By G. Stephenson

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Z) IX zz (22) +Ilzz provided that for each sub-matrix lX ik the corresponding sub-matrix Ilik is of the same order. 2] titioned in precisely the same way. For example, _1 47) + (_0 _~) 1 ( 11 7 13 ). (23) 9 15 = ( 2 3 58 69 1 2 47 58 3 5 17 We now come to the problem of the multiplication of partitioned matrices. Suppose A is a (m xp) matrix and B is a (p x n) matrix. Then their product AB = C is an (m x n) matrix with elements C ik , where P Cik = L aisb sk s= 1 (24) If now A is partitioned into, say, four sub-matrices (25) and B into B=(~ll ~21 ~12) (26) ~22 then the product AB = C may be written as C=(111 112) 121 122 (27) where r 1ik = L (Xis~sk· (28) s= 1 (r depending on the partitioning pattern) provided the sub-matrices (Xis and ~sk are conformable to the product This will always be so provided the partitioning of A and B is such that the columns of A are partitioned in the same way as the rows of B.

Three) in other words, A and B are not conformable to the product BA. As another example, we take the matrices (11) Then AB = (10 11 13 ). 14 (12) Now the product BA is also defined in this case since the number of columns of B is equal to the number of rows of A. However, it is readily found that BA (7 = 3 4 5 11 12 ~) . I(b)). This non-commutative property of matrix multiplication may appear even when the two products are defined and are of the same order. To illustrate this we take (14) Then 0), (15) -1 whence again AB # BA.

K) Hermitian and skew-Hermitian matrices A matrix A is called Hermitian if A = (A*). (88) ""' by Such a matrix is necessarily square. We usually denote (A*) At (or AH); so A is Hermitian if A=At. (89) In terms of the elements aik of A, (89) means a ik = a~, which clearly shows that the diagonal elements of a Hermitian matrix are real. For example, (90) A = ( 1 1- i -i is Hermitian. 3m ). A matrix A is skew-Hermitian (or anti-Hermitian) if ""' A = -(A*) (91) which, in terms of At, reads A = -At.