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This elimination process can be made the basis for a method-not necessarily the most efficient-for solving systems of linear equations. Turning now to systems of linear inequations of the type allX1 + ~ 1 2 x 2+ + alnxn 2 d13 + ~ ~ I X Qm2X2 I + + * * * 2 ~ m n ~ ndm, we describe an elimination process for it. To each a, # 0 we now have two possible types of solution for x n : depending upon whether a, > 0 or a, < 0. If m, of the inequations in (S) have a, = 0, there will be m - m, inequations of type (i) or (i’).

Let V be a rational integral function of n variables x,, . , x,, in which no variable appears with exponent greater than 1 and such that all coefficients are positive. If Vi designates the sum of the terms of V having xi present and V;, the sum of the terms of V having the product xixi present, then the determinant V v1 (4) BCV) = V, v1 V, ... V12 v, ... VI, . . VZn v, V,l v, Vn Vn1 Vnz ... 101. This is immediate for items (i) (symmetry) and (ii) (positive terms on the diagonal); as for (iii) consider any particular term of V (product of xis) and let c y I , .

V - 1p) a;. Whence substituting in (3) we have and since by hypothesis px; is non-negative so also is Cj. LEMMA 2. e. has a non-zero coefficient) and only if it occurs in aii and in ajj. if By (i), xk occurs in aij if and only if it occurs in aji. Suppose m, I, n and m are the respective coefficients of x, in aij, aji, ajj and aji. it; whence, since m # 0, we have that 1,n and 1 are # 0. In the other direction, if If 0 then by (iii) and (i) there is a 1such that and tit = ill, and hence, if in addition n # 0, then m # 0.