# spdiags

Extract nonzero diagonals and create sparse band and diagonal matrices

## Syntax

## Description

## Examples

### Create Tridiagonal Matrix

Create a tridiagonal matrix, change some of the matrix diagonals, and then extract the diagonals.

Create a 9-by-9 tridiagonal matrix by using a 1-by-3 vector of diagonal elements. View the matrix elements.

n = 9; A = spdiags([1 -2 1],-1:1,n,n); full(A)

`ans = `*9×9*
-2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 -2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 1 -2 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 1 -2 1 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 1 -2 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 1 -2 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 -2 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2

Change the values on the main (`d = 0`

) diagonal of `A`

.

Bin = abs(-(n-1)/2:(n-1)/2)'; d = 0; A = spdiags(Bin,d,A); full(A)

`ans = `*9×9*
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4

Finally, recover the diagonals of `A`

as the columns in a matrix.

Bout = spdiags(A)

`Bout = `*9×3*
1 4 0
1 3 1
1 2 1
1 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 1
1 2 1
1 3 1
0 4 1

### Extract Nonzero Diagonals from Matrix

Extract the nonzero diagonals of a matrix and examine the output format of `spdiags`

.

Create a matrix containing a mix of nonzero and zero diagonals.

A = [0 5 0 10 0 0 0 0 6 0 11 0 3 0 0 7 0 12 1 4 0 0 8 0 0 2 5 0 0 9];

Extract the nonzero diagonals from the matrix. Specify two outputs to return the diagonal numbers.

[Bout,d] = spdiags(A)

`Bout = `*5×4*
0 0 5 10
0 0 6 11
0 3 7 12
1 4 8 0
2 5 9 0

`d = `*4×1*
-3
-2
1
3

The columns of the first output `Bout`

contain the nonzero diagonals of `A`

. The second output `d`

lists the indices of the nonzero diagonals of `A`

. The longest nonzero diagonal in `A`

is in column 3 of `Bout`

. To give all columns of `Bout`

the same length, the other nonzero diagonals of `A`

have extra zeros added to their corresponding columns in `Bout`

. For `m`

-by-`n`

matrices with `m < n`

, the rules are:

For nonzero diagonals

*below*the main diagonal of`A`

, extra zeros are added at the*tops*of columns (as in the first two columns of`Bout`

).For nonzero diagonals

*above*the main diagonal of`A`

, extra zeros are added at the*bottoms*of columns (as in the last column of`Bout`

).

`spdiags`

pads `Bout`

with zeros in this manner even if the longest diagonal is not returned in `Bout`

.

### Extract Specific Diagonals from Matrix

Create a 5-by-5 random matrix.

A = randi(10,5,5)

`A = `*5×5*
9 1 2 2 7
10 3 10 5 1
2 6 10 10 9
10 10 5 8 10
7 10 9 10 7

Extract the main diagonal, and the first diagonals above and below it.

d = [-1 0 1]; Bout = spdiags(A,d)

`Bout = `*5×3*
10 9 0
6 3 1
5 10 10
10 8 10
0 7 10

Try to extract the fifth super-diagonal (`d = 5`

). Because `A`

has only four super-diagonals, `spdiags`

returns the diagonal as all zeros of the same length as the main (`d = 0`

) diagonal.

B5 = spdiags(A,5)

`B5 = `*5×1*
0
0
0
0
0

### Columns and Diagonals of Different Sizes

Examine how `spdiags`

creates diagonals when the columns of the input matrix are longer than the diagonals they are replacing.

Create a 6-by-7 matrix of the numbers 1 through 6.

Bin = repmat((1:6)',[1 7])

`Bin = `*6×7*
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Use `spdiags`

to create a square 6-by-6 matrix with several of the columns of `Bin`

as diagonals. Because some of the diagonals only have one or two elements, there is a mismatch in sizes between the columns in `Bin`

and diagonals in `A`

.

d = [-4 -2 -1 0 3 4 5]; A = spdiags(Bin,d,6,6); full(A)

`ans = `*6×6*
1 0 0 4 5 6
1 2 0 0 5 6
1 2 3 0 0 6
0 2 3 4 0 0
1 0 3 4 5 0
0 2 0 4 5 6

Each of the columns in `Bin`

has six elements, but only the main diagonal in `A`

has six elements. Therefore, all the other diagonals in `A`

truncate the elements in the columns of `Bin`

so that they fit on the selected diagonals:

The way `spdiags`

truncates the diagonals depends on the size of `m`

-by-`n`

matrix `A`

. When $\mathit{m}\ge \mathit{n}$, the behavior is as pictured above:

Diagonals

*below*the main diagonal take elements from the*tops*of the columns first.Diagonals

*above*the main diagonal take elements from the*bottoms*of columns first.

This behavior reverses when $\mathit{m}<\mathit{n}$:

A = spdiags(Bin,d,5,6); full(A)

`ans = `*5×6*
1 0 0 1 1 1
2 2 0 0 2 2
3 3 3 0 0 3
0 4 4 4 0 0
5 0 5 5 5 0

Diagonals

*above*the main diagonal take elements from the*tops*of the columns first.Diagonals

*below*the main diagonal take elements from the*bottoms*of columns first.

## Input Arguments

`A`

— Input matrix

matrix

Input matrix. This matrix is typically (but not necessarily) sparse.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `logical`

**Complex Number Support: **Yes

`d`

— Diagonal numbers

scalar | vector

Diagonal numbers, specified as a scalar or vector of positive integers. The diagonal
numbers follow the same conventions as `diag`

:

`d < 0`

is below the main diagonal, and satisfies`d >= -(m-1)`

.`d = 0`

is the main diagonal.`d > 0`

is above the main diagonal, and satisfies`d <= (n-1)`

.

An `m`

-by-`n`

matrix `A`

has
`(m + n - 1)`

diagonals. These diagonals are specified in the vector
`d`

using indices from `-(m-1)`

to
`(n-1)`

. For example, if `A`

is 5-by-6, it has 10
diagonals, which are specified in the vector `d`

using the indices –4,
–3, …, 4, 5. The following diagram illustrates this diagonal numbering.

If you specify a diagonal that lies outside of `A`

(such as
`d = 7`

in the example above), then `spdiags`

returns that diagonal as all zeros.

**Example: **`spdiags(A,[3 5])`

extracts the third and fifth diagonals
from `A`

.

`Bin`

— Diagonal elements

scalar | vector | matrix

Diagonal elements, specified as a scalar, vector, or matrix. This argument is
typically (but not necessarily) full. `spdiags`

uses the columns of
`Bin`

to replace specified diagonals in `A`

. If
the requested size of the output is `m`

-by-`n`

and
`Bin`

is a column vector or matrix, then `Bin`

must have at least `min(m,n)`

rows.

With the syntax `S = spdiags(Bin,d,m,n)`

, if a column of
`Bin`

has more elements than the diagonal it is replacing, and
`m >= n`

, then `spdiags`

takes elements of
super-diagonals from the *lower* part of the column of
`Bin`

, and elements of sub-diagonals from the
*upper* part of the column of `Bin`

. However, if
`m < n`

, then super-diagonals are from the
*upper* part of the column of `Bin`

, and
sub-diagonals are from the *lower* part. For an example of this
behavior, see Columns and Diagonals of Different Sizes.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `logical`

**Complex Number Support: **Yes

`m`

, `n`

— Dimension sizes

nonnegative scalar integers

Dimension sizes, specified as nonnegative scalar integers.
`spdiags`

uses these inputs to determine how large a matrix to
create.

**Example: **`spdiags(Bin,d,300,400)`

creates a 300-by-400 matrix with
the columns of `B`

placed along the specified diagonals
`d`

.

## Output Arguments

`Bout`

— Diagonal elements

matrix

Diagonal elements, returned as a full matrix. The columns of `Bout`

contain diagonals extracted from `A`

. Any elements of
`Bout`

corresponding to positions outside of `A`

are
set to zero.

`id`

— Diagonal numbers

column vector

Diagonal numbers, returned as a column vector. See `d`

for a
description of the diagonal numbering.

`S`

— Output matrix

matrix

Output matrix. `S`

takes one of two forms:

With

`S = spdiags(Bin,d,A)`

, the specified diagonals in`A`

are replaced with the columns in`Bin`

to create`S`

.With

`S = spdiags(Bin,d,m,n)`

, the`m`

-by-`n`

sparse matrix`S`

is formed by taking the columns of`Bin`

and placing them along the diagonals specified by`d`

.

## Extended Capabilities

### C/C++ Code Generation

Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

### Thread-Based Environment

Run code in the background using MATLAB® `backgroundPool`

or accelerate code with Parallel Computing Toolbox™ `ThreadPool`

.

This function fully supports thread-based environments. For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions in Thread-Based Environment.

### GPU Arrays

Accelerate code by running on a graphics processing unit (GPU) using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

Usage notes and limitations:

The first input cannot be sparse.

For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions on a GPU (Parallel Computing Toolbox).

### Distributed Arrays

Partition large arrays across the combined memory of your cluster using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

This function fully supports distributed arrays. For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions with Distributed Arrays (Parallel Computing Toolbox).

## Version History

**Introduced before R2006a**

### R2024a: Specify diagonal elements as a scalar, vector, or matrix

`spdiags`

supports implicit expansion of the input argument
`Bin`

. You can specify the diagonal elements as a scalar, vector, or
matrix, and the function expands the values if you specify a scalar or vector.

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