clifford {clifford} R Documentation

## Create, coerce, and test for clifford objects

### Description

An object of class clifford is a member of a Clifford algebra. These objects may be added and multiplied, and have various applications in physics and mathematics.

### Usage

clifford(terms, coeffs=1)
is_ok_clifford(terms, coeffs)
as.clifford(x)
is.clifford(x)
nbits(x)
nterms(x)
## S3 method for class 'clifford'
dim(x)


### Arguments

 terms A list of integer vectors with strictly increasing entries corresponding to the basis vectors of the underlying vector space coeffs Numeric vector of coefficients x Object of class clifford

### Details

• Function clifford() is the formal creation mechanism for clifford objects

• Function as.clifford() is much more user-friendly and attempts to coerce a range of input arguments to clifford form

• Function nbits() returns the number of bits required in the low-level C routines to store the terms (this is the largest entry in the list of terms). For a scalar, this is zero and for the zero clifford object it (currently) returns zero as well although a case could be made for NULL

• Function nterms() returns the number of terms in the expression

• Function is_ok_clifford() is a helper function that checks for consistency of its arguments

• Function is.term() returns TRUE if all terms of its argument have the same grade

### Author(s)

Robin K. S. Hankin

### References

Snygg 2012. “A new approach to differential geometry using Clifford's geometric algebra”. Birkhauser; Springer Science+Business.

Ops.clifford

### Examples


(x <- clifford(list(1,2,1:4),1:3))   # Formal creation method
(y <- as.1vector(4:2))
(z <- rcliff(include.fewer=TRUE))

terms(x+100)
coeffs(z)

## Clifford objects may be added and multiplied:

x + y
x*y



[Package clifford version 1.0-8 Index]