# Toeplitz matrix

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In linear algebra, a Toeplitz matrix or diagonal-constant matrix, named after Otto Toeplitz, is a matrix in which each descending diagonal from left to right is constant. For instance, the following matrix is a Toeplitz matrix:

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$\qquad {\begin{bmatrix}a&b&c&d&e\\f&a&b&c&d\\g&f&a&b&c\\h&g&f&a&b\\i&h&g&f&a\end{bmatrix}}.$ Any $n\times n$ matrix $A$ of the form

$A={\begin{bmatrix}a_{0}&a_{-1}&a_{-2}&\cdots &\cdots &a_{-(n-1)}\\a_{1}&a_{0}&a_{-1}&\ddots &&\vdots \\a_{2}&a_{1}&\ddots &\ddots &\ddots &\vdots \\\vdots &\ddots &\ddots &\ddots &a_{-1}&a_{-2}\\\vdots &&\ddots &a_{1}&a_{0}&a_{-1}\\a_{n-1}&\cdots &\cdots &a_{2}&a_{1}&a_{0}\end{bmatrix}}$ is a Toeplitz matrix. If the $i,j$ element of $A$ is denoted $A_{i,j}$ then we have

$A_{i,j}=A_{i+1,j+1}=a_{i-j}.$ A Toeplitz matrix is not necessarily square.

## Solving a Toeplitz system

A matrix equation of the form

$Ax=b$ is called a Toeplitz system if $A$ is a Toeplitz matrix. If $A$ is an $n\times n$ Toeplitz matrix, then the system has at-most only $2n-1$ unique values, rather than $n^{2}$ . We might therefore expect that the solution of a Toeplitz system would be easier, and indeed that is the case.

Toeplitz systems can be solved by algorithms such as the Schur algorithm or the Levinson algorithm in $O(n^{2})$ time.   Variants of the latter have been shown to be weakly stable (i.e. they exhibit numerical stability for well-conditioned linear systems).  The algorithms can also be used to find the determinant of a Toeplitz matrix in $O(n^{2})$ time. 

A Toeplitz matrix can also be decomposed (i.e. factored) in $O(n^{2})$ time.  The Bareiss algorithm for an LU decomposition is stable.  An LU decomposition gives a quick method for solving a Toeplitz system, and also for computing the determinant.

## General properties

• An $n\times n$ Toeplitz matrix may be defined as a matrix $A$ where $A_{i,j}=c_{i-j}$ , for constants $c_{1-n},\ldots ,c_{n-1}$ . The set of $n\times n$ Toeplitz matrices is a subspace of the vector space of $n\times n$ matrices (under matrix addition and scalar multiplication).
• Two Toeplitz matrices may be added in $O(n)$ time (by storing only one value of each diagonal) and multiplied in $O(n^{2})$ time.
• Toeplitz matrices are persymmetric. Symmetric Toeplitz matrices are both centrosymmetric and bisymmetric.
• Toeplitz matrices are also closely connected with Fourier series, because the multiplication operator by a trigonometric polynomial, compressed to a finite-dimensional space, can be represented by such a matrix. Similarly, one can represent linear convolution as multiplication by a Toeplitz matrix.
• Toeplitz matrices commute asymptotically. This means they diagonalize in the same basis when the row and column dimension tends to infinity.
• For symmetric Toeplitz matrices, there is the decomposition
${\frac {1}{a_{0}}}A=GG^{\operatorname {T} }-(G-I)(G-I)^{\operatorname {T} }$ where $G$ is the lower triangular part of ${\frac {1}{a_{0}}}A$ .
• The inverse of a nonsingular symmetric Toeplitz matrix has the representation
$A^{-1}={\frac {1}{\alpha _{0}}}(BB^{\operatorname {T} }-CC^{\operatorname {T} })$ where $B$ and $C$ are lower triangular Toeplitz matrices and $C$ is a strictly lower triangular matrix. 

## Discrete convolution

The convolution operation can be constructed as a matrix multiplication, where one of the inputs is converted into a Toeplitz matrix. For example, the convolution of $h$ and $x$ can be formulated as:

$y=h\ast x={\begin{bmatrix}h_{1}&0&\cdots &0&0\\h_{2}&h_{1}&&\vdots &\vdots \\h_{3}&h_{2}&\cdots &0&0\\\vdots &h_{3}&\cdots &h_{1}&0\\h_{m-1}&\vdots &\ddots &h_{2}&h_{1}\\h_{m}&h_{m-1}&&\vdots &h_{2}\\0&h_{m}&\ddots &h_{m-2}&\vdots \\0&0&\cdots &h_{m-1}&h_{m-2}\\\vdots &\vdots &&h_{m}&h_{m-1}\\0&0&0&\cdots &h_{m}\end{bmatrix}}{\begin{bmatrix}x_{1}\\x_{2}\\x_{3}\\\vdots \\x_{n}\end{bmatrix}}$ $y^{T}={\begin{bmatrix}h_{1}&h_{2}&h_{3}&\cdots &h_{m-1}&h_{m}\end{bmatrix}}{\begin{bmatrix}x_{1}&x_{2}&x_{3}&\cdots &x_{n}&0&0&0&\cdots &0\\0&x_{1}&x_{2}&x_{3}&\cdots &x_{n}&0&0&\cdots &0\\0&0&x_{1}&x_{2}&x_{3}&\ldots &x_{n}&0&\cdots &0\\\vdots &&\vdots &\vdots &\vdots &&\vdots &\vdots &&\vdots \\0&\cdots &0&0&x_{1}&\cdots &x_{n-2}&x_{n-1}&x_{n}&0\\0&\cdots &0&0&0&x_{1}&\cdots &x_{n-2}&x_{n-1}&x_{n}\end{bmatrix}}.$ This approach can be extended to compute autocorrelation, cross-correlation, moving average etc.

## Infinite Toeplitz matrix

A bi-infinite Toeplitz matrix (i.e. entries indexed by $\mathbb {Z} \times \mathbb {Z}$ ) $A$ induces a linear operator on $\ell ^{2}$ .

$A={\begin{bmatrix}&\vdots &\vdots &\vdots &\vdots \\\cdots &a_{0}&a_{-1}&a_{-2}&a_{-3}&\cdots \\\cdots &a_{1}&a_{0}&a_{-1}&a_{-2}&\cdots \\\cdots &a_{2}&a_{1}&a_{0}&a_{-1}&\cdots \\\cdots &a_{3}&a_{2}&a_{1}&a_{0}&\cdots \\&\vdots &\vdots &\vdots &\vdots \end{bmatrix}}.$ The induced operator is bounded if and only if the coefficients of the Toeplitz matrix $A$ are the Fourier coefficients of some essentially bounded function $f$ .

In such cases, $f$ is called the symbol of the Toeplitz matrix $A$ , and the spectral norm of the Toeplitz matrix $A$ coincides with the $L^{\infty }$ norm of its symbol. The proof is easy to establish and can be found as Theorem 1.1 of: 

• Circulant matrix, a square Toeplitz matrix with the additional property that $a_{i}=a_{i+n}$ 