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Jan6-12, 08:54 AM
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Quote Quote by hamsterman View Post
What I mean is that I don't know what is det(AB-BA) even if I do know det(AB) and det(BA).
I'm looking at Sylvester's determinant theorem which looks related, but I still don't see a solution. Now I need to prove that for no M, det(M+I) = det(M), at least when M = AB.. (now that I think about it, there is probably no matrix that can't be written as a product of two others, is there?)
Try taking the trace.