On the Nomenclature of Eigenvector and the Igon Value Problem

By Xah Lee. Date:

there exist a award-winning charlatan, called Malcolm Gladwell. One day, he made a fool of himself by writing Eigenvector as Igon vector. 〔The Igon Value Effect By Mark Liberman. @ http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1897

blunder may it be, but i thought “igon” vector is not too bad a name, because it provides better phonetic morphology. Even better, is to change the orthography to “eye-gon”, as that equips it with a semantic value. Justification can be had as in “eye of the storm”, where the lexeme “eye” has the characteristic of “central”, of pertinence.

Or, perhaps even better is “cha vectors”, short for “characteristic vector”, and can also stand for chassis, which would obtain us pivotal relevance.

this way, we'd have “chasis vector”, “chasis value”, “chasis polynomial”, “chasis system”, of a linear operator. Verily soothing.