Concept

Bilinear map

Summary
In mathematics, a bilinear map is a function combining elements of two vector spaces to yield an element of a third vector space, and is linear in each of its arguments. Matrix multiplication is an example. Definition Vector spaces Let V, W and X be three vector spaces over the same base field F. A bilinear map is a function B : V \times W \to X such that for all w \in W, the map B_w v \mapsto B(v, w) is a linear map from V to X, and for all v \in V, the map B_v w \mapsto B(v, w) is a linear map from W to X. In other words, when we hold the first entry of the bilinear map fixed while letting the second entry vary, the result is a linear operator, and similarly for when we hold the second entry fixed. Such a map B satisfies th
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