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Allocate space for sparse matrix


S = spalloc(m,n,nz)


S = spalloc(m,n,nz) creates an all zero sparse matrix S of size m-by-n with room to hold nz nonzeros, where nz >= 1. The matrix can then be generated column by column without requiring repeated storage allocation as the number of nonzeros grows.

spalloc(m,n,nz) is shorthand for


If you specify a value of 0 for nz, then spalloc instead sets the value of nz to 1.


Use spalloc to initialize an n-by-n empty sparse matrix with space for 3*n nonzeros. Then use a for-loop to fill in the columns of S one at a time. The result is a tridiagonal matrix with about 50% band density.

S = spalloc(n,n,3*n);
for j = 1:n
    ind = [max(j-1,1) j min(j+1,n)];
    S(:,j) = sparse(ind,1,round(rand(3,1)),n,1,3);

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Introduced before R2006a