Pólya's Permanent Problem

William McCuaig

Abstract


A square real matrix is sign-nonsingular if it is forced to be nonsingular by its pattern of zero, negative, and positive entries. We give structural characterizations of sign-nonsingular matrices, digraphs with no even length dicycles, and square nonnegative real matrices whose permanent and determinant are equal. The structural characterizations, which are topological in nature, imply polynomial algorithms.


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