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a naive question about the second dual of a vector space

Let $K$ be a field. Are there non-scalar endomorphisms of the endofunctor $$ V\mapsto V^{**}/V $$ of the category of $K$-vector spaces? I asked a related question on Mathematics Stackexchange, but ...
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Is there such a matrix in $SO(n)$?

Given two $n$ dimensional positive definite matrices $A', B'$, is there a matrix $O \in SO(n)$ such that $A=O A', B=O B'$ and $$ \frac{A_{ij}}{\sqrt{A_{ii}A_{jj}}} = ...
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NP-hard problems in linear algebra and real analysis [closed]

I am curious about NP-hard problems in linear algebra and real analysis. An example in linear algebra would be the calculation of the permanent. I would thus like to collect in this thread a list of ...
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Square root of a complex matrix commuting with a given one

Assume two commuting $n\times n$ complex matrices $A$ and $B$ are given. Then it is in general false that if $C$ is a square root of $A$, i.e., if $C^2=A$, then $C$ commutes with $B$ (the simplest ...
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dual space of the quotient space of some locally convex topological space

I would like to a classical result about dual space. Let $E$ be a locally convex space and $F$ its closed linear subspace. If $E^{\ast}$ is the dual space of $E$, could some one affirm me that the ...
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What is the time complexity of approximated SVD

Full SVD, on an m*n matrix $A$, $[U,S,V] = svd(A)$, would cost $O(m^2n + mn^2 + n^3)$ time. But what is the time complexity if we only need the $k$ largest singular values, say, $[U_k,S_k,V_k] = ...
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Linear maps between arbitrarily chosen vectors of vector spaces $V$ and $W$

I recently came across this question: Is the axiom of choice needed to prove the following statement: Let $V, W$ be vector spaces, and suppose $V \neq \{0\}$. Let $v \in V$, $v \neq 0$, $w \in W$. ...
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The height of the Perron-Frobenius eigenvector

Does the height of a real symmetric matrix with non-negative entries control the height of its Perron-Frobenius eigenvector, under some reasonable definition of heights? Just as an example of what ...
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Existence of parametrizations of rational orthogonal matrices

I suppose that there are formulas which parametrize all the orthogonal matrices with rational coefficients. Does anyone know anything about it? And what are some publications that discuss this? ...
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Sparse matrix factorization of a rank deficient matrix by decomposition into linearly independent components

I've got a little conjecture I need to prove for a theoretical result related to causal Bayes net search with latent variables under sparsity constraints. If you're interested in the application ...
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Neighborhood overlap matrix for a bipartite graph

Let $G$ be an undirected, simple, bipartite graph with parts $V$ (having $n$ vertices) and $W$ (having $m$ vertices). Define the following $n$-by-$n$ matrix: for any $i,j \in V$, $$a_{ij} = |N_i \cap ...
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Known Results on Convexity of Numerical Range

Let $A_1,A_2,\dots,A_M$ be given $N\times N$ hermitian matrices. The numerical range is defined as the set \begin{align} \mathbb{S}=\{(u^HA_1u,\dots,u^HA_Mu)\in \mathbb{R}^M\mid u^Hu=1\} \end{align} ...
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A hyperplane inside another one

Let D be a divison ring, let V be a left vector space of over D, possibly infinite dimensional, and let F be the prime field of D. Is it true that every F-hyperplane of V contains a D-hyperplane of ...
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When are two subvarieties of matrices conjugate?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two subvarieties of $n\times n$ matrices. My question is that is there any condition to guarantee that there exits some matrix $g$ such that $Y=g^{-1} X g$? If such $g$ exists, then ...
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Dimension of some ideal in the group ring Z/p[Z/p]

Let I be the augmentation ideal of the group ring Z/p[Z/p] and I^n denotes the ideal generated by all possible products of n elements from I. Question: What is dimension of I^n as a vector subspace ...
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What are the properties of this linear operator?

Suppose $f(x)$ is a function which satisfies the following condition: $$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty G(2k)\frac{x^{2k}}{(2k)!}$$ Where the generating function $G(x)$ is a "natural" or "discrete-analytic" ...
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“Shifted” Vandermonde determinant is nonzero?

I have already posted this question at MSE here, but as it received a few upvotes, but no comments or answers I choose to cross-post it here. Let $P$ be a degree-two polynomial, with roots ...
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A variant of an Eventown problem for modulo a prime number

Consider the following problem, called the 'Eventown problem': In a town, residents can form different clubs. The town council establishes the following rules: 1) Every club must have an even ...
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Dimension of a commuting nilpotent variety

Fix $k$ an algebraically closed field, $n$ a natural number, and $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_m)$ a partition of $n$. Let $A$ be any $n\times n$ nilpotent matrix with entries in $k$ whose ...
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Origin of exact sequences

I have seen exact sequences appearing a lot in algebraic texts with different purposes. But I've never seen names of the people associated with it. Also I don't understand what's so good about showing ...
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Bounding the norm of the Dirichlet kernel as a matrix function

Consider the Dirichlet kerel: $f(x) = 1+2\sum_{k=1}^{N}\cos(kx)$. Now, given a diagonalizable real matrix $A$, one can consider $f(A)$, using the standard notation of matrix functions. Namely, $f(A) ...
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The largest size of a boolean subgraph (a hypercube) of a given graph

Let $G(\mathbb{F}_2^n)$ denote the graph that represents the lattice of all subspaces of $\mathbb{F}_2^n$ (also called a Hasse diagram). I am interested in knowing if there exists a large hypercube ...
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How much can I perturb a symmetric stochastic matrix and keep positive solutions?

Suppose $A$ is a symmetric stochastic $n \times n$ matrix with least eigenvalue $\lambda_n>0$. Consider real symmetric perturbations $\widehat{A}$. How large can I take $\epsilon$ such that ...
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What is the canonical form of real symmetric 2n\times 2n matrix under unitary congruence?

If $M$ is a $2n\times 2n$ real symmetric matrix, I would like to ask what could be its canonical form under unitary congruence. We view a unitary $n\times n$ matrix $U$ as a real $2n\times 2n$ matrix, ...
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Solving a difficult equation for a variable?

I'm trying to obtain the maximum likelihood estimate of the parameters for a model I'm building. I have constants $\sigma$, $\mu$, and $q_0$; a boolean matrix $\alpha$; and vectors $A, \beta, r, d,$ ...
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Separating the eigenvalues of a Hermitian matrix with a special block structure

I have a square matrix $J \in \mathbb{C}^{2n \times 2n}$ where, $J=\begin{pmatrix} A&B \\\bar{B} & A \end{pmatrix}$ $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ and is ${\bf diagonal}$. $B \in ...
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What do we know about the generalized eigenvalue problem involving a projector?

Consider a matrix $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ and a projector $P\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$. Are there results regarding the generalized eigenpairs $(v,\lambda)$ of the generalized eigenproblem ...
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Eigenvalues of a “Half-Kronecker ” Product

The Problem: Given a 2 by 2 matrix $C$(the matrix elements of C are given), and two other 2 by 2 matrices $A$ and $B$(the matrix elements of A and B are given). Now we can construct a new matrix ...
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Forming orthogonal bases in different orders

Let $\alpha_1, \dots, \alpha_n$ be unit vectors in some vector space $V = R^d$. For any permutation $\pi: [n] \rightarrow [n]$, we can form the Gram-Schmidt orthogonal bases $\beta_{\pi,1}, \dots, ...
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Matrix equation XAX=B where the solution must be diagonal [closed]

$$X_{solution}=\arg\min_X \|XAX-B|_F \quad\mathrm{subject\ to}$$ X is square and diagonal A is square and positive semi-definite B is square and positive semi-definite Any pointers or relevant ...
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An optimization problem on the sphere

Let $S$ be a sphere centered at origin in $\Bbb R^{2n}$ of radius $\sqrt{2n}$. Let $D$ be a diagonal matrix. Let $U$ be an orthogonal matrix. Let $r\in\Bbb Z_+$ be a fixed integer. Let vector ...
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Linear system with many solutions from a finite set

Basically I am looking for a linear system with many solutions from a finite set. Choose a finite set of rationals $S$ and fix positive integer $k$. Let $A$ be a linear system with $n$ variables ...
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Finding roots of a recursively given polynomial sequence / eigenvalues of an almost Toeplitz matix

I would like to find the roots of the polynomial sequence given by a recurrence relation as follows: $V_0(x) = 1-a^2$ $V_1(x) = 1-a^2 - x$ $V_{k \geq 2}(x) = (1+a^2 - x)V_{k-1}(x) - a^2V_{k-2}(x)$ ...
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The spectral radius of a modified graph

Let $H$ be a graph and let $G=H \vee K_{1}$ be obtained by creating a new vertex and joining it to every vertex in $H$. This situation has many different names: $G$ is called the cone or the ...
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Bound on smallest entry of inverse matrix

For a symmetric, invertible matrix $A=(a_{ij})\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ with (at least two) nonzero off-diagonal elements, is it possible to bound in absolute value the smallest entry of its inverse ...
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Hölder's inequality for matrices

I was wondering if the Hölder's inequality was true for matrix induced norms, i.e. if $$\|AB\|_1 \leq \|A\|_p\|B\|_q, \quad\forall p,q \in [1,\infty] \text{ s.t. } \tfrac{1}{p}+\tfrac{1}{q} = 1.$$ But ...
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Calculating a generalized inverse (Moore–Penrose pseudoinverse)

I am considering a graph with $n$ edges with the following nicely structured adjacency matrix: \begin{equation} A_n= \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 &\cdots & 0 & 0 & 1\\ 0 & 0 ...
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Dimension of $L(E,F)$

Let $E,F$ be two vector spaces over a field $k$. $L(E,F)$ is the $k$-vector space of linear maps $E \rightarrow F$. In ZFC, is there a functionnal relation between $dim(L(E,F))$ and ...
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Mixing Numerical Range and inner product

Let $\mathbf{A}$ and $\mathbf{b}$ be a symmetric $N\times N$ real matrix and $N\times 1$ real vector respectively. Then consider the set of points in $\mathbb{R}^2$ defined as \begin{align} ...
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Algorithms to compute largest gap between smallest nonzero eigenvalues of sparse symmetric matrix

I am looking mainly for implementations but also for theoretical algorithms to compute gaps between smallest positive eigenvalues of symmetric, singular matrix or real numbers. To be precise, I want ...
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Groups of operators between local unitaries and full unitaries

Consider the group $U(d_1) \otimes U(d_2)$ of "local unitary" operators acting on the complex space $\mathbb{C}^{d_1} \otimes \mathbb{C}^{d_2}$ (i.e., $U(d_1) \otimes U(d_2)$ is the group of unitary ...
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Are there any known results on numerical ranges of rank-one positive semi-definite matrices?

In my problem, I came across numerical ranges of rank-one positive semidefinite matrices. Through Toeplitz-Hausdorff theorem and some other extensions, I know if there are at most three matrices, then ...
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Finite generation of vector identities

This question is partially motivated by Looking for a comprehensive referece for vector identities, although that question may not be appropriate for MO. Consider the set $\mathcal{E}$ of all valid ...
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How to write this result (successive Schur complements compose nicely)

There is an easy theorem in linear algebra that "successive Schur complementations compose nicely": for instance, let's say I have a matrix $$ M_0= \begin{bmatrix} A & B & C \\ D & E & ...
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When is this matrix singular?

Consider matrix $A$ with $(j,k)$′th entry $A_{j,k}=\sin(\omega_j t_k+\phi_j),\,\forall j,k\in\{1,2,...,n\}$, where $\omega_j,t_k,\phi_j\in \mathbf R$. 1) For $t_k=k$, what is the condition on ...
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range of the difference-of-two-qubit-$4 \times 4$-density-matrix-determinants

The determinant of a two-qubit $4 \times 4$ density matrix--that is, a Hermitian, nonnegative definite matrix with unit trace--lies between $0$ and $(\frac{1}{2})^8$. (A "pure state" has determinant ...
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Infinite matrix leading eigenvector problem

This question is cross-posted at Math.StackExchange.com. I'm trying to find the leading eigenvalue and corresponding left and right eigenvectors of the following infinite matrix, for $\lambda>0$: ...
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Smallest non-zero eigenvalue of a (0,1) matrix

What's the smallest absolute value possible of a non-zero eigenvalue of an $n$ by $n$ square matrix whose entries are either $0$ or $1$ (all operations are over $\mathbb{R}$)? I would be interested ...
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Cycles of Permutation Related to Rectangular Matrix Transposition

let the entries of a rectangular matrix $A\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times n}; m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ be stored in row-order in a linear vector $v$, i.e. $A_{i,j}=v_{i*m+j}$ Question: How can the first element ...
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Separations between notions of rank for modules over commutative (semi-)rings with no zero divisors.

Let $M$ be an $m$-by-$n$ matrix, here are three definitions$^5$ that we could use for rank: $rk(M) = \min k$ such that for matrices $P$, and $Q$ with $P$ of size $m$-by-$k$ and $Q$ of size ...