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    Eigenvalue and Eigenvector defiinitions

    What would be the best way to describe/explain to someone that knows nothing about math what eigenvalue and eigenvector are?
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    Re: Eigenvalue and Eigenvector defiinitions

    If you have an equation \displaystyle \mathbf{A}\mathbf{x} = \lambda \mathbf{x}, where A is a matrix, x is a column vector and lambda is a constant, the eigenvalues are the lambda values which make this equation true, and the eigenvectors are the particular vectors x which make the equation true. Obviously each eigenvector is associated with a particular eigenvalue.
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