Biocybernetics and Systems Biology Course

by András Aszódi

Linear algebra demos

The basics

Check out my CoCalc linear algebra primer (PDF) to refresh your knowledge on vectors and matrices.

Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

When a vector is multiplied by a matrix from the left, then in general it will be rotated and scaled (made "longer" or "shorter"). The "eigenvectors" of a matrix (from the German word "eigen", which means "own") have the special property that they are not rotated by the matrix they belong to, only scaled. The scaling factors are called the "eigenvalues".

In this demonstration we apply the matrix

The matrix A

, which has eigenvalues 5 and 2, to a unit vector x that sweeps the whole unit circle. We will see that the transformed result sweeps out an ellipsoid, and in 2 cases it points into the same direction as the input vector, which are the eigenvectors of the matrix A.

Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

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