# Questions tagged [sparse-arrays]

Questions on the construction and manipulation of sparse arrays in Mathematica, with functions like SparseArray[] and Band[].

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### What are SparseArray Properties? How and when should they be used?

A strange undocumented form of SparseArray is increasingly used in answers on this site: ...
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### How to interpret the FullForm of a SparseArray?

SparseArrays are atomic objects, but they do have a FullForm which reveals information about them. What is the meaning of the ...
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The goal is to assemble a SparseArray in an additive fashion. Let us assume we have a large List of indices (some will be ...
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### Find the eigenvector associated with the smallest eigenvalue, not smallest in magnitude

I am trying to find the eigenvector of a $20000 \times 20000$ sparse matrix associated with the smallest eigenvalue. I realized that the smallest eigenvalue might be negative; for example, if the ...
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### Efficient way to combine SparseArray objects?

I have several SparseArray objects, say sa11, sa12, sa21, sa22, which I would like to combine into the equivalent of {{sa11, sa12}, {sa21, sa22}}. As an example, I ...
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### Efficient by-element updates to SparseArrays

I have a very large SparseArray called A. What is the most efficient way to update say element ...
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### Speeding up construction of simple tridiagonal matrix

I have the following code to construct a tridiagonal matrix: ...
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### How to relate memory usage with occupied positions of SparseArrays?

What is the relation of memory usage of a SparseArray and the number of its occupied positions? Let's say you build a $100000000 \times 10$ ...
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### Speeding up generation of block diagonal matrix

I'm struggling with the following problem. I have $48$ square matrices (full, filled with real machine precision numbers, thus are packed, all different) of size $128$. I wolud like to place them on a ...
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### Using ReplaceAll on SparseArray

I'm using SparseArray in a notebook in which I am doing complex conjugation manually, i.e. writing $\sqrt{-1}$ as i and applying ...
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### Why won't SparseArray let me store values with the head List?

When you attempt to define a SparseArray with elements that have the head List it complains: ...
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### Import Excel sheet into 3D array?

I have an excel spreadsheet that I would like to plot in a 3D graph using mathematica. The X and Y values are the location of the cell, and the Z value is the number of the scale. How can I import ...
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### A geometric multigrid solver for Mathematica?

Cross posted to community.wolfram.com Mathematica ships a variety of linear solvers through the interface LinearSolve[A, b, Method -> method] the most ...
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### Fast way to reassemble SparseArrays

I often have to deal with nonlinear shape optimization problems involving curves or surfaces surfaces. A classical example is Plateau's problem. No matter if I use gradient-based techniques (such as ...
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### SparseArray row operations

Given a large (very) sparse matrix, A, how can I efficiently "operate" on only the nonzeros in a given row? For example: For each row in A, generate a list of column indices that have a magnitude (...
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### directly change the background value of a SparseArray?

given a SparseArray s = SparseArray[{1, 10} -> 1, {1, 10}, a] I can extract the background value (see What are SparseArray ...
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### Adding three integer sparse matrices is very slow. Adding only two is fast

Bug introduced in 9.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.0 Adding more than two sparse matrices in one step in Mathematica 9 is very slow (in fact I couldn't even wait for it to finish). Here's an example. Let's ...
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### Using the Krylov method for Solve: Speeding up a SparseArray calculation

I'm trying to implement this Total Variation Regularized Numerical Differentiation (TVDiff) code in Mathematica (which I found through this SO answer): essentially, I want to differentiate noisy data. ...
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### Bug with SparseArray selector in Pick

Bug introduced in version 8 or earlier and fixed in 10.0 I have created a notebook with two cells. This is the content of the first: ...
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### Building sparse array from packed arrays

Suppose I have two large packed arrays a and b, that respectively contain the position of the elements of a square matrix (i.e. <...
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### Most efficient way to build block / banded SparseArray

I have a matrix that I generate with a procedure that looks like this: ...
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### SparseArray output triggers “unsafe dynamic content” warning

The first basic example in the documentation of SparseArray: ...
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### LinearSolve and Krylov Method options

I need to solve a large, sparse, linear system. At some point Method -> "Multifrontal" fails and a bit later also "Pardiso" ...
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### Wrong eigenvalues from a sparse matrix

Bug introduced after 5.0, in or before 8.0 and persisting through 12.0. I notice in the following example that wrong smallest 2 eigenvalues are resulted if calculating from a sparse matrix. But it ...
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### How to prevent a SparseArray entry from being specified when it coincides with the default value?

Mathematica doesn't notice when an entry coincides with the default value: (IdentityMatrix[2, SparseArray] - IdentityMatrix[2, SparseArray])["NonzeroPositions"] ...
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### How to get the determinant and inverse of a large sparse symmetric matrix?

For example, the following is a $12\times 12$ symmetric matrix. Det and Inverse take too much time and don't even work on my ...
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### Create a matrix of matrices using Band and ArrayFlatten [duplicate]

I can easily write a simple Band matrix using: SparseArray[{Band[{2, 1}] -> a}, {Dim, Dim}] where a is a number. Now, I ...
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### How to find position of non-zero elements in SparseArray without converting to a dense object

Overview So I have a SparseArray, sparse, constructed from a list of rules, with the dimension options. Given a row, I want to know where the values are non-zero. ...
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### Determining the price of an option using Black-Scholes

Code for randomly generated interest rates: ...
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### How to use SparseArray in CUDA?

Sparse arrays are widely used in many scientific applications where memory and time are strictly limited. For a considerable speedup one can use CUDA. Since Mathematica 8 we can conveniently use CUDA ...
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### Temporal database reconstruction in mathematica

<EDIT> after some internet research I found the database domain that deals with this kind of thing: Temporal Databases. I think my question therefore becomes how to reconstruct a temporal ...
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### What are pattern sparse arrays and how do I use them?

I found a few references to something called a "pattern sparse array" that does not contain any values, only positions. What is this data structure? How and when do I use it? From the documentation ...
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### How to export an output matrix obtained in mathematica to a matrix in python with the correct format?

I have a large sparse matrix as the output and I want to save the output and open it as a matrix in python. The output is a 6000 x 6000 matrix and I don't know how to make changes to the file such ...
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### Solving “Resistance between two nodes on a grid” problem in Mathematica

In the context of resistor networks and finding the (equivalent) resistance between two arbitrary nodes, I am trying to learn how to write a generic approach in Mathematica, generic as in an approach ...
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### How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
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### Calculating the rank of a huge sparse array

By virtue of the suggestion in my previous question, I constructed the sparse matrix whose size is $518400 \times 86400$, mostly filled with $0$ and $\pm 1$. Now I want to calculate its rank. Since <...
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### Efficiently fill sparse matrix involving BSpline

Context In order to implement regularised fitting in 2 or 3 dimensions (as is done say here) using BSplineBasis one needs to evaluate a basis over a set of data. ...
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### What are valid settings for the TreatRepeatedEntries sparse array option?

There is a system option that controls how to build sparse arrays when a position is assigned more than one value. The default setting is First, meaning that all ...
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### Exporting a Large Multidimensional Sparse Array

I'm trying to export a sparse array from Mathematica to share with collaborators who primarily use Matlab. The sparse array in question is 4 dimensional, (72 x 93 x 94 x 172) with ~4M non-zero ...
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### How to create a large sparse block matrix

I need to generate a very large sparse block matrix, with blocks consisting only of ones along the diagonal. I have tried several ways of doing this, but I seem to always run out of memory. The ...
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### Opposite function to Normal

Is there any function opposite to Normal? For example, let as say that I have an SparseMatrix A, then, let as say that for convenience for a certain operation like Packing, I convert it into an Array ...
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### LibraryLink: Create SparseArray directly from row pointers and column indices

In Mathematica, sparse arrays use a CSR representation. Suppose I already have data in this format. Is there a way to create an MSparseArray from it directly with ...
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### Fastest way to update rows of an array of SparseArrays

I have an array of sparse arrays (check update 3 below for a concrete example that has the same qualitative features as what I use in my real code) , say ...
Fractional Calculus Course, we are instructed to create an $n \times n$ Tri-Diagonal matrix in the form of: \begin{array} a A &= \begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 & 0 & 0 & ... &...