The Matrices and Linear Algebra library provides three large sublibraries containing blocks for linear algebra; Linear System Solvers, Matrix Factorizations, and Matrix Inverses. A fourth library, Matrix Operations, provides other essential blocks for working with matrices.

The Linear System Solvers library provides the following blocks for solving the
system of linear equations A*X* = B:

Some of the blocks offer particular strengths for certain classes of problems. For example, the Cholesky Solver block is adapted for a square Hermitian positive definite matrix A, whereas the Backward Substitution block is suited for an upper triangular matrix A.

In the following ex_lusolver_tut model, the LU Solver block solves the equation
A*x* = b, where

$$A=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}1& -2& 3\\ 4& 0& 6\\ 2& -1& 3\end{array}\right]\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b=\left[\begin{array}{c}1\\ -2\\ -1\end{array}\right]$$

and finds *x* to be the vector
`[-2 0 1]'`

.

You can verify the solution by using the Matrix Multiply block to perform the
multiplication A*x*, as shown in the following ex_matrixmultiply_tut1
model.

The Matrix Factorizations library provides the following blocks for factoring various kinds of matrices:

Some of the blocks offer particular strengths for certain classes of problems. For example, the Cholesky Factorization block is suited to factoring a Hermitian positive definite matrix into triangular components, whereas the QR Factorization is suited to factoring a rectangular matrix into unitary and upper triangular components.

In the following ex_lufactorization_tut model, the LU Factorization block factors a
matrix A_{p} into upper and lower triangular submatrices U
and L, where A_{p} is row equivalent to input matrix A,
where

The lower output of the LU Factorization, `P`

, is the
permutation index vector, which indicates that the factored matrix
*A _{p}* is generated from A by
interchanging the first and second rows.

$${A}_{p}=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}4& 0& 6\\ 1& -2& 3\\ 2& -1& 3\end{array}\right]$$

The upper output of the LU Factorization, `LU`

, is a
composite matrix containing the two submatrix factors, U and L, whose
product LU is equal to A_{p}.

$$U=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}4& 0& 6\\ 0& -2& 1.5\\ 0& 0& -0.75\end{array}\right]\text{}\text{}\text{}\text{}\text{}\text{}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}L=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}1& 0& 0\\ 0.25& 1& 0\\ 0.5& 0.5& 1\end{array}\right]$$

You can check that LU = *A _{p}*
with the Matrix Multiply block, as shown in the following ex_matrixmultiply_tut2
model.

The Matrix Inverses library provides the following blocks for inverting various kinds of matrices:

In the following ex_luinverse_tut model, the LU Inverse block computes the inverse of input matrix A, where

$$A=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}1& -2& 3\\ 4& 0& 6\\ 2& -1& 3\end{array}\right]$$

and then forms the product *A ^{-1}*A,
which yields the identity matrix of order 3, as expected.

As shown above, the computed inverse is

$${A}^{-1}=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}-1& -0.5& 2\\ 0& 0.5& -1\\ 0.6667& 0.5& -1.333\end{array}\right]$$