Positive definite matrices and positive semi-definite matrices are very important concepts of matrix analysis in both theory and applications. In the recent decade, these two concepts have been extended to tensors. Research on positive definite tensors and positive semi-definite tensors has made significant progresses. In this talk, I will review these progresses. The main contents are as follows. Except the zero tensor, there are no odd order positive semi-definite tensors.An even order symmetric tensor is positive semi-definite (definite) if and only if its smallest H-eigenvalue or Z-eigenvalue is nonnegative (positive). Even order diagonally dominated symmetric tensors and symmetric B0B0 tensors are positive semi-definite tensors. They are easily checkable. Even order symmetric MM tensors, even order completely positive tensors, even order Laplacian tensors, even order signless Laplacian tensors, even order strong Hankel tensors, even order complete Hankel tensors, Hilbert tensors, even order symmetric P0P0 tensors, even order diagonally dominated circulant tensors, even order circulant B0B0 tensors, the Motzkin tensor are all positive semi-definite tensors. We now have a rich theory on positive definite and semi-definite tensors.


Prof. Liqun Qi

Research Area

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:05am to 10:55am


RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW