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Real vs. integer non-paradox

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  • Subject: Real vs. integer non-paradox
  • From: JWENDEL at
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1993 15:32:07 -0800 (PST)

There's really not much of a paradox if any.  The bases found for
NullSpace[A] and NullSpace[Ar] look very different, to be sure, but they
actually generate the same spaces.  This may be seen in various ways.  One
is to compute the angles between them as shown in the book Matrix (pg. 581)
by Van Loan & Golub; this may be done nicely by using QRDecomposition and
SingularValues in Mma.  Alternatively one may use
Fit[{{x's,y's,f's},...},{x,y},{x,y}] [no 1's!] to see that the vectors in
the basis given by NullSpace[Ar] are linear combinations of those given by
I forgot to say in the first part that the angles turn out to have cosines
equal to 1.0 to the default precision employed, i.e. the angles are zero.

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