L = logm( is the
principal matrix logarithm of
A, the inverse of
L, is the unique logarithm for which
every eigenvalue has imaginary part lying strictly between –π and π.
A is singular or has any eigenvalues on the
negative real axis, then the principal logarithm is undefined. In
logm computes a nonprincipal logarithm
and returns a warning message.
[L,exitflag] = logm(A) returns a scalar
describes the exit condition of
exitflag = 0, the algorithm
was successfully completed.
exitflag = 1, too many matrix
square roots had to be computed. However, the computed value of
still be accurate.
Calculate the matrix exponential of a matrix,
A = [1 1 0; 0 0 2; 0 0 -1]; Y = expm(A)
Y = 3×3 2.7183 1.7183 1.0862 0 1.0000 1.2642 0 0 0.3679
Calculate the matrix logarithm of
Y to reproduce the original matrix,
P = logm(Y)
P = 3×3 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0 0 2.0000 0 0 -1.0000
log(A) involves taking the logarithm of zero, so it produces inferior results.
Q = log(A)
Q = 3×3 complex 0.0000 + 0.0000i 0.0000 + 0.0000i -Inf + 0.0000i -Inf + 0.0000i -Inf + 0.0000i 0.6931 + 0.0000i -Inf + 0.0000i -Inf + 0.0000i 0.0000 + 3.1416i
A— Input matrix
Input matrix, specified as a square matrix.
Complex Number Support: Yes
A is real symmetric or complex
Hermitian, then so is
Some matrices, like
A = [0 1; 0 0],
do not have any logarithms, real or complex, so
be expected to produce one.
 Al-Mohy, A. H. and Nicholas J. Higham, “Improved inverse scaling and squaring algorithms for the matrix logarithm,” SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 34(4), pp. C153–C169, 2012
 Al-Mohy, A. H., Higham, Nicholas J. and Samuel D. Relton, “Computing the Frechet derivative of the matrix logarithm and estimating the condition number,” SIAM J. Sci. Comput.,, 35(4), pp. C394–C410, 2013