Questions about Mathematica functionality related to manipulating vector spaces and linear mappings between such spaces. This includes determination of matrix properties, matrix transformations, decompositions, and factoring.

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Assuming reals of unknown variables in a Matrix valued function

I am trying to write a generic matrix valued function in a package, of the form: f[matrix_] := Module[...] My problem is that I want to accept any matrix, but ...
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Solving a tridiagonal system of linear equations using the Thomas algorithm

I'm trying to write a function that can solve a tridiagonal system of linear equations using the Thomas algorithm. It basically solves the following equation. (Details can be found at the Wiki page ...
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How to plot several functions without jumping? (multiple eigenvalues of a system as functions of 2 parameters)

I've been working on this research problem for months with some success by no global/proper solution to the problem. So I have square, Hermitian matrices of various sizes ($8,20,38$ dimensions) with ...
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Distribute transpose on matrix multiplication

I need to do the following: Transpose[A.(B+C)]=Transpose[B].Transpose[A]+Transpose[C].Transpose[A] How should I do this in mathematica? So far mathematica does ...
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Matrix Rational Canonical Form

Is there a way to calculate the Rational Canonical Form of an $n\times n$ integer matrix using Mathematica? I have been perusing the documentation and web, but nothing so far.
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Obtaining a thin/compact SVD

I'm using SingularValueDecomposition for a least-squares regression, the instruction that works fine for what I need is ...
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Solution for equation system with piece-wise defined functions

As I could swear this worked just yesterday, I am probably just doing something stupid here and I am sorry to bother you :) I am trying to find the point where a curve crosses a line. In this case, ...
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How do I keep the right ordering of eigenvalues using Eigensystem?

I'm having an issue with the Eigensystem command. I need to diagonalize a bunch of 3 by 3 complex valued matrices, but more importantly, I need to keep the exact ...
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Checking if a symbolic matrix is positive semi-definite

As far as I can tell, there is no way to tell the builtin PositiveSemidefiniteQ about assumptions on symbols. For example, the matrix ...
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Implementing Bilinear Products

Consider a real, vector space $V$ with basis $B=\{v_1,v_2,\dots\}$, and let $\star:V\times V\to\mathbb R$ be a bilinear product on $V$. I would like to implement this product in Mathematica by ...
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Computing the sign of the real part of eigenvalues in a 3D linearized system with 3 parameters

So I have this dynamical system given by: $$ \left\{\begin{aligned} x' &= a(y-\phi(x))\\ y' &= x-y+z\\ z' &= -by \end{aligned}\right. $$ where $\phi(x) = \mu x^3 - \nu x$ and $a,b,\mu,\nu$ ...
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Can the CholeskyDecomposition function in Mathematica be made to work on non-symmetric matrices?

The CholeskyDecomposition[m] function in Mathematica requires a symmetric and positive definite matrix m. For instance, the ...
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Efficient ways to create matrices and solve matrix equations

I am attempting, for the first time, to use Mathematica to do some serious linear algebra. I would like to solve systems of equations of the form $$U_{n n'} f_{n'} = b_n.$$ I have an expression for ...
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Generating random symmetric matrix

Suppose first that I want to generate a matrix whose elements are independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.) with distribution dist. This is easy: ...
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Tridiagonal symmetric matrix eigenvalue using bisection

I know that Eigenvalues is already quite well implemented in Mathematica, nor am I foolishly trying to improve on it. In order to improve my programming skills, I ...
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Mathematica package for explicit matrix representations of group generators?

While there are several packages that are capable of working with weights and roots (for example LieArt), I couldn't find any package that spits out explicit matrices for the generators, for example ...
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Solve huge symbolic system of linear equations

I have a system of 76 symbolic linear equations (i.e. some coefficients are symbolic) with a sparse coefficient matrix. However, neither Solve[] nor ...
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Trying to simplify Root expressions from the output of Eigenvalues

I am trying to calculate eigenvalues of a sparse matrix with only two distinct non-zero elements, here Alpha and Beta, which are both negative reals. Mathematica returns some complex expressions with ...
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What is the best way to write a polynomial in the Bernstein basis?

The Bernstein basis of polynomials of degree $n$ is the set of polynomials of the form $$\binom{n}{k} t^{n-k}(1-t)^k$$ where $0 \leq k \leq n$. What is the best way to transform a given polynomial ...
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Approximate minimum degree permutation algorithm in Mathematica

In MATLAB there is a nice implementation of the so called AMD (approximate minimum degree permutation) algorithm named amd (see Online MATLAB Documentation). There is an alternative algorithm called ...
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Simplifying the trace of a matrix expression

I have a long expression involving matrices that I derived using the NCAlgebra package. Can I simplify the trace of the expression? For example, say b is a scalar ...
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Solving a linear equation in Mathematica

This should be easy but I can't seem to find the right way to do it. I have an equation of the form $a x + b x + c y + a z + d z = 0$, and I'd like to solve for relations between the parameters ...
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A Product function for matrix products

I would like to use an equivalent of the product-function in mathematica, but where instead of multiplying numbers I multiply matrices?
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Eigenvalues of matrix not giving imaginary parts

This might be a very simple problem, but I can't seem to figure out why I am getting this. I am trying to find the eigenvalues of the matrix: ...
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Finding maximal subset of linearly independent functions

I've got a set of functions in one variable. I wish to find the basis of the corresponding spanning set Example: $$\left\{1,\frac{1}{1-\sqrt{x}},\frac{1}{1-x},\frac{\sqrt{x}}{1-x}\right\}$$ may ...
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Polar Decomposition

I'm new to Mathematica 10 (half-a-month user). I'm looking for a function of polar decomposition but for now I cannot find it. Can anyone tell me about related functions. Thanks in advance.
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How to draw a tropical surface?

By definition, a tropical surface in $\mathbb R^3$ is the set of points $(x,y,z)$ where the maximum $f=\max(f_1,f_2,\dots,f_n)$ is attained at least twice, here $f_i$ stand for some linear functions ...
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Pauli matrices — simplify expressions without printing out the raw matrix

Squaring a Pauli matrix results in the identity matrix. These bits of documentation (weakly, to a Mathematica-newbie like me) imply that some algebraic identities that link the Pauli matrices ...
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How to fix errors in Gram-Schmidt process when using random vectors?

I first make a function to get a random vector on unit sphere in a swath around the equator. That is what the parameter $\gamma$ controls; if $\gamma = 1/2$, the vectors can be chosen anywhere on the ...
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Inputting values into the variables without having to input the matrix all over again

I'm practicing using LU decomposition on Mathematica. I am able to find the L & U matrices, specifically the variables. However, i find it tedious having to input the newly found values and form ...
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Using LeviCivitaTensor

I have 2 questions about using LeviCivitaTensor, based on the following session: The signs for the cross product seems to come out "opposite" of what I expected. Why is that? Did I miss anything? ...
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Defining a non-commutative operator algebra in Mathematica

I am trying to develop a function(s) to do some commutator algebra to compute the enveloping algebra and ideals of a Lie algebra. For example if I have $SU(2)$ algebra generated by $L_i$ ($i=1,2,3$), ...
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Efficient method for inverting a block tridiagonal matrix

Is there a better method to invert a large block tridiagonal Hermitian block matrix, other than treating it as a ordinary matrix? For example: ...
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ordering of functional eigenvalues

Is there any order to the symbolic eigenvalues of a matrix returned by the command Eigenvalues[...]? While numerical eigenvalues are listed in descending order ...
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Computing Slater determinants

I need to compute Slater determinants. I'm wondering if I would benefit from assigning each of my functions to a variable prior to computation. I'm working with Slater determinants, but my question ...
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Proving positive definiteness or semi-definiteness of a matrix

I have the following 4x4 real symmetric matrix: $K=\begin{bmatrix}3-3w & -\frac{4}{3}+a+2w & \frac{5}{12}+b-\frac{w}{2} & 0\\ -\frac{4}{3}+a+2w & -1-6a-3x & ...
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Sporadic bug in Mathematica 7.01.0 MatrixPower and/or Eigensystem functions on floating-point symmetric matrices with repeated eigenvalues

Note: From the comments submitted below by other StackExchange users it appears that this apparent bug was fixed sometime after version 7.0.1. I asked a vague variant of this question a few days ago, ...
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Discriminant of Characteristic Polynomial

I'm doing a calculation which finds the characteristic polynomial of a matrix with rather complex entries and then determines the discriminant of that polynomial. For smaller matrices up to around 7x7 ...
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Orthonormalization of non-hermitian matrix eigenvectors

When using Orthogonalize[] one can specify which definition of "inner product" is to be used. For example, ...
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Correct way to populate a DiagonalMatrix?

I would like to create a series of correlation matrices that starts with : sensMat[[1]] = DiagonalMatrix[ { 1,1,1,1,1 } ]) // MatrixForm and iterates in 0.1 ...
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What is the range of values $x$ for which $f(x)$ is higher than $k$ over a given domain?

What is the easiest way to answer the following question in Mathematica: Given a function $f(x)=y$, what is the range of values $x$ for which $y$ is higher than some number $k$ over the domain of $x$ ...
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Linear equation with complex numbers

I have to solve an equation of the type $$a z+b \overline{z}=c$$ with $a,b,c\in\mathbb{C}$. My approach is to set $F(z)=a z+b \overline{z}-c$ transform $z$ to $x+i y$ and then get a real linear ...
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Pack Solve results into a vector

I am currently using a really easy function to get the eigenvectors of a corresponding eigenspace: ...
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Proving a recurrence in Mathematica

I have $$j_n=\int_0^1 x^{2n} \sin(\pi x)dx.$$ How do I show that $$j_{n+1}= \frac{1}{\pi^2}(\pi- (2n+1)(2n+2)j_n)\, ?$$ I keep getting a recurring integration by parts and I can't simplify it. ...
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Exploiting self-adjointness when changing basis

I am using Mathematica to analyze a real, self-adjoint matrix $H$ of the size $32 \times 32$, which comes from a physics problem. In the picture there is also a matrix $Q$ which commutes with $H$. I ...
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How to get the determinant and inverse of a large sparse symmetric matrix?

For example, the following is a $12\times 12$ symmetric matrix. Det and Inverse take too much time and don't even work on my ...
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Why does LinearSolve return the transpose of the answer matrix?

I am trying to solve an equation of the form $dv=F\cdot dV$ where $dv$ and $dV$ are matrices derived from the row vectors $dx$, $dy$, $dz$ and $dX$, $dY$, $dZ$ respectively. If it helps, $F$ is the ...
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Generating a vector of dummy variables

So I'm the situation of needing analytical solutions to a family of equations of the form Ax=b, where A is an nxn matrix. I've written a function that does what I want, but I'm currently using a bit ...
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Intersection of two vector spaces

Is there a simple way without having to manually compute the matrices and do LinearSolve to do the following? Assume I'm given two lists $l_1$, $l_2$ of vectors of the same dimension. I want a list of ...