Re: Alternative to defining 'operator' function?

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• Subject: [mg47587] Re: Alternative to defining 'operator' function?
• From: "Peter Pein" <petsie at arcor.de>
• Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 05:21:58 -0400 (EDT)
• References: <c5leel\$bit\$1@smc.vnet.net>
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

"Owen, HL (Hywel)" <H.L.Owen at dl.ac.uk> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:c5leel\$bit\$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Hi folks,
>
> I often have programming problem where I'd like to calculate a set of dot
> products, e.g. applying a list of square matrices {R1,R2,R3...} to a
vector
> v to obtain:
>
> {R1.v,R2.R1.v,R3.R2.R1.v,...}
>
> or other functions like that.
>
> The method I've been using is to define an 'operator' function, e.g.
>
> DotOperator[M_] := Dot[M, #] &
>
> Then we have:
>
> In: DotOperator[R][v]
> Out: R.v
>
> as wanted, so that we can define a ComposeList as
>
> In: Rest[ComposeList[DotOperator[#] & /@ {R1, R2, R3}, v]]
> Out: {R1.v, R2.R1.v, R3.R2.R1.v}
>
> to obtain the result we want.
>
> Is there a simpler way than this that doesn't involve defining functions
> like DotOperator?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Hywel
>

Hi Hywel,

your method gives the same result as

Rest[FoldList[#2.#1&,v,{R1,R2,R3...}]]

but you should consider the deinition of

ComposeDot[mlist_, v_] :=
Nest[ReleaseHold, Rest[FoldList[Hold[#2.#1] &, v, mlist]],
Length[mlist]];

In[2]:=
ComposeDot[{M1, M2, M3}, v]
Out[2]=
{M1.v, M2.M1.v, M3.M2.M1.v}

this is orders of magnitudes faster and uses memory more economical (see the
attached notebook for details).

Peter

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