Symmetric completions and products of symmetric matrices

Author:
Morris Newman

Journal:
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. **186** (1973), 191-201

MSC:
Primary 15A33

MathSciNet review:
0485931

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Abstract: We show that any vector of *n* relatively prime coordinates from a principal ideal ring *R* may be completed to a symmetric matrix of , provided that . The result is also true for if *R* is the ring of integers *Z*. This implies for example that if *F* is a field, any matrix of is the product of a fixed number of symmetric matrices of except when , , which is a genuine exception.

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DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9947-1973-0485931-7

Keywords:
Principal ideal rings,
fields,
symmetric matrices,
unimodular matrices,
symmetric completion

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American Mathematical Society