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### 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.
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### An inequality concerning non-negative integer matrices with constant row and column sums

[I posted this question on math.stackexchange a few weeks back, but no luck there so far: ...

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### An optimization problem over real symmetric matrices

Given an $n\times s$ matrix $P$ of positive real numbers and $T\geq n$, find (either by a formula or an algorithm) the real symmetric $n\times n$ Z-matrix $A$ which maximizes $\min\limits_{1\leq ...

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### Likelihood convexification

I am doing constrained vector optimization using a non-convex non-linear likelihood function. My problem is of the following form:
$$\begin{align*}\hat Q &= \underset{\vec Q}{\arg\min} -\log ...

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### Spectrum of primitive nonnegative integer matrices

Let $P(X) = a_nX^n + \cdots + a_1X + a_0$ with $a_i \in \mathbb Z$.
Question 1. Is there an efficient criterion on the $a_i$ to decide if there exists a primitive nonnegative integer matrix with ...

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### Bounding the Schur's complement of similiar matrices

Assume the following:
• $L\leq K$
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• $\Gamma\in M_{K,L}$ is a $L$ rank ${ 0,1} $ matrix, without identical rows or the zeros row.
• $N\in M_{K,K}$ is a diagonal matrix, whose diagonal is a ...

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### Dual cone of a set of particular semidefinite cones

Let $X$ be a matrix variable
$$X=\begin{pmatrix} x_1 & x_2 & x_3\\ x_2 & x_4 & x_5\\x_3 & x_5 & x_6\end{pmatrix},$$
define the cone as
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### When does a real-valued function of a matrix depend only on eigenvalues?

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be the space of all $n \times n$ matrices that are similar to some nonnegative matrix with zero diagonal and let $f: \mathcal{N} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuously differentiable ...