Structure constant

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of an algebra over a field or over a commutative associative ring

An element , , defined by the equality

where is a fixed base of . The structure constants determine the algebra uniquely. If the are the structure constants of the algebra in another base , where , then

Every identity that is true in can be expressed by relations between structure constants. For example,



(Jacobi's identity).



[a1] P.M. Cohn, "Algebra" , 2 , Wiley (1989) pp. 167ff
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This article was adapted from an original article by L.A. Skornyakov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article