# scipy.sparse.linalg.LinearOperator¶

class scipy.sparse.linalg.LinearOperator(shape, matvec, rmatvec=None, matmat=None, dtype=None)[source]

Common interface for performing matrix vector products

Many iterative methods (e.g. cg, gmres) do not need to know the individual entries of a matrix to solve a linear system A*x=b. Such solvers only require the computation of matrix vector products, A*v where v is a dense vector. This class serves as an abstract interface between iterative solvers and matrix-like objects.

Parameters: Other Parameters: shape : tuple Matrix dimensions (M,N) matvec : callable f(v) Returns returns A * v. rmatvec : callable f(v) Returns A^H * v, where A^H is the conjugate transpose of A. matmat : callable f(V) Returns A * V, where V is a dense matrix with dimensions (N,K). dtype : dtype Data type of the matrix.

aslinearoperator
Construct LinearOperators

Notes

The user-defined matvec() function must properly handle the case where v has shape (N,) as well as the (N,1) case. The shape of the return type is handled internally by LinearOperator.

LinearOperator instances can also be multiplied, added with each other and exponentiated, to produce a new linear operator.

Examples

```>>> from scipy.sparse.linalg import LinearOperator
>>> from scipy import *
>>> def mv(v):
...     return array([ 2*v[0], 3*v[1]])
...
>>> A = LinearOperator( (2,2), matvec=mv )
>>> A
<2x2 LinearOperator with unspecified dtype>
>>> A.matvec( ones(2) )
array([ 2.,  3.])
>>> A * ones(2)
array([ 2.,  3.])
```

Attributes

 args (tuple) For linear operators describing products etc. of other linear operators, the operands of the binary operation.

Methods

 __call__(x) dot(other) matmat(X) Matrix-matrix multiplication matvec(x) Matrix-vector multiplication

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