# Matrix Manipulation

There are a number of functions available for checking to see if the elements of a matrix meet some condition, and for rearranging the elements of a matrix. For example, Octave can easily tell you if all the elements of a matrix are finite, or are less than some specified value. Octave can also rotate the elements, extract the upper- or lower-triangular parts, or sort the columns of a matrix.

## Finding Elements and Checking Conditions

The functions `any` and `all` are useful for determining whether any or all of the elements of a matrix satisfy some condition. The `find` function is also useful in determining which elements of a matrix meet a specified condition.

Built-in Function: any (x)
For a vector argument, return 1 if any element of the vector is nonzero.

For a matrix argument, return a row vector of ones and zeros with each element indicating whether any of the elements of the corresponding column of the matrix are nonzero. For example,

```any (eye (2, 4))
=> [ 1, 1, 0, 0 ]
```

To see if any of the elements of a matrix are nonzero, you can use a statement like

```any (any (a))
```

Built-in Function: all (x)
The function `all` behaves like the function `any`, except that it returns true only if all the elements of a vector, or all the elements in a column of a matrix, are nonzero.

Since the comparison operators (see section Comparison Operators) return matrices of ones and zeros, it is easy to test a matrix for many things, not just whether the elements are nonzero. For example,

```all (all (rand (5) < 0.9))
=> 0
```

tests a random 5 by 5 matrix to see if all of it's elements are less than 0.9.

Note that in conditional contexts (like the test clause of `if` and `while` statements) Octave treats the test as if you had typed `all (all (condition))`.

Function File: [err, y1, ...] = common_size (x1, ...)
Determine if all input arguments are either scalar or of common size. If so, err is zero, and yi is a matrix of the common size with all entries equal to xi if this is a scalar or xi otherwise. If the inputs cannot be brought to a common size, errorcode is 1, and yi is xi. For example,

```[errorcode, a, b] = common_size ([1 2; 3 4], 5)
=> errorcode = 0
=> a = [ 1, 2; 3, 4 ]
=> b = [ 5, 5; 5, 5 ]
```

This is useful for implementing functions where arguments can either be scalars or of common size.

Function File: diff (x, k)
If x is a vector of length n, `diff (x)` is the vector of first differences

If x is a matrix, `diff (x)` is the matrix of column differences.

The second argument is optional. If supplied, ```diff (x, k)```, where k is a nonnegative integer, returns the k-th differences.

Mapping Function: isinf (x)
Return 1 for elements of x that are infinite and zero otherwise. For example,

```isinf ([13, Inf, NaN])
=> [ 0, 1, 0 ]
```

Mapping Function: isnan (x)
Return 1 for elements of x that are NaN values and zero otherwise. For example,

```isnan ([13, Inf, NaN])
=> [ 0, 0, 1 ]
```

Mapping Function: finite (x)
Return 1 for elements of x that are NaN values and zero otherwise. For example,

```finite ([13, Inf, NaN])
=> [ 1, 0, 0 ]
```

Return a vector of indices of nonzero elements of a matrix. To obtain a single index for each matrix element, Octave pretends that the columns of a matrix form one long vector (like Fortran arrays are stored). For example,

```find (eye (2))
=> [ 1; 4 ]
```

If two outputs are requested, `find` returns the row and column indices of nonzero elements of a matrix. For example,

```[i, j] = find (2 * eye (2))
=> i = [ 1; 2 ]
=> j = [ 1; 2 ]
```

If three outputs are requested, `find` also returns a vector containing the nonzero values. For example,

```[i, j, v] = find (3 * eye (2))
=> i = [ 1; 2 ]
=> j = [ 1; 2 ]
=> v = [ 3; 3 ]
```

## Rearranging Matrices

Function File: fliplr (x)
Return a copy of x with the order of the columns reversed. For example,

```fliplr ([1, 2; 3, 4])
=>  2  1
4  3
```

Function File: flipud (x)
Return a copy of x with the order of the rows reversed. For example,

```flipud ([1, 2; 3, 4])
=>  3  4
1  2
```

Function File: rot90 (x, n)
Return a copy of x with the elements rotated counterclockwise in 90-degree increments. The second argument is optional, and specifies how many 90-degree rotations are to be applied (the default value is 1). Negative values of n rotate the matrix in a clockwise direction. For example,

```rot90 ([1, 2; 3, 4], -1)
=>  3  1
4  2
```

rotates the given matrix clockwise by 90 degrees. The following are all equivalent statements:

```rot90 ([1, 2; 3, 4], -1)
==
rot90 ([1, 2; 3, 4], 3)
==
rot90 ([1, 2; 3, 4], 7)
```

Function File: reshape (a, m, n)
Return a matrix with m rows and n columns whose elements are taken from the matrix a. To decide how to order the elements, Octave pretends that the elements of a matrix are stored in column-major order (like Fortran arrays are stored).

For example,

```reshape ([1, 2, 3, 4], 2, 2)
=>  1  3
2  4
```

If the variable `do_fortran_indexing` is nonzero, the `reshape` function is equivalent to

```retval = zeros (m, n);
retval (:) = a;
```

but it is somewhat less cryptic to use `reshape` instead of the colon operator. Note that the total number of elements in the original matrix must match the total number of elements in the new matrix.

Function File: shift (x, b)
If x is a vector, perform a circular shift of length b of the elements of x.

If x is a matrix, do the same for each column of x.

Loadable Function: [s, i] = sort (x)
Return a copy of x with the elements elements arranged in increasing order. For matrices, `sort` orders the elements in each column.

For example,

```sort ([1, 2; 2, 3; 3, 1])
=>  1  1
2  2
3  3
```

The `sort` function may also be used to produce a matrix containing the original row indices of the elements in the sorted matrix. For example,

```[s, i] = sort ([1, 2; 2, 3; 3, 1])
=> s = 1  1
2  2
3  3
=> i = 1  3
2  1
3  2
```

Since the `sort` function does not allow sort keys to be specified, it can't be used to order the rows of a matrix according to the values of the elements in various columns(6) in a single call. Using the second output, however, it is possible to sort all rows based on the values in a given column. Here's an example that sorts the rows of a matrix based on the values in the second column.

```a = [1, 2; 2, 3; 3, 1];
[s, i] = sort (a (:, 2));
a (i, :)
=>  3  1
1  2
2  3
```

Function File: tril (a, k)
Function File: triu (a, k)
Return a new matrix formed by extracting extract the lower (`tril`) or upper (`triu`) triangular part of the matrix a, and setting all other elements to zero. The second argument is optional, and specifies how many diagonals above or below the main diagonal should also be set to zero.

The default value of k is zero, so that `triu` and `tril` normally include the main diagonal as part of the result matrix.

If the value of k is negative, additional elements above (for `tril`) or below (for `triu`) the main diagonal are also selected.

The absolute value of k must not be greater than the number of sub- or super-diagonals.

For example,

```tril (ones (3), -1)
=>  0  0  0
1  0  0
1  1  0
```

and

```tril (ones (3), 1)
=>  1  1  0
1  1  1
1  1  1
```

Function File: vec (x)
Return the vector obtained by stacking the columns of the matrix x one above the other.

Function File: vech (x)
Return the vector obtained by eliminating all supradiagonal elements of the square matrix x and stacking the result one column above the other.

## Special Utility Matrices

Built-in Function: eye (x)
Built-in Function: eye (n, m)
Return an identity matrix. If invoked with a single scalar argument, `eye` returns a square matrix with the dimension specified. If you supply two scalar arguments, `eye` takes them to be the number of rows and columns. If given a vector with two elements, `eye` uses the values of the elements as the number of rows and columns, respectively. For example,

```eye (3)
=>  1  0  0
0  1  0
0  0  1
```

The following expressions all produce the same result:

```eye (2)
==
eye (2, 2)
==
eye (size ([1, 2; 3, 4])
```

For compatibility with MATLAB, calling `eye` with no arguments is equivalent to calling it with an argument of 1.

Built-in Function: ones (x)
Built-in Function: ones (n, m)
Return a matrix whose elements are all 1. The arguments are handled the same as the arguments for `eye`.

If you need to create a matrix whose values are all the same, you should use an expression like

```val_matrix = val * ones (n, m)
```

Built-in Function: zeros (x)
Built-in Function: zeros (n, m)
Return a matrix whose elements are all 0. The arguments are handled the same as the arguments for `eye`.

Loadable Function: rand (`"seed"`, x)
Return a matrix with random elements uniformly distributed on the interval (0, 1). The arguments are handled the same as the arguments for `eye`. In addition, you can set the seed for the random number generator using the form

```rand ("seed", x)
```

where x is a scalar value. If called as

```rand ("seed")
```

`rand` returns the current value of the seed.

Loadable Function: randn (`"seed"`, x)
Return a matrix with normally distributed random elements. The arguments are handled the same as the arguments for `eye`. In addition, you can set the seed for the random number generator using the form

```randn ("seed", x)
```

where x is a scalar value. If called as

```randn ("seed")
```

`randn` returns the current value of the seed.

The `rand` and `randn` functions use separate generators. This ensures that

```rand ("seed", 13);
randn ("seed", 13);
u = rand (100, 1);
n = randn (100, 1);
```

and

```rand ("seed", 13);
randn ("seed", 13);
u = zeros (100, 1);
n = zeros (100, 1);
for i = 1:100
u(i) = rand ();
n(i) = randn ();
end
```

produce equivalent results.

Normally, `rand` and `randn` obtain their initial seeds from the system clock, so that the sequence of random numbers is not the same each time you run Octave. If you really do need for to reproduce a sequence of numbers exactly, you can set the seed to a specific value.

If it is invoked without arguments, `rand` and `randn` return a single element of a random sequence.

The `rand` and `randn` functions use Fortran code from RANLIB, a library of fortran routines for random number generation, compiled by Barry W. Brown and James Lovato of the Department of Biomathematics at The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030.

Built-in Function: diag (v, k)
Return a diagonal matrix with vector v on diagonal k. The second argument is optional. If it is positive, the vector is placed on the k-th super-diagonal. If it is negative, it is placed on the -k-th sub-diagonal. The default value of k is 0, and the vector is placed on the main diagonal. For example,

```diag ([1, 2, 3], 1)
=>  0  1  0  0
0  0  2  0
0  0  0  3
0  0  0  0
```

The functions `linspace` and `logspace` make it very easy to create vectors with evenly or logarithmically spaced elements. See section Ranges.

Function File: linspace (base, limit, n)
Return a row vector with n linearly spaced elements between base and limit. The number of elements, n, must be greater than 1. The base and limit are always included in the range. If base is greater than limit, the elements are stored in decreasing order. If the number of points is not specified, a value of 100 is used.

The `linspace` function always returns a row vector, regardless of the value of `prefer_column_vectors`.

Function File: logspace (base, limit, n)
Similar to `linspace` except that the values are logarithmically spaced from

If limit is equal to the points are between not in order to be compatible with the corresponding MATLAB function.

Built-in Variable: treat_neg_dim_as_zero
If the value of `treat_neg_dim_as_zero` is nonzero, expressions like

```eye (-1)
```

produce an empty matrix (i.e., row and column dimensions are zero). Otherwise, an error message is printed and control is returned to the top level. The default value is 0.

## Famous Matrices

The following functions return famous matrix forms.

Function File: hankel (c, r)
Return the Hankel matrix constructed given the first column c, and (optionally) the last row r. If the last element of c is not the same as the first element of r, the last element of c is used. If the second argument is omitted, the last row is taken to be the same as the first column.

A Hankel matrix formed from an m-vector c, and an n-vector r, has the elements

Function File: hilb (n)
Return the Hilbert matrix of order n. The element of a Hilbert matrix is defined as

Function File: invhilb (n)
Return the inverse of a Hilbert matrix of order n. This is exact. Compare with the numerical calculation of `inverse (hilb (n))`, which suffers from the ill-conditioning of the Hilbert matrix, and the finite precision of your computer's floating point arithmetic.

Function File: sylvester_matrix (k)
Return the Sylvester matrix of order

Function File: toeplitz (c, r)
Return the Toeplitz matrix constructed given the first column c, and (optionally) the first row r. If the first element of c is not the same as the first element of r, the first element of c is used. If the second argument is omitted, the first row is taken to be the same as the first column.

A square Toeplitz matrix has the form

Function File: vander (c)
Return the Vandermonde matrix whose next to last column is c.

A Vandermonde matrix has the form