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    Equivalence Matrices

    Please illustrate and show me that how to find equivalence matrix of a given matrix A.
    Two Matrices A and B are called equivalence if for any two non-singular matrices P and Q such that, A=PBQ.
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    What do you want exactly? All matrices equivalent to A?
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    Any one..
    suppose the matrix A=\left[\begin{matrix} 1 & 2 & 3\\ 1 & 0 & 2\\ 3 & -1  & 0 \\\end{matrix}\right].
    Then how we can find an equivalent matrix of A?
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    Well, the easiest and dumbest answer is to let P=Q=I \text{ and } B = A. One way to find a similar matrix is by making the matrix B be a matrix with the eigenvalues of A as the diagonal of B. Then the matrix P would have the corresponding eigenvectors as columns and Q = P^{-1}. That is, if (\lambda_i, v_i) is an eigenpair then
     B = \begin{pmatrix} \lambda_1 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 0 & \lambda_2 & \cdots & 0 \\ \vdots & & \ddots & \vdots \\ 0 & \cdots & 0 & \lambda_n\end{pmatrix}
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     P = \begin{pmatrix} v_1 \cdots v_n\end{pmatrix}.
    Somehow I doubt this is what you are looking for.
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    But i think it is dioganalised matrix..
    Can we take similar marices as equivalent matrices?
    As I know for similar matrices we have a nonsingular matrix P s.t. A=P^{-1}BP and for equivalent matrices we have two nonsingular matrices s.t. A=PBQ..
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    Well, similar matrices are equivalent by definition. Since P,P^{-1} are non-singular and taking P=P,Q=P^{-1} we fulfill the definition.
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    You said before that you wanted "any" matrix equivalent to A. As Ivleph said, take any (invertible) 3 by 3 matrix, P, find [tex]P^{-1}[/math ]and calculate PAP^{-1}.

    If you specifically want a diagonal matrix equivalent to A, as you seem to be saying now, you must first prove that such at thing exists- that A is "diagonalizable" which is true if and only if A has 3 independent eigenvectors. Once you have found those eigenvectors, form the matrix P having the eigenvectors as columns. The D= P^{-1}AP is a diagonal matrix equivalent to A.
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