# Matrices #

Math.js supports multi dimensional matrices and arrays. Matrices can be created, manipulated, and used in calculations. Both regular JavaScript arrays as well as the matrix type implemented by math.js can be used interchangeably in all relevant math.js functions. math.js supports both dense and sparse matrices.

## Arrays and matrices #

Math.js supports two types of matrices:

• `Array`, a regular JavaScript array. A multi dimensional array can be created by nesting arrays.
• `Matrix`, a matrix implementation by math.js. A `Matrix` is an object wrapped around a regular JavaScript `Array`, providing utility functions for easy matrix manipulation such as `subset`, `size`, `resize`, `clone`, and more.

In most cases, the type of matrix output from functions is determined by the function input: An `Array` as input will return an `Array`, a `Matrix` as input will return a `Matrix`. In case of mixed input, a `Matrix` is returned. For functions where the type of output cannot be determined from the input, the output is determined by the configuration option `matrix`, which can be a string `'Matrix'` (default) or `'Array'`.

``````// create an array and a matrix
const array = [[2, 0], [-1, 3]]               // Array
const matrix = math.matrix([[7, 1], [-2, 3]]) // Matrix

// perform a calculation on an array and matrix
math.square(array)                            // Array,  [[4, 0], [1, 9]]
math.square(matrix)                           // Matrix, [[49, 1], [4, 9]]

// perform calculations with mixed array and matrix input
math.add(array, matrix)                       // Matrix, [[9, 1], [-3, 6]]
math.multiply(array, matrix)                  // Matrix, [[14, 2], [-13, 8]]

// create a matrix. Type of output of function ones is determined by the
// configuration option `matrix`
math.ones(2, 3)                               // Matrix, [[1, 1, 1], [1, 1, 1]]
``````

## Creation #

A matrix can be created from an array using the function `math.matrix`. The provided array can contain nested arrays in order to create a multi-dimensional matrix. When called without arguments, an empty matrix will be created.

``````// create matrices
math.matrix()                           // Matrix, size 
math.matrix([0, 1, 2])                  // Matrix, size 
math.matrix([[0, 1], [2, 3], [4, 5]])   // Matrix, size [3, 2]
``````

Math.js supports regular Arrays. Multiple dimensions can be created by nesting Arrays in each other.

``````// create arrays
[]                                      // Array, size 
[0, 1, 2]                               // Array, size 
[[0, 1], [2, 3], [4, 5]]                // Array, size [3, 2]
``````

Matrices can contain different types of values: numbers, complex numbers, units, or strings. Different types can be mixed together in a single matrix.

``````// create a matrix with mixed types
const a = math.matrix([2.3, 'hello', math.complex(3, -4), math.unit('5.2 mm')])
a.subset(math.index(1))  // 'hello'
``````

There are a number of functions to create a matrix with a specific size and content: `ones`, `zeros`, `identity`.

``````// zeros creates a matrix filled with zeros
math.zeros(3)           // Matrix, size ,    [0, 0, 0]
math.zeros(3, 2)        // Matrix, size [3, 2], [[0, 0], [0, 0], [0, 0]]
math.zeros(2, 2, 2)     // Matrix, size [2, 2, 2],
//   [[[0, 0], [0, 0]], [[0, 0], [0, 0]]]

// ones creates a matrix filled with ones
math.ones(3)                        // Matrix, size ,    [1, 1, 1]
math.multiply(math.ones(2, 2), 5)   // Matrix, size [2, 2], [[5, 5], [5, 5]]

// identity creates an identity matrix
math.identity(3)      // Matrix, size [3, 3], [[1, 0, 0], [0, 1, 0], [0, 0, 1]]
math.identity(2, 3)   // Matrix, size [2, 3], [[1, 0, 0], [0, 1, 0]]
``````

The functions `ones`, `zeros`, and `identity` also accept a single array or matrix containing the dimensions for the matrix. When the input is an Array, the functions will output an Array. When the input is a Matrix, the output will be a Matrix. Note that in case of numbers as arguments, the output is determined by the option `matrix` as discussed in section Arrays and matrices.

``````// Array as input gives Array as output
math.ones([2, 3])               // Array,  size [3, 2], [[1, 1, 1], [1, 1, 1]]
math.ones(math.matrix([2, 3]))  // Matrix, size [3, 2], [[1, 1, 1], [1, 1, 1]]
``````

Ranges can be created using the function `range`. The function `range` is called with parameters start and end, and optionally a parameter step. The start of the range is included, the end of the range is excluded.

``````math.range(0, 4)        // [0, 1, 2, 3]
math.range(0, 8, 2)     // [0, 2, 4, 6]
math.range(3, -1, -1)   // [3, 2, 1, 0]
``````

## Calculations #

All relevant functions of math.js support matrices and arrays.

``````// perform a calculation on a matrix
const a = math.matrix([1, 4, 9, 16, 25])  // Matrix, [1, 4, 9, 16, 25]
math.sqrt(a)                              // Matrix, [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

// perform a calculation on an array
const b = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
math.factorial(b)                         // Array,  [1, 2, 6, 24, 120]

// multiply an array with a matrix
const c = [[2, 0], [-1, 3]]               // Array
const d = math.matrix([[7, 1], [-2, 3]])  // Matrix
math.multiply(c, d)                       // Matrix, [[14, 2], [-13, 8]]

// add a number to a matrix
math.add(c, 2)                            // Array, [[4, 2], [1, 5]]

// calculate the determinant of a matrix
math.det(c)                               // 6
math.det(d)                               // 23
``````

## Size and Dimensions #

Math.js uses geometric dimensions:

• A scalar is zero-dimensional.
• A vector is one-dimensional.
• A matrix is two or multi-dimensional.

The size of a matrix can be calculated with the function `size`. Function `size` returns a `Matrix` or `Array`, depending on the configuration option `matrix`. Furthermore, matrices have a function `size` as well, which always returns an Array.

``````// get the size of a scalar
math.size(2.4)                                // Matrix, []
math.size(math.complex(3, 2))                 // Matrix, []
math.size(math.unit('5.3 mm'))                // Matrix, []

// get the size of a one-dimensional matrix (a vector) and a string
math.size([0, 1, 2, 3])                       // Array, 
math.size('hello world')                      // Matrix, 

// get the size of a two-dimensional matrix
const a = [[0, 1, 2, 3]]                      // Array
const b = math.matrix([[0, 1, 2], [3, 4, 5]]) // Matrix
math.size(a)                                  // Array, [1, 4]
math.size(b)                                  // Matrix, [2, 3]

// matrices have a function size (always returns an Array)
b.size()                                      // Array, [2, 3]

// get the size of a multi-dimensional matrix
const c = [[[0, 1, 2], [3, 4, 5]], [[6, 7, 8], [9, 10, 11]]]
math.size(c)                                  // Array, [2, 2, 3]
``````

Note that the dimensions themselves do not have a meaning attached. When creating and printing a two dimensional matrix, the first dimension is normally rendered as the column, and the second dimension is rendered as the row. For example:

``````console.table(math.zeros([2, 4]))
// 0 0 0 0
// 0 0 0 0
``````

If you have a matrix where the first dimension means `x` and the second means `y`, this will look confusing since `x` is printed as column (vertically) and `y` as row (horizontally).

## Resizing #

Matrices can be resized using their `resize` function. This function is called with an Array with the new size as the first argument, and accepts an optional default value. By default, new entries will be set to `0`, but it is possible to pass a different default value like `null` to clearly indicate that the entries haven’t been explicitly set.

``````const a = math.matrix() // Matrix, size ,       []
a.resize([2, 3])        // Matrix, size [2, 3],    [[0, 0, 0], [0, 0, 0]]
a.resize([2, 2, 2])     // Matrix, size [2, 2, 2],
//   [[[0, 0], [0, 0]], [[0, 0], [0, 0]]]

const b = math.matrix()
b.resize(, 7)        // Matrix, size ,    [7, 7, 7]
b.resize(, 9)        // Matrix, size ,    [7, 7, 7, 9, 9]
b.resize()           // Matrix, size ,    [7, 7]
``````

Outer dimensions of a matrix can be squeezed using the function `squeeze`. When getting or setting a subset in a matrix, the subset is automatically squeezed or unsqueezed.

``````// squeeze a matrix
const a = [[[0, 1, 2]]]
math.squeeze(a)             // [0, 1, 2]
math.squeeze([])         // 3

// subsets are automatically squeezed
const b = math.matrix([[0, 1], [2, 3]])
b.subset(math.index(1, 0))  // 2
``````

## Getting or replacing subsets #

Subsets of a matrix can be retrieved or replaced using the function `subset`. Matrices have a `subset` function, which is applied to the matrix itself: `Matrix.subset(index [, replacement])`. For both matrices and arrays, the static function `subset(matrix, index [, replacement])` can be used. When parameter `replacement` is provided, the function will replace a subset in the matrix, and if not, a subset of the matrix will be returned.

A subset can be defined using an `Index`. An `Index` contains a single value or a set of values for each dimension of a matrix. An `Index` can be created using the function `index`. Matrix indexes in math.js are zero-based, like most programming languages including JavaScript itself.

Note that mathematical applications like Matlab and Octave work differently, as they use one-based indexes.

``````// create some matrices
const a = [0, 1, 2, 3]
const b = [[0, 1], [2, 3]]
const c = math.zeros(2, 2)
const d = math.matrix([[0, 1, 2], [3, 4, 5], [6, 7, 8]])
const e = math.matrix()

// get a subset
math.subset(a, math.index(1))                 // 1
math.subset(a, math.index([2, 3]))            // Array, [2, 3]
math.subset(a, math.index(math.range(0,4)))   // Array, [0, 1, 2, 3]
math.subset(b, math.index(1, 0))              // 2
math.subset(b, math.index(1, [0, 1]))         // Array, [2, 3]
math.subset(b, math.index([0, 1], 0))         // Matrix, [, ]

// get a subset
d.subset(math.index([1, 2], [0, 1]))          // Matrix, [[3, 4], [6, 7]]
d.subset(math.index(1, 2))                    // 5

// replace a subset. The subset will be applied to a clone of the matrix
math.subset(b, math.index(1, 0), 9)           // Array, [[0, 1], [9, 3]]
math.subset(b, math.index(2, [0, 1]), [4, 5]) // Array, [[0, 1], [2, 3], [4, 5]]

// replace a subset. The subset will be applied to the matrix itself
c.subset(math.index(0, 1),1)                  // Matrix, [[0, 1], [0, 0]]
c.subset(math.index(1, [0, 1]), [2, 3])       // Matrix, [[0, 1], [2, 3]]
e.resize([2, 3], 0)                           // Matrix, [[0, 0, 0], [0, 0, 0]]
e.subset(math.index(1, 2), 5)                 // Matrix, [[0, 0, 0], [0, 0, 5]]
``````

## Iterating #

Matrices contain functions `map` and `forEach` to iterate over all elements of the (multidimensional) matrix. The callback function of `map` and `forEach` has three parameters: `value` (the value of the currently iterated element), `index` (an array with the index value for each dimension), and `matrix` (the matrix being iterated). This syntax is similar to the `map` and `forEach` functions of native JavaScript Arrays, except that the index is no number but an Array with numbers for each dimension.

``````const a = math.matrix([[0, 1], [2, 3], [4, 5]])

// The iteration below will output the following in the console:
//    value: 0 index: [0, 0]
//    value: 1 index: [0, 1]
//    value: 2 index: [1, 0]
//    value: 3 index: [1, 1]
//    value: 4 index: [2, 0]
//    value: 5 index: [2, 1]
a.forEach(function (value, index, matrix) {
console.log('value:', value, 'index:', index)
})

// Apply a transformation on the matrix
const b = a.map(function (value, index, matrix) {
return math.multiply(math.sin(value), math.exp(math.abs(value)))
})
console.log(b.format(5))  // [[0, 2.2874], [6.7188, 2.8345], [-41.32, -142.32]]

// Create a matrix with the cumulative of all elements
let count = 0
const cum = a.map(function (value, index, matrix) {
count += value
return count
})
console.log(cum.toString())  // [[0, 1], [3, 6], [10, 15]]
``````

## Storage types #

Math.js supports both dense matrices as well as sparse matrices. Sparse matrices are efficient for matrices largely containing zeros. In that case they save a lot of memory, and calculations can be much faster than for dense matrices.

Math.js supports two type of matrices:

• Dense matrix (`'dense'`, `default`) A regular, dense matrix, supporting multi-dimensional matrices. This is the default matrix type.
• Sparse matrix (`'sparse'`): A two dimensional sparse matrix implementation.

The type of matrix can be selected when creating a matrix using the construction functions `matrix`, `diag`, `identity`, `ones`, and `zeros`.

``````// create sparse matrices
const m1 = math.matrix([[0, 1], [0, 0]], 'sparse')
const m2 = math.identity(1000, 1000, 'sparse')
``````

## API #

All relevant functions in math.js support Matrices and Arrays. Functions like `math.add` and `math.subtract`, `math.sqrt` handle matrices element wise. There is a set of functions specifically for creating or manipulating matrices, such as:

• Functions like `math.matrix` and `math.sparse`, `math.ones`, `math.zeros`, and `math.identity` to create a matrix.
• Functions like `math.subset` and `math.index` to get or replace a part of a matrix
• Functions like `math.transpose` and `math.diag` to manipulate matrices.

A full list of matrix functions is available on the functions reference page.

Two types of matrix classes are available in math.js, for storage of dense and sparse matrices. Although they contain public functions documented as follows, using the following API directly is not recommended. Prefer using the functions in the “math” namespace wherever possible.