bdiag: Construct a Block Diagonal Matrix

View source: R/diagMatrix.R

bdiagR Documentation

Construct a Block Diagonal Matrix


Build a block diagonal matrix given several building block matrices.





individual matrices or a list of matrices.


non-empty list of matrices.


For non-trivial argument list, bdiag() calls .bdiag(). The latter maybe useful to programmers.


A sparse matrix obtained by combining the arguments into a block diagonal matrix.

The value of bdiag() inherits from class CsparseMatrix, whereas .bdiag() returns a TsparseMatrix.


This function has been written and is efficient for the case of relatively few block matrices which are typically sparse themselves.

It is currently inefficient for the case of many small dense block matrices. For the case of many dense k * k matrices, the bdiag_m() function in the ‘Examples’ is an order of magnitude faster.


Martin Maechler, built on a version posted by Berton Gunter to R-help; earlier versions have been posted by other authors, notably Scott Chasalow to S-news. Doug Bates's faster implementation builds on TsparseMatrix objects.

See Also

Diagonal for constructing matrices of class diagonalMatrix, or kronecker which also works for "Matrix" inheriting matrices.

bandSparse constructs a banded sparse matrix from its non-zero sub-/super - diagonals.

Note that other CRAN R packages have own versions of bdiag() which return traditional matrices.


bdiag(matrix(1:4, 2), diag(3))
## combine "Matrix" class and traditional matrices:
bdiag(Diagonal(2), matrix(1:3, 3,4), diag(3:2))

mlist <- list(1, 2:3, diag(x=5:3), 27, cbind(1,3:6), 100:101)
                    bdiag(lapply(mlist, as.matrix))))

ml <- c(as(matrix((1:24)%% 11 == 0, 6,4),"nMatrix"),
        rep(list(Diagonal(2, x=TRUE)), 3))
mln <- c(ml, Diagonal(x = 1:3))
stopifnot(is(bdiag(ml), "lsparseMatrix"),
          is(bdiag(mln),"dsparseMatrix") )

## random (diagonal-)block-triangular matrices:
rblockTri <- function(nb,, lambda = 3) {
   .bdiag(replicate(nb, {
         n <-, 1)
         tril(Matrix(rpois(n*n, lambda=lambda), n,n)) }))

(T4 <- rblockTri(4, 10, lambda = 1))
image(T1 <- rblockTri(12, 20))

##' Fast version of Matrix :: .bdiag() -- for the case of *many*  (k x k) matrices:
##' @param lmat list(<mat1>, <mat2>, ....., <mat_N>)  where each mat_j is a  k x k 'matrix'
##' @return a sparse (N*k x N*k) matrix of class  \code{"\linkS4class{dgCMatrix}"}.
bdiag_m <- function(lmat) {
    ## Copyright (C) 2016 Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich
    if(!length(lmat)) return(new("dgCMatrix"))
    stopifnot(is.list(lmat), is.matrix(lmat[[1]]),
              (k <- (d <- dim(lmat[[1]]))[1]) == d[2], # k x k
              all(vapply(lmat, dim, integer(2)) == k)) # all of them
    N <- length(lmat)
    if(N * k > .Machine$integer.max)
        stop("resulting matrix too large; would be  M x M, with M=", N*k)
    M <- as.integer(N * k)
    ## result: an   M x M  matrix
    new("dgCMatrix", Dim = c(M,M),
        ## 'i :' maybe there's a faster way (w/o matrix indexing), but elegant?
        i = as.vector(matrix(0L:(M-1L), nrow=k)[, rep(seq_len(N), each=k)]),
        p = k * 0L:M,
        x = as.double(unlist(lmat, recursive=FALSE, use.names=FALSE)))

l12 <- replicate(12, matrix(rpois(16, lambda = 6.4), 4,4), simplify=FALSE)
dim(T12 <- bdiag_m(l12))# 48 x 48
T12[1:20, 1:20]

Matrix documentation built on Sept. 13, 2022, 9:05 a.m.