A bilinear function (or bilinear form) is a function that’s bilinear for all arguments, which can be scalar or vector (Vinberg, 2003; Haddon, 2000). In other words, it is a linear function of x for every fixed y-value and a linear function of y for every x-value (Shilov & Silverman, 1963).
Bilinear Function Formula and Examples
is bilinear for every argument on the space ℂ[a, b], where:
A couple of specific bilinear function examples (Karageorgis, 2020):
- An inner product on real-numbered vector space V; This bilinear form is positive definite and symmetric (its variables are unchanged under any permutation; In other words, if you switch out two of the variables, you end up with the same function),
- The dot product on ℝ is a bilinear function.
A symmetric bilinear function is where f(u, v) = f(v, u) for all u and v. Multilinear functions are a generalization of bilinear functions; generally speaking, differential forms are alternating multilinear functions (Harvard, 2017).
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