Intuitive Mathematical Economics Series. Linear Structures I. Linear Manifolds, Vector Spaces and Scalar Products

Sergio Pernice | UCEMA

Por Sergio A. Pernice

Serie Documentos de Trabajo. Marzo de 2019.

Linear algebra is undoubtedly one of the most powerful structures of pure and applied mathematics. It combines extreme generality with deeply held spatial intuitions. In economics and data science, one would dare to say, it lies at the basis of most of the other mathematical techniques used. Yet, standard presentations of the subject tend to refrain from displaying the full extent of the deeply intuitive nature of the underlying structures, despite the fact that such intuitions are so useful when applying linear algebra, and when extending techniques to tackle nonlinear problems. This is the first paper of the “Intuitive Mathematical Economics Series”, dedicated to presenting linear algebra’s intuitive and general nature. In this case we present linear manifolds and vector spaces.

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