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Matrix Differentiated (Posted on 2019-05-24) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Let A and B be two n×n matrices with real entries. Define the function f : R → R by f(x) = det(A + Bx)

(i) Show that f(3)(x) = 3! det B.
(ii) Show that in general f(n)(x) = n! det B.

f(n)(x) is the nth derivative of f(x).

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Solution, part ii Comment 3 of 3 |

Let C = A + Bx. Then Det C is the sum of n! terms, each such term being the product of n components of the matrix, C.

Upon taking the nth derivative of Det C, each such term will vanish, except for the terms of degree n or higher. But each component of C is either constant or linear in x. Hence, Det C is an nth degree polynomial in x, where the term in the nth power of x is made from the product of all linear terms in x; in other words, the product along the diagonal: Product( ann + x bnn).

This product itself is an nth degree polynomial, and we only need consider the term in x to the n; namely Product (x bnn). Taking the nth derivative gives n! Det B.

  Posted by FrankM on 2019-05-27 13:35:53
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