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Matrix Algebra

  • Timothy L. White
  • Gary R. Hodge
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 33)

Abstract

A matrix is a two dimensional rectangular array of numbers with rows and columns (much like a spreadsheet or table of numbers). Matrix algebra is a shorthand method of writing complicated algebraic formulas. The use of matrix algebra greatly simplifies the explanation and calculation of many statistical methods such as regression, and is a necessity for explaining the prediction methods discussed in Chapters 4–12. In this chapter, we present a very brief and informal introduction to matrix algebra. We discuss only those topics needed for use in later chapters and therefore, this is by no means a complete introduction.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy L. White
    • 1
  • Gary R. Hodge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ForestryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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