# Questions tagged [determinants]

Questions about the determinant of square matrices or linear endomorphisms. Also for closely related topics such as minors or regularized determinants.

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### Minimal set generators ideal submaximal minors

Let $I$ an ideal of $\mathbb{C}[X_1, \ldots X_n]$ and define the arithmetical rank of $I$ as:
$$ ark(I) = \textrm{min} \left\{m \in \mathbb{N}, \exists f_1, \ldots, f_m \in \mathbb{C}[X_1, \ldots X_n]...

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### Loss function for matrix with fixed trace

I have a matrix $P \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$ where $n \gg m$ and each row of $P$ has norm $1$.
It is not hard to see that the $P^T P$ has a fixed trace $n$.
I am try to find a loss function to push ...

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### Hankel determinant of incomplete gamma functions

I have some expressions that involve Hankel determinants of incomplete gamma functions. They are of the ($r \times r$ form)
I'd like to evaluate these determinants. Elementary operations help, but ...

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### Block circulant matrix with some non-zero minors

Consider the following block circulant matrix over the field $\mathbb{F}_2$ \begin{equation*}M:= \begin{pmatrix}
B_0 & B_1 & B_2 & B_3 & B_4 \\
B_4 & B_0 & B_1 ...

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### Existence of matrices in the field $\mathbb{F}_2$ with some invertibility properties

All the matrices in this statement are in the field $\mathbb{F}_2$. Let $I$ be the identity matrix of size $10 \times 10$ and let $e_1$, $e_2$, $\ldots$, $e_{10}$ denote its rows. For $i\in \{1,5 \}$, ...

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### Existence of a matrix in $\mathbb{F}_2$ with some invertibility properties

All the matrices in this statement are in the field $\mathbb{F}_2$. Let $I$ be the identity matrix of size $10 \times 10$. What are all the possible $n$ ($\geq 6$) for which
there exists a matrix $X$ ...

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### Expressing a polynomial as the determinant of a matrix of linear forms

I have heard that it's a well known result (in theoretical computer science?) that if we have a polynomial $p(t_1,\dots,t_n)$ over $\mathbb Q$, we can find matrices $M_0,\dots,M_n/\mathbb Q$ such that ...

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### A problem about determinant and matrix

Suppose $a_{0},a_{1},a_{2}\in\mathbb{Q}$, such that the following determinant is zero, i.e.
$
\left |\begin{array}{cccc}\\
a_{0} &a_{1} & a_{2} \\
\\
a_{2} &a_{0}+a_{1} & a_{1}+a_{...

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### On the determinant $\det[\gcd(i-j,n)]_{1\le i,j\le n}$

In Sept. 2013, I investigated the determinant
$$D_n=\det[\gcd(i-j,n)]_{1\le i,j\le n}$$
and computed the values $D_1,\ldots,D_{100}$ (cf. http://oeis.org/A228884). To my surprise, they are all ...

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### What intuitive meaning “determinant” of a divergency (divergent integral or series) can have? [closed]

I am working on the algebra of "divergencies", that is, infinite integrals, series and germs.
So, I decided to construct something similar to determinant of a matrix of these entities.
$$\...

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### On a $(k,l)$-monochromatic Hamming distance in $\mathbb F_2$?

A $(k,l)$-monochromatic edit on a matrix $M\in\mathbb F_2^{n\times n}$ is the operation
$$M+A$$
where $A\in\mathbb F_2^{n\times n}$ is of rank $1$ and number of $1$'s in $A$ is $kl$ and there are $l$ ...

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### For the following class of matrices, are the determinants invariant under permutations?

I want to ask a question regarding the invariance of determinants under permutation. The following matrix is the one I want to discuss here. (It's just a symmetric block tridiagonal matrix with non-...

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### Some determinants which are closely related to recurrences

Let the sequence $(a(n,k))_{ n \in \mathbb{Z}}$ satisfy $$\sum_{j=0}^k c(k,j)a(n-j,k)=0$$ with $c(k,j)=c(k,k-j)$ and $c(k,0)=1$ and with initial values $a(-n,k)=0$ for $1\leq n\leq{k-1}$ and $a(0,k)=...

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### Is there a bipartite graph whose determinant corresponds to number of perfect matchings?

Let $M\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ be a square integer matrix. If we consider $M$ as biadjacency of a balanced bipartite graph on $2n$ vertices having $n$ vertices of color $1$ and $n$ vertices of color $2$...

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### Identity relating iterated determinant line bundles

Suppose that $R$ is a (commutative, unital) ring and that $A$ is a (commutative, unital) $R$-algebra that is projective of constant rank $n$ as an $R$-module. Then $A$ has a "determinant line ...

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### Pfaffian generalization

The identity
$$\left|
\begin{array}{cccc}
x & y_1 & y_2 & y_3 \\
z_1 & 0 & a & b \\
z_2 & -a & 0 & c \\
z_3 & -b & -c & 0 \\
\end{array}
\right|=\...

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### A determinant identity

The following identity involving determinants essentially appears in E.L. Ince's book on Ordinary Differential Equations:
Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix, $n \geq 3$. Denote by $A_{j_1,\ldots,j_r}^{...

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### The minimum number of polynomial equations the components of linearly dependent vectors must satisfy

Context:
Consider $m<n$ vectors $v_1,\dotsc,v_m\in\mathbb{C}^n$ with complex components. We can study if they are linearly dependent by constructing the following matrices. First the $n\times m$ ...

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### Reference for permanent integral identity

$\DeclareMathOperator\perm{perm}\DeclareMathOperator\diag{diag}$Using MacMahon's master theorem, the properties of complex gaussian integrals, and Cauchy's integral theorem one can show that the ...

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### Expectation of the determinant of the inverse of non-central Wishart matrix

Let $A$ be $(n,n)$ central Wishart matrix with $k$ degrees of freedom.
my question is there is a way to estimate the expectation of:
\begin{align}
E[det(I+(I+A)^{-1})]
\end{align}

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### Formula expressing symmetric polynomials of eigenvalues as sum of determinants

The trace of a matrix is the sum of the eigenvalues and the determinant is the product of the eigenvalues. The fundamental theorem of symmetric polynomials says that we can write any symmetric ...

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### Determinant of a certain Toeplitz matrix

Compute the following determinant
\begin{vmatrix} x & 1 & 2 & 3 & \cdots & n-1 & n\\ 1 & x & 1 & 2 & \cdots & n-2 & n-1\\ 2 & 1 & x & 1 &...

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### Two versions of Sylvester identity

MathWorld presents the following two versions of Sylvester's determinant identity, relating to an $n\times n$ matrix $\mathbb{A}$:
First:
$$
|\mathbb{A}||A_{r\,s,p\,q}| = |A_{r,p}||A_{s,q}| - |A_{r,q}|...

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### When does $\det \begin{pmatrix} A & X \\ X^T & A \end{pmatrix} = (\det A)^2 + (\det X)^2$?

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ real symmetric matrix.
Let
$$
M = \begin{pmatrix} A & X \\ X^T & A \end{pmatrix}
$$
where $X$ is a real invertible $n \times n$ matrix. I am interested in finding ...

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### Values of a pair of determinants

Let $\mathbf{x} = (x_0, x_1, x_2), \mathbf{y} = (y_0, y_1, y_2)$ be vectors over a field $\mathbb{F}$ of characteristic zero. Define the function
$\displaystyle S(\mathbf{x}, \mathbf{y}) = x_2 (y_0^2 -...

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### Roots of determinant of matrix with polynomial entries — a generalization

For $1 \le i, j \le k$, consider $\rho_{ij}$ which are equal to either zero or one such that $\rho_{ii}=1$ and $\rho_{ij}=0$ if and only if $\rho_{ji}=0$. How to find the zeros of the determinant of ...

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### Roots of determinant of matrix with polynomial entries

Let $p_1, p_2,\dots, p_n$ and $q_1,q_2,\dots,q_n$ be a collection of complex polynomials. Let $A$ be a $n \times n$ matrix satisfying
$$a_{ij} = \begin{cases} p_i(x) & \text{ if } i = j, \\ q_i(x)...

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### Is the determinantal ideal of the span of a linearly independent set of rank-one matrices radical?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $X_1,\dots, X_n \in M_m(k)$ be rank-one matrices that are linearly independent over $k$. For a fixed integer $1 \leq r \leq m$, consider the ideal $I \...

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### On permanents and determinants of finite groups

$\DeclareMathOperator\perm{perm}$Let $G$ be a finite group. Define the determinant $\det(G)$ of $G$ as the determinant of the character table of $G$ over $\mathbb{C}$ and define the permanent $\perm(G)...

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### Characteristic polynomial of checker matrix

For every integer $n > 0$, let $C_n$ be the $4n \times 4n$ matrix having $1$'s in all positions $(i, j)$ such that $i - j$ is even, $3$'s in the two diagonals determined by $|i - j| = 2n + 1$, and $...

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### How to compute a more general version of Vandermonde / Cauchy double alternant determinant

Consider some variables $\{X_i\}_{1\le i \le n}$, $\{Y_i\}_{1\le i \le n}$, and $\{W_i\}_{1\le i \le n}$. Does anyone know how to compute the following determinant?
$$
\det ~ \left(\frac{W_j^{i-1}}{...

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### How to prove the determinant of a Hilbert-like matrix with parameter is non-zero

Consider some positive non-integer $\beta$ and a non-negative integer $p$. Does anyone have any idea how to show that the determinant of the following matrix is non-zero?
$$
\begin{pmatrix}
\frac{1}{\...

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### Algebraic relation given by a 3x3 determinant

I just encountered a very curious relation in an algebra. A bit simplified, I am working in a (particular) non-commutative algebra, with some relations.
One particular relation is the following:
For (...

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### Has vol. 3A of Cullis's “Matrices and Determinoids” been scanned and vol. 3B been archived?

This is a borderline question, but I'm going to risk posing it.
Cuthbert Edmund Cullis (1875?-1955?) was a somewhat obscure British mathematician whose opus magnum was a multi-volume treatise called ...

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### Minors of low rank skew-symmetric matrix

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ skew-symmetric matrix of rank $r$.
Given subsets $X$ and $Y$ of row and column indices respectively, let $A_{X,Y}$ denote the submatrix of $A$ obtained by only keeping rows ...

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### Expansion of $\det(A+B)$

If $A,B\in{\bf M}_n(k)$, then the following formula holds true:
$$\det(A+B)=\sum_{r=0}^n\sum_{|I|=|J|=r}\epsilon(I,I^c)\epsilon(J,J^c)A\binom IJ B\binom{I^c}{J^c}.$$
In this formula, $I$ and $J$ are ...

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### Characteristic polynomials of some special matrices

This is related to question Matrix-valued periodic Fibonacci polynomials.
I want to find integer-valued matrices $x$ such that the Fibonacci polynomials $f_n(x)$, defined by the recursion $f_n(x)=...

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### Linear algebra - For symmetric matrix X $\in S^n$, prove the $a^T X a$ = $\det X \det(X_{n-1})$ , where $a_i$ = $(-1)^i M_{in} $ [closed]

Suppose we have a symmetric matrix X$\in S^n$, and $X_k$ denotes the submatrix consists of first $k$ rows and columns of X. If $\det X < 0$, but $\det X_1, ..., \det X_{n-1} > 0$. Let $a_i=(-1)^...

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### Determinantal identities for perfect complexes

Let $S$ be a noetherian scheme. Let $V,W$ be vector bundles on $S$. There is a canonical isomorphism of line bundles
$$
{\rm det}(V\otimes W)\cong{\rm det}(V)^{\otimes{\rm rk}(W)}\otimes{\rm det}(W)^{\...

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### Determinant of a block matrix with dissimilar elements [closed]

I am looking for an expression that convert calculation of given quadratic form into determinant of some block matrix. I see this in that form (that may be incorrect):
$x^T A x = \begin{vmatrix} x^T ...

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### Naive generalization of determinant from matrices to higher rank tensors

Recall that using the Levi-Cevita symbol the determinant can be written as
$$\operatorname{det} A=\frac{1}{n!}\epsilon_{i_1\dots i_n}\epsilon_{j_1\dots j_n}A_{i_1j_1}\dots A_{i_nj_n}$$
Some ...

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### Determinantal formula for plane partitions of shifted shape

For $\lambda = (\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_{\ell})$ a partition, a (weak) plane partition of shape $\lambda$ is a filling of the Young diagram of $\lambda$ with nonnegative integers such that entries ...

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### Is this determinant well-known?

Let $n, k$ be any positve integers. I'm wondering if the following determinant is well known
$$D_{n,k}= \begin{vmatrix}1^k& 2^k & 3^k&\cdots & n^k \\2^k & 3^k & 4^k &\...

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### How can one define a kind of “Determinant” on reduced group $C^*$ algebra?

Let $A$ be a unital $C^*$ algebra which is equipped with a faithfull trace $T$. In particular we may consider $A=C^*_{\text{red}} (G)$ for some discrete group $G$. We consider the following ...

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### How large a subset of $\mathbb{F}_q^d$ can determine all determinants?

Denote by $\mathbb{F}_q$ a finite field with $q$ elements. For $\mathcal{P}$ be arbitrary subset of $\mathbb{F}_q^d.$ We define the set
$$S:= \left\{ \det([x_1,x_2,\dots,x_d]): x_1,x_2,\dots,x_d \in ...

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### Cartan determinants of subsets

Let $n \geq 3$ be fixed.
We associate to every subset $S \subseteq \{1,...,n-1 \}$ a number, which we call Cartan determinant of $S$ (see the end of this post for a representation theoretic background)...

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### What are all the possibilities of $A$ s.t. $\det(A)=k$?

Suppose we have $A \in M_3(\Bbb N\cup\{0\})$ s.t. sum of the elements of each row is $k $ for some fixed $k\in \Bbb N\cup\{0\}$. What are all the possibilities of $A$ s.t. $\det(A)=k$?
We can start ...

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### Why does this matrix have zero determinant?

This curious identity arose from studying reductions of the maximal ideal in certain monomial algebra. It can be proved "by hand", (i.e, using Macaulay 2), but I am seeking a more conceptual ...

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### Are mixed discriminants and hyper-determinants the same thing?

Premise
Hello, I'm trying to learn more about hyperdeterminants, but as I'm sifting through the literature I'm finding more and more papers on Mixed discriminant and I find their definitions extremely ...

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### Have these polynomials been studied? (Perhaps as generalizations of Schur polynomials in vector variables?)

For $n\geq 3$, let $\mathbf{a}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{a}_n \in \mathbb{Z}^2$ be a collection of points in the plane with integer coordinates $\mathbf{a}_i = (a_{1i},a_{2i})$ where each $a_{1i} > 0$. For ...