Vertical Bar Symbol

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The vertical bar symbol is used in math to represent the absolute value operator. Typically the symbol is used in an expression like this:

In plain language, this means take the absolute value of the value which is equal to .



To vertical bars on either side of a vector represent taking the magnitude or length of that vector

Absolute Value

The absolute value operator returns the distance from zero on the number line of a number.


The syntax for a determinant is to vertical bars on either side of the matrix.

Conditional Probability

The conditional probability formula shows how to calculate the probability of an event B, given that another event A has already occurred.