# The distinction between lateral mass participation and vertical mass participation

Refer to the chapter 14 of the Wilson book "Dynamic Analysis of structures": calculation of stiffness and mass orthogonal vectors.

The table 14.6 shows the lateral mass participation and vertical mass participation for a frame structure. I don't understand how can one tell whether an eigen mode contributes to lateral mass or vertical mass. From my understanding, mass participation for each mode is determined by the general mass and the eigenvector of the mode, and eigenvector of the mode usually consists of contribution from all the $x$, $y$ and $z$ direction, so how can one tell whether the mode is contributed to lateral or vertical direction?

From my understanding, mass participation for each mode is determined by the general mass and the eigenvector of the mode, and eigenvector of the mode usually consists of contribution from all the $x$, $y$ and $z$ direction, so how can one tell whether the mode is contributed to lateral or vertical direction?