pivotal condensation

pivotal condensation

[¦piv·əd·əl ‚kän·dən′sā·shən]
(mathematics)
A method of evaluating a determinant that is convenient for determinants of large order, especially when digital computers are used, involving a repeated process in which a determinant of order n is reduced to the product of one of its elements raised to a power and a determinant of order n- 1.
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This leads naturally to two other consequences, viz., what is known as Chio's pivotal condensation process for computing determinants and Cramer's Rule.
This directly leads to the discovery of what is known as Chio's pivotal condensation process for computing determinants and Cramer's rule.