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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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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 ...