Symmetry pattern of a centrosymmetric 5 × 5 matrix

In mathematics, especially in linear algebra and matrix theory, a centrosymmetric matrix is a matrix which is symmetric about its center.

Formal definition

An n × n matrix A = [Ai, j] is centrosymmetric when its entries satisfy

Alternatively, if J denotes the n × n exchange matrix with 1 on the antidiagonal and 0 elsewhere:

then a matrix A is centrosymmetric if and only if AJ = JA.


Algebraic structure and properties

Related structures

An n × n matrix A is said to be skew-centrosymmetric if its entries satisfy

Equivalently, A is skew-centrosymmetric if AJ = −JA, where J is the exchange matrix defined previously.

The centrosymmetric relation AJ = JA lends itself to a natural generalization, where J is replaced with an involutory matrix K (i.e., K2 = I)[2][3][4] or, more generally, a matrix K satisfying Km = I for an integer m > 1.[1] The inverse problem for the commutation relation AK = KA of identifying all involutory K that commute with a fixed matrix A has also been studied.[1]

Symmetric centrosymmetric matrices are sometimes called bisymmetric matrices. When the ground field is the real numbers, it has been shown that bisymmetric matrices are precisely those symmetric matrices whose eigenvalues remain the same aside from possible sign changes following pre- or post-multiplication by the exchange matrix.[3] A similar result holds for Hermitian centrosymmetric and skew-centrosymmetric matrices.[5]


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  2. ^ Andrew, Alan (1973). "Eigenvectors of certain matrices". Linear Algebra Appl. 7 (2): 151–162. doi:10.1016/0024-3795(73)90049-9.
  3. ^ a b Tao, David; Yasuda, Mark (2002). "A spectral characterization of generalized real symmetric centrosymmetric and generalized real symmetric skew-centrosymmetric matrices". SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. 23 (3): 885–895. doi:10.1137/S0895479801386730.
  4. ^ Trench, W. F. (2004). "Characterization and properties of matrices with generalized symmetry or skew symmetry". Linear Algebra Appl. 377: 207–218. doi:10.1016/j.laa.2003.07.013.
  5. ^ Yasuda, Mark (2003). "A Spectral Characterization of Hermitian Centrosymmetric and Hermitian Skew-Centrosymmetric K-Matrices". SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. 25 (3): 601–605. doi:10.1137/S0895479802418835.

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