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Is it possible to find the exponential of a symbolic matrix using sage?

asked 2012-01-11 09:50:15 -0500

Shashank gravatar image

I am searching for a function that is equivalent to mathematica's MatrixExp, that will calculate the exponential of a symbolic matrix. I don't want a term by term exponential but a something like expm() in scipy but for symbolic matrices.

Is it possible in sage?

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Though see, where trying to do this with sparse matrices causes problems.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2012-06-22 05:03:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-01-11 10:04:45 -0500

achrzesz gravatar image

sage: m=matrix(SR,2,2)

sage: m.exp?

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I get "No object 'm.exp' currently defined." Is it just my machine or it is not defined? Edit: Sorry about that it actually worked. Thanks

Shashank gravatar imageShashank ( 2012-01-11 10:10:01 -0500 )edit

Just as a followup, since Sage 5.1.beta5, e^m will also work - see

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2012-06-22 04:56:56 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-06-21 22:27:17 -0500

Would this work for you?

 A = matrix(SR, 2, var('a,b,c,d'))

I get a long expression which I assume is the matrix exponential.

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