Brauer's theorem and nonnegative matrices with prescribed diagonal entries

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Ricardo L. Soto
Ana I Julio
Macarena A Collao

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The problem of the existence and construction of nonnegative matrices with prescribed eigenvalues and diagonal entries is an important inverse problem, interesting by itself, but also necessary to apply a perturbation result, which has played an important role in the study of certain nonnegative inverse spectral problems. A number of partial results about the problem have been published by several authors, mainly by H. \v{S}migoc. In this paper, the relevance of a Brauer's result, and its implication for the nonnegative inverse eigenvalue problem with prescribed diagonal entries is emphasized. As a consequence, given a list of complex numbers of \v{S}migoc type, or a list $\Lambda = \left\{\lambda _{1},\ldots ,\lambda _{n} \right \}$ with $\operatorname{Re}\lambda _{i}\leq 0,$ $\lambda _{1}\geq -\sum\limits_{i=2}^{n}\lambda _{i}$, and $\left\{-\sum\limits_{i=2}^{n}\lambda _{i},\lambda _{2},\ldots ,\lambda _{n} \right\}$ being realizable; and given a list of nonnegative real numbers $% \Gamma = \left\{\gamma _{1},\ldots ,\gamma _{n} \right\}$, the remarkably simple condition $\gamma _{1}+\cdots +\gamma _{n} = \lambda _{1}+\cdots +\lambda _{n}$ is necessary and sufficient for the existence and construction of a realizing matrix with diagonal entries $\Gamma .$ Conditions for more general lists of complex numbers are also given.

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