Schur complement

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2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 15A24 [MSN][ZBL]

Let $M$ be a square matrix over a fixed ground field, partitioned in block form as $$ M = \left({ \begin{array}{cc} P & Q \\ R & S \end{array} }\right) \ , $$ where $P$ is a square non-singular submatrix.

The complement of $P$ is $$ M/P = S - R P^{-1} Q \ . $$

The Schur determinant lemma may be expressed in the form $$ \det(M) = \det(P) \det(M/P) \ . $$


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