linear algebra


Definition of linear algebra

: a branch of mathematics that is concerned with mathematical structures closed under the operations of addition and scalar multiplication and that includes the theory of systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, and linear transformations

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, in linear algebra one studies abstract vector spaces such as three-dimensional Euclidean space. Emily Riehl, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 This blog continued to explore concepts from linear algebra, and basic statistical foundations and also introduced some of the key language that data scientists and AI experts use such as logistic regressions, gradient descent etc. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Katie busies herself with 19 credit hours — classes in Java and MATLAB, linear algebra, philosophy, a start-up lab — into the predawn hours. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2020 Women in linear algebra courses, for example, spend a lot of time and energy dealing with male classmates who think that their female peers can’t do math. Scott Freeman, Scientific American, 29 Sep. 2020 That time and energy can’t be used to solve linear algebra problems, which leads to underperformance. Scott Freeman, Scientific American, 29 Sep. 2020 American universities used to focus on disciplines like biology and linear algebra and, yes, classical economics that try to show students how the world actually works. WSJ, 7 Sep. 2020 While groups are abstract and often difficult to get a handle on, matrices and linear algebra are elementary. Quanta Magazine, 9 June 2020 Representation theory creates a bridge between group theory and linear algebra by assigning a matrix to each element in a group, according to certain rules. Quanta Magazine, 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of linear algebra

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linear algebra was in 1870

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“Linear algebra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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