The goal of this chapter is to provide a natural “higher dimensional” generalization of the classical notion of the determinant of a square matrix. There were some attempts toward a rather straightforward definition of the “hyperdeterminant” for “hypercubic” matrices using alternating summations over the product of several symmetric groups (see e.g., [P], §54 and references therein). Here we systematically develop another approach under which the hyperdeterminant becomes a special case of the general discriminant studied in the previous chapters. As so many other ideas in the field, this approach is due to Cayley [Ca1].
KeywordsSpectral Sequence Matrix Entry Boundary Format Elementary Symmetric Polynomial Multilinear Form
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