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Homework Help: Positive definite operator/matrix question

  1. Jun 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Prove that T is positive definite if and only if

    [tex]\sum_{i,j} A_{ij}a_{j}\bar{a_{i}} > 0 [/tex]
    for any non-zero tuple (a1, .................... , an )

    Let A be [tex][ T ]_{\beta} [/tex]

    where [tex] \beta [/tex] is an orthogonal basis for T

    3. The attempt at a solution

    the sum looked like the matrix multiplication of a n-tuple and a matrix A, so I looked into that and couldn't get anything.. any hints please? I'm also struggle to realize what significant that sum could have, right now it doesn't even mean anything to me.

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  3. Jun 28, 2010 #2


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    If the capital A's are supposed to be terms in matrix, you might want to think about

  4. Jun 28, 2010 #3
    thanks, someone else told me to think about [tex] a^{*} A a [/tex] , but I'm not sure why I'd be considering this. I basically have these things to work with: that if T is positive definite ( one way of the implication ), then all its eigenvalues are positive,T is self-adjoint and < Tx , x > > 0.

  5. Jun 28, 2010 #4
    I'm also confused a*A might not make sense.. if a is a column vector in F^n and A is a matrix?
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