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characteristic root
Word Origin
noun
,
Mathematics.
1.
a scalar for which there exists a nonzero vector such that the scalar times the vector equals the value of the vector under a given linear transformation on a vector space.
2.
a root of the characteristic equation of a given matrix.
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Also called
characteristic value,
eigenvalue
,
latent root
,
proper value
.
Origin of
characteristic root
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1955-1960
First recorded in
1955-60
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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