Thank god the universe is purely described using linear algebra.

It is if you finesse it enough

Can someone explain with only basic algebra? I tried reading the wiki but was a bit much.

Sometimes, you can reorient your problem such that a matrix or tensor has only diagonal entries, making it easier to handle.

For example by choosing new unit vectors or by changing the set of functions describing the problem (whatever is the thing that the matrix or tensor is tied to).

Only diagonal entries in a matrix is basically just n simple functions with no crossover, right?

Key advantage of a diagonal matrix is that all off-diagonal entries are zero, so yes, no crossover of functions (or basis elements).

But the functions may be as ugly as they please and there may be an infinite number of them.

in practice, a lot of problems/equations can be approximated with so-called “linear equations”. a linear equation is something that can involve any number of variables, but no variable has any exponent other than 1. for example, 2x + 6y + 5z = 8 is a linear equation. (this is a generalization of the case when there are two variables, and you have an equation like 2x + 3y = 9. in this case, you can rearrange this equation into slope intercept form and get the standard equation of a line, hence the name linear.)

again, in practice, it’s very common to deal with multiple linear equations at the same time. say, 2x + 3y = 9, and x + y = 0. to solve such all equations simultaneously (in the 2 variable case) means finding x and y that satisfy both equations. and in the 2 variable case, it basically means finding a point where two lines intersect (if possible).

you can do some kind of advanced math to show that linear systems of equations correspond to matrices. this is “nice” because matrices are extremely easy for computers to deal with, and we also have a lot of theorems that talk about how matrices behave.

so, to summarize, we’ve reduced a real world problem into something involving matrices, with the hope of maybe having a computer solve it. in practice, many matrices can be “diagonalized”, which basically means you can factor it as a product of matrices satisfying some certain conditions, but i’m glossing over those details because it can be messy if you don’t know much linear algebra. you can think of it as kind of like factorizing a number into primes. it isn’t really the same thing, but it can be a helpful analogy maybe. (primes are easier to work with, and sometimes it’s helpful to view any number as just a bunch of primes multiplied together.)

the main advantage of diagonal matrices is that they’re very easy to work with (compared to matrices, which are already “nice” to work with). in practice, this is important because a lot of formulas, algorithms, etc only work for (or are most efficient on) diagonal matrices.

i hope this helps, it’s a bit hard to get into the details without making things needlessly complicated (a common problem for things involving matrices), but i tried to do my best to focus on the underlying concepts/real world use cases.

sometimes when the stars align for a matrix A you can find an invertible matrix B such that B^-1^⨯A⨯B gives a matrix that only has numbers on the diagonal and zeroes everywhere else.

Huh, so Jesus was crucified in the pokemon universe. I wonder if one helped the Romans do it.

Her grip doesn't look quite right, maybe the symbol was swapped for the US market.

The Bulbapedia page lists regional changes and censorings, but says nothing about the crucifix not being original.

As a side note, the plot summary section is worth a read, holy hell. “…After leaving Acapulco”, “…After being shot with a bazooka by Jessie…”

I think I don’t remember this episode because it’s overshadowed in my memory by the very next episode, *Bye Bye, Butterfree*.

I haven't seen Pokémon in like a decade and I am not even that big of a fan but I immediately remember which episode is bye bye butterfree.

Meanwhile EM people are using black magic design s-charts.

Basically the plot of Blindsight by Peter Watts.

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