matrix^0, matrix.exp() and latex output of matrices
Richard B. Kreckel
kreckel at thep.physik.uni-mainz.de
Fri Mar 8 18:33:53 CET 2002
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On Thu, 7 Mar 2002, Alexander Heide wrote:
> Here are some remarks and questions about matrices in GiNaC.
> Have a look at this code:
> #include <iostream>
> #include <ginac/ginac.h>
> using namespace std;
> using namespace GiNaC;
> int main()
> matrix A(2, 2, lst(0, 1, 1, 0));
> A.print(print_latex(std::cout)); cout << endl;
> cout << evalm(exp(A)) << endl;
> cout << pow(A, 0).evalm() << endl;
> cout << A.pow(0) << endl;
> return 0;
> The programm prints out:
> and then runs forever (or until someone presses CTRL-C or turns off the
> computer or whatever).
Thanks for pointing us to this bug, see below...
> To have a nice matrix in LaTeX I would expect something like
This was still unimplemented. Code to accomplish this is now in CVS.
> in the first line of the output. In the second line the expression keeps
> unevaluated because of a lacking method
> matrix matrix::exp(void) const;
Hmm, what would you expect? Do you have a handy formula for computing
exponential matrices? For diagonal matrices, this is easy. It is also
easy for matrices that turn out to be nilpotent or for which A^2 is the
unit matrix, but in the general (maybe even symbolic) case...
> The third line should be
Should it, really? Then, should A-A be the zero nxm matrix, too? This is
tricky, because it calls for an exceptional treatment in the power class
(and in the add class).
> as well as the the fourth line.
Indeed, this was a bug, it's fixed now in CVS. (matrix::pow() was
intended for use by the matrix evaluator evalm() where this problem
couldn't appear since the anonymous evaluator first evaluated it to
1. Still it should be fine as a user-callable function.)
> And finally I have a (probably stupid) question: To construct an identity
> 2 x 2 matrix, I want to use
> ex I = diag_matrix((lst(1, 1));
> (More convenient would be a function like 'ex idenity_matrix(unsigned n)')
Okay, there is a function 'ex unit_matrix(unsigned n)' in CVS now.
> Now I want to add E to another matrix A, for instance
> A = matrix(2, 2, lst(1, 0, 0, 1));
> This works: evalm(A + E)
> This works not: A.add(E), because E ist not a matrix object.
> My question is: How con I convert E to a matrix object?
> I've consulted the tutorial, but I couldn't find an answer to this
Section 5.1 explains this.
Richard B. Kreckel
<Richard.Kreckel at Uni-Mainz.DE>
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