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It is known that inverse M-matrices are strict path product (SPP) matrices, and that the converse is not true for matrices of order greater than 3. In this paper, given a normalized SPP-matrix A, some new values s ′ for which A + s ′ I is an inverse M-matrix are obtained. Our values s ′ extend the values s given by Johnson and Smith [C.R. Johnson and R.L. Smith. Positive, path product, and inverse M-matrices. Linear Algebra Appl., 421:328-337, 2007.]. The question whether or not a 4 × 4doi:10.13001/1081-3810.1464 fatcat:77bw6gsymbd2bong2oxd2s5jni