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In mathematics, and in particular linear algebra, the transpose of a matrix is another matrix, produced by turning rows into columns and vice versa. Informally, the transpose of a square matrix is obtained by reflecting at the main diagonal (that runs from the top left to bottom right of the matrix). The transpose of the matrix A is written as Atr, tA, A′, or AT, the latter notation being preferred in Wikipedia.
Formally, the transpose of the m-by-n matrix A is the n-by-m matrix AT defined by AT[i, j] = A[j, i] for 1 ≤ i ≤ n and 1 ≤ j ≤ m.
For any two m-by-n matrices A and B and every scalar c, we have (A + B)T = AT + BT and (cA)T = c(AT). This shows that the transpose is a linear map from the space of all m-by-n matrices to the space of all n-by-m matrices.
The transpose operation is self-inverse, i.e taking the transpose of the transpose amounts to doing nothing: (AT)T = A.
If A is an m-by-n and B an n-by-k matrix, then we have (AB)T = (BT)(AT). Note that the order of the factors switches. From this one can deduce that a square matrix A is invertible if and only if AT is invertible, and in this case we have (A-1)T = (AT)-1.
where the product on the right is the ordinary matrix multiplication.
If A is an arbitrary m-by-n matrix with real entries, then ATA is a positive semidefinite matrix.
A square matrix whose transpose is also its inverse is called an orthogonal matrix, i.e. G is orthogonal iff:
- the identity matrix
A square matrix whose transpose is equal to its negative is called skew-symmetric, i.e. A is skew-symmetric iff:
Transpose of linear maps
- for every φ in W*.
If the matrix A describes a linear map with respect to two bases, then the matrix AT describes the transpose of that linear map with respect to the dual bases. See dual space for more details on this.
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