characteristic polynomial


: the determinant of a square matrix in which an arbitrary variable (such as x) is subtracted from each of the elements along the principal diagonal

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of characteristic polynomial was circa 1957

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“Characteristic polynomial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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