# Questions tagged [traces]

For questions involving the trace of a square matrix, i.e. the sum of the elements on the main diagonal.

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### When is argmin over the trace of inverted positive definite symmetric matrices equal to the argmax of the original pos. def. sym. matrices?

I hope this is the right place for my question. I am working on an optimization problem and the following question came up regarding the objective function. Since matrix inversion is quite expensive, ...
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### Spectrum invariant under (generalised) transpose as operator on trace class operators

For matrices $A$ it is well known that the spectrum is invariant under transpose $\sigma(A^T) = \sigma(A)$. Furthermore, the spectrum of the adjoint matrix $\sigma(A^*) = \overline{ \sigma(A)}$ the ...
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### Proving 2 matrices have the same trace [closed]

I found a problem in my textbook and I have tried solving it, but I had no succes. The problem is: Let $A$ and $B$ be $n \times n$ matrices with complex number entries. Given that $AB−BA$ is ...
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### Show that for all $\delta$, we have $\|u\|^2_{\Gamma}\le c_\delta(\|u\|^2_{\omega(\delta)}+\|u\|_{\omega(\delta)}\|\nabla u\|_{\omega(\delta)})$

I am reading the article On existence of weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations in regions with moving boundaries from Fujita and Kato and at some point they use an argument I have some trouble ...
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### Hölder inequality inside trace

$\DeclareMathOperator\tr{tr}$Suppose we have positive semidefinite matrices $A_1, \dotsc, A_n$ and $B_1, \dotsc, B_n$ of the same dimension. Do we have a Hölder inequality for the trace of the ...
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### Singular value of Hadamard product

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ random symmetric matrix with $E(A_{i j}) = 0$, $Var(A_{i j}) = 1/n$ for any $i,j$. $B$ is an $n \times n$ symmetric matrix with $B_{ii} = 0$. I need to find a upper bound of ...
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### Which operators on the trace-class operators extend to operators on Hilbert-Schmidt operators?

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a separable Hilbert space and let $TC( \mathcal{H})$, $HS(\mathcal{H})$ be the space of trace-class operators and Hilbert-Schmidt operators on $\mathcal{H}$. Recall that these ...
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### Necessary and sufficient conditions on kernels of trace-class operators

Question: Let $K \in L^2(R^n\times R^n)$. Are "explicit" necessary and sufficient conditions known such that $K$ is the kernel of some trace-class operator $A \in TC(L^2(R^n))$? We know that ...
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### Frobenius algebras and traces of modules

$\newcommand{\Hom}{\mathscr{Hom}}$ Let $C$ be a cocomplete closed symmetric monoidal category, and the tensor product preserves colimits in each variable; Let $A$ be a commutative algebra in $C$, ...
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### Is the secondary Euler characteristic a categorical trace?

Context: The ordinary Euler characteristic of a complex (satisfying appropriate finiteness conditions so that all cohomology groups are finite-dimensional over some field ''k'', say, and only finitely ...
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### Why trace is more natural than (preferred to) determinant for smooth map $f:M\to N$?

Cross-post from MSE. For a continuous map $f:(M,g)\to (N,h)$, between Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$ and $(N,h)$ we can pullback $h$ by $f$. Most experts take the trace from this new tensor and work ...
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### Closed paths, closed trails and traces

Let $A$ be the adjacency matrix of a (non-oriented) graph $\Gamma$. Then $\textrm{Tr} A^k$ equals both the sum $\sum_i \lambda_i^k$ of $k$th powers of eigenvalues of $A$, on the one hand, and the ...
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### A bounded extension operator

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded domain with smooth boundary $\partial\Omega$. Consider the harmonic extension operator $E :L^2(\partial \Omega) \rightarrow H^{1/2}(\Omega)$ which assigns ...
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### Computational complexity of computing the trace of a matrix product under some structure

I have two problems related to computing some trace, and some (possibly suboptimal) answers. My question is about a potential more efficient algorithm for each one. (More interested in an answer to ...
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### Why are traces an analogue to integrals?

In Poincare duality for singular cohomology, one integrates cohomology classes against a fundamental class to get a number $\int_{[M]} \omega$. In the formulation of Poincare duality in etale ...
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### Direct solution to maximum likelihood computation problem using the derivative of multivariate Gaussian w.r.t. covariance matrix

For an application, I need to compute the maximum loglikelihood of data coming from a $d$-dimensional multivariate Gaussian random variable: $$\textbf{x} \sim \mathcal{N}(\boldsymbol{\mu}, \Sigma)$$ ...
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### Nondegenerate linear maps functorially associated to algebras

In the sequel, "$k$-algebra" means "associative unital finite dimensional $k$-algebra. Apologies for the very long exposition. If $A$ is a $k$-algebra and $s:A\to k$ is $k$-linear, we say that $s$ ...
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### Dixmier traces, Wodzicki residue and residues of zeta functions

Let $M$ be an $n$ dimensional closed manifold and consider an elliptic, pseudodifferential operator $P$ of order $-n$. Here are some facts which I had learned so far: 1. There exists a density defined ...
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### Norm/trace of product inequality involving skew symmetric matrices

I wonder if the following inequality involving skew symmetric matrices is true: Suppose that $B,C \in \mathbb{R}^{d \times d}$ are skew-symmetric matrices, and $\Sigma \in \mathbb{R}^{d \times d}$ ...
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