Questions about the determinant of square matrices or linear endomorphisms. Also for closely related topics such as minors or regularized determinants.

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Sum of squares of determinants of principal minors

I am interested in computing the sum of squares of determinants of principal minors. Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ positive semidefinite matrix and $A_S$ be a principal minor of $A$ indexed by the set $S ...
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analogue of GUE and Ginibre in higher dimensions

This is a completely unmotivated question, but what happens to the 1-point marginal distribution for the following $N$-point joint distribution: $$\displaystyle p(z_1,\ldots, z_N) = C_N ...
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Why doesn't the argument of circular law convergence of Ginibre spectrum give the same result for GUE?

It appears I am profoundly confused in the following nice argument of Ginibre and Mehta and beautifully presented in Djalil Chafai's blog ...
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universal property of the determinant bundle

Let $X$ be a nontrivial ringed space (i.e. all stalks are nonzero). To every locally free module $M$ on $X$ of constant rank $n$ we can associated it's determinant $\det(M)$, which is a line bundle ...
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Question on a relation between minors of a particular kind of matrix

Hi! Perhaps it is an easy question but i don't figure out how to prove it. Let $a_1,...,a_{2m+2}\in\mathbb{C}$ and for $1\leq i\leq 2m+2$ and $j\leq [\frac{2m+2-i}{2}]$ (with $[a]$ i mean the integer ...
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A determinant involving only cyclotomic factors

Let $\alpha:\mathbb Z\longrightarrow \mathbb Z$ be a quadratic polynomial taking only integral values on the integers and consider the sequence of square-matrices with coefficients $x^{\alpha(i+j)}$ ...
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Expected inverse determinant with independent rows

Let $a_1,a_2,\dots,a_n$ be independent identically distributed random vectors in $\mathbb R^n$. I need a bound for $E[|\det A|^{-1}]$, where $A$ is the matrix composed out of these vectors. More ...
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Determinant and symmetric power

Let $V$ be a vector space over some field $k$ and $T \in \mathrm{GL}(V)$. Then, we can view $T\in \mathrm{GL}(\mathrm{Sym}^k(V))$ where $\mathrm{Sym}^k(V)$ denotes the $k^\mathrm{th}$ symmetric power ...
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What's the maximum determinant of the (0, 1) matrix from M(n, R)?

If there's no exact formula what's the nearest upper and lower bounds do you know?
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Matrix products under which the determinant behaves multiplicatively

The determinant behaves multiplicatively with respect to the usual matrix product $$ \det(AB) = \det(A)\det(B), $$ and also with respect to the Kronecker (or tensor) product of square matrices $$ ...
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Determinant of a sum of a diagonal matrix, a dyadic product matrix, and a Hermitian Toeplitz matrix

Hi From a physics problem, I am trying to evaluate exactly the following kind of determinant: G = A + M + N. A is diagonal M is a product of a column (of 1s) and a row matrix N is a Hermitian ...
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Appropriate journal to publish a determinantal inequality

I have recently made the following observation: Let $v_i := (v_{i1}, v_{i2})$, $1 \leq i \leq k$, be non-zero positive elements of $\mathbb{Q}^2$ such that no two of them are proportional. Let ...
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Determinant of a 3x3 Magic Square

Hello guys. This is my first question with mathOverflow so I hope my etiquette is up to par here. My question is regarding a 3x3 magic square constructed using the la Loubere method (see la Loubere ...
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Why were matrix determinants once such a big deal?

I have been told that the study of matrix determinants once comprised the bulk of linear algebra. Today, few textbooks spend more than a few pages to define it and use it to compute a matrix inverse. ...
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Function recursion relation over symmetric group

Hi! Let P be a permutation in the symmetric group SN and let π=πj, j+1 be a transposition of elements j and j+1 of the permutation. Let A(P) be a function in dependence of the permutation P. ...
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Hankel determinants of symmetric functions

The starting point is that it is known that the Hankel determinants for the Catalan sequence give the number of nested sequences of Dyck paths. I would like to promote this to symmetric functions. ...
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Splitting the determinant polynomial into linear factors - a Dedekind problem

Here's the question in a nutshell. For some $n\in\mathbb N$, we consider the polynomial $\det\left(\left(X_{i,j}\right) _ {1\leq i\leq n,\ 1\leq j\leq n}\right)\in\mathbb Z\left[X_{i,j}\mid 1\leq ...
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What are picard categories, where can I learn more about them, and why should I care to?

I have the category-theoretic background of the occasional stroll through Mac Lane's text, so excuse my ignorance in this regard. I was trying to learn all that I could on the subject of tensor ...
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Sarrus determinant rule: references, extensions

SEEKING REFERENCES FOR SARRUS' RULE AND EXTENSIONS An undergraduate came to me with an identity for 4x4 determinants that is actually correct: $\det(A)=h(A)+h(RA)+h(R^{2}A)$ where R cyclically ...
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Lifting matrices mod 2 to integers.

The following question was motivated by my research. Consider a $n\times n$ matrix whose elements are $0$'s or $1$'s such that the determinant is odd. The question is: is it possible to assign signs ...
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Statement of Lagrange's theorem on determinants(elementary question).

Apologies for this elementary question; but I was unable to find a reference otherwise. Let $A, B, C$ be square matrices of the same dimension. Then, $$\begin{vmatrix} A & C \\\ 0 & B ...
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What's the correct notion of determinant of a bilinear pairing?

By a pairing on a vector space $V$, I mean a linear map $A : V \otimes V \to R$. If $V$ is $n$-dimensional ($n < \infty$), then I can define the determinant of $A$ by considering the canonical ...