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A Matlab object that acts just like a matrix but represents a linear operator as a function.


Updated 02 Mar 2007

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Many of the iterative methods in Matlab are designed to work with either a function handle to provide A*x, or a matrix A directly. Developing code for each paradigm is a pain. The matrixop class yields the flexibility of Matlab syntax using function handles or anonymous functions.

n = 100;
A = spdiags([e -2*e e], -1:1, n, n);
Afun = @(x) [-2*x(1) + x(2); x(1:n-2) - 2*x(2:n-1) + x(3:n); x(n-1)-2*x(n)];
op = matrixop(A);
x = linspace(-1,1,n)';
b = op*x; % calls Afun(x)
xminres = minres(op,b,[],200); % runs minres on op where op*x = Afun(x)
xgmres = gmres(op,b,[], [],200);

The advantage of the matrixop class is that you can write a single code that works for either a Matlab matrix or a function handle/linear operator representation. This simplifies the code and eliminates syntactic juggling that can cause bugs.

The zip file includes numerous examples of how to use the matrixop class along with a sample showing the performance implications. See the demo directory.

Comments and Ratings (5)


Adnan Abdulally

this would be great if i could actually implement it in matlab

vivekanand b

how to implement it

Haomin Zhang


John D'Errico

A creative, interesting idea. Good examples. Good help.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R14
Compatible with any release
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