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16th
Sep 2018
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Sep 16 2018 22:14
@GoldbergData @becausealice2 sure, I'm up for getting to the core of these eigenthings :smile:
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 16 2018 22:17
Very cute @becausealice2
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Sep 16 2018 22:18
@becausealice2 @GoldbergData do you and anyone else interested wanna carry this discussion on eigenthings over to the forum?
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Sep 16 2018 22:48
@becausealice2 @GoldbergData forum post created :smile:
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 16 2018 22:49
Just ran 20 minutes. I’ll try to revisit this after I recover. Definitely down though
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Sep 16 2018 22:53

what makes eigen things different from just regular things?

It sounds like from my simple search and review, that these eigenthings are different because they make calculations easier and can be used for a variety of applications, depending on the domain it is applied to. That is probably one reason why they are difficult to understand because they can be applied in so many ways that you lose its importance.

I found one explanation just now describing them as:

"Eigenpairs are a lot like the roots of a polynomial."

In that context, then the reason why explaining value from these eigenpairsis difficult makes a little more sense.