Multilinear form

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In multilinear algebra, a multilinear form is a map of the type

f: V^n \to K ,

where V is a vector space over the field K, that is separately linear in each its n variables.[1]

For n = 2, i.e. only two variables, one calls ƒ a bilinear form.

An important type of multilinear forms are alternating multilinear forms which have the additional property of changing their sign under exchange of two arguments. When K has characteristic other than 2, this is equivalent to saying that

f(\dots,x,\dots,x,\dots) = 0 ,

i.e. the form vanishes if supplied the same argument twice. (The exceptional case of characteristic 2 requires more care.) Special cases of these are determinant forms and differential forms.

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