In one book I came across the notation $A^\dagger := \overline{A}^T$. But how does one usually handwrite it? When I try to do it, it seems so similar to $A^+$

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    $\begingroup$ It is usually referred to as a "dagger", which is common notation for the "Hermitian Adjoint" of a matrix. Another common notation is $A^*$ $\endgroup$ – John Martin May 23 '16 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ The notation $A^+$ often would not have any particular meaning, it thus many not be much of a problem. $\endgroup$ – quid May 23 '16 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ @quid, some literature use it to denote the Moore-Penrose inverse; one could conceivably see a linear algebra paper where conjugate transposition and taking the pseudoinverse of a matrix are both done. (In that case, I would follow Siddharth's first suggestion.) $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician May 23 '16 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. Yes I agree with both. Maybe let us throw some more stuff in the mix like $ L^T L^\perp T^{\dagger}T^+ $. :-) $\endgroup$ – quid May 23 '16 at 22:24

Lots of people use $A^*$ to represent the Conjugate Transpose.

To actually draw the dagger, draw a really long vertical line, dashed with a small horizontal. I personally dash the horizontal at an angle when I'm doing this so I know that it's a dagger.

Picture of different daggers I personally use the third style like I mentioned.


Never thought I'd give handwriting advice here, but I suppose this does fall under notation. I agree, the dagger can look like a plus sign. My rendition adds a guard to the dagger's pommel. Additional advantage: it's a single stroke.


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    $\begingroup$ This might end up looking like raising to the $p$-th power for the careless. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician May 23 '16 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M.: It also looks a bit like a $\varphi$... $\endgroup$ – Will R May 23 '16 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. Hah, yeah. I swear it's not a p! Nor a $\rho$! Ah, well, it's discernable within the stylesheet of my handwriting. Maybe it can aid another's. $\endgroup$ – zahbaz May 23 '16 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ (P.S. "phi" $\varphi$ and "rho" $\rho$ are different letters. ;)) $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician May 23 '16 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ I personally like to include a pommel $\endgroup$ – Axoren May 23 '16 at 18:25

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