A note on preserving the spark of a matrix

Marcin Skrzyński


Let Mm× n(F) be the vector space of all m× n matrices over a field F. In the case where mn, char (F) ≠ 2 and F has at least five elements, we give a complete characterization of linear maps Φ : Mm× n(F) → Mm× n(F) such that spark(Φ (A)) = spark(A) for any A ∈ Mm× n(F).


spark of a matrix, linear preserver

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

primary 15A03, secondary 15A86


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