I want to find the rank of this $n\times n$ matrix \begin{pmatrix} 1 & a & a & \cdots & \cdots & a \\ a & 1 & a & \cdots & \cdots & a \\ a & a & 1 & a & \cdots & a \\ \vdots & \vdots & a& \ddots & […]

Do positive semidefinite matrices have to be symmetric? Can you have a non-symmetric matrix that is positive definite? I can’t seem to figure out why you wouldn’t be able to have such a matrix, but all my notes specify positive definite matrices as “symmetric $n \times n$ matrices.” Can anyone help me with an example […]

Could anybody tell me how to generate random symmetric positive definite matrices using MATLAB? Thank you very much for the help and suggestions.

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