lsparseMatrix-class {Matrix}R Documentation

Sparse logical matrices


The lsparseMatrix class is a virtual class of logical sparse matrices, i.e., sparse matrices with entries TRUE, FALSE, or NA.

These can be stored in the “triplet” form (class TsparseMatrix, subclasses lgTMatrix, lsTMatrix, and ltTMatrix) or in compressed column-oriented form (class CsparseMatrix, subclasses lgCMatrix, lsCMatrix, and ltCMatrix) or–rarely–in compressed row-oriented form (class RsparseMatrix, subclasses lgRMatrix, lsRMatrix, and ltRMatrix). The second letter in the name of these non-virtual classes indicates general, symmetric, or triangular.


Note that triplet stored (TsparseMatrix) matrices such as lgTMatrix may contain duplicated pairs of indices (i,j) as for the corresponding numeric class dgTMatrix where for such pairs, the corresponding x slot entries are added. For logical matrices, the x entries corresponding to duplicated index pairs (i,j) are “added” as well if the addition is defined as logical or, i.e., “TRUE + TRUE |-> TRUE” and “TRUE + FALSE |-> TRUE”. Note the use of asUniqueT() for getting an internally unique representation without duplicated (i,j) entries.

Objects from the Class

Objects can be created by calls of the form new("lgCMatrix", ...) and so on. More frequently objects are created by coercion of a numeric sparse matrix to the logical form, e.g. in an expression x != 0.

The logical form is also used in the symbolic analysis phase of an algorithm involving sparse matrices. Such algorithms often involve two phases: a symbolic phase wherein the positions of the non-zeros in the result are determined and a numeric phase wherein the actual results are calculated. During the symbolic phase only the positions of the non-zero elements in any operands are of interest, hence any numeric sparse matrices can be treated as logical sparse matrices.



Object of class "logical", i.e., either TRUE, NA, or FALSE.


Object of class "character". Must be either "U", for upper triangular, and "L", for lower triangular. Present in the triangular and symmetric classes but not in the general class.


Object of class "character". Must be either "U", for unit triangular (diagonal is all ones), or "N" for non-unit. The implicit diagonal elements are not explicitly stored when diag is "U". Present in the triangular classes only.


Object of class "integer" of pointers, one for each column (row), to the initial (zero-based) index of elements in the column. Present in compressed column-oriented and compressed row-oriented forms only.


Object of class "integer" of length nnzero (number of non-zero elements). These are the row numbers for each TRUE element in the matrix. All other elements are FALSE. Present in triplet and compressed column-oriented forms only.


Object of class "integer" of length nnzero (number of non-zero elements). These are the column numbers for each TRUE element in the matrix. All other elements are FALSE. Present in triplet and compressed row-oriented forms only.


Object of class "integer" - the dimensions of the matrix.



signature(from = "dgCMatrix", to = "lgCMatrix")


signature(x = "lgCMatrix"): returns the transpose of x


signature(x = "lsparseMatrix"), semantically equivalent to base function which(x, arr.ind); for details, see the lMatrix class documentation.

See Also

the class dgCMatrix and dgTMatrix


(m <- Matrix(c(0,0,2:0), 3,5, dimnames=list(LETTERS[1:3],NULL)))
(lm <- (m > 1)) # lgC
!lm     # no longer sparse
          identical(!lm, m <= 1))

data(KNex, package = "Matrix")
str(mmG.1 <- (KNex $ mm) > 0.1)# "lgC..."
table(mmG.1@x)# however with many ``non-structural zeros''
## from logical to nz_pattern -- okay when there are no NA's :
nmG.1 <- as(mmG.1, "nMatrix") # <<< has "TRUE" also where mmG.1 had FALSE
## from logical to "double"
dmG.1 <- as(mmG.1, "dMatrix") # has '0' and back:
lmG.1 <- as(dmG.1, "lMatrix")
stopifnot(identical(nmG.1, as((KNex $ mm) != 0,"nMatrix")),
          identical(lmG.1, mmG.1))

class(xnx <- crossprod(nmG.1))# "nsC.."
class(xlx <- crossprod(mmG.1))# "dsC.." : numeric
is0 <- (xlx == 0)
mean(as.vector(is0))# 99.3% zeros: quite sparse, but
table(xlx@x == 0)# more than half of the entries are (non-structural!) 0
stopifnot(isSymmetric(xlx), isSymmetric(xnx),
          ## compare xnx and xlx : have the *same* non-structural 0s :
                 function(n) identical(slot(xnx, n), slot(xlx, n))))

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