Evaluating determinant [duplicate]

Let $\{\alpha_{i}\}_{i=1}^{n}$ be distinct numbers. What is the determinant of the $n$ by $n$ matrix \begin{gather} \begin{pmatrix} \alpha_{1}^{n-1} & \alpha_{1}^{n-2} & \cdots & 1 \\ \alpha_{2}^{n-1} & \alpha_{2}^{n-2} & \cdots & 1 \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \alpha_{n}^{n-1} & \alpha_{n}^{n-2} & \cdots & 1 \end{pmatrix} \end{gather} ?
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• @BasicUser if $P$ is a permutation matrix that switch two columns, then $\det(P)=-1$. Now if you have $n$ columns, you need $\nu=\lfloor n/2\rfloor$ switch $P_1,\ldots,P_\nu$ to transform your matrix in a Vandermonde matrix. The you can use $\det(V)=\det(AP_1\ldots P_{\nu})=\det(A)(-1)^{\nu}$. – Surb Aug 25 '15 at 10:59