# Identity Matrix

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The identity matrix is a square matrix such that all the entries in the main diagonal are 1, and the rest of the entries are all 0. The identity matrix is denoted by $I$ in general. It is also denoted by $I_{n}$, where $n$ is the number of rows in the matrix. The $4 \times 4$ identity matrix $I_{4}$ is shown below:

$I_{4} = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 \end{array} \right].$

The unique property of the identity matrix is that multiplying it with another matrix (of a suitable order) does not change the matrix:

$IA = A = AI.$

Multiplying any matrix by its inverse yields the identity matrix:

$A A^{-1} = I.$

The identity matrix is a/an

- symmetric matrix
- diagonal matrix
- scalar matrix
- upper triangular matrix
- lower triangular matrix
- idempotent matrix
- involutory matrix
- orthogonal matrix .