# Reading assignment Gilbert Strang Fast transforms: Banded matrices with banded inverses

D OMAGOJ M AJSTOROVIC Matrikelnummer: 03649878
November 17, 2013

Introduction
One of the most common digital-signal-processing techniques is the discrete Fourier transform (DFT), which breaks a signal into its component frequencies and can be represented as a matrix. Although the matrix for the Fourier transform is full, the great thing about the Fourier transform is that it happens to be possible, even though it’s full, to multiply fast and to invert it fast. However, for some signal-processing applications, banded matrices could prove more efﬁcient than the Fourier transform. In this paper prof. Gilbert Strang describes a new way to split certain types of matrices into simpler matrices. The result could have implications for software that processes video, audio data or maybe for systems that control mechanical devices.

Banded Matrices
Prof. Strang’s analysis applies to so-called banded matrices. Most of the numbers in a banded matrix are zeroes; the only exceptions fall along diagonal bands, at or near the central diagonal of the matrix. Since most of the entries in a banded matrix are zero, multiplying it by another matrix 1

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