an expression obtained from a given matrix by taking the determinant of the difference between the matrix and an arbitrary variable times the identity matrix.
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- characteristic curve,
- characteristic equation,
- characteristic function,
- characteristic root,
- characteristic vector,
- characteristic velocity,
- characteristic x-ray,
Origin of characteristic polynomial
First recorded in 1955–60
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