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Re: TensorRank

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  • Subject: [mg9009] Re: TensorRank
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 00:05:07 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Julian Stoev wrote:

> I am not 100% sure, but I am using TensorRank as a function to determine a
> rank of a matrix.
> Am I wrong to use TensorRank in this way?


  In[1]:= ?TensorRank
	"TensorRank[expr] gives the depth to which expr is a full array, with
all the
	 parts at a particular level being lists of the same length."

so TensorRank is only looking at the structure of the tensor.

> In[2]:= cm={{0, 0, 0, 1/j}, {0, 0, -(1/j), 0}, {0, k/(i*j), 0, -(k/j^2)},
>      {-(k/(i*j)), 0,
>  k/j^2, 0}}
> The determinant<>0, but rank is defficient.

One solution is to look at the NullSpace:

  In[3]:= ?NullSpace
	"NullSpace[m] gives a list of vectors that forms a basis for the null
	 of the matrix m."

  In[4]:= NullSpace[cm]
  Out[4]= {}

See 3.7.8 Solving Linear Systems in the Mathematica book.


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