# Choice of metric [duplicate]

We have the metric given by a matrix $$g_{\mu\nu}$$, however, some textbooks define it as: $$g_{\mu\nu} = \begin{pmatrix} -1 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 \end{pmatrix}$$ And others as: $$g_{\mu\nu} = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & -1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & -1 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 \end{pmatrix}$$ Is there is a specific physical significance to either one of the choices or is it simply a convenience?