Mikhail T. Mikhail T. - 2 months ago 30x
Python Question

How to create a symmetric matrix from a numpy 1D array the most efficient way

I have a 1d

. Its length may vary according to user input, but it will always stay single-dimesional.
Please advise if there is an efficient way to create a symmetric 2d
from it? By 'symmetric' I mean that its elements will be according to the rule k[i, j] = k[j, i].

I realise it is possible to do with a python
loop and
s, but that is very inefficient.

Many thanks in advance!

For example, we have
x = np.array([1, 2, 3])
. The desired result should be

M = np.array([[1, 2, 3],
[2, 1, 2],
[3, 2, 1])


Basically you are trying to assign the elements from the input 1D array into a symmetric 2D array. As such, if you want to use all elements from the 1D array, it would only work for a specific size of it. So, as a pre-processing step, we need to perform that error-checking. After we are through the error-checking, we will initialize an output array and use row and column indices of a triangular array to assign values once as they are and once with swapped indices to assign values in the other triangular part, thus giving it the symmetry effect.

It seemed like Scipy's squareform should do be able to do this task, but from the docs, it doesn't look like it supports filling up the diagonal elements with the input array elements. So, let's give our solution a closely-related name.

Thus, we would have an implementation like so -

def squareform_diagfill(arr1D):
    n = int(np.sqrt(arr1D.size*2))
    if (n*(n+1))//2!=arr1D.size:
        print "Size of 1D array not suitable for creating a symmetric 2D array!"
        return None
        R,C = np.triu_indices(n)
        out = np.zeros((n,n),dtype=arr1D.dtype)
        out[R,C] = arr1D
        out[C,R] = arr1D
    return out

Sample run -

In [179]: arr1D = np.random.randint(0,9,(12))

In [180]: squareform_diagfill(arr1D)
Size of 1D array not suitable for creating a symmetric 2D array!

In [181]: arr1D = np.random.randint(0,9,(10))

In [182]: arr1D
Out[182]: array([0, 4, 3, 6, 4, 1, 8, 6, 0, 5])

In [183]: squareform_diagfill(arr1D)
array([[0, 4, 3, 6],
       [4, 4, 1, 8],
       [3, 1, 6, 0],
       [6, 8, 0, 5]])