Determinant of a Matrix

What is a determinant?

A determinant is a scalar value that can be computed from the elements of a square matrix and encodes certain properties of the linear transformation described by the matrix. The determinant of a matrix AA is denoted by det(A)det(A) or 𝐴|𝐴|. Geometrically, it can be understood as the volume scaling factor of a linear transformation described by the matrix. This is also the signed volume of the n-dimensional and parallelepiped shape, spanned by the column or row vectors of the matrix. The determinant is positive or negative, according to whether the linear mapping preserves or reverses the orientation of n-space.

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