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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 ...

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votes

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### 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 & -0....

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votes

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### Real square roots of symmetric matrices

In joint work with Andreas Fischle (TU Dresden, Germany) and Patrizio Neff (U Essen, Germany) we needed to use the following statement: If $S$ is a real $n\times n$ matrix with $S^2$ symmetric, then ...

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votes

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756 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

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### 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

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### 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 $A_j'$ ...

**16**

votes

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### 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 $...

**14**

votes

**1**answer

429 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 ($C=\bf 0$) $...

**14**

votes

**1**answer

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### 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
$$
\mbox{...

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votes

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### 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 ...

**12**

votes

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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 ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

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### 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

549 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

478 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

253 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 $a(n,n - 2k) = \frac{{n!}}{{k!(n - 2k)!}}\frac{{(m + n - k - 1)!}}{{(m + n - 1)!}}$...

**10**

votes

**3**answers

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### Determinant of a $k \times k$ block matrix

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

**10**

votes

**2**answers

449 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

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481 views

### Product $PVPVP$ is elementwise nonnegative?

Let $P\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be the inverse of a positive definite M-matrix and $V\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be any diagonal matrix. Prove (or disprove) that $PVPVP$ is elementwise nonnegative.
...

**9**

votes

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### 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

554 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

810 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

374 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, $C$ ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

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### 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}+ AABB+BBAA+B^{...

**7**

votes

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354 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

808 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 is ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

649 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, ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

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### Add a multiple of $I$ to a matrix to minimize its operator norm

Given $A\in\mathbb{C}^{n\times n}$, what is $s_* = \arg\min \|A-sI\|$?
Here $\|A\|$ is the operator norm, $\|A\|=\rho(A^*A)^{1/2}$, and $I$ is the identity.
The corresponding problem for the ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

119 views

### Efficient SVD of a matrix without some of the columns

I have a matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times q}$ of rank $r$ and its SVD decomposition, i.e,
$$
A = U S V^\top,
$$
where $U \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times r}$ and $V \in \mathbb{R}^{q \times r}$ are ...

**7**

votes

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152 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

154 views

### approximate stationary distributions of a doubly stochastic matrix and its supports

Given a doubly stochastic matrix $M$ and a distribution $v$,let $M=\sum_{\sigma\in S_n}p_{\sigma}M_{\sigma}$ be any Birkhoff decomposition of $M$, where $M_{\sigma}$ is the permutation matrix induced ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

252 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

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### 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

937 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

**2**answers

431 views

### The space of positive definite orthogonal matrices

The matrix $\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1\end{bmatrix}$ is orthogonal and indefinite.
$\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0 \\ 0 & 2\end{bmatrix}$ is positive definite and not orthonormal.
and the ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

367 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

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### 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

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### 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

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### 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

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### 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

**1**answer

535 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 ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

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### Logarithms of matrices in the disk-algebra

It is easy to see that within the disk algebra $A(D)$
$$\Delta(z):= \begin{pmatrix} 1&0\\z&1 \end{pmatrix}\; \begin{pmatrix} 1&1\\0&1 \end{pmatrix}=
\begin{pmatrix} 1&1\\z&1+...

**6**

votes

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### 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

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### 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 $[\frac{...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

691 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

420 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 0}\frac{\|Ax\|_p}{\|x\|_p}...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

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### 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

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### Minimizing the operator norm of a sum of matrices

Given an $m\times n$ real matrix $C$.
Let $a_i\in\{-1,1\}$ and $b_i\in\{-1,1\}$. Consider
$$q=\left\|\text{diag}(a_1,\ldots,a_m)C + C\text{diag}(b_1,\ldots,b_n)\right\|$$
where the norm is the ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

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### 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

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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

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### 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 $\...