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Abstract operators extend the syntax typically used for matrices to linear mappings of arbitrary dimensions and nonlinear functions. Unlike matrices however, abstract operators apply the mappings with specific efficient algorithms that minimize memory requirements. This is particularly useful in iterative algorithms and in first order large-scale optimization algorithms.


To install the package, hit ] from the Julia command line to enter the package manager, then

pkg> add AbstractOperators


With using AbstractOperators the package imports several methods like multiplication * and adjoint transposition ' (and their in-place methods mul!).

For example, one can create a 2-D Discrete Fourier Transform as follows:

julia> A = DFT(3,4)
ℱ  ℝ^(3, 4) -> ℂ^(3, 4)

Here, it can be seen that A has a domain of dimensions size(A,2) = (3,4) and of type domainType(A) = Float64 and a codomain of dimensions size(A,1) = (3,4) and type codomainType(A) = Complex{Float64}.

This linear transformation can be evaluated as follows:

julia> x = randn(3,4); #input matrix

julia> y = A*x
3×4 Array{Complex{Float64},2}:
  -1.11412+0.0im       3.58654-0.724452im  -9.10125+0.0im       3.58654+0.724452im
 -0.905575+1.98446im  0.441199-0.913338im  0.315788+3.29666im  0.174273+0.318065im
 -0.905575-1.98446im  0.174273-0.318065im  0.315788-3.29666im  0.441199+0.913338im

julia> mul!(y, A, x) == A*x #in-place evaluation

julia> all(A'*y - *(size(x)...)*x .< 1e-12) 

julia> mul!(x, A',y) #in-place evaluation
3×4 Array{Float64,2}:
  -2.99091   9.45611  -19.799     1.6327 
 -11.1841   11.2365   -26.3614   11.7261 
   5.04815   7.61552   -6.00498   6.25586

Notice that inputs and outputs are not necessarily Vectors.

It is also possible to combine multiple AbstractOperators using different calculus rules.

For example AbstractOperators can be concatenated horizontally:

julia> B = Eye(Complex{Float64},(3,4))
I  ℂ^(3, 4) -> ℂ^(3, 4)

julia> H = [A B]
[ℱ,I]  ℝ^(3, 4)  ℂ^(3, 4) -> ℂ^(3, 4)

In this case H has a domain of dimensions size(H,2) = ((3, 4), (3, 4)) and type domainType(H) = (Float64, Complex{Float64}).

When an AbstractOperators have multiple domains, this must be multiplied using an ArrayPartition (using RecursiveArrayTools with corresponding size and domain, for example:

julia> using RecursiveArrayTools

julia> H*ArrayPartition(x, complex(x))
3×4 Array{Complex{Float64},2}:
 -16.3603+0.0im      52.4946-8.69342im  -129.014+0.0im      44.6712+8.69342im
  -22.051+23.8135im  16.5309-10.9601im  -22.5719+39.5599im  13.8174+3.81678im
 -5.81874-23.8135im  9.70679-3.81678im  -2.21552-39.5599im  11.5502+10.9601im

Similarly, when an AbstractOperators have multiple codomains, this will return an ArrayPartition, for example:

julia> V = VCAT(Eye(3,3),FiniteDiff((3,3)))
[I;δx]  ℝ^(3, 3) -> ℝ^(3, 3)  ℝ^(2, 3)

julia> V*ones(3,3)
([1.0 1.0 1.0; 1.0 1.0 1.0; 1.0 1.0 1.0], [0.0 0.0 0.0; 0.0 0.0 0.0])

A list of the available AbstractOperators and calculus rules can be found in the documentation.


AbstractOperators.jl is developed by Niccolò Antonello and Lorenzo Stella at KU Leuven, ESAT/Stadius,