characteristic polynomial

noun

Definition of 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

First Known Use of characteristic polynomial

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Characteristic polynomial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/characteristic%20polynomial. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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