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votes

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### A curious determinantal inequality

In my study, I come across the following curious inequality, which I do not know a proof yet (so I am asking it here).
Let $A, B$ be $n\times n$ (Hermitian) positive definite matrices. It is very ...

**19**

votes

**4**answers

719 views

### How much redundancy resides in an $n \times n$ orthogonal matrix?

Suppose one has an $n \times n$ orthogonal matrix $M$:
$$
\left(
\begin{array}{ccc}
0.239326 & 0.846726 &
0.475161 \\
0.768893 & 0.13356 &
-0.625272 \\
0.592897 & ...

**19**

votes

**0**answers

731 views

### conjectures regarding a new Renyi information quantity

In a recent paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6102, we defined a quantity that we called the "Renyi conditional mutual information" and investigated several of its properties. We have some open ...

**17**

votes

**1**answer

971 views

### 2x2 subdeterminants of a matrix

If N>2, it is well known that if two invertible NxN matrices A and B have the same determinants of any 2x2 corresponding submatrices, then A=B or A=-B.
Given then all these 2x2 determinants of an ...

**17**

votes

**1**answer

375 views

### Almost commuting unitary matrices

Suppose that $A_1,\dots, A_k$ are unitary matrices such that any two of them can be approximated by commuting unitary matrices. i.e. for any $i$ and $j$, there are unitary matrices $A_i'$ and $A_j'$ ...

**15**

votes

**2**answers

918 views

### Optimizing the condition number

Suppose I have a set $S$ of $N$ vectors in $W=\mathbb{R}^m,$ with $N \gg m.$ I want to choose a subset $\{v_1, \dots, v_m\}$ of $S$ in such a way that the condition number of the matrix with columns ...

**13**

votes

**2**answers

819 views

### Does the matrix exponential preserve the positive-semi-definite ordering?

Suppose $A$, $B$, are symmetric, real valued matrices and $B-A$ is positive-semidefinite, i.e. $A≼B$. Does that imply $e^A ≼ e^B$? Would love some intuition here.
I know for instance that $A≼cI \iff ...

**13**

votes

**1**answer

464 views

### Operator norms of circulant matrices

The definition and basic properties of circulant matrices can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circulant_matrix.
For complex numbers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$, I will use the notation
$$
...

**12**

votes

**2**answers

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### Matrix inequality $(A-B)^2 \leq c (A+B)^2$ ?

Let A and B be positive semidefinite matrices. It is not hard to see that $(A-B)^2 \leq 2A^2 + 2B^2$. In fact, $2A^2 + 2B^2 - (A-B)^2 = (A+B)^2$ is positive semidefinite.
My question is: Is there a ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

334 views

### Hlawka inequality for determinants of positive definite matrices

It is mentioned here that if $A, B, C\in M_{n}(\mathbb C)$ are positive semidefinite, then $$\det (A+B+C)+\det C\ge \det (A+C)+\det (B+C)$$ (quoted from this article) and the special case ($C=\bf 0$) ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

562 views

### Multiplicative Identity for all elements in SU(n)

Let $\{P_i\}$ be a subset of $SU(n)$ such that for any $U$ in another subset (or perhaps subgroup) $H$ of $SU(n)$: $$P_1UP_2U\cdots P_mU=I$$ where $I$ is the identity element. Is there a sequence ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

509 views

### Computing a large permanent

Is there a practical way to compute the permanent of a large ($91 \times 91$) $(0,1)$ matrix?
I have tried to use the matlab function written by Luke Winslow which works great for smaller matrices ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

438 views

### A generalization of the Powers-Stormer inequality

The well-known Powers-Stormer inequality says the following: for positive semidefinite operators $A, B$, we have that $\mathrm{Tr}((A - B)(A - B)) \leq \| A^2 - B^2 \|_1$, where $\| \cdot \|_1$ ...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

247 views

### Ratio of entries of A and log A where A is a triangular matrix

Consider triangular matrices $A = \left( {a(n,k)} \right)$ of arbitrary order with $a(n,k) = 0$ if $n + k$ is odd and $a(n,n - 2k) = \frac{{n!}}{{k!(n - 2k)!}}\frac{{(m + n - k - 1)!}}{{(m + n - ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

437 views

### Nearby matrices have nearby leading eigenvectors?

Suppose I have a symmetric positive semidefinite matrix $A$ with leading eigenvalue $1$ of multiplicity $1$ and remaining eigenvalues $\leq\epsilon$. I am told that another symmetric positive ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### On the Positive Definiteness of a Linear Combination of Matrices

In my work in PDE, the following problem in linear algebra came up. Any help in this direction is appreciated.
QUESTION:
Let $m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ and let $A_1,\ldots, A_m\in M_n(\mathbb{R})$ be real, ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

517 views

### M-matrix plus S-matrix is P-matrix?

I am trying to prove that a mapping has a unique fixed-point by showing that its Jacobian is a P-matrix. In this particular case the Jacobian can be decomposed as the sum of two matrices and I would ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

799 views

### A Problem on Linear Algebra

I'm trying to calculate an integral over the generalized Poincare upper half plane, then I find that I need to show the following identity:
Let $X=(X_{i,j})\in\mathrm{GL}(n,\mathbb R)(n\geq 3)$ ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

340 views

### Inequalities for Hadamard products of complex symmetric matrices

Consider a complex symmetric matrix $$ C= C_R + i C_I $$ with $C_R,C_I \in \text{Mat}_{n\times n}(\mathbb R)$ symmetric, and assume that the eigenvalues of $C_R$ are all strictly positive. Then, $C$ ...

**7**

votes

**5**answers

332 views

### Packing obtuse vectors in $\mathbb{R}^d$

I came across this attractive theorem:
Theorem. In $\mathbb{R}^d$, there can be at most $d+1$ vectors that
form an obtuse angle with one another.
This was proved1 as a corollary of a lemma about ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

640 views

### About Sylvester's determinant

If $A$ is any $n \times m$ matrix and $B$ is any $m \times n$ matrix then one familiar form of the Sylvester's identity is $\det(I + AB) = \det(I + BA)$.
Now somehow curiously this above identity ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

439 views

### Block Matrix determinant

Consider the $k \times k$ block matrix:
$ C = \left(\begin{array}{ccccc} A & B & B & \cdots & B \\ B & A & B &\cdots & B \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

131 views

### What are the upper bound and stability conditions for the following simple linear system?

Consider the following linear system
$$\dot{x}=\sum\limits_{i=1}^{m}{{{\alpha }_{i}}}\left( t \right)\cdot {{A}_{i}}\cdot x \quad (1)
$$
where, $x\in {{\mathbb{R}}^{n}}$ represents the state vector, ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

217 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

63 views

### Which ordering of factors is needed to obtain this kind of determinantal inequalities?

Let $A$ and $B$ be $n\times n$ Hermitian positive definite matrices. The curious determinantal inequality given here, which can be stated as $$\det (A^{4}+ ABBA+BAAB+B^{4})\ge\det(A^{4}+ ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

229 views

### Product $PVPVP$ is elementwise nonnegative?

Let $P\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be the inverse of a positive definite M-matrix, i.e. the off-diagonal entries of $P$ are non-positive, and $V\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be any diagonal matrix. Prove ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

173 views

### Energy barriers between Hadamard matrices

Hadamard matrices may be characterized as $n\times n$ real orthogonal matrices $U$ that achieve the lowest possible "energy" as defined by the (scaled and shifted) entry-wise 1-norm:
$$
E(U)=n^2 ...

**6**

votes

**7**answers

814 views

### Source for roots of matrix polynomials?

A
matrix polynomial
is a polynomial whose variables are square $n \times n$ matrices,
let's say with entries in $\mathbb{C}$, and with coefficients in $\mathbb{C}$.
I am seeking a source of results on ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

347 views

### On the positivity of matrices

For given $n$, the following $n\times n$ real matrix $M=M^{T}$ is called positive, if
$x^{T}M x\geq 0$
holds for all non-negative real $x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_n$,
where $x=(x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_n)^T$.
...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

566 views

### Exponentiating 4 by 4 matrix analytically

Does there exist an analytical method by which i can exponentiate a 4 by 4 matrix, in the same way as the general 2 by 2 matrix case in pauli matrix basis. I have dirac matrices (which are composed of ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

362 views

### Triangularizing a matrix with function entries

Hi Everybody!
Given a matrix, with smooth functions as arguments is there any result which say about its triangularization?
I know that, the question is in affirmative for diagonalizing a matrix ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

210 views

### Diagonalization of the matrix $(1/(i+j+\rm{const}))_{i,j}$

Consider the following infinite matrix: $A_{i,j}=\frac1{i+j+\gamma}$, $0\leq i,j<\infty$, $\gamma>0$ is a constant. Is it known how to diagonalize $A$, or, say, calculate $(I+tA)^{-1}$ for ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

253 views

### Convexity of the product of two exponential matrices

Let $S\subset\mathbb{R}$ be a convex set and $\mathbb{S}^{n}$ be the set of real symmetric matrices of order $n\times n$.
A matrix valued function $\Gamma: S \rightarrow \mathbb{S}^{n}$ is said to ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

123 views

### Existence and characterization of transitive matrices?

We call a matrix $M \in \mathbb{R}^{d \times d}$ transitive if it satisfies the following:
For any three vectors $u, v, w$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$. If $u^T M v > 0$ and $v^T M w > 0$ then $u^TMw ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

337 views

### Is $1/\max(i,j)$ a bounded matrix on Hilbert spaces?

I would like to know if the infinite matrix $[\frac{1}{\max(i,j)}]_{i,j\geq 1}$ represents a bounded operator on $\ell^2(\mathbb{N}^\star)$.
It would be sufficient to know if the Lehmer matrix ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

582 views

### Optimization problem on trace of rotated positive definite matrices

Given two $n \times n$ symmetric positive definite matrices $A$ and $B$, I am interested in solving the following optimization problem over $n \times n$ unitary matrices $R$:
$$
\mathrm{arg}\max_R ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

528 views

### The singular values of the Hilbert matrix

The $n\times n$ Hilbert matrix $H$ is defined as
$H_{ij} = \frac{1}{i+j-1}, \qquad 1\leq i,j\leq n$
What is known about the singular values $\sigma_1\geq\ldots\geq \sigma_n$ of $H$?
For example, ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

369 views

### Is the p-norm of a matrix strictly log-convex?

Let $A$ be a $n\times n$-matrix. We let $\|A\|_p$ denote the norm of $A$ when considered as a linear operator on $\ell^p(\{1,2,\ldots,n\})$, that is,
$$
\|A\|_p = \sup_{x\neq ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

421 views

### Best rank one approximation

Assume $u,v\in\mathbb{C}^n$ are complex vectors. I was wondering if there is a closed form expression for the following problem in terms of $u$ and $v$
\begin{equation*}
\arg\min_{x\in\mathbb{C}^n} ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

183 views

### Operator arithmetic-harmonic mean inequality with operator-valued weights

Let $\Lambda_1,\dots,\Lambda_n$ be strictly positive definite operators in the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^d$. By an operator arithmetic-harmonic mean inequality with weights $\Lambda_i$ I mean the ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

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### Eigenvalues of infinite matrices [closed]

I am trying to find some literature on infinite matrices because I want to know how to get the eigenvalues of infinite matrices. Seriously, it seems there are very few references available. Can ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

555 views

### How to check whether a matrix is completely positive or not?

The definition:
cone of completely positive matrices
$\mathcal{C}=\{\sum_{i=1}^kx_ix_i^T:x_i\in\mathbb{R}^n_+\ for \ i=1,2,...,k\}$.
I just don't knwo how to check whether a matrix belongs to ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

172 views

### How many cospectral graphs available for a given number of nodes?

Two graphs are said to be cospectral if they have same eigenvalues wrt adjacency matrix, Normalised or Signless laplacian matrix. How many graphs has cospectral mates for a given number of nodes? We ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

387 views

### 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:
$V_0(x) = 1-a^2$
$V_1(x) = 1-a^2 - x$
$V_{k \geq 2}(x) = (1+a^2 - x)V_{k-1}(x) - a^2V_{k-2}(x)$
...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

418 views

### A matrix inequality involving the Hilbert-Schmidt norm

This question comes from a problem in PDEs on which I'm currently working. Let $a$ be a $3\times 3$ matrix, real symmetric and positive definite. Denote with $\|a\|^2 _ 2=\sum a_{ij}^2$ the square of ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

461 views

### Rank of the absolute-value matrix $|M|$ vs. rank of $M$

Let $M$ be a real matrix of rank $r$ (and let us set $M=UV^T$, with $U,V^T\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times r}$, to fix the notation).
Let $|M|$ be the matrix obtained by taking the absolute value of each entry ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

254 views

### Norm of triangular truncation operator on rank deficient matrices

Let $T_{n\times n}$ be a triangular truncation matrix, i.e.
$$T_{i,j}=\begin{cases}1 & i\ge j\\ 0 & i<j \end{cases}$$
It is known that for arbitrary $A_{n\times n}$
$$\|T\circ ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

180 views

### Maximal norm-1 projection

Suppose I have a real unitary matrix $U$ and a unit vector $\mathbf{x}, \|\mathbf{x}\|_2 = 1$. What is the solution to the following problem?
$$
\widehat{\mathbf{x}} = \arg\max_{\mathbf{x}, ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

70 views

### when does elementwise-log preserve positive-semidefiniteness?

Let $Z$ be a positive semidefinite matrix with nonnegative entries, and define $X=\log(1+Z)$, where the $\log$ is taken entrywise, i.e., $X_{ij}=\log(1+Z_{ij})$. Are there some simple sufficient ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

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### Simultaneous maximization of two Generalized Rayleigh Ritz Ratios

Consider hermitian positive semi-definite matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$. Consider also positive definite matrices $B_1$ and $B_2$. I want to maximize the minimum of the two Generalized Rayleigh Ritz ratios ...