23rd September 2018


What is the minimal polynomial?

In linear algebra, the minimal polynomial μA of an n × n matrix A over a field F is the monic polynomial P over F of least degree such that P(A) = 0. Any other polynomial Q with Q(A) = 0 is a (polynomial) multiple of μA. λ is a root of the characteristic polynomial χA of A, λ is an eigenvalue of matrix A.
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