# how to get the diagonal of a matrix?

Is there something like ?

sage: A = matrix(QQ,3,3,[3,-1,1,3,6,2,3,3,7])

sage: A.diagonal()

[3,6,7]

how to get the diagonal of a matrix?

Is there something like ?

sage: A = matrix(QQ,3,3,[3,-1,1,3,6,2,3,3,7])

sage: A.diagonal()

[3,6,7]

2

You could also do something like:

```
sage: A=matrix(QQ,3,3,[3,-1,1,3,6,2,3,3,7])
sage: A.numpy().diagonal()
array([3, 6, 7])
```

1

Depending on whether you want to do numerics or exact linear algebra, you can use Numpy/Scipy's matrix object. (Numpy and Scipy are included in Sage.) For example:

```
sage: import numpy as np
sage: A = np.matrix([[3,-1,1],[3,6,2],[3,3,7]])
sage: A.diagonal()
matrix([[3, 6, 7]])
```

The **diagonal()** method also supports rectangular matrices. It does the obvious, which is to continue down the diagonal until a "side" of the matrix is hit. For example, if I add a row to the above matrix I get the following output:

```
sage: B = np.matrix([[3,-1,1],[3,6,2],[3,3,7],[0,0,0]])
sage: B.diagonal()
matrix([[3, 6, 7]])
```

Or if I add a column at the end:

```
sage: C = np.matrix([[3,-1,1,0],[3,6,2,0],[3,3,7,0]])
sage: C.diagonal()
matrix([[3, 6, 7]])
```

But again, Numpy/Scipy's specialty is in floating point arithmetic. (I.e. numerics) Thankfully, there is a decent amount of compatibility between Numpy's **numpy.matrix** object and Sage's **sage.matrix** object.

1

I don't believe so.

sage: [A[z][z] for z in range(A.nrows())]

[3, 6, 7]

could work. But I don't know that this is what you are looking for. Would you find this useful as an attribute? What output would be expected for a non-square matrix?

Note that you should use A[z,z] instead of A[z][z] to get the entry as it is quite a bit more efficient. A[z] needs to construct and return a whole row of the matrix before you can get the z'th entry of that row.

kcrisman -- I definitely think somebody should add this as a function, given that it is in numpy. If you do, add a link to a trac ticket here.

It's already http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ticket/9796

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2010-08-23 08:13:36 -0600
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Last updated: **Aug 24 '10**

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I created http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ticket/9796 to track adding this.

Rob Beezer posted a patch there relatively recently, if anyone wants to review it.