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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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 $$d(A,B)=\sqrt{1-\...
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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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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 + e^{A_1}e^{A_2}\...
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Maximum of the Vandermonde determinant / minimum of the logarithmic energy

The problem is to find the asymptotics (as $n\to\infty$) of the maximum (say $M_n$) of the Vandermonde determinant $$V_n:=\prod_{0\le i<j\le n-1}(a_j-a_i) $$ over all $a_0,\dots,a_{n-1}$ such ...
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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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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 ...
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An extension of Hadamard maximum determinant problem

Consider the Vandermonde product $\prod_{1\le j < k \le n} |z_j - z_k|$. It is well-known that under the constraint $|z_j| \le 1$ for all $j$, the product is maximized at a picket fence ...
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Real plane cubic curves from points in Gr(3,6) via a certain 6x6 determinant

The following determinant has come up in my research: \begin{align} D(x,y,z)=\det\begin{pmatrix} x & 0 & 0 & \nu_{11} & \nu_{21} & \nu_{31} \\ 0 & y & 0 & \nu_{12} &...
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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 $$ \lim_N\det(...
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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 $$M_f(\...
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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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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 ...