OS Reelle Geometrie und Algebra: On spectral properties of nonsingular matrices that are strictly sign-regular for some order

Friday, 09. November 2018
13.30 – 15.00

F 426

S. Kuhlmann, C. Scheiderer, M. Schweighofer

Rola Alseidi

This event is part of the event series „Oberseminar Reelle Geometrie und Algebra“.

A matrix is called strictly sign-regular of order $k$ (denoted by $SSR_k$) if all its $k\times k$ minors are non-zero and have the same sign. For example, totally positive matrices, i.e., matrices with all minors positive, are $SSR_k$ for all $k$. Another important subclass are those that are $SSR_k$ for all odd $k$. Such matrices have interesting sign variation diminishing properties, and it has been recently shown that they play an important role in the analysis of certain nonlinear cooperative dynamical systems.

In this talk, the spectral properties of  nonsingular matrices that are $SSR_k$ for a specific value $k$ are studied. One of the results is that the product of the first $k$ eigenvalues is real and of the same sign as the $k\times k$ minors, and that linear combinations of certain eigenvectors   have specific sign patterns. It is then shown how known results for matrices that are $SSR_k$ for several values of $k$ can be derived from these spectral properties. Using these theoretical results,  the notion of a totally positive discrete-time  system (TPDTS) is introduced. This may be regarded as the discrete-time  analogue of the important notion of a totally positive differential system. It is shown that TPDTSs entrain to periodic excitations.

This work is joint with Jürgen Garloff and Michael Margaliot.