What is Transformations: Definition and 861 Discussions

In linear algebra, linear transformations can be represented by matrices. If


{\displaystyle T}
is a linear transformation mapping



{\displaystyle \mathbb {R} ^{n}}



{\displaystyle \mathbb {R} ^{m}}


{\displaystyle \mathbf {x} }
is a column vector with


{\displaystyle n}
entries, then





{\displaystyle T(\mathbf {x} )=A\mathbf {x} }
for some


{\displaystyle m\times n}


{\displaystyle A}
, called the transformation matrix of


{\displaystyle T}
. Note that


{\displaystyle A}


{\displaystyle m}
rows and


{\displaystyle n}
columns, whereas the transformation


{\displaystyle T}
is from



{\displaystyle \mathbb {R} ^{n}}



{\displaystyle \mathbb {R} ^{m}}
. There are alternative expressions of transformation matrices involving row vectors that are preferred by some authors.

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