Use this tag for questions that involve tensors. Tensors are fundamental tools for linear computations, generalizing vectors and matrices to higher ranks. Mathematica 9 introduces powerful methods to algebraically manipulate tensors with any rank and symmetry.

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Internal`Bag inside Compile

Since Internal`Bag, Internal`StuffBag and Internal`BagPart can be compiled down, it is a ...
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Proving the hairy ball theorem using xAct

I would like to formally prove the hairy ball theorem in Mathematica, initially just for $S^2$, and then see about generalizing. An approach I thought about to use the xAct package to define $S^2$ ...
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How to calculate scalar curvature Ricci tensor and Christoffel symbols in Mathematica?

I am seeking a convenient and effective way to calculate such geometric quantities. I've used packages like TensoriaCalc, but they don't work at all time. ...
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How to represent and manipulate abstract indexed vector (or tensor) expressions?

I have a couple abstract indexed quantities, both differential elements $dx = dx^\mu e_\mu + x^\mu de_\mu$ $du = du^\mu e_\mu + u^\mu de_\mu$ I can compute the expression $(dx + du) \cdot (dx + du) ...
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Higher order SVD

Does anyone know how to do a higher order SVD in Mathematica ? A good reference seems to be here http://www.sandia.gov/~tgkolda/pubs/pubfiles/SAND2007-6702.pdf but I don't understand their formalism ...
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Looking for an elegant way to construct this tensor-product-ish list

I would like to make the following matrix: ...
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Nesting Parallel processes

I just attempted to run code that had nested ParallelMap[] functions. It generates the error message: ParallelMap::subpar: Parallel computations cannot be nested; proceeding with sequential ...
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How to take derivative of parameterized coordinate?

Suppose I have a vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$ but $n$ is not known in advance. I want to be able to write functions which operate on the components of that vector, and then I'd like to be able to take ...
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Verifying and deriving basic (block) matrix identities

How can I use the new symbolic matrix/tensor capabilities to verify matrix identities, such as (1) or (2) Even better, how can I ask Mathematica to derive expressions for X, Y, Z, and U like ...
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Reduce the output from tuples by including symmetry?

I need all the possible 3x3 binary tensors, but I'd like to have this account for symmetries. I've started by using the Tuples command. Tuples[{1, 0}, {3, 3}] ...
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inverse of abstract matrix

If you assume the matrix $A$ is invertible, then $A^{-1} \cdot A = I$. Is there an assumption for invertibility in Mathematica 9? How can one make the following evaluate to the identity matrix $I_3$? ...
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Tensor analysis

Has anybody used tensors in Mathematica? How to properly work with them? I find Mathematica not very friendly in this field, as I am defining my own functions for lowering & raising indices, ...
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Compiling Map over expression that yields a ragged array

I'm trying to speed up a function that looks in the neighborhood of each 3D point in a large dataset and finds all the points within 1 unit in each direction, x, y, z. I've started by using ...
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Symbolic tensor simplifications and the identity matrix

How can I get Mathematica to simplify the following expressions, with $Assumptions including Element[n,Integers], n > 0, and ...
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TensorContract of inverse matrix

Matrix inverse in mathematica If $A$ is an invertible $n \times n$ matrix, then $A\cdot A^{-1} = I$. To get this statement in Mathematica, you need the assumption ...
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How can I define or use a new coordinate system in Mathematica?

I want to use the dipole coordinate system as defined in this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0606044 I see that Mathematica can do all kinds of vector analysis using different kinds of ...
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Ways to compute inner products of tensors

One way to evaluate the following sums is combining Table and Sum: $u_{abcd} = \sum_{e=1}^3 v_{aeb}w_{ced}$ $q_{ab} = \sum_{d,e=1}^3 v_{d e a}w_{deb}$ It will look like ...
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Elementwise join

I have two tensors of arbitrary but equal rank n (and equal dimensions): A and B, and I want to get a third tensor of rank n + ...
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How to get rid of nested matrices

If I type into Mathematica TensorProduct[IdentityMatrix[2],IdentityMatrix[2]] It gives me a result that has nested matrices. How do I turn that into a normal ...
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Computations in the exterior algebra

I want to be able to compute with explicit exterior algebras of vector spaces. For example, given a real vector space $V$ of $3 \times 3$ matrices, I want to consider expressions of the form $v\wedge ...
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Solving antisymmetric tensorial equation

Assume we have the following Tensor objects: \begin{equation} F_{i}{}^{j}\;and\;S_{ij}{}^{k}, \end{equation} where the components of $F$ are known, and we would like to solve for the components of $S$ ...
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Multidimensional array reduction through summation over one of its dimensions

1. Introduction I am using an array of dimension 3 (might become more) to store some values. I would like to implement a function that takes as argument the array and a couple of numbers smaller than ...
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Symbolic linear algebra

I would like to know how I can ask Mathematica to expand (and simplify) such an expression : $$ (\alpha A + \beta B)^\top (\alpha A + \beta B) $$ where $\alpha,\beta$ are two real numbers and $A,B$ ...
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How to read off coefficients of tensor-like expression in a speedy way?

I am considering identities involving t[a, b, c, d, ...], where number of indices is fixed. t has the cyclic property so that ...
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Summing tensors in mathematica

How do I perform the following summation in mathematica? \begin{equation} \Sigma_{m=1}^5 e_{ijklm}A^{mn} \end{equation} I have the $e_{ijklm}$ tensor of rank 5 in 5 dimension as a array and $A^{mn}$ ...
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Problems with CircleTimes and infix notation

I am trying to create a function called TensorBasis that takes as input a list (thought of as a list of names of basis vectors of a vector space) and an integer ...
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Error messages from TensorContract and TensorReduce

I am struggling with a few errors when using symbolic tensors. I am using mathematica 9.0.1.0, linux x86. The following code generates what seems to me an incorrect tensor, this is the smallest ...
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Can I use symbolic tensors for simple linear algebra and calculus?

As an example, I'd like to calculate this symbolic derivative: $\frac{\partial}{\partial b}(x-A.b)^{\mathsf{T}}.(x-A.b)$ where $x$ and $b$ are vectors and $A$ is a matrix. What I tried is this: ...
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Simplifying the trace of a matrix expression

I have a long expression involving matrices that I derived using the NCAlgebra package. Can I simplify the trace of the expression? For example, say b is a scalar ...
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TensorReduce not simplifying transpose for symmetric matrix?

I know Mathematica is not very good with symbolic manipulation of matrix expressions, but I was surprised to find that it can't reduce the following expression: ...
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Perturbation theory in general relativity using xAct

I'm trying to use the xAct Mathematica package for manipulating tensors, and I'd like to plug in a metric into the perturbation equations to first order in general relativity, and have everything ...
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How to put the tensor product of two operators onto two variables?

I am trying to make an intuitive Mathemtaica program to show the principle of quantum walking. The idea of quantum walking is very simple and direct, but when I try to transfer it into Mathemitca ...
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Mathematica package for supergravity and superstring theory

I am looking for a Mathematica package that can manipulate tensors for supergravity, string theory or M-theory. I am particularly looking for a package that can do spinor and Clifford algebra ...
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On elegant use of Inner and Outer on tensors

I have a collection of 5-element vectors each of which corresponds to an {x,y} location from a (20 x 21) grid. Because of that I represent that data as a (5 x 20 x 21)-sized tensor called ...
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How to define an orthogonal basis in the right way?

I am trying to work with the vector notation without defining vector components explicitly. $Assumptions = (x | y | z) \[Element] Vectors[3] The vectors ...
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Covariant derivative for symbolic tensors

I want to define a "prefix" (D_i) covariant derivative operator CD[] for symbolic tensors in form of a function, i.e. for ...
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Matrix multiplication that includes a tensor

How would I best express the following in Mathematica: $\begin{pmatrix}2 & 4\end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix}r_1 & r_2\\r_3 & r_4\end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix}6 \\ 8\end{pmatrix}$, where $r_i$ ...
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How to solve a “tensor equation”?

I am trying to solve equations which looks like this: $$ T_{ab} - T_{bc} = a_1 T_{ab} + a_2 T_{ac} + a_3 T_{bc}, $$ where $T_{xy}$ are tensors. I want to get the $a_i$'s (in this simple example ...
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Mixed product identity between tensors in Mathematica 9

How can we simplify tensor expressions in Mathematica 9 using the mixed-product identity $(A\otimes B)(C \otimes D) \equiv AC \otimes BD$ ? Is it possible to implement this kind of evaluations using ...
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How can I get Mathematica to recognize equality of symbolic matrix expressions?

I have two matrix expressions: X.Transpose[T].Transpose[X] and X.T.Transpose[X] I want Mathematica to recognize that ...
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How to select elements in a tensor conditional upon their indices

I have a tensor, u, of rank one, meaning that I have a matrix whose elements are themselves matrices. I would like to select, and make a list of, only those sub-matrices whose indices comply with the ...
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Linearized Einstein Equations with Mathematica

I need to compute the linearised Einstein Equations around a fixed metric $g_{\mu \nu}$ which is not the flat metric. Someone knows some Mathematica package or some review that can help me?
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xCoba: evaluate tensor quantities, given an explicit metric

I am new to xAct packages and I'm having some problems to compute tensor quantities with xCoba. I defined a manifold and a metric. I computed All quantities of ...
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Sum with Levi-Civita [duplicate]

I'm trying to write the expression $$\sum_{\alpha,\beta = 1}^{4}\epsilon_{\mu \nu\alpha\beta}a^{\nu} b^{\alpha} c^{\beta}$$ in Mathematica, where $\epsilon$ is the Levi-Civita symbol and $a$, $b$, $c$ ...
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Using the epsilon tensor in Mathematica

I'm having a great deal of trouble getting started on a weekly homework assignment in Mathematica. The assignment requires we use the epsilon tensor which is apparently built into Mathematica as ...
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Contracting with Levi-Civita (totally antisymmetric) tensor

I have an array $v_{ijk}$ which is effectively a rank-$3$ tensor with dimensions $3\times3\times3$, and I need to contract it with $e^{ijk}$, i.e. evaluate $v_{ijk} e^{ijk}$ (see Einstein ...
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Nested `TensorContract` bug

When nesting TensorContract the result I get is wrong. Input: TensorContract[TensorContract[A, {{1, 3}, {2, 4}}], {{1, 2}}] ...
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SymmetrizedArray of stiffness/compliance tensor

The stiffness and compliance tensors of a material are 3x3x3x3 tensors relating stress and strain. ...
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How to solve system of differential equations of arbitrary order (symbolic tensors)?

I am interested in solving systems of ODEs symbolicly, keeping things with arbitrary dimensions for clarity. For example, assume that $x, f(x) \in R^N$ and $A \in R^{N \times N}$, how do I solve ...