(data structure)

**Definition:**
A *matrix* that is only defined at (i,j) when i ≥ j.

**Generalization** (I am a kind of ...)

*matrix*.

**Specialization** (... is a kind of me.)

*strictly lower triangular matrix*.

**See also**
*upper triangular matrix*, *ragged matrix*.

*Note:
For example *

j | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|

i | 1 | - | - | - |

7 | 7 | - | - | |

1 | 0 | 1 | - | |

1 | 9 | 5 | 4 |

* It may be more compactly represented in an array by storing entry (i,j) in location i(i-1)/2 + j ( one-based indexing).*

Author: PEB

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Entry modified 17 December 2004.

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Paul E. Black, "lower triangular matrix", in
*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures* [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY)
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