# Rank

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*This page is about array rank, a number associated with every array. For numbers associated with a function specifying its argument rank, see function rank. For the operator that applies a function at a given rank, see Rank (operator).*

In the APL array model, the **rank** of an array is the number of dimensions or axes in its structure, or the length of its shape. The traditional expression for the rank of an array `A`

is `⍴⍴A`

. Because this expression results in a one-element vector rather than a scalar, it is idiomatic in languages with a Tally function to write `≢⍴A`

instead.

Arrays are given names based on their rank:

Rank | Name |
---|---|

0 | scalar |

1 | vector |

2 | matrix |

Many APLs have a maximum rank. A function that would produce an array with rank greater than this maximum typically gives a LIMIT ERROR.

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APL features [edit]
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Built-ins | Primitives (functions, operators) ∙ Quad name |

Array model | Shape ∙ Rank ∙ Depth ∙ Bound ∙ Index (Indexing) ∙ Axis ∙ Ravel ∙ Ravel order ∙ Element ∙ Scalar ∙ Vector ∙ Matrix ∙ Simple scalar ∙ Simple array ∙ Nested array ∙ Cell ∙ Major cell ∙ Subarray ∙ Empty array ∙ Prototype |

Data types | Number (Boolean, Complex number) ∙ Character (String) ∙ Box ∙ Namespace |

Concepts and paradigms | Conformability (Scalar extension, Leading axis agreement) ∙ Scalar function (Pervasion) ∙ Identity element ∙ Complex floor ∙ Total array ordering ∙ Tacit programming (Function composition, Close composition) ∙ Glyph |

Errors | LIMIT ERROR ∙ RANK ERROR ∙ SYNTAX ERROR ∙ DOMAIN ERROR ∙ LENGTH ERROR ∙ INDEX ERROR ∙ VALUE ERROR |