### Abstract

For an n-by-n matrix A, let fA be its 'field of values generating function' defined as f_{A}: x {mapping} x*Ax. We consider two natural versions of the continuity, which we call strong and weak, of f_{A}^{-1} (which is of course multivalued) on the field of values F(A). The strong continuity holds, in particular, on the interior of F(A), and at such points z ∈ ∂F(A) which are either corner points, belong to the relative interior of flat portions of ∂F(A), or whose preimage under f_{A} is contained in a one-dimensional set. Consequently, f_{A}^{-1} is continuous in this sense on the whole F(A) for all normal, 2-by-2, and unitarily irreducible 3-by-3 matrices. Nevertheless, we show by example that the strong continuity of f_{A}^{-1} fails at certain points of ∂F(A) for some (unitarily reducible) 3-by-3 and (unitarily irreducible) 4-by-4 matrices. The weak continuity, in its turn, fails for some unitarily reducible 4-by-4 and untiarily irreducible 6-by-6 matrices.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1329-1338 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Linear and Multilinear Algebra |

Volume | 61 |

Issue number | 10 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2013 |

### Keywords

- Field of values
- Inverse continuity
- Numerical range
- Weak continuity

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Algebra and Number Theory

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## Cite this

*Linear and Multilinear Algebra*,

*61*(10), 1329-1338. https://doi.org/10.1080/03081087.2012.736991