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Deepcopy of a Matrix SageMath

asked 2017-01-01 05:38:54 -0500

kyticka gravatar image

I am creating a deepcopy of a Matrix in SageMath.

import copy
A = Matrix([[1,2],[3,4]]).augment(Matrix.identity(2), subdivide=True)
B = copy.deepcopy(A)
print A
print B

Gives me:

[1 2|1 0]
[3 4|0 1]

[1 2 1 0]
[3 4 0 1]

What is the correct way to deepcopy a matrix with the subdivision? Do I have to use:


SageMath version 7.2, Release Date: 2016-05-15

I did not know about ask.sagemath before. This is a repost of stackoverflow .com /questions/41322359/deepcopy-of-a-matrix-sagemath (my karma is not enough to post links).

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answered 2017-01-01 09:27:53 -0500

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The reason is that a specific __copy__ method was written for matrices, but not a __deepcopy__ one, hence copy.deepcopy falls back to a generic method which does not care about the subdivision. As you can see, the copy works well:

sage: C = copy.copy(A)
sage: C
[1 2|1 0]
[3 4|0 1]

and you can check in its source code that a special care of subdivision is made:

sage: A.__copy__??

If you need this feature, let me suggest to add a __deepcopy__ method in Sage source code.

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I am a bit new to both Sage and Python and __deepcopy__ seemed like the function I should use. But there is no advantage in using __deepcopy__ over __copy__ for me.

kyticka gravatar imagekyticka ( 2017-01-01 11:51:31 -0500 )edit

Link to this answer. provided at stackoverflow.

kyticka gravatar imagekyticka ( 2017-01-01 12:05:56 -0500 )edit

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