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Determine if matrix is lower triangular



tf = istril(A) returns logical 1 (true) if A is a lower triangular matrix. Otherwise, it returns logical 0 (false).


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Create a 5-by-5 matrix.

A = tril(magic(5))
A = 5×5

    17     0     0     0     0
    23     5     0     0     0
     4     6    13     0     0
    10    12    19    21     0
    11    18    25     2     9

Test if the matrix is lower triangular.

ans = logical

The matrix is lower triangular because all elements above the main diagonal are zero.

Create a 5-by-5 matrix of zeros. Test if the matrix is lower triangular.

Z = zeros(5);
ans = logical

The result is logical 1 (true) because a lower triangular matrix can have any number of zeros on the main diagonal.

Input Arguments

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Input array. istril returns logical 0 (false) if A has more than two dimensions.

Data Types: single | double | logical
Complex Number Support: Yes

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Lower Triangular Matrix

A matrix is lower triangular if all elements above the main diagonal are zero. Any number of the elements on the main diagonal can also be zero.

For example, this matrix is lower triangular.


A diagonal matrix is both upper and lower triangular.


  • Use the tril function to produce lower triangular matrices for which istril returns logical 1 (true).

  • The functions isdiag, istriu, and istril are special cases of the function isbanded, which can perform all of the same tests with suitably defined upper and lower bandwidths. For example, istril(A) == isbanded(A,size(A,1),0).

Extended Capabilities

Version History

Introduced in R2014a