### Large symbolic determinant

I have a dense matrix with symbolic variable entries. I am interested in the equation that describes when the matrix is singular. So I have been having Sage compute the determinant of this matrix and set it equal to zero, and return this expression (a polynomial in several variables).

However when the dimensions get larger (around 9 variables) Sage is taking an incredibly long amount of time to do it. (My program has to perform a number of other tasks as well, the determinant seems to be taking up all the run-time.)

Is there any way I can speed up this kind of computation?