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September 15th, 2016, 12:42 PM   #1
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Kronecker product identity

Hi, during my exploration of some matrix operations I came to a suspicion that following itentity holds (A,B are square matrices both with n rows and n columns and $\displaystyle \otimes$ is so called Kronecker product):
$\displaystyle det(A\otimes B-B\otimes A)=0$
Do you know a proof of this fact? (I have tried to use this identity to proove Cayley-Hamilton theorem but I have also failed.)
Thank you very much for any answers.
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September 15th, 2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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I'm pleading ignorance, but wouldn't the determinate of a K. product be the same irrespective of the order of the product?
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No, Kronecker product is not commutative as can be seen on some "random" matrices.
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September 18th, 2016, 01:21 PM   #4
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No, Kronecker product is not commutative as can be seen on some "random" matrices.
I didn't say it was commutative, only the determinant is the same.
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I didn't say it was commutative, only the determinant is the same.
Ok, but $\displaystyle det(-X)=(-1)^n.det(X)$ for all nxn matrices X so when both determinants are equal - and therefore 0 - is valid reasoning only for n odd. For even n determinants are equal always.

Maybe you wold like to say that $\displaystyle det(A\otimes B)=det(B\otimes A)$. It really seems so. But can it help with the proof? because generally it doesn't hold true thar det(X)-det(Y)=det(X-Y) even for det(X)=det(Y).

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