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2013-11-22 19:45:41 -0500 asked a question Determinant of block matrices

I need to calculate the determinant of a symbolic 4x4 matrix M, where each cell itself is a matrix itself.

Is that possible?

I did a beginner's check, and it did not seem to work:

mq=matrix(SR, 2, 2, 'a b c d'.split(' '))
MQ=matrix(SR, 2, 2, [mq, mq, mq, mq])
MQ.det()

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TypeError: mutable matrices are unhashable