Create a list of vectors that represents a sparse matrix.




A matrix or Matrix.


The Stan Math Library has a function called csr_matrix_times_vector, which inputs a matrix in compressed row storage form and a dense vector and returns their product without fillin. To use the csr_matrix_times_vector function with a large sparse matrix, it is optimal in terms of memory to simply pass the three vectors that characterize the compressed row storage form of the matrix to the data block of the Stan program. The extract_sparse_parts function provides a convenient means of obtaining these vectors.


A named list with components

  1. w A numeric vector containing the non-zero elements of A.

  2. v An integer vector containing the column indices of the non-zero elements of A.

  3. u An integer vector indicating where in w a given row's non-zero values start.


A <- rbind( c(19L, 27L, 0L, 0L), c( 0L, 0L, 0L, 0L), c( 0L, 0L, 0L, 52L), c(81L, 0L, 95L, 33L) ) str(extract_sparse_parts(A))
#> Loading required namespace: Matrix
#> List of 3 #> $ w: num [1:6] 19 27 52 81 95 33 #> $ v: int [1:6] 1 2 4 1 3 4 #> $ u: int [1:5] 1 3 3 4 7