Definition of eigenvalue
: a scalar associated with a given linear transformation of a vector space and having the property that there is some nonzero vector which when multiplied by the scalar is equal to the vector obtained by letting the transformation operate on the vector; especially : a root of the characteristic equation of a matrix
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By contrast, the Tracy-Widom curve appears to arise from variables that are strongly correlated, such as interacting species, stock prices and matrix eigenvalues.
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Origin and Etymology of eigenvalue
partial translation of German Eigenwert, from eigen own, peculiar + Wert value
First Known Use: 1927See Words from the same year
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