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### Identifying factors of higher order in a determinant

Consider a $n\times n$ matrix $A$ whose elements are some polynomials in the indeterminates $x_1, x_2,\ldots,x_m$. To calculate the determinant of such a matrix, one of the usual ways is to treat the ...

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### slick-proof-of-trick-for-counting-domino-tilings

The trick for rewriting the number of domino tilings of a simply-connected finite lattice region as the absolute value of the determinant of a matrix (due I believe to Kasteleyn and Percus, but if ...

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### Characteristic polynomials of certain random symmetric matrices and the complexity of random Morse functions

Investigations concerning random Morse functions led me to the following problem. Consider the classical GOE of $m\times m$ real symmetric matrices $A$ with independent Gaussian entries with ...

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### Extremal properties of the determinant for matrices with entries in a fixed subset of $[-1,1]^{n^2}$?

Given a multiset $S\subset [-1,1]^{n^2}$, we set
$$m(S)=\min\vert \det(M)\vert$$
where the minimum is over all matrices with entries forming the multiset $S$
and
$$a(n)=\max m(S)$$
where the maximum ...

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### When the determinant of a 2x2 polynomial matrix is a square?

Consider a 2x2 matrix $A$ with entries from $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$. Assume that $\mathrm{det} A$ is a square. Is it true that then $A$ can be represented as a noncomuting product $A=A_1 A_2 … A_{2n}$, in ...

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### determinant of the table of characters

I am certain that the answer to this question exists somewhere. It might be a classical exercise.
Let $G$ be a finite group. Its table of characters is a square matrix, whose rows are indexed by the ...

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### The Wronskian of sin(kx) and cos(kx), k=1…n

What is the determinant of the Wronskian of the functions $\{\cos\ x, \sin\ x, \cos\ 2x, \sin\ 2x,\ldots, \cos\ nx, \sin\ nx\}$? This determinant seems to be an integer, and the sequence starts with ...

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### Counting matrices with different determinants

Let $A$ and $B$ be two matrices of order $n$ over a finite subset of integers $S$ such that $A$ and $B$ are positive-definite, nonsingular and symmetric.
I am interested in proprieties about $A$, $B$ ...

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### Can one give a “nice” expression for this determinant?

I am asking this question on behalf of a senior faculty member who is sometimes intimidated by computers. It is motivated by a problem in invariant theory. Unfortunately the question is a bit vague.
...

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### How can I write down a point in the Berezinian of a super vector space?

A vector space $V$ of dimension $n$ has an associated determinant line $Det(V)$.
An element of $Det(V)$ is represented as a (formal limear combination) of expresstions of the form
$v_1 \wedge ...

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### Encoding information about submatrix determinants

$M$ is an $n\times n$ matrix. Consider the submatrices $M(P;Q)$ formed from $P$ rows and $Q$ columns of $M$ where $P$ and $Q$ are disjoint indices.
Is there some way to encode the various ...

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### Convergence of Fredholm determinants

Let $(X_N)_N$ be a sequence of trace class operators acting on, say, $L^2(\mathbb{R})$. What are the minimal assumptions in order to have the convergence of their Fredholm determinant
$$
...

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### determinant of exterior power

Suppose A is a n times n matrix.
what is the determinant of the i-th exterior power of A, in terms of determinant of A ?
thanks..

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### How to invert the matrix [n choose 2j - i] ?

In a certain model of a stat-physics type, one encounters a matrix
$$
A_n:=\left[\binom{n}{2j-i}\right]_{i,j=1}^{n-1}.
$$
The determinant of this matrix (equal to $2^{\binom n2}$) counts the number ...

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### Detecting if a polynomial is a Pfaffian

Given an explicit polynomial, is there any kind of trick/algorithm to check whether it is a pfaffian of a matrix with linear entries?

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### about Generalized Determinant?

Page 276 in the book Differential Topology and Quantum Field theory by C. Nash, describes a "generalization of determinant of linear map" as follows: for linear map
$O:{V} \to {W}$
its determinant ...

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### What are the applications of immanants?

Definitions of determinant:
$\det(A) = \sum_{\sigma \in S_n}(-1)^{\operatorname{sgn} \sigma}\prod_{i}a_{i, \sigma(i)}$
and permanent:
$\mathrm{per}(A) = \sum_{\sigma \in S_n}\prod_{i}a_{i, ...

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### Determinant associated with a group action

Let $G$ be a finite group and $S$ be a finite set, with $G$ acting on $S$. I consider indeterminates $x_g$ indexed by $g\in G$ and form the matrix of the group action $A\in M_{S\times S}$. Its entries ...

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### A Linear Algebra Question

Let $M$ be a symmetric square matrix with integer coefficients and $M_k$ the matrix obtained by deleting the k-th line and k-th column. If det(M)=0 does it follow that $\det(M_kM_j)$ is a square?

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votes

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### the inverse of determinant line bundle?

I am reading materials about the determinant defined by Knudsen-Mumford
http://www.ams.org/mathscinet/search/publdoc.html?pg1=IID&s1=103495&vfpref=html&r=11&mx-pid=437541
which ...

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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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### Expressing adj(A) as a polynomial in A?

Suppose $A\in R^{n\times n}$, where $R$ is a commutative ring. Let $p_i \in R$ be the coefficients of the characteristic polynomial of $A$: $\mathop{\mathrm{det}}(A-xI) = p_0 + p_1x + \dots + p_n ...

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votes

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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 ...