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When to use RREF in finding Eigenvectors

by selig5560
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Dec15-12, 11:35 PM
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I have a quick question, when should one use RREF in finding eigvenvectors? I've read through some books and sometimes they use them and sometimes they do not. I'm sorry for such a potentially stupid question.


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Dec16-12, 09:26 PM
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It could be that having one in the pivot position position makes it easier to write system in parametric vector form. Otherwise row echelon form would suffice.
Dec17-12, 08:06 AM
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PF Gold
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Where did you find that "they sometimes use them"? The row reduced form of a matrix does NOT in general have the same eigenvalues as the original matrix so I do see how row reducing could help.

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