What does operator “dot” (.) mean?

The dot itself is not an operator, .^ is.

The .^ is a pointwise¹ (i.e. element-wise) power, as .* is the pointwise product.

.^ Array power. A.^B is the matrix with elements A(i,j) to the B(i,j) power. The sizes of A and B must be the same or be compatible.


¹) Hence the dot.

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