Chapter 6. Matrices of Numbers and Arrays of Strings

As we have seen, the name MATLAB stands for Matrix Laboratory, because the MATLAB system is specifically designed to work with data arranged in the form of matrices (2D arrays). The term matrix has two distinct meanings in this chapter:

  • An arrangement of data in rows and columns (e.g., a table)

  • A mathematical object for which particular mathematical operations are defined (e.g., “matrix” multiplication)

Sections 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 look at matrices in the first sense, summarizing and extending what we learned ...

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