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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 ...
, the transpose of a matrix is an operator which flips a matrix over its diagonal; that is, it switches the row and column indices of the matrix by producing another matrix, often denoted by (among other notations). The transpose of a matrix was introduced in 1858 by the British mathematician
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. In the case of a
logical matrix A logical matrix, binary matrix, relation matrix, Boolean matrix, or (0, 1) matrix is a matrix with entries from the Boolean domain Such a matrix can be used to represent a binary relation In mathematics, a binary relation associates ele ...
representing a
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R, the transpose corresponds to the
converse relation In mathematics, the converse relation, or transpose, of a binary relation is the relation that occurs when the order of the elements is switched in the relation. For example, the converse of the relation 'child of' is the relation 'parent&nb ...
RT.


Transpose of a matrix


Definition

The transpose of a matrix , denoted by , , , A^, , , or , may be constructed by any one of the following methods: # Reflect over its
main diagonal 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 ...
(which runs from top-left to bottom-right) to obtain #Write the rows of as the columns of #Write the columns of as the rows of Formally, the -th row, -th column element of is the -th row, -th column element of : :\left mathbf^\operatorname\right = \left mathbf\right. If is an matrix, then is an matrix. In the case of square matrices, may also denote the th power of the matrix . For avoiding a possible confusion, many authors use left upperscripts, that is, they denote the transpose as . An advantage of this notation is that no parentheses are needed when exponents are involved: as , notation is not ambiguous. In this article this confusion is avoided by never using the symbol as a variable name.


Matrix definitions involving transposition

A square matrix whose transpose is equal to itself is called a ''
symmetric matrix In linear algebra, a symmetric matrix is a square matrix that is equal to its transpose. Formally, Because equal matrices have equal dimensions, only square matrices can be symmetric. The entries of a symmetric matrix are symmetric with re ...
''; that is, is symmetric if :\mathbf^ = \mathbf. A square matrix whose transpose is equal to its negative is called a ''
skew-symmetric matrix In mathematics, particularly in linear algebra, a skew-symmetric (or antisymmetric or antimetric) matrix is a square matrix whose transpose equals its negative. That is, it satisfies the condition In terms of the entries of the matrix, if a_ ...
''; that is, is skew-symmetric if :\mathbf^ = -\mathbf. A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to the matrix with every entry replaced by its
complex conjugate In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in m ...
(denoted here with an overline) is called a ''
Hermitian matrix In mathematics, a Hermitian matrix (or self-adjoint matrix) is a complex number, complex square matrix that is equal to its own conjugate transpose—that is, the element in the -th row and -th column is equal to the complex conjugate of the ele ...
'' (equivalent to the matrix being equal to its
conjugate transpose In mathematics, the conjugate transpose, also known as the Hermitian transpose, of an m \times n Complex number, complex matrix (mathematics), matrix \boldsymbol is an n \times m matrix obtained by transpose, transposing \boldsymbol and applying ...
); that is, is Hermitian if :\mathbf^ = \overline. A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to the negation of its complex conjugate is called a ''
skew-Hermitian matrix __NOTOC__ In linear algebra, a square matrix with Complex number, complex entries is said to be skew-Hermitian or anti-Hermitian if its conjugate transpose is the negative of the original matrix. That is, the matrix A is skew-Hermitian if it satisf ...
''; that is, is skew-Hermitian if :\mathbf^ = -\overline. A square matrix whose transpose is equal to its inverse is called an ''
orthogonal matrix In linear algebra, an orthogonal matrix, or orthonormal matrix, is a real square matrix whose columns and rows are Orthonormality, orthonormal Vector (mathematics and physics), vectors. One way to express this is Q^\mathrm Q = Q Q^\mathrm = I, wh ...
''; that is, is orthogonal if :\mathbf^ = \mathbf^. A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to its conjugate inverse is called a ''
unitary matrix 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 an ...
''; that is, is unitary if :\mathbf^ = \overline.


Examples

*\begin 1 & 2 \end^ = \, \begin 1 \\ 2 \end * \begin 1 & 2 \\ 3 & 4 \end^ = \begin 1 & 3 \\ 2 & 4 \end * \begin 1 & 2 \\ 3 & 4 \\ 5 & 6 \end^ = \begin 1 & 3 & 5\\ 2 & 4 & 6 \end


Properties

Let and be matrices and be a scalar.


Products

If is an matrix and is its transpose, then the result of
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with these two matrices gives two square matrices: is and is . Furthermore, these products are symmetric matrices. Indeed, the matrix product has entries that are the
inner product In mathematics, an inner product space (or, rarely, a Hausdorff space, Hausdorff pre-Hilbert space) is a real vector space or a complex vector space with an operation (mathematics), operation called an inner product. The inner product of two ve ...
of a row of with a column of . But the columns of are the rows of , so the entry corresponds to the inner product of two rows of . If is the entry of the product, it is obtained from rows and in . The entry is also obtained from these rows, thus , and the product matrix () is symmetric. Similarly, the product is a symmetric matrix. A quick proof of the symmetry of results from the fact that it is its own transpose: :\left(\mathbf \mathbf^\operatorname\right)^\operatorname = \left(\mathbf^\operatorname\right)^\operatorname \mathbf^\operatorname= \mathbf \mathbf^\operatorname .


Implementation of matrix transposition on computers

On a
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, one can often avoid explicitly transposing a matrix in
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by simply accessing the same data in a different order. For example, software libraries for
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 ...
, such as BLAS, typically provide options to specify that certain matrices are to be interpreted in transposed order to avoid the necessity of data movement. However, there remain a number of circumstances in which it is necessary or desirable to physically reorder a matrix in memory to its transposed ordering. For example, with a matrix stored in row-major order, the rows of the matrix are contiguous in memory and the columns are discontiguous. If repeated operations need to be performed on the columns, for example in a
fast Fourier transform A fast Fourier transform (FFT) is an algorithm In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm () is a finite sequence of rigorous instructions, typically used to solve a class of specific Computational problem, problems or to perf ...
algorithm, transposing the matrix in memory (to make the columns contiguous) may improve performance by increasing memory locality. Ideally, one might hope to transpose a matrix with minimal additional storage. This leads to the problem of transposing an ''n'' × ''m'' matrix in-place, with O(1) additional storage or at most storage much less than ''mn''. For ''n'' ≠ ''m'', this involves a complicated
permutation In mathematics, a permutation of a Set (mathematics), set is, loosely speaking, an arrangement of its members into a sequence or linear order, or if the set is already ordered, a rearrangement of its elements. The word "permutation" also refers ...
of the data elements that is non-trivial to implement in-place. Therefore, efficient in-place matrix transposition has been the subject of numerous research publications in
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, starting in the late 1950s, and several algorithms have been developed.


Transposes of linear maps and bilinear forms

As the main use of matrices is to represent linear maps between finite-dimensional vector spaces, the transpose is an operation on matrices that may be seen as the representation of some operation on linear maps. This leads to a much more general definition of the transpose that works on every linear map, even when linear maps cannot be represented by matrices (such as in the case of infinite dimensional vector spaces). In the finite dimensional case, the matrix representing the transpose of a linear map is the transpose of the matrix representing the linear map, independently of the basis choice.


Transpose of a linear map

Let denote the algebraic dual space of an - module . Let and be -modules. If is a
linear map In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in ...
, then its algebraic adjoint or dual, is the map defined by . The resulting functional is called the
pullback In mathematics, a pullback is either of two different, but related processes: precomposition and fiber-product. Its dual is a Pushforward (disambiguation), pushforward. Precomposition Precomposition with a Function (mathematics), function probab ...
of by . The following relation characterizes the algebraic adjoint of : for all and where is the natural pairing (i.e. defined by ). This definition also applies unchanged to left modules and to vector spaces. The definition of the transpose may be seen to be independent of any bilinear form on the modules, unlike the adjoint ( below). The
continuous dual space In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in m ...
of a
topological vector space In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in mo ...
(TVS) is denoted by . If and are TVSs then a linear map is weakly continuous if and only if , in which case we let denote the restriction of to . The map is called the transpose of . If the matrix describes a linear map with respect to bases of and , then the matrix describes the transpose of that linear map with respect to the dual bases.


Transpose of a bilinear form

Every linear map to the dual space defines a bilinear form , with the relation . By defining the transpose of this bilinear form as the bilinear form defined by the transpose i.e. , we find that . Here, is the natural
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into the double dual.


Adjoint

If the vector spaces and have respectively nondegenerate
bilinear form In mathematics, a bilinear form is a bilinear map on a vector space (the elements of which are called ''Vector (mathematics), vectors'') over a Field (mathematics), field ''K'' (the elements of which are called ''scalar (mathematics), scalars''). ...
s and , a concept known as the adjoint, which is closely related to the transpose, may be defined: If is a
linear map In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in ...
between
vector space In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in ...
s and , we define as the adjoint of if satisfies :B_X\big(x, g(y)\big) = B_Y\big(u(x), y\big) for all and . These bilinear forms define an
isomorphism In mathematics, an isomorphism is a structure-preserving Map (mathematics), mapping between two Mathematical structure, structures of the same type that can be reversed by an inverse function, inverse mapping. Two mathematical structures are iso ...
between and , and between and , resulting in an isomorphism between the transpose and adjoint of . The matrix of the adjoint of a map is the transposed matrix only if the bases are
orthonormal In linear algebra, two vector space, vectors in an inner product space are orthonormal if they are orthogonality, orthogonal (or perpendicular along a line) unit vectors. A set of vectors form an orthonormal set if all vectors in the set are mutual ...
with respect to their bilinear forms. In this context, many authors however, use the term transpose to refer to the adjoint as defined here. The adjoint allows us to consider whether is equal to . In particular, this allows the
orthogonal group In mathematics, the orthogonal group in dimension , denoted , is the Group (mathematics), group of isometry, distance-preserving transformations of a Euclidean space of dimension that preserve a fixed point, where the group operation is given by ...
over a vector space with a quadratic form to be defined without reference to matrices (nor the components thereof) as the set of all linear maps for which the adjoint equals the inverse. Over a complex vector space, one often works with
sesquilinear form In mathematics Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in mod ...
s (conjugate-linear in one argument) instead of bilinear forms. The Hermitian adjoint of a map between such spaces is defined similarly, and the matrix of the Hermitian adjoint is given by the conjugate transpose matrix if the bases are orthonormal.


See also

*
Adjugate matrix 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 ...
, the transpose of the cofactor matrix *
Conjugate transpose In mathematics, the conjugate transpose, also known as the Hermitian transpose, of an m \times n Complex number, complex matrix (mathematics), matrix \boldsymbol is an n \times m matrix obtained by transpose, transposing \boldsymbol and applying ...
* Moore–Penrose pseudoinverse *
Projection (linear algebra) 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 ...


References


Further reading

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External links

* Gilbert Strang (Spring 2010
Linear Algebra
from MIT Open Courseware {{Tensors Matrices Abstract algebra Linear algebra