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What is a matrix?

 

Definition
 

A matrix is an arrangement of items into labeled rows and columns within a table.

 

It shows the relationship between two categories of features that are relevant to the items in the matrix. The row headings represent features belonging to one category. The column headings represent features belonging to another category.

 

Each column or row contains items having the feature described in the heading. Each cell in the matrix represents an item characterized by the features in the corresponding column and row.

Example (Tuwali Ifugao, Philippines)
 

Here is an example of a matrix showing the relationship of roots and affixes in Tuwali Ifugao (Philippines):

 
  • Affix

    Root

    -um-

    -imm-

    i-

    in-

    e

    um-e

    imm-e

    i-e

    in-e

    ali

    um-ali

    imm-ali

    i-ali

    in-ali


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