Department of Mathematics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Received: 27-May-2023, Manuscript No. JSMS-23-100129; Editor assigned: 29-May-2023, Pre QC No. JSMS-23-100129 (PQ); Reviewed: 13-Jun-2023, QC No. JSMS-23- 100129; Revised: 20-Jun-2023, Manuscript No. JSMS-23-100129 (A); Published: 27-Jun-2023, DOI: 10.4172/J Stats Math Sci.9.2.003
Citation: Chaturvedi A. Linear Algebra: it’s Transformations, Eigenvalues and Properties of Matrices and Vectors. J Stats Math Sci. 2023;9:003.
Copyright: © 2023 Chaturvedi A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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