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, and more specifically in
linear algebra Linear algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning linear equations such as: :a_1x_1+\cdots +a_nx_n=b, linear maps such as: :(x_1, \ldots, x_n) \mapsto a_1x_1+\cdots +a_nx_n, and their representations in vector spaces and through matrix (mat ...
, a linear map (also called a linear mapping, linear transformation, vector space homomorphism, or in some contexts linear function) is a
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$V \to W$ between two
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s that preserves the operations of
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modules Broadly speaking, modularity is the degree to which a system's components may be separated and recombined, often with the benefit of flexibility and variety in use. The concept of modularity is used primarily to reduce complexity by breaking a syst ...
over a ring; see
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. If a linear map is a
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''. Sometimes the term linear operator refers to this case, but the term "linear operator" can have different meanings for different conventions: for example, it can be used to emphasize that $V$ and $W$ are
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vector spaces (not necessarily with $V = W$), or it can be used to emphasize that $V$ is a
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, which is a common convention in
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. Sometimes the term ''
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it does not. A linear map from ''V'' to ''W'' always maps the origin of ''V'' to the origin of ''W''. Moreover, it maps
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s in ''V'' onto linear subspaces in ''W'' (possibly of a lower
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); for example, it maps a
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through the
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in ''V'' to either a plane through the origin in ''W'', a
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, and simple examples include rotation and reflection linear transformations. In the language of
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, linear maps are the
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# Definition and first consequences

Let $V$ and $W$ be vector spaces over the same
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$K$. A function $f: V \to W$ is said to be a ''linear map'' if for any two vectors $\mathbf, \mathbf \in V$ and any scalar $c \in K$ the following two conditions are satisfied: *
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/ operation of addition $f(\mathbf + \mathbf) = f(\mathbf) + f(\mathbf)$ *
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of degree 1 / operation of scalar multiplication $f(c \mathbf) = c f(\mathbf)$ Thus, a linear map is said to be ''operation preserving''. In other words, it does not matter whether the linear map is applied before (the right hand sides of the above examples) or after (the left hand sides of the examples) the operations of addition and scalar multiplication. By the associativity of the addition operation denoted as +, for any vectors $\mathbf_1, \ldots, \mathbf_n \in V$ and scalars $c_1, \ldots, c_n \in K,$ the following equality holds: $f(c_1 \mathbf_1 + \cdots + c_n \mathbf_n) = c_1 f(\mathbf_1) + \cdots + c_n f(\mathbf_n).$ Denoting the zero elements of the vector spaces $V$ and $W$ by $\mathbf_V$ and $\mathbf_W$ respectively, it follows that $f(\mathbf_V) = \mathbf_W.$ Let $c = 0$ and $\mathbf \in V$ in the equation for homogeneity of degree 1: $f(\mathbf_V) = f(0\mathbf) = 0f(\mathbf) = \mathbf_W.$ Occasionally, $V$ and $W$ can be vector spaces over different fields. It is then necessary to specify which of these ground fields is being used in the definition of "linear". If $V$ and $W$ are spaces over the same field $K$ as above, then we talk about $K$-linear maps. For example, the
conjugation Conjugation or conjugate may refer to: Linguistics * Grammatical conjugation, the modification of a verb from its basic form * Emotive conjugation or Russell's conjugation, the use of loaded language Mathematics * Complex conjugation, the change ...
of
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is an map $\Complex \to \Complex$, but it is not where $\R$ and $\Complex$ are symbols representing the sets of real numbers and complex numbers, respectively. A linear map $V \to K$ with $K$ viewed as a one-dimensional vector space over itself is called a
linear functional In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). It ...
. These statements generalize to any left-module $_R M$ over a ring $R$ without modification, and to any right-module upon reversing of the scalar multiplication.

# Examples

* A prototypical example that gives linear maps their name is a function $f: \mathbb \to \mathbb: x \mapsto cx$, of which the
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homothety $\mathbf \mapsto c\mathbf$ where $c$ centered in the origin of a vector space is a linear map. * The zero map $\mathbf x \mapsto \mathbf 0$ between two vector spaces (over the same
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) is linear. * The
identity map on any module is a linear operator. * For real numbers, the map $x \mapsto x^2$ is not linear. * For real numbers, the map $x \mapsto x + 1$ is not linear (but is an
affine transformation In Euclidean geometry Euclidean geometry is a mathematical system attributed to Alexandrian Greek mathematics , Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the ''Euclid's Elements, Elements''. Euclid's method con ...
). * If $A$ is a $m \times n$
real matrix In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). ...
, then $A$ defines a linear map from $\R^n$ to $\R^m$ by sending a
column vector In linear algebra Linear algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning linear equations such as: :a_1x_1+\cdots +a_nx_n=b, linear maps such as: :(x_1, \ldots, x_n) \mapsto a_1x_1+\cdots +a_nx_n, and their representations in vector spaces and th ...
$\mathbf x \in \R^n$ to the column vector $A \mathbf x \in \R^m$. Conversely, any linear map between
finite-dimensional In mathematics, the dimension of a vector space ''V'' is the cardinality (i.e. the number of vectors) of a Basis (linear algebra), basis of ''V'' over its base Field (mathematics), field. p. 44, §2.36 It is sometimes called Hamel dimension (after ...
vector spaces can be represented in this manner; see the , below. * If $f: V \to W$ is an
isometry In mathematics, an isometry (or congruence (geometry), congruence, or congruent transformation) is a distance-preserving transformation between metric spaces, usually assumed to be Bijection, bijective. "We shall find it convenient to use the wor ...
between real
normed space In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). ...
s such that $f(0) = 0$ then $f$ is a linear map. This result is not necessarily true for complex normed space. *
Differentiation Differentiation may refer to: Business * Differentiation (economics), the process of making a product different from other similar products * Product differentiation, in marketing * Differentiated service, a service that varies with the identity o ... defines a linear map from the space of all differentiable functions to the space of all functions. It also defines a linear operator on the space of all
smooth function is a smooth function with compact support. In mathematical analysis, the smoothness of a function (mathematics), function is a property measured by the number of Continuous function, continuous Derivative (mathematics), derivatives it has over ... s (a linear operator is a linear
endomorphism In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). I ...
, that is a linear map where the
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and
codomain In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). It ... of it is the same). An example is $\frac \left( c_1 f_1(x) + c_2 f_2(x) + \cdots + c_n f_n(x) \right) = c_1 \frac + c_2 \frac + \cdots + c_n \frac.$ * A definite
integral In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). ... over some interval is a linear map from the space of all real-valued integrable functions on to $\R$. For example, $\int_a^b = + + \cdots + .$ * An indefinite
integral In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). ... (or
antiderivative In calculus Calculus, originally called infinitesimal calculus or "the calculus of infinitesimal In mathematics, infinitesimals or infinitesimal numbers are quantities that are closer to zero than any standard real number, but are not zer ...
) with a fixed integration starting point defines a linear map from the space of all real-valued integrable functions on $\R$ to the space of all real-valued, differentiable functions on $\R$. Without a fixed starting point, the antiderivative maps to the quotient space of the differentiable functions by the linear space of constant functions. * If $V$ and $W$ are finite-dimensional vector spaces over a field , of respective dimensions and , then the function that maps linear maps $f: V \to W$ to matrices in the way described in (below) is a linear map, and even a
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. * The
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of a
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# Matrices

If $V$ and $W$ are
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vector spaces and a
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is defined for each vector space, then every linear map from $V$ to $W$ can be represented by a
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. This is useful because it allows concrete calculations. Matrices yield examples of linear maps: if $A$ is a real $m \times n$ matrix, then $f\left(\mathbf x\right) = A \mathbf x$ describes a linear map $\R^n \to \R^m$ (see
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). Let $\$ be a basis for $V$. Then every vector $\bold \in V$ is uniquely determined by the coefficients $\bold_1, \ldots , \bold_n$ in the field $\R^n$: $c_1 \mathbf_1 + \cdots + c_n \mathbf_n.$ If $f: V \to W$ is a linear map, $f\left(c_1 \mathbf_1 + \cdots + c_n \mathbf_n\right) = c_1 f\left(\mathbf_1\right) + \cdots + c_n f\left(\mathbf_n\right),$ which implies that the function ''f'' is entirely determined by the vectors $f\left(\bold_1\right), \ldots , f\left(\bold_n\right)$. Now let $\$ be a basis for $W$. Then we can represent each vector $f\left(\bold_j\right)$ as $f\left(\mathbf_j\right) = a_ \mathbf_1 + \cdots + a_ \mathbf_m.$ Thus, the function $f$ is entirely determined by the values of $a_$. If we put these values into an $m \times n$ matrix $M$, then we can conveniently use it to compute the vector output of $f$ for any vector in $V$. To get $M$, every column $j$ of $M$ is a vector $\begin a_ \\ \vdots \\ a_ \end$ corresponding to $f\left(\bold_j\right)$ as defined above. To define it more clearly, for some column $j$ that corresponds to the mapping $f\left(\bold_j\right)$, $\mathbf = \begin \ \cdots & a_ & \cdots\ \\ & \vdots & \\ & a_ & \end$ where $M$ is the matrix of $f$. In other words, every column $j = 1, \ldots, n$ has a corresponding vector $f\left(\bold_j\right)$ whose coordinates $a_ + \cdots + a_$ are the elements of column $j$. A single linear map may be represented by many matrices. This is because the values of the elements of a matrix depend on the bases chosen. The matrices of a linear transformation can be represented visually: # Matrix for $T$ relative to $B$: $A$ # Matrix for $T$ relative to $B'$: $A'$ # Transition matrix from $B'$ to $B$: $P$ # Transition matrix from $B$ to $B'$: $P^$ Such that starting in the bottom left corner and looking for the bottom right corner , one would left-multiply—that is, . The equivalent method would be the "longer" method going clockwise from the same point such that is left-multiplied with $P^AP$, or .

## Examples in two dimensions

In two-
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. These are some examples: *
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** by 90 degrees counterclockwise: $\mathbf = \begin 0 & -1\\ 1 & 0\end$ ** by an angle ''θ'' counterclockwise: $\mathbf = \begin \cos\theta & -\sin\theta \\ \sin\theta & \cos\theta \end$ *
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** through the ''x'' axis: $\mathbf = \begin 1 & 0\\ 0 & -1\end$ ** through the ''y'' axis: $\mathbf = \begin-1 & 0\\ 0 & 1\end$ ** through a line making an angle ''θ'' with the origin: $\mathbf = \begin\cos & \sin \\ \sin & -\cos \end$ *
scaling Scaling may refer to: Science and technology Mathematics and physics * Scaling (geometry), a linear transformation that enlarges or diminishes objects * Scale invariance, a feature of objects or laws that do not change if scales of length, energy ...
by 2 in all directions: $\mathbf = \begin 2 & 0\\ 0 & 2\end = 2\mathbf$ * horizontal shear mapping: $\mathbf = \begin 1 & m\\ 0 & 1\end$ *
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: $\mathbf = \begin k & 0\\ 0 & \frac\end$ * projection onto the ''y'' axis: $\mathbf = \begin 0 & 0\\ 0 & 1\end.$

# Vector space of linear maps

The composition of linear maps is linear: if $f: V \to W$ and $g: W \to Z$ are linear, then so is their
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$g \circ f: V \to Z$. It follows from this that the
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of all vector spaces over a given field ''K'', together with ''K''-linear maps as
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. The
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of a linear map, when defined, is again a linear map. If $f_1: V \to W$ and $f_2: V \to W$ are linear, then so is their
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sum $f_1 + f_2$, which is defined by $\left(f_1 + f_2\right)\left(\mathbf x\right) = f_1\left(\mathbf x\right) + f_2\left(\mathbf x\right)$. If $f: V \to W$ is linear and $\alpha$ is an element of the ground field $K$, then the map $\alpha f$, defined by $(\alpha f)(\mathbf x) = \alpha (f(\mathbf x))$, is also linear. Thus the set $\mathcal(V, W)$ of linear maps from $V$ to $W$ itself forms a vector space over $K$, sometimes denoted $\operatorname(V, W)$. Furthermore, in the case that $V = W$, this vector space, denoted $\operatorname(V)$, is an
associative algebra In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). I ...
under
composition of maps In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). ...
, since the composition of two linear maps is again a linear map, and the composition of maps is always associative. This case is discussed in more detail below. Given again the finite-dimensional case, if bases have been chosen, then the composition of linear maps corresponds to the
matrix multiplication In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities and t ... , the addition of linear maps corresponds to the
matrix addition In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). It ...
, and the multiplication of linear maps with scalars corresponds to the multiplication of matrices with scalars.

## Endomorphisms and automorphisms

A linear transformation $f : V \to V$ is an
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of $V$; the set of all such endomorphisms $\operatorname(V)$ together with addition, composition and scalar multiplication as defined above forms an
associative algebra In mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry), and calculus, change (mathematical analysis, analysis). I ...
with identity element over the field $K$ (and in particular a ring). The multiplicative identity element of this algebra is the
identity map $\operatorname: V \to V$. An endomorphism of $V$ that is also an
isomorphism In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities and ... is called an
automorphism In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities and t ... of $V$. The composition of two automorphisms is again an automorphism, and the set of all automorphisms of $V$ forms a
group A group is a number A number is a mathematical object used to counting, count, measurement, measure, and nominal number, label. The original examples are the natural numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and so forth. Numbers can be represented in language with ...
, the
automorphism group In mathematics, the automorphism group of an object ''X'' is the group (mathematics), group consisting of automorphisms of ''X''. For example, if ''X'' is a Dimension (vector space), finite-dimensional vector space, then the automorphism group of ' ...
of $V$ which is denoted by $\operatorname(V)$ or $\operatorname(V)$. Since the automorphisms are precisely those
endomorphisms In mathematics, an endomorphism is a morphism from a mathematical object to itself. An endomorphism that is also an isomorphism is an automorphism. For example, an endomorphism of a vector space is a linear map , and an endomorphism of a group ...
which possess inverses under composition, $\operatorname(V)$ is the group of
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in the ring $\operatorname(V)$. If $V$ has finite dimension $n$, then $\operatorname(V)$ is
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of all $n \times n$ matrices with entries in $K$. The automorphism group of $V$ is
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to the
general linear group In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers ( and ), formulas and related structures (), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (), and quantities and their changes ( and ). There is no ge ...
$\operatorname(n, K)$ of all $n \times n$ invertible matrices with entries in $K$.

# Kernel, image and the rank–nullity theorem

If $f: V \to W$ is linear, we define the
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and the
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or
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of $f$ by $\begin \ker(f) &= \ \\ \operatorname(f) &= \ \end$ $\ker(f)$ is a subspace of $V$ and $\operatorname(f)$ is a subspace of $W$. The following
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: $\dim(\ker( f )) + \dim(\operatorname( f )) = \dim( V ).$ The number $\dim(\operatorname(f))$ is also called the
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of $f$ and written as $\operatorname(f)$, or sometimes, $\rho(f)$; p. 52, § 2.5.1 p. 90, § 50 the number $\dim(\ker(f))$ is called the nullity of $f$ and written as $\operatorname(f)$ or $\nu(f)$. If $V$ and $W$ are finite-dimensional, bases have been chosen and $f$ is represented by the matrix $A$, then the rank and nullity of $f$ are equal to the rank and nullity of the matrix $A$, respectively.

# Cokernel

A subtler invariant of a linear transformation $f: V \to W$ is the
''co''kernel , which is defined as $\operatorname(f) := W/f(V) = W/\operatorname(f).$ This is the ''dual'' notion to the kernel: just as the kernel is a ''sub''space of the ''domain,'' the co-kernel is a ''quotient'' space of the ''target.'' Formally, one has the
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$0 \to \ker(f) \to V \to W \to \operatorname(f) \to 0.$ These can be interpreted thus: given a linear equation ''f''(v) = w to solve, * the kernel is the space of ''solutions'' to the ''homogeneous'' equation ''f''(v) = 0, and its dimension is the number of
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in the space of solutions, if it is not empty; * the co-kernel is the space of constraints that the solutions must satisfy, and its dimension is the maximal number of independent constraints. The dimension of the co-kernel and the dimension of the image (the rank) add up to the dimension of the target space. For finite dimensions, this means that the dimension of the quotient space ''W''/''f''(''V'') is the dimension of the target space minus the dimension of the image. As a simple example, consider the map ''f'': R2 → R2, given by ''f''(''x'', ''y'') = (0, ''y''). Then for an equation ''f''(''x'', ''y'') = (''a'', ''b'') to have a solution, we must have ''a'' = 0 (one constraint), and in that case the solution space is (''x'', ''b'') or equivalently stated, (0, ''b'') + (''x'', 0), (one degree of freedom). The kernel may be expressed as the subspace (''x'', 0) < ''V'': the value of ''x'' is the freedom in a solution – while the cokernel may be expressed via the map ''W'' → R, $(a, b) \mapsto (a)$: given a vector (''a'', ''b''), the value of ''a'' is the ''obstruction'' to there being a solution. An example illustrating the infinite-dimensional case is afforded by the map ''f'': R → R, $\left\ \mapsto \left\$ with ''b''1 = 0 and ''b''''n'' + 1 = ''an'' for ''n'' > 0. Its image consists of all sequences with first element 0, and thus its cokernel consists of the classes of sequences with identical first element. Thus, whereas its kernel has dimension 0 (it maps only the zero sequence to the zero sequence), its co-kernel has dimension 1. Since the domain and the target space are the same, the rank and the dimension of the kernel add up to the same sum as the rank and the dimension of the co-kernel ($\aleph_0 + 0 = \aleph_0 + 1$), but in the infinite-dimensional case it cannot be inferred that the kernel and the co-kernel of an
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have the same dimension (0 ≠ 1). The reverse situation obtains for the map ''h'': R → R, $\left\ \mapsto \left\$ with ''cn'' = ''a''''n'' + 1. Its image is the entire target space, and hence its co-kernel has dimension 0, but since it maps all sequences in which only the first element is non-zero to the zero sequence, its kernel has dimension 1.

## Index

For a linear operator with finite-dimensional kernel and co-kernel, one may define ''index'' as: $\operatorname(f) := \dim(\ker(f)) - \dim(\operatorname(f)),$ namely the degrees of freedom minus the number of constraints. For a transformation between finite-dimensional vector spaces, this is just the difference dim(''V'') − dim(''W''), by rank–nullity. This gives an indication of how many solutions or how many constraints one has: if mapping from a larger space to a smaller one, the map may be onto, and thus will have degrees of freedom even without constraints. Conversely, if mapping from a smaller space to a larger one, the map cannot be onto, and thus one will have constraints even without degrees of freedom. The index of an operator is precisely the
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of the 2-term complex 0 → ''V'' → ''W'' → 0. In
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# Algebraic classifications of linear transformations

No classification of linear maps could be exhaustive. The following incomplete list enumerates some important classifications that do not require any additional structure on the vector space. Let and denote vector spaces over a field and let be a linear map.

## Monomorphism

is said to be ''
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'' or a ''
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'' if any of the following equivalent conditions are true: # is
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as a map of sets. # # # is monic or left-cancellable, which is to say, for any vector space and any pair of linear maps and , the equation implies . # is left-invertible, which is to say there exists a linear map such that is the Identity function, identity map on .

## Epimorphism

is said to be ''surjective'' or an ''epimorphism'' if any of the following equivalent conditions are true: # is surjective, onto as a map of sets. # # is epimorphism, epic or right-cancellable, which is to say, for any vector space and any pair of linear maps and , the equation implies . # is inverse (ring theory), right-invertible, which is to say there exists a linear map such that is the Identity function, identity map on .

## Isomorphism

is said to be an ''
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# Change of basis

Given a linear map which is an
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whose matrix is ''A'', in the basis ''B'' of the space it transforms vector coordinates [u] as [v] = ''A''[u]. As vectors change with the inverse of ''B'' (vectors are Covariance and contravariance of vectors, contravariant) its inverse transformation is [v] = ''B''[v']. Substituting this in the first expression $B\left[v'\right] = AB\left[u'\right]$ hence $\left[v'\right] = B^AB\left[u'\right] = A'\left[u'\right].$ Therefore, the matrix in the new basis is ''A′'' = ''B''−1''AB'', being ''B'' the matrix of the given basis. Therefore, linear maps are said to be 1-co- 1-contra-covariance and contravariance of vectors, variant objects, or type (1, 1) tensors.

# Continuity

A ''linear transformation'' between topological vector spaces, for example
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s, may be continuous function (topology), continuous. If its domain and codomain are the same, it will then be a continuous linear operator. A linear operator on a normed linear space is continuous if and only if it is bounded operator, bounded, for example, when the domain is finite-dimensional. 1.18 Theorem ''Let $\Lambda$ be a linear functional on a topological vector space . Assume $\Lambda \mathbf x \neq 0$ for some $\mathbf x \in X$. Then each of the following four properties implies the other three:'' An infinite-dimensional domain may have discontinuous linear operators. An example of an unbounded, hence discontinuous, linear transformation is differentiation on the space of smooth functions equipped with the supremum norm (a function with small values can have a derivative with large values, while the derivative of 0 is 0). For a specific example, converges to 0, but its derivative does not, so differentiation is not continuous at 0 (and by a variation of this argument, it is not continuous anywhere).

# Applications

A specific application of linear maps is for geometric transformations, such as those performed in computer graphics, where the translation, rotation and scaling of 2D or 3D objects is performed by the use of a transformation matrix. Linear mappings also are used as a mechanism for describing change: for example in calculus correspond to derivatives; or in relativity, used as a device to keep track of the local transformations of reference frames. Another application of these transformations is in compiler optimizations of nested-loop code, and in parallelizing compiler techniques.