Nonsingularity of linear combinations of idempotent matrices. (English) Zbl 1081.15017

The authors show that, for idempotent \(n\times n\) complex matrices \(P_1\) and \(P_2\), the nonsingularity of \(P_1+P_2\) is equivalent to the nonsingularity of \(c_1P_1+c_2P_2\), where \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are nonzero complex numbers satisfying \(c_1+c_2\neq0\).


15B57 Hermitian, skew-Hermitian, and related matrices
15A24 Matrix equations and identities
15A09 Theory of matrix inversion and generalized inverses
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