Volume 18, pp. 91-100, 2004.

Matrix exponentials and inversion of confluent Vandermonde matrices

Uwe Luther and Karla Rost


For a given matrix $A$ we compute the matrix exponential $e^{tA}$ under the assumption that the eigenvalues of $A$ are known, but without determining the eigenvectors. The presented approach exploits the connection between matrix exponentials and confluent Vandermonde matrices $V$. This approach and the resulting methods are very simple and can be regarded as an alternative to the Jordan canonical form methods. The discussed inversion algorithms for $V$ as well as the matrix representation of $V^{-1}$ are of independent interest also in many other applications.

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Key words

matrix exponential, Vandermonde matrix, fast algorithm, inverse.

AMS subject classifications

34A30, 65F05, 15A09, 15A23.

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