
Re: matrix multiplication with zero dimensions
Posted:
Jan 6, 2013 10:41 PM


"Matt J" wrote in message <kcd527$hou$1@newscl01ah.mathworks.com>... > ....... 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.           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

