In linear algebra, the transpose of a matrix is an operator which flips a matrix over its diagonal; that is, it switches the row and column indices of the matrix A by producing another matrix, often denoted by A^{T} (among other notations).
The transpose of a matrix was introduced in 1858 by the British mathematician Arthur Cayley.^{[1]}
Transpose of a matrix
Definition
The transpose of a matrix A, denoted by A^{T},^{[2]} A′, A^{tr}, ^{t}A or A^{t}, may be constructed by any one of the following methods:
 Reflect A over its main diagonal (which runs from topleft to bottomright) to obtain A^{T};
 Write the rows of A as the columns of A^{T};
 Write the columns of A as the rows of A^{T}.
Formally, the ith row, jth column element of A^{T} is the jth row, ith column element of A:
If A is an m × n matrix, then A^{T} is an n × m matrix. To avoid confusing the reader between the transpose operation and a matrix raised to the t^{th} power, the symbol denotes the transpose operation.
Matrix definitions involving transposition
A square matrix whose transpose is equal to itself is called a symmetric matrix; that is, A is symmetric if
A square matrix whose transpose is equal to its negative is called a skewsymmetric matrix; that is, A is skewsymmetric if
A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to the matrix with every entry replaced by its complex conjugate (denoted here with an overline) is called a Hermitian matrix (equivalent to the matrix being equal to its conjugate transpose); that is, A is Hermitian if
A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to the negation of its complex conjugate is called a skewHermitian matrix; that is, A is skewHermitian if
A square matrix whose transpose is equal to its inverse is called an orthogonal matrix; that is, A is orthogonal if
A square complex matrix whose transpose is equal to its conjugate inverse is called a unitary matrix; that is, A is unitary if
Examples
Properties
Let A and B be matrices and c be a scalar.

 The operation of taking the transpose is an involution (selfinverse).

 The transpose respects addition.

 Note that the order of the factors reverses. From this one can deduce that a square matrix A is invertible if and only if A^{T} is invertible, and in this case we have (A^{−1})^{T} = (A^{T})^{−1}. By induction, this result extends to the general case of multiple matrices, where we find that (A_{1}A_{2}...A_{k−1}A_{k})^{T} = A_{k}^{T}A_{k−1}^{T}…A_{2}^{T}A_{1}^{T}.

 The transpose of a scalar is the same scalar. Together with (2), this states that the transpose is a linear map from the space of m × n matrices to the space of all n × m matrices.

 The determinant of a square matrix is the same as the determinant of its transpose.
 The dot product of two column vectors a and b can be computed as the single entry of the matrix product:
 which is written as a_{i} b^{i} in Einstein summation convention.
 If A has only real entries, then A^{T}A is a positivesemidefinite matrix.

 The transpose of an invertible matrix is also invertible, and its inverse is the transpose of the inverse of the original matrix. The notation A^{−T} is sometimes used to represent either of these equivalent expressions.
 If A is a square matrix, then its eigenvalues are equal to the eigenvalues of its transpose, since they share the same characteristic polynomial.
Products
If A is an m × n matrix and A^{T} is its transpose, then the result of matrix multiplication with these two matrices gives two square matrices: A A^{T} is m × m and A^{T} A is n × n. Furthermore, these products are symmetric matrices. Indeed, the matrix product A A^{T} has entries that are the inner product of a row of A with a column of A^{T}. But the columns of A^{T} are the rows of A, so the entry corresponds to the inner product of two rows of A. If p_{i j} is the entry of the product, it is obtained from rows i and j in A. The entry p_{j i} is also obtained from these rows, thus p_{i j} = p_{j i}, and the product matrix (p_{i j}) is symmetric. Similarly, the product A^{T} A is a symmetric matrix.
A quick proof of the symmetry of A A^{T} results from the fact that it is its own transpose:
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Implementation of matrix transposition on computers
On a computer, one can often avoid explicitly transposing a matrix in memory by simply accessing the same data in a different order. For example, software libraries for linear algebra, such as BLAS, typically provide options to specify that certain matrices are to be interpreted in transposed order to avoid the necessity of data movement.
However, there remain a number of circumstances in which it is necessary or desirable to physically reorder a matrix in memory to its transposed ordering. For example, with a matrix stored in rowmajor order, the rows of the matrix are contiguous in memory and the columns are discontiguous. If repeated operations need to be performed on the columns, for example in a fast Fourier transform algorithm, transposing the matrix in memory (to make the columns contiguous) may improve performance by increasing memory locality.
Ideally, one might hope to transpose a matrix with minimal additional storage. This leads to the problem of transposing an n × m matrix inplace, with O(1) additional storage or at most storage much less than mn. For n ≠ m, this involves a complicated permutation of the data elements that is nontrivial to implement inplace. Therefore, efficient inplace matrix transposition has been the subject of numerous research publications in computer science, starting in the late 1950s, and several algorithms have been developed.
Transposes of linear maps and bilinear forms
Recall that matrices can be placed into a onetoone correspondence with linear operators. The transpose of a linear operator can be defined without any need to consider a matrix representation of it. This leads to a much more general definition of the transpose that can be applied to linear operators that cannot be represented by matrices (e.g. involving many infinite dimensional vector spaces).
Transpose of a linear map
Let X^{#} denote the algebraic dual space of an Rmodule X. Let X and Y be Rmodules. If u : X → Y is a linear map, then its algebraic adjoint or dual,^{[4]} is the map ^{#}u : Y^{#} → X^{#} defined by f ↦ f ∘ u. The resulting functional u^{#}(f) is called the pullback of f by u. The following relation characterizes the algebraic adjoint of u^{[5]}
 ⟨u^{#}(f), x⟩ = ⟨f, u(x)⟩ for all f ∈ Y' and x ∈ X
where ⟨•, •⟩ is the natural pairing (i.e. defined by ⟨z, h⟩ := h(z)). This definition also applies unchanged to left modules and to vector spaces.^{[6]}
The definition of the transpose may be seen to be independent of any bilinear form on the modules, unlike the adjoint (below).
The continuous dual space of a topological vector space (TVS) X is denoted by X'. If X and Y are TVSs then a linear map u : X → Y is weakly continuous if and only if u^{#}(Y') ⊆ X', in which case we let ^{t}u : Y' → X' denote the restriction of u^{#} to Y'. The map ^{t}u is called the transpose^{[7]} of u.
If the matrix A describes a linear map with respect to bases of V and W, then the matrix A^{T} describes the transpose of that linear map with respect to the dual bases.
Transpose of a bilinear form
Every linear map to the dual space u : X → X^{#} defines a bilinear form B : X × X → F, with the relation B(x, y) = u(x)(y). By defining the transpose of this bilinear form as the bilinear form ^{t}B defined by the transpose ^{t}u : X^{##} → X^{#} i.e. ^{t}B(y, x) = ^{t}u(Ψ(y))(x), we find that B(x, y) = ^{t}B(y, x). Here, Ψ is the natural homomorphism X → X^{##} into the double dual.
Adjoint
If the vector spaces X and Y have respectively nondegenerate bilinear forms B_{X} and B_{Y}, a concept known as the adjoint, which is closely related to the transpose, may be defined:
If u : X → Y is a linear map between vector spaces X and Y, we define g as the adjoint of u if g : Y → X satisfies
 for all x ∈ X and y ∈ Y.
These bilinear forms define an isomorphism between X and X^{#}, and between Y and Y^{#}, resulting in an isomorphism between the transpose and adjoint of u. The matrix of the adjoint of a map is the transposed matrix only if the bases are orthonormal with respect to their bilinear forms. In this context, many authors use the term transpose to refer to the adjoint as defined here.
The adjoint allows us to consider whether g : Y → X is equal to u^{ −1} : Y → X. In particular, this allows the orthogonal group over a vector space X with a quadratic form to be defined without reference to matrices (nor the components thereof) as the set of all linear maps X → X for which the adjoint equals the inverse.
Over a complex vector space, one often works with sesquilinear forms (conjugatelinear in one argument) instead of bilinear forms. The Hermitian adjoint of a map between such spaces is defined similarly, and the matrix of the Hermitian adjoint is given by the conjugate transpose matrix if the bases are orthonormal.
See also
References
 ^ Arthur Cayley (1858) "A memoir on the theory of matrices", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 148 : 17–37. The transpose (or "transposition") is defined on page 31.
 ^ T.A. Whitelaw (1 April 1991). Introduction to Linear Algebra, 2nd edition. CRC Press. ISBN 9780751401592.
 ^ Gilbert Strang (2006) Linear Algebra and its Applications 4th edition, page 51, Thomson Brooks/Cole ISBN 0030105676
 ^ Schaefer (1999) p. 128
 ^ Halmos (1974, §44)
 ^ Bourbaki, "II §2.5", Algebra I
 ^ Treves (1999) p. 240
Further reading
 Maruskin, Jared M. (2012). Essential Linear Algebra. San José: Solar Crest. pp. 122–132. ISBN 9780985062736.
 Schwartz, Jacob T. (2001). Introduction to Matrices and Vectors. Mineola: Dover. pp. 126–132. ISBN 0486420000.
External links
 Gilbert Strang (Spring 2010) Linear Algebra from MIT Open Courseware
 Transpose, mathworld.wolfram.com