scipy.sparse.linalg.expm_multiply(A, B, start=None, stop=None, num=None, endpoint=None)[source]

Compute the action of the matrix exponential of A on B.

A : transposable linear operator

The operator whose exponential is of interest.

B : ndarray

The matrix or vector to be multiplied by the matrix exponential of A.

start : scalar, optional

The starting time point of the sequence.

stop : scalar, optional

The end time point of the sequence, unless endpoint is set to False. In that case, the sequence consists of all but the last of num + 1 evenly spaced time points, so that stop is excluded. Note that the step size changes when endpoint is False.

num : int, optional

Number of time points to use.

endpoint : bool, optional

If True, stop is the last time point. Otherwise, it is not included.

expm_A_B : ndarray

The result of the action \(e^{t_k A} B\).


The optional arguments defining the sequence of evenly spaced time points are compatible with the arguments of numpy.linspace.

The output ndarray shape is somewhat complicated so I explain it here. The ndim of the output could be either 1, 2, or 3. It would be 1 if you are computing the expm action on a single vector at a single time point. It would be 2 if you are computing the expm action on a vector at multiple time points, or if you are computing the expm action on a matrix at a single time point. It would be 3 if you want the action on a matrix with multiple columns at multiple time points. If multiple time points are requested, expm_A_B[0] will always be the action of the expm at the first time point, regardless of whether the action is on a vector or a matrix.


[1]Awad H. Al-Mohy and Nicholas J. Higham (2011) “Computing the Action of the Matrix Exponential, with an Application to Exponential Integrators.” SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 33 (2). pp. 488-511. ISSN 1064-8275
[2]Nicholas J. Higham and Awad H. Al-Mohy (2010) “Computing Matrix Functions.” Acta Numerica, 19. 159-208. ISSN 0962-4929


>>> from scipy.sparse import csc_matrix
>>> from scipy.sparse.linalg import expm, expm_multiply
>>> A = csc_matrix([[1, 0], [0, 1]])
>>> A.todense()
matrix([[1, 0],
        [0, 1]], dtype=int64)
>>> B = np.array([np.exp(-1.), np.exp(-2.)])
>>> B
array([ 0.36787944,  0.13533528])
>>> expm_multiply(A, B, start=1, stop=2, num=3, endpoint=True)
array([[ 1.        ,  0.36787944],
       [ 1.64872127,  0.60653066],
       [ 2.71828183,  1.        ]])
>>> expm(A).dot(B)                  # Verify 1st timestep
array([ 1.        ,  0.36787944])
>>> expm(1.5*A).dot(B)              # Verify 2nd timestep
array([ 1.64872127,  0.60653066])
>>> expm(2*A).dot(B)                # Verify 3rd timestep
array([ 2.71828183,  1.        ])