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As a layman, it is not clear to me what does a determinant stand for and how it could be computed. So, what really is a determinant, meaning, why should we care about them and how is the best way to compute them?


migration rejected from Jul 19 '13 at 19:20

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closed as too broad by Chris Eagle, Thomas Andrews, amWhy, Adriano, Danny Cheuk Jul 19 '13 at 19:20

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Here's a good place to start: but your question is quite off topic for this site, which is about the software Mathematica. – bill s Jul 19 '13 at 17:36
The following question and its answers may be helpful: What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant? – user1551 Jul 19 '13 at 18:36
I've edited your post adding what I think it's your real question. If I'm wrong, please correct it. – user1620696 Jul 19 '13 at 19:18