Este artigo é uma revisão corrigida e melhorada do Relatório Técnico RT-MAP-7701 do Dep. de Matemática Aplicada do Instituto de Matemática e Estatística da Universidade de São Paulo.

**Abstract**

In Stetter [1] the following theorem for Runge-Kutta procedures is
stated:

"If two m-stage generating matrices are equivalent and irreducible, one
is a permutation of the other".

In this paper we extend the theorem for the case of two generating matrices
with different number of stages. Two kinds of reducibility are introduced,
the definition used in [1] being a particular case of the reducibility of
the 1st kind. Then it is proved the more general formulation:

"Let A and B be generating matrices, not equivalent to zero, with mA
and mB stages respectively. If A and B are equivalent and irreducible
(of both kinds) then mA=mB and one is a permutation of the other".
The next theorem shows that the given algebraic conditions are the good ones.

"A generating matrix A, not equivalent to zero, is irreducible
(both of the 1st and 2nd kind) if and only if, there does not exist an
equivalent generating matrix B with strictly less number of stages".

Veja a integra em Generating Matrices of RK-Procedures