Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Frank J. Hall - Chair


A sign pattern(matrix) is a matrix whose entries are from the set {+,-,0}. An n x n sign pattern matrix is a spectrally arbitrary pattern(SAP) if for every monic real polynomial p(x) of degree n, there exists a real matrix B whose entries agree in sign with A such that the characteristic polynomial of B is p(x). An n x n pattern A is an inertialy arbitrary pattern(IAP) if (r,s,t) belongs to the inertia set of A for every nonnegative triple (r,s,t) with r+s+t=n. Some elementary results on these two classes of patterns are first exhibited. Tree sign patterns are then investigated, with a special emphasis on 4 x 4 tridiagonal sign patterns. Connections between the SAP(IAP) classes and the classes of potentially nilpotent and potentially stable patterns are explored. Some interesting open questions are also provided.

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