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Find a Spanning Sets for a space AX=(A^T)X

  1. Sep 28, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find a spanning set for the space

    T(A) = {X in R5 : AX=(A^T)X} , where A^T (A transpose)

    A = 58, -20, -4, -35, 34
    -20, 58, 31, 1, -36
    -4, 31, 43, 7, -21
    18, 18, -17, 31, -12
    34, -36, -21, -27, 69

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't understand what this question is really asking for...
    What I understand is a spanning set is a set that be written as a linear combination. For ex.
    { X1, X2,...Xk} can be written as aX1+bX2+...cXk.

    Since I know by a nxn matrix, I took the determinant of A^t) which was not 0, so the column matrix was linearly independent. So i just wrote the spanning set as the Column vectors.
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  3. Sep 28, 2008 #2


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    Not all vectors in R5 satisfy AX= ATX but it is not difficult to prove that the set of vectors that do form a subspace of R5. What they are asking for is a set of vectors that span that subspace. Yes, A and AT here are invertible matrices. But that only means their column vectors (v= Ae where e is a basis vector for R5) span all of R5.

    Does the problem really say "find a spanning set" and not a "minimal spanning set" or basis? If so then any set of vectors that span all of R5, such as the columns of either A or AT, or just {<1, 0, 0, 0, 0>, <0, 1, 0, 0>, <0, 0, 1, 0, 0>, <0, 0, 0, 1, 0>, < 0, 0, 0, 0, 1>} span that subset!
  4. Sep 28, 2008 #3
    Yea the question really ask for find a spanning set.
  5. Sep 28, 2008 #4
    Thank you, now I understand what the question is asking for...but how can i approach the question now??
  6. Sep 28, 2008 #5


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    By giving any one of the three answers I just gave you!
  7. Sep 28, 2008 #6
    I tried those answers, and type it in in my online assignment, and it says its wrong. So i'm guessing we have to find the subset
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