# Tagged Questions

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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### determinant of fibonacci-sum graphs

We have a simple graph with vertices $\{v_1, v_2, ... v_n\}$. The adjacency matrix of this graph is $A= (a_{ij})$ so that $a_{ij}=1$ if $i+j$ belongs to the Fibonacci sequence; $a_{ij}=0$ ...
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### When is the determinant a Morse function?

This might be ridiculously obvious, but... For each $n \in \mathbb{N}$, let $M_n$ denote the manifold of $n \times n$ matrices with real entries. It is well known that the $n$-dimensional determinant ...
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### Proving a determinant = 0

The two most elementary ways to prove an N x N matrix's determinant = 0 are: A) Find a row or column that equals the 0 vector. B) Find a linear combination of rows or columns that equals the 0 ...
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### a determinantal identity

Dusan Pokorny and Jan Rataj have just posted a paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2305) in which they prove the identity $$\det (A-B) = \frac 1{d!} \sum_{k=0}^d (-1)^k \binom dk \det((d-k)A + kB)$$ ...
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### Determine if a matrix is unimodular

Is deciding if an integer square matrix has determinant $\pm 1$ faster that calculating the determinant of the matrix?
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### Generalizations of Oppenheim's inequality

The well-known Oppenheim inequality says that for two positive definite matrices $A,B$ it holds that $\det(A \circ B) \geq (\prod{a_{ii}})\det(B)$. There has been a lot of beautiful work done ...
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### Sarrus rules for 4 times 4

This question is most probably not research level, but I thought that the MO folks might like it... Feel free to close. Here is the motivation: If you have ever teached a maths course for engineers ...
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### Computing determinants of matrices of linear forms

Suppose we have three $n \times n$ matrices $A$, $B$, $C$ with floating point entries. We would like to compute the polynomial $\det (xA+yB+zC)$. At least in Mathematica, and I think in all computer ...
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### Is there a simple relation between the entropy of a matrix and its characteristic polynomial?

Assume $M$ is an invertible positive matrix of rank $N$. The Von Neumann entropy $H$ of a matrix $M$ with eigenvalues $\{ \lambda_n \}$ is $H[M] = -\sum_{n=1}^N \lambda_n \ln \lambda_n$. In ...
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### Generalized Schur polynomial from block Toeplitz matrices

By using the Jacobi-Trudi identity, one may interpret banded Toeplitz matrices, and minors of such matrices in terms of Schur polynomials, see for example http://www-stat.stanford.edu/~cgates/PERSI/...
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### determinantal identity sought

Suppose $A$ is a $n \times m$ matrix and $B$ is a $m \times n$ matrix. Then it is known that $det(I_{n}+AB)=det(I_{m}+BA)$. Is there an analogous identity of the form $det(P_{1}+AB)=det(P_{2}+BA)$, ...
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### Integral representation of a determinant

In a paper by Mathai, he uses the following integral representation of a determinant, (or, really, what I give is a simple special case of what he gives), without any explication. All matrices are ...
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### Does integral of A^T(t)*A(t) converge if det(A(t)) does not converge to 0?

Suppose you have an nxn parametric square matrix A(t). I am wondering if I can prove this: $(lim\_{t\rightarrow\infty}det(A(t)) \ne 0) \Rightarrow (\int^{\infty}A^T(t)A(t)dt$ Does not Converge $)$
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### Inertia/Gravity in Distance Geometry

The Cayley-Menger Determinant, D(N), slickly calculates the N-dimensional simplex volume of any N+1 points. One constraint in our 3D world is that D(4)=0. Give each point a mass (Mi) and dynamic ...
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### Jacobi's equality between complementary minors of inverse matrices

What's a quick way to prove the following fact about minors of an invertible matrix $A$ and its inverse? Let $A[I,J]$ denote the submatrix of an $n \times n$ matrix $A$ obtained by keeping only the ...
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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 1,...
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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 $A$, $B$ ...