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Level Curves of the Angle Function of a Positive Definite Symmetric Matrix

Description: Given a real N by N matrix A, write p(A) for the maximum angle by which A rotates any unit vector. Suppose that A and B are positive definite symmetric (PDS) N by N matrices. Then their Jordan product {A, B} := AB + BA is also symmetric, but not necessarily positive definite. If p(A) + p(B) is obtuse, then there exists a special orthogonal matrix S such that {A, SBS^(-1)} is indefinite. Of course, if A and B commute, then {A, B} is positive definite. Our work grows from the following question: if A and B are commuting positive definite symmetric matrices such that p(A) + p(B) is obtuse, what is the minimal p(S) such that {A, SBS^(-1)} indefinite? In this dissertation we will describe the level curves of the angle function mapping a unit vector x to the angle between x and Ax for a 3 by 3 PDS matrix A, and discuss their interaction with those of a second such matrix.
Date: December 2009
Creator: Bajracharya, Neeraj
Partner: UNT Libraries

Characterizations of Some Combinatorial Geometries

Description: We give several characterizations of partition lattices and projective geometries. Most of these characterizations use characteristic polynomials. A geometry is non—splitting if it cannot be expressed as the union of two of its proper flats. A geometry G is upper homogeneous if for all k, k = 1, 2, ... , r(G), and for every pair x, y of flats of rank k, the contraction G/x is isomorphic to the contraction G/y. Given a signed graph, we define a corresponding signed—graphic geometry. We give a characterization of supersolvable signed graphs. Finally, we give the following characterization of non—splitting supersolvable signed-graphic geometries : If a non-splitting supersolvable ternary geometry does not contain the Reid geometry as a subgeometry, then it is signed—graphic.
Date: August 1992
Creator: Yoon, Young-jin
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Maximum Size of Combinatorial Geometries Excluding Wheels and Whirls as Minors

Description: We show that the maximum size of a geometry of rank n excluding the (q + 2)-point line, the 3-wheel W_3, and the 3-whirl W^3 as minor is (n - 1)q + 1, and geometries of maximum size are parallel connections of (q + 1)-point lines. We show that the maximum size of a geometry of rank n excluding the 5-point line, the 4-wheel W_4, and the 4-whirl W^4 as minors is 6n - 5, for n ≥ 3. Examples of geometries having rank n and size 6n - 5 include parallel connections of the geometries V_19 and PG(2,3).
Date: August 1989
Creator: Hipp, James W. (James William), 1956-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Hausdorff Dimension of Shrinking-Target Sets Under Non-Autonomous Systems

Description: For a dynamical system on a metric space a shrinking-target set consists of those points whose orbit hit a given ball of shrinking radius infinitely often. Historically such sets originate in Diophantine approximation, in which case they describe the set of well-approximable numbers. One aspect of such sets that is often studied is their Hausdorff dimension. We will show that an analogue of Bowen's dimension formula holds for such sets when they are generated by conformal non-autonomous iterated function systems satisfying some natural assumptions.
Date: August 2018
Creator: Lopez, Marco Antonio
Partner: UNT Libraries