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### A conjecture of Blakley and Dixon about odd powers of positive matrices

In a 1966 paper Blakley and Dixon conjecture the following. Let $S$ be a symmetric matrix with nonnegative entries and let $u$ be a unit vector with nonnegative entries. For integers $k\ge j$ both ...

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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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### Nonnegative Inverse Eigenvalue Problem (NIEP),

Does the NIEP, currently open for $n\ge 5$, have any good, practical applications?
For the easy case, $n=2$, I am able to prove some of the results that agree with the current literature.
In some of ...

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### When is an selfadjoint operatorvalued matrix with positive semidefinite diagonal elements positive semidefinite as well?

It would be soo awesome if you could help!
For $ p \in \mathbb{N}$ consider the following $\mathcal{S(H)}^{p\times p}$-matrix $\boldsymbol{\Gamma}_p := (C_{i-j})_{i,j=1, ..., p}$ of nuclear operators ...

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### Polynomials with positive coefficients passing through fixed points/range of Vandermonde matrices

I'll give two equivalent statements of the setup, then give my questions.
Fix integers $M \leq N$ and define the Vandermonde-like matrix $V_{M,N}[i,j] = (1 - \frac{i}{M})^{j-1}$ for $i \in ...

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### Showing positive stability of a matrix constructed from a positive matrix

A is a positive nonsingular matrix. Let $s>\rho(A)$. We want to show that $B\equiv\left(A^{T}A\right)^{-1}\left(sI-A^{T}\right)$ is a positive stable matrix, i.e., all eigenvalues of this matrix ...

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### A Perron-Frobenius problem

Let $A$ be an irreducible nonnegative matrix with column sums equal to 1.
Let $b\in R^n$ have components summing to 0, and let $u$ be the solution of $u=Au+b$ with components summing to 1 (unique ...

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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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### 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 ...