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1 x/ 2 by the binomial theorem for the exponent 2. 7). 5). 8) as claimed. 8). B n /ij D Cij n 0 for all i and j indexing the rows and columns of B and C . 9) Suppose that B is diagonalizable and that all eigenvalues 1 ; : : : ; r of B satisfy j j j < 1. 1) extends to any diagonalizable matrix. B n /ij D c1 n 1 C C cr n r; where c1 ; : : : ; cr are complex numbers (independent of n). 9) we see that ! 1 of the right-hand side approaches Ir . ] that P the limit as m n B/ 2 . Ir NOTE. The above argument shows that Ir B is indeed invertible.

On the one hand we have V Ni U D V . ]. 11) that V Ni U < u1 C C uk . 10) gives i < 1. Since the eigenvalues of M Œv are just the eigenvalues of the Ni ’s, we see that all eigenvalues Â of M Œv satisfy jÂj < 1. 4. 5 Example. Let G be the graph of Fig. 1 with v D v4 . v3 ; v/ D 25=12. Exercises for Chap. 3 27 Fig. 5 v2 v3 v1 v4 P n NOTE. n C 1/B converges when all eigenvalues of B have absolute value less than one can be extended, with a little more work (mostly concerned with non-diagonalizability), to show the following.

Bn /i . Bn /i 1 . ]. Bn /i ! Bn /i . The next lemma states (in linear algebraic terms) the fundamental combinatorial property of Bn which we need. For this lemma set Un D 0 and D0 D 0 (the 0 linear transformation between the appropriate vector spaces). 6 Lemma. Let 0 Ä i Ä n. ) Proof. Bn /i . n 2i /x. Bn /i C1 such that x y and z y. Bn /i is 0. If jx \ zj D i 1, then there is one such y, namely, y D x [ z. Bn /i C1 containing x, and there are n i such y in all. n 2i /x, as desired. 7 Theorem. The operator Ui defined above is one-to-one if i < n=2 and is onto if i n=2.