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Extension of the GSMW Formula in Weaker Assumptions
In this note, the generalized Sherman-Morrison-Woodbury (for short GSMW) formula is extended under some assumptions weaker than those used by Duan, 2013.
Denote by (by , when ) the set of all bounded linear operators from into , where and are complex Hilbert spaces. For , let , , and be the adjoint, the range, and the null space of , respectively. Recall that the original SMW [1–3] formula (1) is only valid when , , and are invertible and the SMW formula has the form where .
Let be the identity in and let . Recall that the standard inverse of must satisfy (I) , while the generalized inverse of need only to satisfy (I). Note that is unique if imposed additional conditions as (II) , (III) , (IV) , (V) , and (VI) , where satisfying (II) are called -inverse of , denoted by . Similarly, (I, II, V)-inverses are called group inverses, denoted by . (I, II, III, IV)-inverses are Moore-Penrose inverses, denoted by . And (II, V, VI)-inverses are called Drazin inverses, denoted by (see ), where is the Drazin index of . Note that the standard inverse, the group inverse, the Moore-Penrose inverse, and the Drazin inverse all belong to the 2-inverse. It is straight that the SMW formula holds for all the inverses if and only if it holds for the -inverse.
Because of its wide applications in statistics, networks, structural analysis, asymptotic analysis, optimization, and partial differential equations (see ), the properties and generalizations of the SMW formula have caught mathematicians attention (see [1–8]). Duan (see ) finally generalized the SMW formula to the -inverse (hence, to all the inverses, uniformly denoted by ). Under some sufficient conditions (see ), the generalized Sherman-Morrison-Woodbury (for short GSMW) formula has the form where , , and .
Duan questioned whether the GSMW formula can be extended in some weaker assumptions. This problem is worthy of being followed up.
2. Main Result
The following two lemmas are used to prove the main result.
Lemma 1. If and , then if and only if .
Lemma 2. Let , , and . Let also , , and −. Then, the following three statements are equivalent: (i)the GSMW formula holds; (ii); (iii).
Proof. The GSMW formula holds if and only if . But it is easy to see that . Hence, we have
It is immediate that the three statements are equivalent.
Now, the first main result of this paper is given as follows.
Theorem 3. Let , , and . Let also and . The GSMW formula holds if one of the two following statements holds: (i), ; (ii), .
3. Concluding Remark
According to Theorem 3 in this paper, Theorem 5 and Corollary 6 in  still hold under weaker assumptions. It must be noted that there are no assumptions on in Theorem 3; hence, it also present more convenience than Theorem 3 and Corollary 4 in  in applications. The results are even robust for the finite dimensional case. Nevertheless, it remains undetermined whether these assumptions are the weakest. We would like to propose this unresolved issue as an open question for international research interest.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests.
This research is financially supported by the CAS-SAFEA Innovation Team Project “Research on Ecological Transect in Arid Land of Central Asia.”
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