator matrix elements in the quantum 1D XY model. For any even integer $N$, define two sets ...
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How to prove this determinant is positive?

Given the matrices $ A_i= \biggl(\begin{matrix} 0 & B_i \\ B_i^T & 0 \end{matrix} \biggr) $, where $B_i$ are real matrices and $i=1,2,\ldots,N$, how to prove that $\det(I + ...
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Determinant of a checkerboard Hankel matrix with Catalan numbers

My goal is to compute \begin{equation} I = \det \left(\mathbf{I} + \mathbf{A}\right) \end{equation} where $\mathbf{A}$ is a $n \times n$ checkerboard matrix filled with Catalan numbers: $$ \left\{ ...
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An (open?) problem about a sequence of nested principal sub-matrices and their determinants

Problem: Let $A$ be a $n \times n$ integer matrix, $\det(A) = \pm 1$. Under which conditions there exist a nested sequence of principal submatrices of size $n$ such that they all have determinant $\pm ...
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Geometric interpretation of the Desnanot-Jacobi Identity

Given a square $n\times n$ matrix $M$, let $M_i^j$ denote the $(n-1)\times(n-1)$ matrix obtained from M by omitting the i-th row and j-th column of $M$. The Desnanot-Jacobi Identity states ...
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Estimating a Selberg-type integral (or a Fredholm determinant)

I am concerned with the asymptotical behavior of integrals like this for large $n$ $$\frac{1}{n!}\intop_{\Omega}\prod_{1\leq i<j\leq n}(x_{j}-x_{i})^{2}\,\prod_{j=1}^{n}e^{-x_{j}^{2}}dx_{j},$$ ...
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How to calculate one Cauchy type determinant

As we know, a Cauchy determinant of size n admits the following explicit formula: $$\det \left(\frac{1}{x _i+y _j}\right) _{1\le i,j \le n}=\frac{\prod _{1\le i < j\le n} (x _j-x _i)(y _j-y ...
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Is there a method to simultaneously block-diagonalize a set of group matrices?

Assume that you are explicitly given the representation matrices of a group. How does one go about finding that common basis which will find the irreducible components of all of them simultaneously? ...
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Approximate determinantal point process

Consider a random process defined on $2^{\mathcal{X}}$, i.e. all subsets of a set $\mathcal{X}$. It's well known that this process is determinantal if one can find a positive semidefinite matrix K, ...
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How to define the determinant of a morphism between graded Lie algebras?

I have the following question. Suppose $g_1$ and $g_2$ are two finite dimensional, nilpotent, stratified Lie algebras and $A:g_1\to g_2$ is a morphism of the graded Lie algebra. I wonder whether there ...
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Where does this identity involving sums of Hankel-like determinants over partitions come from?

For a partition $\lambda=( \lambda_1,\dots,\lambda_n)\vdash n$ with $\lambda_1\ge\dots\ge\lambda_n\ge0$ and any function $f:\mathbb Z\to\mathbb C$, define a Hankel-like $n\times n$ matrix ...
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How to make the Capelli's identity less mysterious?

The formulation of the Capelli's identity is very elementary; it has important applications in invariant theory and representation theory, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capelli%27s_identity To ...
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Does anyone know this determinant?

The following determinant arises in a combinatorial enumeration problem. I wonder if anyone has seen it before in any context or knows how to evaluate it. I tried computing it for small $n$ but didn't ...
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Are these particular kinds of matrices well known?

Given two positive integers $n$ and $a \leq \frac{n}{2}$ consider a $n \times n$ matrix $A$ such that, all the diagonal entries are either $a$ or $a+1$ all the non-zero off-diagonal entries are ...
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About adding a negative definite rank-1 matrix to a symmetric matrix

If $B$ is a symmetric matrix then how do its eigenvalues compare to the eigenvalues of $B - vv^T$? ( where $v$ is a vector of the same dimension as $B$) I guess that the eigenvalues of $B - vv^T$ ...
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Are there good ways of relating a minor to the full determinant?

Say $A$ is a $(n-1)\times (n-1)$ matrix and we augment it by a $n^{th}$ row and a column and get a $n \times n$ matrix $B$. Is there a nice way to relate $det(B)$ and $det(A)$ and the added row and ...
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A sum-of-determinants identity [closed]

I posed a terser version of this question on math.stackexchange.com and after 24 hours I get only a comment on a detail of notation and neither votes nor answers. Suppose ...
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How to see that this pairing of line bundles is multiplicative?

Given a projective flat morphism $p: X \rightarrow Y$ of integral noetherian schemes of relative dimension one. For a coherent sheaf $F$ on $Y$ we can define a line bundle $det(F)$ on $Y$ and for a ...
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Determinant of the oriented adjacency matrix of a tree

Let $(V,E)$ be a finite oriented directed graph, with vertices and edges ordered, and $M$ the $|V|\times |E|$ matrix with entries $$ m_{ve} = \begin{cases} 1 &\text{if $e$ points at $v$}\\ -1 ...
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An infinite product associated with random matrices

Motivation Let ${\mathbb F}_q$ be the field with $q$ (a power of some prime number) elements. Then the order of $GL_n({\mathbb F}_q)$ is $$(q^n-1)(q^n-q)\cdots(q^n-q^{n-1}).$$ The fact that this ...
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Determinant of block covariance matrix [closed]

I wonder how to express the determinant of a block covariance matrix. For example, I have a covariance matrix $\Sigma=\left[ \begin{array}{cc} \Sigma_1 & \Sigma_{12} \\ \Sigma_{21} ...
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Proving that the kernel of this matrix is of dimension 2

(Edit : see at the bottom of the question for an additional surprising possible hint.) Using a computational software program, I found that the kernel of the following matrix is of dimension 2 when ...
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Does this permanent have a closed form?

What is the closed form of this permanent? (similar to the Cauchy determinant) \begin{aligned} f(z_1,z_2,\cdots,z_N,w_1,w_2,\cdots,w_N)=\left[ \small{\begin{matrix} \frac{1}{(z_1-w_1)^2} && ...
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Generalized Cauchy-Binet sum over a fixed subset of indices

I originally posted this on math.stackexchange, but it quickly got buried. I removed it not too long after, thinking of rewriting it for MO, but I didn’t have a chance to post it until now. Apologies ...
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MInors related problem [closed]

A matrix $A$ has $m$ rows and $n$ colums, such that $m \leq n$. We know that each row of $A$ has the norm $1$ (the norm of an element $x=(x_1,x_2,...,x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n$ is ...
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A class of matrix determinants between Wronskians and Vandermondes

Update: see below Let $M$ be an $n\times n$ matrix that's constructed as follows. Construct the right-most column of $M$ as $[\alpha_1(x_1),\cdots,\alpha_n(x_n)]^T$ for some class of fixed functions ...
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Are bounds known for the maximum determinant of a (0,1)-matrix of specified size and with a specifed number of 1s?

The problems of determining the maximum determinant of an $n \times n$ $(0,1)$-matrix and the spectral problem of determining exactly which other determinants can possibly occur are both reasonably ...
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Block Matrix determinant

Consider the $k \times k$ block matrix: $ C = \left(\begin{array}{ccccc} A & B & B & \cdots & B \\ B & A & B &\cdots & B \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & ...
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Factor a sum of products of cofactors

Let $M$ be any $n\times n$ matrix. We define the usual cofactors: $C_{i,j}$ is $(-1)^{i+j}$ times the determinant of the submatrix obtained by deleting row $i$ and column $j$ of $M$. We can write ...
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Why does this antisymmetric product factor out a determinant?

Consider a generic $n \times n$ matrix $M$. Define the $(n-1) \times n$ matrix $M_q$ to be $M$ with the $q$th row omitted, and assume that $M_q$ possesses a right inverse, $R_q$: $$R_q = M_q^T (M_q ...
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Vanishing patterns of minors of matrix

Let $M$ be a $m\times n$ matrix with entries in, say $\mathbb{C}$; assume $n\leq m$. Denote by $I\subseteq\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$ a subset of the columns of M. I am interested in positive results to the ...
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Number of Matrices with bounded determinant

Here's my question: Let $k,B,C$ be positive integers such that $B<C$. Can you give an upper bound for the number of $k\times k$ integer matrices having entries bounded in modulus by $B$ having ...
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$G$-invariant part of products of determinants of minors

Let $G = SL_n$; then for any tuple $\lambda$ such that $\sum \lambda_i = n$, define $f_\lambda(g)$ as the product of the determinants of successive minors of lengths $\lambda_i$ of $g$ (e.g. for ...
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Sum over growing Young tableaux

Let $\lambda_0,\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\lambda_3,\ldots$ be a sequence of Young diagrams, such that each successive diagram is obtained from the prior by the addition of one box (don't forget that the row ...
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Determinant of sum of Kronecker products

Given four real symmetric matrices $A,B \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ and $C,D \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times m}$, is there an efficient way to compute the determinant: $\det|A \otimes C + B \otimes D |$
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Determinant of a sum of two Hankel matrices [closed]

First version: Let $A$ and $B$ be (complex) Hankel matrix. Is it true that $\det (A+B)\neq 0$ if $\det A=0$ and $\det B\neq0$? No. Reformulating: For which $B$ is it true that $\det (A+B)\neq 0$ if ...
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range of the difference-of-two-qubit-$4 \times 4$-density-matrix-determinants

The determinant of a two-qubit $4 \times 4$ density matrix--that is, a Hermitian, nonnegative definite matrix with unit trace--lies between $0$ and $(\frac{1}{2})^8$. (A "pure state" has determinant ...
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Reconstructing a (unitary) matrix from the determinant of its sub-matrices

I want to find the unitary $N \times N$ matrix U from the following data. Let $M$ be an integer $(1< M<N-1)$ and let $\mathcal S$ be the space of all the possible subsets of $\{1,2,\dots, N\}$ ...
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Determinant of $V^* V$ where $V$ is rectangular Vandermonde matrix with nodes on unit circle

Let $z_{1},\dots,z_{k}$ be distinct complex numbers with $\left|z_{j}\right|=1,\;j=1,\dots,k$. For any natural $N\geqslant k$ consider the rectangular Vandermonde matrix $$ V_{N}=\begin{pmatrix}1 ...
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A determinant problem with symmetric PSD matrices

Suppose we have a a set of matrices in the complex field of the form $a_iv_iv_i^H$ for $i=\{1,\dots,n\}$ where $a_i$ are constant positive real scalars and $v_i$ are constant complex valued finite ...
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How to obtain the determinant of the difference of two matrices? [closed]

I am trying to obtain the determinant of the difference between the identity matrix and an A matrix. The question is such: ...
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A binomial determinant fomula

Is there an existing or elementary proof of the determinant identity $ \det_{1\le i,j\le n}\left( \binom{i}{2j}+ \binom{-i}{2j}\right)=1 $?
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LU decomposition

Consider a $N \times N$ symmetric real matrix $A$: $A_{ij} = (\sum_{k=1}^N n_{ik}) \delta_{ij} - n_{ij}$, where $n_{ij}$ is a real symmetric matrix whose elements are equal to $1$ or $0$. $A$ has one ...
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Has this generalization of a determinant (assigning multiplicities to the rows) been studied?

I'm working on some questions in tropical geometry, and my problem led me to create the following generalization of a determinant: Let $A$ be an $m \times n$ matrix with $m \le n$, and positive ...
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Estimate the determinant of sparse 0-1 matrix

There is a matrix A where each entry is either 0 or 1. Each column has exactly a 1's and each row has at most b 1's. What's the upper bound of abs(|A|)? The condition is stronger than the Hadamard's ...
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Given a correlation matrix $B$. What correlation matrix A (maximizes / minimizes) the following: det(A+B)

Given correlation matrix $B$ (positive semi-definite with ones in the diagonal). 1)Find the correlation matrix $A$ which maximizes $\det\left(A+B\right)$. 2)Find the correlation matrix $A$ which ...
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On matrices in linear forms with vanishing determinant

This is a cross-post from my original question at math.se. I decided to post here because it seems more difficult than I originally thought. Let $R=\mathbb C[x_1,\ldots,x_r]$ be a polynomial ring. ...
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Is this a metric on the Grassmannian Manifold?

Let $m>n$ and consider the Set $$S_{m,n}=\{A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}\lvert A^TA=I_n \}.$$ Does the function $d\colon S_{m,n} \times S_{m,n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by ...
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Determinant inequality of square-product sum of diagonal matrix and upper-triangular matrix

Recently, I have seen a matrix inequality but don't know how to prove it. The inequality goes as follows. For an arbitrary $n\times n$ diagonal matrix $\mathbf{D}$ and an arbitrary upper-triangular ...
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Determinants in Graph Theory

In graph theory, we work with adjacency matrices which define the connections between the vertices. These matrices have various properties in themselves. For example, their trace can be calculated (it ...