sylvester

Solve Sylvester equation AX + XB = C for X

Syntax

Description

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X = sylvester(A,B,C) returns the solution, X, to the Sylvester equation.

Input A is an m-by-m matrix, input B is an n-by-n matrix, and both C and X are m-by-n matrices.

Examples

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Solve Sylvester Equation with 3-by-3 Output

Create the coefficient matrices A and B.

A = [1 -1 1; 1 1 -1; 1 1 1];
B = magic(3);

Define C as the 3-by-3 identity matrix.

C = eye(3);

Use the sylvester function to solve the Sylvester equation for these values of A, B, and C.

X = sylvester(A,B,C)
X =

    0.1223   -0.0725    0.0131
   -0.0806   -0.0161    0.1587
   -0.0164    0.1784   -0.1072

The result is a 3-by-3 matrix.

Solve Sylvester Equation with 4-by-2 Output

Create a 4-by-4 coefficient matrix, A, and 2-by-2 coefficient matrix, B.

A = [1 0 2 3; 4 1 0 2; 0 5 5 6; 1 7 9 0];
B = [0 -1; 1 0];

Define C as a 4-by-2 matrix to match the corresponding sizes of A and B.

C = [1 0; 2 0; 0 3; 1 1]
C =

     1     0
     2     0
     0     3
     1     1

Use the sylvester function to solve the Sylvester equation for these values of A, B, and C.

X = sylvester(A,B,C)
X =

    0.4732   -0.3664
   -0.4006    0.3531
    0.3305   -0.1142
    0.0774    0.3560

The result is a 4-by-2 matrix.

Input Arguments

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A,B,C — Input matricesmatrices

Input matrices, specified as matrices. Input A is an m-by-m square matrix, input B is an n-by-n square matrix, and input C is an m-by-n rectangular matrix. The function returns an error if any input matrix is sparse.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Output Arguments

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X — Solutionmatrix

Solution, returned as a matrix of the same size as C. The function returns an error if the eigenvalues of A and -B are not distinct (in this case, the solution, X, is singular or not unique).

More About

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Sylvester Equation

The Sylvester equation is

AX+XB=C.

The equation has a unique solution when the eigenvalues of A and -B are distinct. In terms of the Kronecker tensor product, , the equation is

[IA+BTI]X(:)=C(:),

where I is the identity matrix, and X(:) and C(:) denote the matrices X and C as single column vectors.

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