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Re: matrices & polynomials in mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg27271] Re: matrices & polynomials in mathematica
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 03:30:43 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <96iqj6$>
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two rules ???

f[x_?NumericQ] := 1 + x + x^2
f[x_?MatrixQ] /; Equal @@ Dimensions[x] := 
  Module[{n = First[Union[Dimensions[x]]]},
     IdentityMatrix[n] + x + Dot[x, x]

scan the coefficients of the polynomial for numbers and replace
the numbers by c_?NumericQ :> c*IndentityMatrix[c] and replacing times
by Dot[] may help. But essential the extension of of polynomial to
a matrix is very different from a scalar polynomial.


"" wrote:
> Hi,
> I have the following problem.
> I have written a mathematica-module that automatically produces a certain
> polynomial as a result. But I want another module to use this first module
> and fill in a matrix in this polynomial.
> for example: f[x]=1+x+x^2
> But when I compute f[A] where A is a matrix, mathematica interprets 1 as a
> matrix filled with ones in stead of the identity-matrix. And A^2 is
> pointswise multiplication in stead of matrix-multiplication.
> Is there an option to let Mathematica know that the polynomial works on
> matrices?
> Chris
> PS. I am aware of the possibility to multiply matrices using . (dot) but the
> problem is that the polynomial is the result of some computations and I need
> to have mathematica interpret this polynomial on matrices automatically.

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