Nonnegative definite hermitian matrices with increasing principal minors

Shmuel Friedland 1
  • 1 Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7045, USA


A nonnegative definite hermitian m × m matrix A≠0 has increasing principal minors if det A[I] ≤ det A[J] for I⊂J, where det A[I] is the principal minor of A based on rows and columns in the set I ⊆ {1,...,m}. For m > 1 we show A has increasing principal minors if and only if A−1 exists and its diagonal entries are less or equal to 1.

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