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# Linear Algebra and

Matrices
Methods for Dummies
21st October, 2009
Elvina Chu & Flavia Mancini

Talk Outline
Scalars, vectors and matrices
Vector and matrix calculations
Identity, inverse matrices &
determinants
Solving simultaneous equations
Relevance to SPM

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Scalar
Variable described by a single
number
e.g. Intensity of each voxel in an MRI scan

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Vector
Not a physics vector (magnitude, direction)
Column of numbers e.g. intensity of same
voxel at different time points

x1
x 2

x3

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Matrices
Rectangular display of vectors in rows and
columns
Can inform about the same vector intensity at
different times or different voxels at the same
time
Vector
d11 d12 d13
4
1 2 is3just a n x 11 matrix

A 5 4 1
6 7 4

C 2 7
3 8

Square (3 x 3) Rectangular (3 x 2)
Defined as rows x columns (R x C)
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D d 21
d 31
d

ij

d 22
d 32

d 23
d 33

## : ith row, jth column

Matrices in Matlab
X=matrix
;=end of a row
:=all row or column

1 2 3

4 5 6
7 8 9

## Subscripting each element of a

matrix can be addressed with a pair
of numbers; row first, column second

Special matrix
commands:

(Roman Catholic)

zeros(3,1) =

e.g.

X(2,3) = 6
7 8 9
X(3, :) =
5
X( [2 3], 2) =
8

ones(2) =

8 1 6

3 5 7
magic(3) = 4 9 2

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1
b 1
2
column

bT 1 1 2
row

1 2 3
A 5 4 1
6 7 4

d 3 4 9
row

1 5 6
A T 2 4 7
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d 4
9

column

Matrix Calculations
Commutative: A+B=B+A
Associative: (A+B)+C=A+(B+C)

2
AB
2

1 0
2 1

5 3 1
23
4

4 0 3
5 1 5

Subtraction
matrix

2 4 2
A BA B
5 3 2

12 2 1 12 4 2 2 1 12 1 1 12 1

32 4 1 15 3 2 2 3 14 1 2 1 1 1

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Scalar multiplication
Scalar x matrix = scalar
multiplication

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Matrix Multiplication
When A is a mxn matrix & B is a kxl
matrix, AB is only possible if n=k. The
result will be an mxl matrix

A1 A2 A3

B13 B14

A4 A5 A6

A7 A8 A9
A10 A11
A12

B15 B16

= m x l matrix

B17 B18

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Matrix multiplication
Multiplication method:
Sum over product of respective rows and columns
1 0
2

X
2 3
3
A

B
=

Matlab
does all this for you!
Simply type: C = A * B

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c11 c12

c21 c22

Define
output
matrix

(1 2) (0 3) (11) (0 1)
(2 2) (3 3) (2 1) (3 1)

2 1

13 5

Matrix multiplication
Matrix multiplication is NOT
commutative
ABBA
Matrix multiplication IS associative
A(BC)=(AB)C
Matrix multiplication IS distributive
A(B+C)=AB+AC
(A+B)C=AC+BC
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Vector Products
Two vectors:

x1
x x2
x3

y1
y y2
y3
Inner product XTY is a scalar
(1xn) (nx1)

xT y x1

x2

y1
3
y x y x y x y
xi yi

1 1
2 2
3 3
2
i 1
y3

x3

x1

xy T x 2 y1
x 3

y2

x1y1

y 3 x 2 y1
x 3 y1

x1y 2
x2y2
x3y2

x1y 3

x 2 y 3
x 3 y 3

## Outer product XYT is a matrix

(nx1) (1xn)

Identity matrix
Is there a matrix which plays a similar role as the number 1 in
number multiplication?
Consider the nxn matrix:

## For any nxn matrix A, we have A In = In A = A

For any nxm matrix A, we have In A = A, and A Im = A (so 2 possible
matrices)
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Identity matrix
Worked
example
A I3 = A
for a 3x3
matrix:

1+0+0

0+2+0

0+0+3

4+0+0

0+5+0

0+0+6

7+0+0

0+8+0

0+0+9

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Matrix inverse
Definition. A matrix A is called nonsingular or
invertible if there exists a matrix B such that:
1

-1

2
3
1
3

-1
3
1
3

2+1
3 3

-1 + 1
3 3

-2+
-2+ 2
3
3

1+2
3 3

## Notation. A common notation for

the inverse of a matrix A is A-1. So:
The inverse matrix is unique when it exists. So if A is
invertible, then A-1 is also invertible and then (AT)-1 = (A-1)T
In Matlab: A-1 = inv(A)

A*B-1

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Matrix inverse
For a XxX square matrix:

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Determinants
Determinants are mathematical objects that are very useful in
the analysis and solution of systems of linear equations (i.e.
GLMs).
The determinant is a function that associates a scalar det(A)
to every square matrix A.
Input is nxn matrix
Output is a single
number (real or
complex) called the
determinant

det(M)

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M11

M12

M 21
M
M n1

M 22 L
M O
Mn2 L

M1n
M 2n
sgn(x)M1x1 M 2x 2 L M nxn
M
x
M nn

Determinants
Determinants can only be found for square matrices.
For a 2x2 matrix A, det(A) = ad-bc. Lets have at closer look at
that:

[ ]

det(A) = a
c

b
d

## A matrix A has an inverse matrix A-1 if and only if det(A)0.

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Solving simultaneous
equations
For one linear equation ax=b where the unknown is x
and a and b are constants,
3 possibilities:

## With >1 equation and >1 unknown

Can use solutionx a 1b
equation to solve
For example 2 x 3 x 5
1

## from the single

x1 2 x2 1

3
1 2

x1 15
x 41
2

X =

In matrix form 2

X =A-1B
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X =A-1B
To find A-1

1 d b
A

det(A) c a
1

## Need to find determinant of matrix A

a b
det( A)
c d

From earlier
2 3
1 2

(2 -2) (3 1) = -4 3 = -7

So determinant is -7
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1 2 3 1 2 3
A

(7) 1 2 7 1 2
1

if B is

1
4

1 2 3
X

7 1 2

x a 1b

1 1 14
2
4 7 7 1

x1 2
So
x 2 1
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to fMRI data?

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Image time-series
Design matrix

Spatial filter

Realignment

Smoothing

Statistical Parametric Ma

## General Linear Model

Normalisation

Anatomical
reference Parameter estimates
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Statistical
Inference

RFT

p <0.05

## Voxel-wise time series analysis

Time

Model
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Parameter
Parameter
estimation
estimation
Hypothesis
Hypothesis
Statistic
Statistic

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BOLD signal
single
singlevoxel
voxel
time
timeseries
series
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SPM
SPM

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## How are matrices relevant to fMRI

data?
Response variable

## A single voxel sampled at

successive time points.
Each voxel is considered as
independent observation.

Y
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data?

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Explanatory
variables
These are assumed to
be measured without
error.
May be continuous;
May be dummy,
indicating levels of an
experimental factor.

## Solve equation for tells us

how much of the BOLD signal
is explained by X

Y= X. +

In Practice
Estimate MAGNITUDE of signal
changes
MR INTENSITY levels for each voxel
at various time points
Relationship between experiment
and voxel changes are established
Calculation and notation require
linear algebra

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Summary
SPM builds up data as a matrix.
Manipulation of matrices enables
unknown values to be calculated.
Y
=
X
.

## Observed = Predictors * Parameters +

Error
BOLD
= Design Matrix * Betas + Error

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References
SPM course http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/course/
Web Guides
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LinearAlgebra.html
http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/explore/emmaspages/op
tion1.html
http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/fmcs1/
(Formal Modelling in Cognitive Science course)
http://www.wikipedia.org
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