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# det {base}

Calculate the Determinant of a Matrix
Package:
base
Version:
R 2.15.3

### Description

`det` calculates the determinant of a matrix. `determinant` is a generic function that returns separately the modulus of the determinant, optionally on the logarithm scale, and the sign of the determinant.

### Usage

```det(x, ...)
determinant(x, logarithm = TRUE, ...)
```

### Arguments

x
numeric matrix.
logarithm
logical; if `TRUE` (default) return the logarithm of the modulus of the determinant.
...
Optional arguments. At present none are used. Previous versions of `det` allowed an optional `method` argument. This argument will be ignored but will not produce an error.

### Details

The `determinant` function uses an LU decomposition and the `det` function is simply a wrapper around a call to `determinant`.

Often, computing the determinant is not what you should be doing to solve a given problem.

### Values

For `det`, the determinant of `x`. For `determinant`, a list with components

modulus
a numeric value. The modulus (absolute value) of the determinant if `logarithm` is `FALSE`; otherwise the logarithm of the modulus.
sign
integer; either +1 or -1 according to whether the determinant is positive or negative.

### Examples

```(x <- matrix(1:4, ncol = 2))
unlist(determinant(x))
det(x)

det(print(cbind(1, 1:3, c(2,0,1))))```

Documentation reproduced from R 2.15.3. License: GPL-2.