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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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A matrix-vector cross product

I want to do a cross product involving a vector of Pauli matrices $\vec \sigma = \left( {{\sigma _1},{\sigma _2},{\sigma _3}} \right)$; for example, $\vec \sigma \times \left( {1,2,3} \right)$. <...
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Find a condition that b must satisfy so that Ax=b has solution

I'm new to Mathematica, so I'm sorry if this is really simple. I am trying to find the condition that vector b must satisfy so that Ax=b has solution. I would like to learn a general method, but I'll ...
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Matrix exponential via Cayley-Hamilton Theorem

I'm attempting to calculate the exponential of a matrix via Cayley-Hamilton theorem. (Following the "concrete example" from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayley%E2%80%93Hamilton_theorem) I am having ...
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How to simplify symbolic expressions with KroneckerProduct

Having $X,Y$ being symbols for matrices, I was wondering if there is a way to simplify expressions like KroneckerProduct[X, X] + KroneckerProduct[-X, X] to ...
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Eigenvalue / Eigenvector Calculation

I'm currently trying to compute the three smallest eigenvectors for a 34 by 34 matrix. While I was expecting this to take some time, Mathematica has been running for the past 3 hours, which seems ...
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Should eigenvalues be ordered?

When I run Eigensystem on a symmetric matrix, the list of eigenvalues (and so, the corresponding eigenvectors) is ordered by absolute values, which is quite bizarre (it does make sense if you view the ...
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What does it mean when Mathematica returns a zero “eigenvector”? [closed]

For example, I ask Mathematica to compute the eigenvectors of $\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 5 & -4 \\ 0 & 0 & 4 & ...
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Issue in Det[…] when computing determinants of polynomials?

When I form a matrix of at least size $12 \times 12$ of second order polynomials in $w$ and I calculate the determinant of that, I get something that is a rational expression in $w$. Since the ...
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Given a set of four linearly independent vectors, how can I compute two additional linearly independent vectors?

I have four linearly independent vectors: $$ \left( \begin{array}{c} \left\{\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2},0,0,0,0\right\} \\ \end{array} \right)$$ $$ \left( \begin{array}{c} \left\{\frac{1}{2 \sqrt{3}},-...
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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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Faster Eigenvalues with lower precision goal

I compute all eigenvalues of a large matrix, and I decide that the speed is more important than the precision. Then the question is, can I speed up Eigenvalues[] by ...
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Strange performance of Outer

The following takes 0.07 seconds on my laptop. list1 = RandomReal[1.,1000000]; (Outer[Times, list1, RandomReal[1., 2]];) // AbsoluteTiming But this takes 1.2 ...
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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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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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Is there any faster way than Eigensystem to diagonalize a Hermitian matrix?

Is there any faster way than using Eigensystem to diagonalize (get all the eigenvectors and eigenvalues) of a Hermitian (self-adjoint) matrix? That would be ...
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Eigenvector Concern in Large Fractal-Like Matrix (Possible Bug?)

This is my first post and I have quite a long question. Thanks to any who read. To start with, I have an operator m=Transpose[n] on a 7 dimensional vector space V where n is constructed as follows: <...
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How to create a large sparse block matrix

I need to generate a very large sparse block matrix, with blocks consisting only of ones along the diagonal. I have tried several ways of doing this, but I seem to always run out of memory. The ...
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Is there no documentation for Method in Eigensystem?

There does not appear to be any documentation on how to use Method in Eigensystem, or at least not in Version 9.0.1 of ...
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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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Fastest way to do vector / matrix multiplication with constant matrix

Suppose we have a fixed n x n matrix, call it $B$. What is fastest way to evaluate $v^t B\;v$ over many different vectors $v$? Since $B$ is a constant matrix, does this allow the number of operations ...
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Does Eigenvalues evaluate in a parallelized way?

I use mathematica on a computer with linux operating system. The computer has 2 cpus and each cpu has 4 cores, so there are totally 8 cores available. Now I got confused with whether the evaluation ...
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Is matrix multiplication automatically done in parallel in Mathematica 9?

In good old Mathematica versions (5.2, 6.0), matrix multiplication was automatically done in parallel. For example, on an 8-core machine, define two square real matrices: ...
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LinearSolveFunction unusable if stored to disk?

I encounter a problem when saving a LinearSolveFunction to disk, where the LinearSolveFunction is obtained with LinearSolve for ...
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Why has Version 10.3 precision reduced?

In version 7.0.1.0 and versions 10.0 and 10.1 the following is produced: ...
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How to instruct MatrixLog to work with singular matrices?

How to instruct MatrixLog to work with singular matrices by ignoring the zero eigenvalues (thus only acting on a subspace orthogonal to the matrix kernel)? I'm ...
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Calculating the rank of a huge sparse array

By virtue of the suggestion in my previous question, I constructed the sparse matrix whose size is $518400 \times 86400$, mostly filled with $0$ and $\pm 1$. Now I want to calculate its rank. Since <...
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Inverse of a large sparse Hermitian block matrix

I am looking for a method (if it exists) for the inverse of a large sparse Hermitian block matrix. The off diagonal sparse matrices, named δ are 4x4, and they have ...
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NullSpace[_, Method->“OneStepRowReduction”] is sometimes wrong; how can I work out when this happens?

Edit 2015: Has this been fixed yet? (This is on MMA 7.0.1.0 on OS X) I've just found a large matrix m for which NullSpace[m] ...
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Bilinear Dot Function

In mathematics the matrix product is a bilinear operation $$ \alpha A \cdot(\beta B + \gamma C) = \alpha\beta ( A \cdot B )+ \alpha \gamma (A\cdot C ), $$ where capital letters denote matrices and ...
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Multiplying block matrices

I have a 2*8 matrix A, and a 2*8*2 matrix B. So B[[1]] and B[[2]] are both 8*2 matrices. I need a neat way to multiply A by B so that the first list in the result is A.B[[1]] and the second list ...
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Simpler way of performing Gaussian Elimination?

Is there a simpler way of performing Gaussian Elimination other than using RowReduce? Such as a single built in function? Edit: Look at the example from our simulation class. Not too difficult, but ...
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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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How to find the index of a square matrix in Mathematica quickly?

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ complex matrix. The smallest nonnegative integer $k$ such that $\mathrm{rank}(A^{k+1})=\mathrm{rank}(A^{k})$, is the index fo $A$ and denoted by $\mathrm{Ind}(A)$. I would ...
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Symbolic linear algebra

I would like to know how I can ask Mathematica to expand (and simplify) such an expression : $$ (\alpha A + \beta B)^\top (\alpha A + \beta B) $$ where $\alpha,\beta$ are two real numbers and $A,B$ ...
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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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Finding most general matrices $A$ and $B$ such that $A\cdot B=1$

I would like to find the most general shape of matrices $A$ and $B$ such that $A\cdot B=1_{4\times4}$. Naively, I just define for example ...
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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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Is there a built-in function to find the adjoint of a matrix?

I've been looking for a function that helps me get the adjoint matrix o a given one, I found that you can get the cofactors of a matrix but only by using the "Combinatorica" package, which I couldn't ...
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Compute the rank of a matrix with variable entries

Say I have a matrix like $$ M=\left( \begin{array}{c c c} x & xz & w-2x \\ wz^3 & xy & z \\ y^2-z^3 & x+w & z+x^5 \end{array} \right) $$ is it possible to ask Mathematica ...
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Finding the characteristic polynomial of a matrix modulus n

Given a square matrix, is it possible to calculate its characteristic polynomial modulo n? Unfortunately, this function ...
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Missing control for depth of Inner

Working on a mechanics problem, I stumbled on something peculiar: Since Inner is a generalisation of Dot, it changes its ...
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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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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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How to obtain the orthogonal matrix that diagonalize a symmetric matrix [closed]

I have a real symmetric matrix H which is in symbolic form, I need a matrix P that can diagonalize H; also P is orthogonal and its columns are the eigenvectors of H. How can I doing this in ...
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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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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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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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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 $L_i$ ($i=1,2,3$), ...