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5. 7. Pythagoras's theorem applied in two-dimensional space for finding the length of a vector: v = [3 4] and \v\ = [3 2 + 4 2 ] 1 / 2 = 5. - ( 4,2) 2- 1 - 1. 2. 3. 4. 8. The angle between two vectors. In our factor terminology, this is the ratio of the minor product (inner product) of the vectors to the product of the square roots of the minor product moments (lengths, magnitudes). In the example of Fig. 47. 5°. The cosine of the angle of separation may be used to illustrate the mutual positions of two vectors.

A singular matrix does not possess an inverse. Although we are not concerned with the subject in factor analysis as presented in this book, singular and rectangular matrices can be given a kind of generalized inverse that does not obey the preceding rules. The most commonly occurring type of inverse in statistics concerns square symmetrical positive definite matrices. Matrix inversion is used in the solution of systems of simultaneous equations. For example, if A contains the known coefficients, the vector x the unknowns, and y is the vector of coefficients to be yielded by the solution, the entire system of equations can be expressed as Ax = y.

It follows from this that the rank of a matrix cannot exceed its smaller dimension; a data matrix, for example, must have a rank equal to, or less than, the number of columns or rows in it, whichever is the lesser. The rank of a product moment matrix derived from the data matrix cannot exceed the smallest dimension of the data matrix. In fact, the rank of the product moment matrix is equal to the rank of the data matrix. One further definition relating to rank will be found useful, namely, that "a basic matrix is one whose rank is equal to its smallest order" (Horst, 1963, p.