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From "Luc Maisonobe (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (MATH-231) User-extendable Abstract RealMatrix implementation
Date Sun, 07 Dec 2008 16:59:44 GMT


Luc Maisonobe resolved MATH-231.

    Resolution: Fixed

fixed in trunk as of r724141

> User-extendable Abstract RealMatrix implementation
> --------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MATH-231
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 2.0
>         Environment: Any
>            Reporter: Sujit Pal
>            Assignee: Luc Maisonobe
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 2.0
> Many algorithms are described using Matrices. In some situations, the Matrices for applications
are too large to fit into memory, so it makes sense to use custom implementations that are
backed by a sparse map or list, or backed by Lucene indexes or database tables, etc. This
allows the algorithm implementations (in the application) to be clean and mimic the algorithm
itself, making it easy to understand and debug. 
> However, the only way to make a custom implementation currently is to implement RealMatrix,
and to implement all its methods, or to extend and override methods in RealMatrixImpl. The
former involves a knowledge of matrix operations, which is not guaranteed for people who are
business programmers (which may be the reason they are using commons-math in the first place).
The latter involves looking at the existing code and making the overrides where needed, again
something that is not expected from a commons-math user. A simpler way would be to have something
generic mostly built, except the getEntry() and setEntry() methods which would be declared
abstract and hence meant to be overriden, and all the other methods to be pre-built based
on getEntry() and setEntry().
> This would make the creation of custom matrices very flexible, and would also remove
the burden of providing "common matrix impls" from the commons-math project, since clients
can very simply create custom versions of their own.
> I suggest the following:
> <<>> <-- RealMatrixImpl
>                                         <-- (AbstractRealMatrixImpl)
> The SparseRealMatrixImpl I contributed in MATH-230 could be a user-defined custom subclass
of AbstractRealMatrixImpl and not have to belong to the commons-math project at all. Or it
could be included as an example if there is enough need.

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