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Why do you guys think that given two 3x3 matrices, they are similar if and only if their characteristic polynomial and minimal polynomial are equal (this reasonably fails for 4v4 matrices though)?

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Why do you guys think that given two 3x3 matrices, they are similar if and only if their characteristic polynomial and minimal polynomial are equal (this reasonably fails for 4v4 matrices though)?

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matt grime

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Just consider the Jordan Blocks

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Not exactly sure what you mean. How do Jordan blocks get involved?

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