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Homework Help: Question on notation.

  1. Mar 17, 2008 #1
    Hello everyone. I Very Excite to be here : D!

    Ok, so I was reading on taylor polynomials for several variables and came across the following on wikipedia:

    <math>T(\mathbf{x}) = f(\mathbf{a}) + \mathrm{D} f(\mathbf{a})^T (\mathbf{x} - \mathbf{a}) + \frac{1}{2!} (\mathbf{x} - \mathbf{a})^T \mathrm{D}^2 f(\mathbf{a}) (\mathbf{x} - \mathbf{a}) + \cdots\!

    Or, please follow the link:

    *it is the second to last expression in that section.

    What do they mean by that "T" on top of the matrices? what does it tell us to do?

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  3. Mar 17, 2008 #2


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    I'm looking at the Wiki article. Usually, that symbol is used to denote the transpose of a matrix. Does that work?
  4. Mar 17, 2008 #3
    Oh, I see. Thanks.
  5. Mar 17, 2008 #4

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    In this case, the superscript T is a bit superfluous, and maybe even incorrect. As the gradient of some vector lies in the dual of the vector space, the gradient of a column vector is typically represented as a row vector (and vice versa). Using that convention, it is better to say [itex]\nabla \mathbf f(a) \mathbf f(a)[/itex] (i.e., no transpose). Even better, use Einstein sum notation.
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