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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 get.

If you know any command or if you know effective ways of creating a function that does this, please help me.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain what is the "adjunct"? $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Nov 28 '13 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Adjoint - in Spanish is "Adjunta" $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 1:33
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    $\begingroup$ Take a look at the help for Minors[], under "Applications" $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ I've found the translation "adjunt" so I wasn't sure it was the same "adjoint" $\endgroup$ – DavidBecharaSenior Nov 28 '13 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ Well, please check the Wikipedia page I linked to be sure $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 1:40
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This is just to get an answer on record so the question can be removed from not-answered list.

The following is taken from an example given in Application section of the documentation for Minors.

Define the adjoint of a matrix:

adj[m_] := 
    Map[Reverse, Minors[Transpose[m], Length[m] - 1], {0, 1}] * 
      Table[(-1)^(i + j), {i, Length[m]}, {j, Length[m]}]
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    $\begingroup$ Well done. But you're wrong: the question gets removed from the unanswered pile only after it has upvoted answers. Wait... now you're right :) $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 4:40
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    $\begingroup$ I realize there is a risk involved, but usually there is someone willing to take the bait :) $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Nov 28 '13 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ We're all for the rep here :) $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ @belisarius. Rep? What rep? This is pro bono work (CW). $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Nov 28 '13 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ That was the reason for my smiley! $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Nov 28 '13 at 13:22
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Here is a simpler answer:

adj[m_] := Inverse[m] Det[m]
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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done.$\phantom{}$ $\endgroup$ – J. M. is away Jun 18 '15 at 13:05
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    $\begingroup$ This only works for square matrices. The classical adjoint (also called the adjugate) can be defined for matrices of any dimension, and the answer above by @m_goldberg is the correct way to do it for non-square matrices. $\endgroup$ – Michael Seifert Jun 18 '15 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ And only works if the inverse exists. $\endgroup$ – David Aug 7 '15 at 18:55

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