## what is this notation?

From Computer Vision, A Modern Approach by Forsyth & Ponce:

 More generally, a quadric surface is the locus of the points P whose coordinates satisfy the equation: $$a_{200}x^2 + a_{110}xy + a_{020}y^2 + a_{011}yz + a_{002}z^2 + a_{101}xz + a_{100}x + a_{010}y + a_{001}z + a_{000} = 0$$ and it is straightforward to check that this condition is equivalent to $$\bold{P}^TQ\bold{P} = 0, \qquad \text{where} \quad Q = \left( \begin{array}{cccc} a_{200} &\frac{1}{2}a_{110} &\frac{1}{2}a_{101} &\frac{1}{2}a_{100} \\ \frac{1}{2}a_{110} &a_{020} &\frac{1}{2}a_{011} &\frac{1}{2}a_{010} \\ \frac{1}{2}a_{101} &\frac{1}{2}a_{011} &a_{002} &\frac{1}{2}a_{001} \\ \frac{1}{2}a_{100} &\frac{1}{2}a_{010} &\frac{1}{2}a_{001} &a_{000} \end{array} \right )$$ In this equation, P denotes the homogeneous coordinate vector of P.

I don't see any explanation of the subscripts. Anybody know what they represent?

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 Blog Entries: 47 Recognitions: Gold Member Homework Help Science Advisor It seems the subscripts in the coefficients refer to the number of factors of x,y,z that multiply the coefficient in this polynomial. Example: a011 is the coefficient of x0y1z1.
 Eureka! Thanks robphy.