# Matrix Comparison and Relational Operations

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In programming, relation and comparison are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they have slightly different meanings:

• Relation: A relation is a general term used to describe any relationship between two or more values, such as equality, inequality, less than, greater than, and so on.

• Comparison: A comparison is a specific type of relation that involves testing the relationship between two values to determine their relative order, such as whether one value is greater than, less than, or equal to another value.

In other words, all comparisons are relations, but not all relations are comparisons. For example, the “equal to” relation is a comparison because it tests whether two values are equal or not. However, the “not equal to” relation is not a comparison because it simply tests for inequality without specifying any particular order between the two values. Other relations that are not comparisons include the “is a subset of” and the “implies” relations.

In programming, the following operators are often used to compare values:

• <

• >

• <=

• >=

• ==

• !=

However, other relations can also be used in different contexts, depending on the program’s needs.

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