# [PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] Change eigenvectors to eigensystems?

**Jim Phillips
**
jim@ks.uiuc.edu

*Wed, 23 Oct 96 18:06:08 -0500*

You wrote:
>* > > A minor naming point -- since "eigenvectors" returns the eigenvalues as
*>* > > well, would it perhaps be less confusing to rename it to "eigensystem"?
*>*
*>* Is "eigensystem" a conventional term when referring to both eigenvalues
*>* and eigenvectors? If not, I would rather not coin a new word. Especially
*>* one that looks like it could have meaning in a specialized context. If so,
*>* I would not have a problem with using eigensystem.
*>*
*>* Note, Maple's eigenvects routine return's both eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
*
Mathematica has all three: Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, and Eigensystem (which
returns {values, vectors}). This seems to make things clearer.
-Jim
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