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Topic: matrix multiplication with zero dimensions
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Roger Stafford

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Re: matrix multiplication with zero dimensions
Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:41 PM
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"Matt J" wrote in message <kcd527$hou$>...
> ....... I can see perhaps that
> ones(3,0)*ones(0,3)
> should end up being 3x3 because of the outer dimensions, but why should it end up containing zeros.

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Think of it this way, Matt. Consider the four multiplications:

M3 = ones(3,3)*ones(3,3);
M2 = ones(3,2)*ones(2,3);
M1 = ones(3,1)*ones(1,3);
M0 = ones(3,0)*ones(0,3);

Each of the elements of 3 x 3 M3 is 3. Each of the elements of 3 x 3 M2 is 2. Each of the elements of 3 x 3 M1 is 1. Therefore by extension of this trend M0 should have 3 x 3 elements and each of them should be 0. As Bruno states, it is consistent with the philosophy behind having the sum of an empty vector be 0 and its product be 1.

Another line of reasoning:

M2 = M3 - M1 = 2*ones(3)
M1 = M2 - M1 = 1*ones(3)
M0 = M1 - M1 = 0*ones(3)

Roger Stafford

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