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Re: matrices & polynomials in mathematica


PolyMatrixReplace[poly_, var_, matr_] :=
  With[{Id = IdentityMatrix[Length[matr]]},
    Fold[#1.matr + #2 Id &, 0 matr, #] &[Reverse[CoefficientList[poly, var]]
      ]
    ]

Example:

poly= 3 +x +x^3;
mat = {{1,2},{2,5}};

PolyMatrixReplace[poly, x, mat]

{{33,72},{72,177}}

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"news.tue.nl" <student at tue.nl> wrote in message
news:96iqj6$d90 at smc.vnet.net...
> 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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