From the documentation it looks like the * operator will perform a cross product and ;* will perform a dot product. I want to use a cross product to determine the vector normal to a pair of known vectors like this:
3 points define a plane, two vectors taken from those points do the same, the cross-product should give the normal vector of that plane. The problem seems to be that the dimensions of the two matrices being multiplied (v1 and v2) do not agree -- nRows(v1) should equal nCols(v2). I can implement this manually with a simplified formula for vector cross products but does anyone know how to format this differently to work with matrix multiplication?
I hope someone comes up with a clever way to do this. The det() function is closely related, but I don't understand how to use det(3x3 matrix) to get back more than a scalar value. I think you could use det(2x2 sub-matrix) three times, but I think the straight-forward xyzzy approach is simpler and just as fast.
Thanks cwillden, this is essentially what I have implemented. It does work for me since I am only concerned with 3D vectors, but I am supprised this isn't a built in function. I'm going to leave this open for a bit to see if anyone else knows of such a way.