Let and be 2 non zero column vectors. Let denote the transpose of . Let . What is the rank of A?

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- January 22nd 2010, 12:55 AMChandru1Rank of the given Matrix
Let and be 2 non zero column vectors. Let denote the transpose of . Let . What is the rank of A?

- January 22nd 2010, 02:16 AMRoam
What do you mean by , because we don't know what "y" is! I think maybe you're referring to the case where x=y. And I think in this case will have the full column rank if , and it will have the full row rank if .

Since is square, and it is an nxn matrix, it follows that is invertible if and only if has rank n. However has the same rank as x itself, so is invertible if rank(x)=n (this means if x has full column rank).

Again I'm assuming x=y. - January 22nd 2010, 05:13 AMHallsofIvy
I see no reason to assume that x= y. The problem makes sense without that. For example, if and , then and

. The determinant of that is is acbd- adbc= 0 so it does NOT have rank 2. It is not, unless at least one of x and y is the 0 vector, all "0"s so it does not have rank 0. It has rank 1.