I have a 40*40 matrix which has elements very close to 1 on diagonal and very small off-diagonal elements.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I find determinant of many of these randomly generated matrix, determinant is roughly multiplication of diagonal matrix squared. As (.95)^40 is a small number and (1.05)^40 is a bignumber, I get a histogram that increases from zero reaches a maxima and then fall to zero when I plot all these determinant values. It has a mean of 1 but peak at around .1

What kind of nomalization should I use such that when I make histogram it looks like a bell curve with a mean of 1.

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Chosing normalization

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**