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A new look at totally positive matrices. (English) Zbl 1413.15059
Previously, the author [Linear Algebra Appl. 335, No. 1–3, 151–156 (2001; Zbl 0983.15023)] studied the so-called anti-Monge matrices, namely, matrices \([a_{ik}]\) such that \[ a_{ij}+a_{kl}\geq a_{il}+a_{kj}, \] whenever \(i<k\) and \(j<l\). In this note, a relationship is observed between certain anti-Monge matrices and TP\(_2\) matrices. A matrix is called TP\(_2\) if all of the \(1\times 1\) and \(2\times 2\) minors are positive. More generally, a matrix is called totally positive (TP) if all of its minors are positive.
This relationship is described via the Hadamard logarithm (or entry-wise application of the logarithm). That is, the Hadamard logarithm of a TP\(_2\) matrix is a (strict) anti-Monge matrix. Motivated in part by this connection a “multiplication” is defined as follows. Suppose \(X_1\) and \(X_2\) are entry-wise positive square matrices of the same order. Then, the e-product of \(X_1\) and \(X_2\) is defined as: \[ X_1\square X_2=\exp^{\circ}((\log^{\circ}X_1)(\log^{\circ}X_2)), \] where \(\exp^{\circ}\) and \(\log^{\circ}\) are the Hadamard (entry-wise) exponential and logarithm functions, respectively.
With respect to e-multiplication, it is shown that this operation preserves entry-wise positivity and the property of being product-equilibrated (i.e., all row- and column-products are equal to \(1\)). Further along these lines, the author verifies that the operation of e-multiplication preserves a certain sub-class of TP Vandermonde matrices, and also notes that in this special case e-multiplication reduces to the conventional Hadamard product.
15B48 Positive matrices and their generalizations; cones of matrices
15A99 Basic linear algebra
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