# Questions tagged [linear-algebra]

Linear algebra deals with vector spaces and linear transformations.

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### What is the actual time complexity of Gaussian elimination?

In an answer to an earlier question, I mentioned the common but false belief that “Gaussian” elimination runs in $O(n^3)$ time. While it is obvious that the algorithm uses $O(n^3)$ arithmetic ...
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### Evidence that matrix multiplication can be done in quadratic time?

It is widely conjectured that $\omega$, the optimal exponent for matrix multiplication, is in fact equal to 2. My question is simple: What reasons do we have for believing that $\omega = 2$? I'm ...
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### Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a Matrix

My question is simple: What is the worst-case running time of the best known algorithm for computing an eigendecomposition of an $n \times n$ matrix? Does eigendecomposition reduce to matrix ...
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### Evidence that matrix multiplication is not in $O(n^2\log^kn)$ time

It is commonly believed that for all $\epsilon > 0$, it is possible to multiply two $n \times n$ matrices in $O(n^{2 + \epsilon})$ time. Some discussion is here. I have asked some people who are ...
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### Is there a polynomial time algorithm to determine if the span of a set of matrices contains a permutation matrix?

I would like to find a polynomial time algorithm that determines if the span of a given set of matrices contains a permutation matrix. If any one knows if this problem is of a different complexity ...
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### How do database aggregations form a monoid?

On cs.stackexchange I asked about the algebird scala library on github, speculating on why they might need an abstract algebra package. The github page has some clues: Implementations of Monoids ...
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### Sampling from Multivariate Gaussian with Graph Laplacian (inverse) Covariance

We know from e.g. Koutis-Miller-Peng (based on work of Spielman & Teng), that we can very quickly solve linear systems $A x = b$ for matrices $A$ that are the graph Laplacian matrix for some ...
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### On $n$ dimensional manifolds and lattices

EDIT (By Tara B): I'd still be interested in a reference to a proof of this, as I had to prove it myself for my own paper. I'm looking for the proof of Theorem 4 that appears in this paper: An ...
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### Binary vector $t$ in $span(S)$ over $\mathbb{Z}/q\mathbb{Z}$ for all prime powers $q$ $\Rightarrow$ $t$ in $span(S)$ over $\mathbb{Z}$?

I have a set of $n$ binary vectors $S = \{s_1, \ldots, s_n \} \subseteq \{0,1\}^k \setminus \{1^k\}$ and a target vector $t = 1^k$ which is the all-ones vector. Conjecture: If $t$ can be written as ...
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### Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a *Symmetric* Matrix

This is a specialized version of a previous question: Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a Matrix . For NxN symmetric matrices, it is known that O(N^3) time suffices to compute the ...
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### Constructing vectors in general position

Let a real $k\times n$ ($k\le n$) matrix ${\bf A}$ with the property that any collection of $k$ columns is full rank. Q: Is there an efficient way to deterministically find a vector ${\bf a}$ such ...
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### the largest element of a matrix product

Given two matrices, I'm interested in finding the largest element of their product. I wonder if it's possible to do it significantly faster than the matrix multiplication the solution seems to require?...
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### Complexity of finding the leading eigenvector of a graph Laplacian

Let ${\bf L}$ be the $n\times n$ Laplacian of a graph. What is the worst case complexity for calculating the maximum eigeinvector of ${\bf L}$? Are there any families of Laplacians for which it takes ...
In Bernstein and Vazirani's seminal paper "Quantum Complexity Theory", they show that a $d$-dimensional unitary transformation can be efficiently approximated by a product of what they call "near-...