eigenvector

noun
ei·​gen·​vec·​tor | \ ˈī-gən-ˌvek-tər How to pronounce eigenvector (audio) \

Definition of eigenvector

: a nonzero vector that is mapped by a given linear transformation of a vector space onto a vector that is the product of a scalar multiplied by the original vector

called also characteristic vector

First Known Use of eigenvector

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eigenvector

International Scientific Vocabulary eigen- (from German eigen) + vector

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“Eigenvector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eigenvector. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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