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Inverting a 4x4 matrix

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tony blair

here's what i've done
-got transpose of A

|-3 0 0 1 |
| 1 -2 1 0 |
| 2 -3 2 1 |
| 1 2 -1 2 |


the deteminant = 8 therefore (its's invertible)

**the problem***


|-3 0 0 1 | 1 0 0 0 |
| 1 -2 1 0 | 0 1 0 0 |
| 2 -3 2 1 | 0 0 1 0 |
| 1 2 -1 2 | 0 0 0 1 |

i've tried reducing this (even tried using adjoint method)
but i keep getting a different answer

could someone please post for me the row reductions to
get the inverse to this thing i.e
row2 -row3 on row3 etc etc etc .
 

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You talked about "reducing this" but didn't say exactly what it is you want to arrive at. If I remember correctly you wanted to find the inverse of a matrix. Was it A or the transpose of A? If you want to find the inverse of the matrix A, I don't see any reason to work with the transpose.

|-3 0 0 1 | 1 0 0 0 |
| 1 -2 1 0 | 0 1 0 0 |
| 2 -3 2 1 | 0 0 1 0 |
| 1 2 -1 2 | 0 0 0 1 |

If I were going to do this, the first thing I would do is swap the first two rows so I will have a 1 in the first row of the first column. Then (1) add 3 times that (new) first row to the (new) second row, (2) subtract 2 times that (new) first row from the third row, and (3) Subtract that (new) first row from the fourth row to get:
[1 -2 1 0| 0 1 0 0 ]
[0 -6 3 1| 1 3 0 0 ]
[0 1-2 1| 0-2 1 0 ]
[0 4 2 2| 0-1 0 1 ]

Now swap the second and third rows to get a 1 in the "pivot position" (second row, second column). Add twice that new second row to the first row, add 6 time the new second row to the third row, and subtract 4 times that new second row to the fourth row to get:

OOPs, gotta run! (Going to see "The Barber of Seville"!) You'll have to work it out yourself.
 

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