I wrote a program that computes the fast insert_name_here transform of a matrix. I am at a loss of what its application is, what its proper name should be, and find an existing algorithm for it. I posted this question in Computer Science, and one of their members suggested it might be better served here. Does this question belong in Mathematics? Thanks.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm confused. Are you saying you did something without knowing why you did it, or maybe you did it for no reason, and you want someone to tell you that what you did is useful? $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2016 at 17:06
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    $\begingroup$ @AntonioVargas I did something I knew was possible and true. I never knew what its application is or if it already exists. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2016 at 21:34
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    $\begingroup$ Lots of things are possible, but you apparently haven't given any indication of why you did this particular thing, and you still seem to want someone to tell you that it's useful. So, in my opinion, your question is not a good one, but may be suitable for this site. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2016 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @AntonioVargas My first hypothesis was it might be useful in reducing the amount of information needed to perform a partial reconstruction of a matrix's eigenvalues. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2016 at 22:25
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    $\begingroup$ Post it, worst case someone says its not appropriate and then you know. On the flip side, maybe you have done some cool math which warrants an interesting answer, or at least connects your ideas in a nontrivial way to some applications. I don't think one needs to have a reason to do math, although it certainly helps a lot. $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2016 at 5:07
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    $\begingroup$ What is the actual question? Is the question "What can I do with this?" If so, probably not a suitable question. If it is "Where/how can't I get published?" that might be more suitable on the academia stackexchange. I haven't heard you suggest you have a math problem yet... $\endgroup$ Jan 17, 2016 at 3:34


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