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SparseArray[{pos1->val1, pos2->val2, ...}]
yields a sparse array in which values vali appear at positions posi.
SparseArray[{pos1, pos2, ...}->{val1, val2, ...}]
yields the same sparse array.
yields a sparse array version of list.
SparseArray[data, {d1, d2, ...}]
yields a sparse array representing a d1d2... array.
SparseArray[data, dims, val]
yields a sparse array in which unspecified elements are taken to have value val.
  • By default, SparseArray takes unspecified elements to be 0.
  • Normal[SparseArray[...]] gives the ordinary array corresponding to a sparse array object.
  • ArrayRules[SparseArray[...]] gives the list of rules {pos1->val1, pos2->val2, ...}.
  • The position specifications posi can contain patterns.
  • SparseArray[{{i_, i_}->1}, {d, d}] gives a dd identity matrix.
  • Rules of the form Band[...]->vals specify values on bands in the sparse array.
  • With rules posi:>vali the vali are evaluated separately for each set of indices that match posi.
  • SparseArray[list] requires that list be a full array, with all parts at a particular level being lists of the same length.
  • The individual elements of a sparse array cannot themselves be lists.
  • SparseArray[rules] yields a sparse array with dimensions exactly large enough to include elements whose positions have been explicitly specified.
  • List and matrix operations are typically set up to work as they do on Normal[SparseArray[...]].
  • Functions with attribute Listable are automatically threaded over the individual elements of the ordinary arrays represented by SparseArray objects.
  • Part extracts specified parts of the array represented by a SparseArray object, rather than parts of the SparseArray expression itself.
  • Functions like Map are automatically applied to components in a SparseArray object.
  • SparseArray is treated as a raw object by functions like AtomQ, and for purposes of pattern matching.
  • Dimensions gives the dimensions of a sparse array.
  • The standard output format for a sparse array indicates the number of non-default elements and the total dimensions.
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