generalized inverse, minus partial order, matrices over commutative ring, projective module, rank– function, dimension–function


In this paper, we invoke theory of generalized inverses and minus partial order on regular matrices over a commutative ring to define rank–function for regular matrices and dimension–function for finitely generated projective modules which are direct summands of a free module. Some properties held by the rank of a matrix and the dimension of a vector space over a field are generalized. Also, a generalization of rank-nullity theorem has been established when the matrix given is regular.



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