I have a list of vectors vecs = {vec1, vec2, ..., vecN} where veci is a list with length $N$.

Now I have a matrix $N\times N$ called mat.

I would like to efficiently get all the numbers veci.mat.veci for $i=1$ to $N$ in a list. How do I do it?

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps, MapThread[Dot,{vecs.mat,vecs}]? (untested). $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2013 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ @LeonidShifrin Is your matrix multiplication engine broken? $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2013 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ @belisarius Let's say it is just busy :). Actually, even just a simplest sample input with expected output would make this question way more attractive, and I guess not just for me. $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2013 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ @LeonidShifrin It works. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – lagoa
    Nov 11, 2013 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ All right, I will then post this as an answer, to not keep this among the unanswered questions. $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2013 at 22:12

3 Answers 3


This is one way:


Here's another way:

Total[vecs.mat * vecs, {2}]

If the vectors happen to come naturally as the columns of vecs,
rather than its rows, then this will get what you want:

Total[vecs * mat.vecs]

One way to calculate is to leave everything in matrix form

v = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {m=5, 10}];
mat = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {10, 10}]; 

Since we're looking for fast ways, this seems faster:

v = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {m=1000, 10}];
mat = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {10, 10}];
v[[#]].mat.v[[#]] & /@ Range[m]

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