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From "Mikkel Meyer Andersen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MATH-435) Efficient matrix power
Date Mon, 08 Nov 2010 22:26:25 GMT
Efficient matrix power

                 Key: MATH-435
             Project: Commons Math
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Mikkel Meyer Andersen
            Assignee: Mikkel Meyer Andersen

For symmetric matrices A it is easy to find A^n also for large n by making an eigenvalue/-vector

In general, if the structure of the matrix is not know and the n'th power is needed, A*A*...*A
is way too inefficient. By using a binary representation and powers of 2, powers can be found
far faster similar to finding 5^14 as 5^14 = 5^8 * 5^4 = ((5^2)^2)^2 * (5^2)^2 = x3 * x2 where
x1 = 5^2, x2 = x1^2, and x3 = x2^2, thus saving a lot of computations.

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