The factor by which the magnitude of an eigenvector is changed by a given transformation.
[Partial translation of German Eigenwert : eigen-, peculiar, characteristic (from eigen, own, from Middle High German, from Old High German eigan; see aik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + Wert, value.]
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