Visual Basic^{TM} Routine for In-Place Matrix Inversion ()

Debabrata DasGupta^{1,2,3}

^{1}Former V.P.-Development, LEAP Software, Inc., Tampa, FL, USA.

^{2}Former Principal Consultant, McDonnell Douglas Automation Co., St. Louis, MO, USA.

^{3}Former Assistant Director, Central Water & Power Commission, New Delhi, India.

**DOI: **10.4236/am.2018.93018
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A modified version of the Gauss-Jordan algorithm for performing In-Place
matrix inversion without using an augmenting unit matrix was described in a
previous article by the author. He had also developed several Structural Engineering
softwares during his career using that method as their analysis engine.
He chose matrix inversion because it was suitable for in-core solution of large
numbers of vectors for the same set of equations as encountered in structural
analysis of moving, dynamic and seismic loadings. The purpose of this article
is to provide its readers with its theoretical background and detailed computations
of an In-Place matrix inversion task as well as a Visual Basic routine of
the algorithm for direct incorporation into Visual Basic 6^{TM} softwares and
Visual Basic for Applications^{TM} macros in MS-Excel^{TM} spreadsheets to save
them time and effort of software development.

Keywords

VB6, VBA, FORTRAN, MS-Excel, Numerical Methods, Gauss-Jordan, Matrix Methods, Matrix Inversion, In-Place Inversion, Structural Analysis

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DasGupta, D. (2018) Visual Basic^{TM} Routine for In-Place Matrix Inversion. *Applied Mathematics*, **9**, 240-249. doi: 10.4236/am.2018.93018.

1. Introduction

Gauss-Jordan is a standard matrix inversion procedure developed in 1887 [1] . It requires the original matrix to be appended by a unit (identity) matrix and after the inversion operation is completed the original matrix is transformed into a unit matrix while the appended unit matrix becomes the inverse.

A detailed description of the original Gauss-Jordan method as well as its comparison with the author’s In-Place version which does not require the augmenting matrix and the reason for its development were previously published by him in another article [2] .

This paper reproduces relevant parts of that article appended by the computational details of an example and a Visual Basic routine.

2. Mathematics

The author has used certain terms in the following discussion which are defined as follows: Normalization is dividing an entire row by its pivotal element to transform the pivotal element to unity; Virtualization is replicating an element or a vector of the current augmenting matrix within the original matrix space without creating the real unit matrix; the Complementary of a component of the original matrix is its corresponding component in the virtual augmenting matrix and the Reduction of a row is the modification of the pivotal row by the ratio of the row element on the pivotal column and the pivotal element and then subtracting it from the row, thereby reducing the row element on the pivotal column to zero.

Unlike the classical Gauss-Jordan method, the author’s In-Place Inversion algorithm does not require augmenting with and performing operations on an identity matrix and the procedure is described below:

Just as with Gauss-Jordan, the following two operations are iterated on all rows to obtain the inverse.

Operation 1: The unpivoted row with the largest absolute diagonal element is selected as the pivotal row $p$ and the value of its pivotal element ${A}_{p,p}$ is saved as the pivot ${P}_{p}$ after which the pivotal element ${A}_{p,p}$ is replaced by unity (1) to virtualize the complementary element ${A}_{p,p+n}$ of the unit matrix. Then the pivotal row $p$ is normalized by dividing the entire row by ${P}_{p}$ , i.e., ${A}_{p,j}={A}_{p,j}/{P}_{p}$ where $j=1\to n$ . This changes the pivotal element ${A}_{p,p}$ to $1/{P}_{p}$ which replicates the current value of its complementary element within the virtual unit matrix.

Operation 2: Each non-pivotal row $i$ , i.e., $i=1\to n\ne p$ , is reduced by saving the value of its pivotal column element ${A}_{i,p}$ as ${P}_{i}$ , recomputing all elements in the current row $i$ as ${A}_{i,j}={A}_{i,j}-{A}_{p,j}\ast {P}_{i}$ where $j=1\to n$ and then resetting ${A}_{i,p}$ to 0 to minimize truncation error. As mentioned earlier, this is a shorter version of the operation ${A}_{i,j}={A}_{i,j}-{A}_{p,j}\ast {P}_{i}/A{}_{p,p}$ where $j=1\to n$ since ${A}_{p,p}$ = 1 in the original matrix after normalization of the pivotal row.

This procedure implicitly duplicates the functionality of the unit matrix of the Gauss-Jordan method within the original matrix. After performing these two operations on every row, treating each row once as a pivotal row, the original matrix is replaced by its inverse.

The sequence of operations 1 and 2 can be reversed but in that case the pivotal element ${A}_{p,p}$ will not be unity during operation 2 and the explicit formula will have to be used, thereby substantially increasing the amount of computation.

Solutions of the same example by both Gauss-Jordan and In-Place algorithms are given in the Author’s original article for comparison purposes and hence are not reproduced here.

Computational details of a 3 × 3 matrix [3] as well as a Visual Basic subroutine with a sample calling routine are given below. It is equally useful for VB6 programs as well as a VBA routine in MS-Excel^{TM} spreadsheets. Conversion of the routine into other languages is also quite simple.

3. Computational Details of In-Place Inversion of a 3 × 3 Matrix [3]

Initialization

==============

Preset all rows to Active

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 -1.0000 3.0000 Active

2.0000 1.0000 2.0000 Active

-2.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Cycle 1

=======

Currently active row with largest (absolute) diagonal = 1

Process Pivotal Row 1

Save element (1,1) = -1.0000 as Pivot

Reset Element (1,1) = 1.0000 to 1.

Reset Pivotal Row 1 to Inactive

Current Matrix:

1.0000 -1.0000 3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 1.0000 2.0000 Active

-2.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Divide all elements of pivotal row 1 by Pivot = -1.0000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 1.0000 2.0000 Active

-2.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Process non-pivotal row 2

Retrieve Pivotal column element (2,1) = 2.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

0.0000 1.0000 2.0000 Active

-2.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Subtract from each element in current row 2.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 1

Previous element (2,1) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - 2.0000 * -1.0000 = 2.0000

Previous element (2,2) = 1.0000 is now 1.0000 - 2.0000 * 1.0000 = -1.0000

Previous element (2,3) = 2.0000 is now 2.0000 - 2.0000 * -3.0000 = 8.0000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

-2.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Process non-pivotal row 3

Retrieve Pivotal column element (3,1) = -2.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

0.0000 -2.0000 1.0000 Active

Subtract from each element in current row -2.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 1

Previous element (3,1) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - -2.0000 * -1.0000 = -2.0000

Previous element (3,2) = -2.0000 is now -2.0000 - -2.0000 * 1.0000 = 0.0000

Previous element (3,3) = 1.0000 is now 1.0000 - -2.0000 * -3.0000 = -5.0000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

-2.0000 0.0000 -5.0000 Active

Cycle 2

=======

Currently active row with largest (absolute) diagonal = 3

Process Pivotal Row 3

Save element (3,3) = -5.0000 as Pivot

Reset Element (3,3) = 1.0000 to 1.

Reset Pivotal Row 3 to Inactive

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

-2.0000 0.0000 1.0000 Inactive

Divide all elements of pivotal row 3 by Pivot = -5.0000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 -3.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Process non-pivotal row 1

Retrieve Pivotal column element (1,3) = -3.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 0.0000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Subtract from each element in current row -3.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 3

Previous element (1,1) = -1.0000 is now -1.0000 - -3.0000 * 0.4000 = 0.2000

Previous element (1,2) = 1.0000 is now 1.0000 - -3.0000 * 0.0000 = 1.0000

Previous element (1,3) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - -3.0000 * -0.2000 = -0.6000

Current Matrix:

0.2000 1.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 8.0000 Active

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Process non-pivotal row 2

Retrieve Pivotal column element (2,3) = 8.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

0.2000 1.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

2.0000 -1.0000 0.0000 Active

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Subtract from each element in current row 8.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 3

Previous element (2,1) = 2.0000 is now 2.0000 - 8.0000 * 0.4000 = -1.2000

Previous element (2,2) = -1.0000 is now -1.0000 - 8.0000 * 0.0000 = -1.0000

Previous element (2,3) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - 8.0000 * -0.2000 = 1.6000

Current Matrix:

0.2000 1.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

-1.2000 -1.0000 1.6000 Active

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Cycle 3

=======

Currently active row with largest (absolute) diagonal = 2

Process Pivotal Row 2

Save element (2,2) = -1.0000 as Pivot

Reset Element (2,2) = 1.0000 to 1.

Reset Pivotal Row 2 to Inactive

Current Matrix:

0.2000 1.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

-1.2000 1.0000 1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Divide all elements of pivotal row 2 by Pivot = -1.0000

Current Matrix:

0.2000 1.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

1.2000 -1.0000 -1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Process non-pivotal row 1

Retrieve Pivotal column element (1,2) = 1.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

0.2000 0.0000 -0.6000 Inactive

1.2000 -1.0000 -1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Subtract from each element in current row 1.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 2

Previous element (1,1) = 0.2000 is now 0.2000 - 1.0000 * 1.2000 = -1.0000

Previous element (1,2) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - 1.0000 * -1.0000 = 1.0000

Previous element (1,3) = -0.6000 is now -0.6000 - 1.0000 * -1.6000 = 1.0000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 Inactive

1.2000 -1.0000 -1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Process non-pivotal row 3

Retrieve Pivotal column element (3,2) = 0.0000 and reset it to 0.

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 Inactive

1.2000 -1.0000 -1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Subtract from each element in current row 0.0000 * corresponding element in pivotal row 2

Previous element (3,1) = 0.4000 is now 0.4000 - 0.0000 * 1.2000 = 0.4000

Previous element (3,2) = 0.0000 is now 0.0000 - 0.0000 * -1.0000 = 0.0000

Previous element (3,3) = -0.2000 is now -0.2000 - 0.0000 * -1.6000 = -0.2000

Current Matrix:

-1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 Inactive

1.2000 -1.0000 -1.6000 Inactive

0.4000 0.0000 -0.2000 Inactive

Inversion Complete

4. Microsoft^{â} Visual Basic^{â} Routine for In-Place Matrix Inversion

'(A) Sample calling routine for In-Place Subroutine

'Legend:

'iNmat = Matrix size

'dblMatrix = Matrix array

Dim iNmat As Integer

'Sample matrix size = 3x3

iNmat = 3

'Sample matrix elements

ReDim dblMatrix(iNmat, iNmat) As Double

dblMatrix(1, 1) = -1: dblMatrix(1, 2) = -1: dblMatrix(1, 3) = 3

dblMatrix(2, 1) = 2: dblMatrix(2, 2) = 1: dblMatrix(2, 3) = 2

dblMatrix(3, 1) = -2: dblMatrix(3, 2) = -2: dblMatrix(3, 3) = 1

'In-Place Inversion

InPlace iNmat, dblMatrix()

'The matrix dblMatrix will now contain the inverse for post-processing.

'(B) In-Place Matrix Inversion Subroutine

Public Sub InPlace(iNmat As Integer, arrMatrix() As Double)

'In-Place Matrix Inversion Subroutine for Modified Gauss-Jordan Algorithm

'Author: D. DasGupta, P.E., M.Tech., M.ASCE, MCP

'Legend:

'iNmat = Matrix size

'arrMatrix = Matrix array

Dim iRow As Integer, jCol As Integer, iCycle As Integer

Dim dPivot As Double, dAbsDiag As Double, iBig As Integer

ReDim blnRowProcessed (iNmat) As Boolean

'Preset entire Processing Index vector to False (Unprocessed)

For iRow = 1 To iNmat: blnRowProcessed(iRow) = False: Next iRow

'Loop over diagonal elements

For iCycle = 1 To iNmat

' Preset Pivot to Zero

dPivot = 0!

' Find the row number and value of largest diagonal element of

' unprocessed rows (blnRowProcessed = False)

' Loop over matrix rows

For iRow = 1 To iNmat

' If processing index for this row is False

If blnRowProcessed(iRow) = False Then

' Store ABS value of its diagonal element

dAbsDiag = Abs(arrMatrix(iRow, iRow))

' If ABS(Diagonal) > Current Pivot then

If dAbsDiag > dPivot Then

' Store current row number and diagonal value as pivot

' Note: Since all diagonal elements must be positive,

' this test must succeed at least once

iBig = iRow: dPivot = dAbsDiag

End If

End If

Next

' The number of active row with highest diagonal has been determined

' and the value of its diagonal element has been stored as Pivot

' Reset Index of the row with highest diagonal to Processed and its

' diagonal element to Unity to reduce truncation error.

blnRowProcessed(iBig) = True

dPivot = arrMatrix(iBig, iBig)

arrMatrix(iBig, iBig) = 1!

' Divide the entire Pivotal row with Pivot

For jCol = 1 To iNmat

arrMatrix(iBig, jCol) = arrMatrix(iBig, jCol) / dPivot

Next

' This will make the Pivotal Row diagonal = Unity

' Loop over all rows

For iRow = 1 To iNmat

' Skip the Pivotal row which has already been processed

If iRow <> iBig Then

' Retrieve the Pivotal column element of the current row and

' reset it to zero

dPivot = arrMatrix(iRow, iBig)

arrMatrix(iRow, iBig) = 0!

' Subtract from each element of the current row the

' Pivotal column element times the Pivotal column element in

' the row equal to current column

For jCol = 1 To iNmat

arrMatrix(iRow, jCol) = arrMatrix(iRow, jCol) - _

dPivot * arrMatrix(iBig, jCol)

Next

End If

Next

Next

End Sub

5. Conclusion

During the early years of his career the author had developed a number of Structural Engineering softwares in India using his In-Place Inversion method as their analysis engine in FORTRAN language for mainframe applications. He later developed Microsoft^{TM} QuickBasic, Compiled Basic, Visual Basic 6 (VB6) [4] [5] and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) [6] versions of the inversion routine in the USA for PC-based engineering applications [7] [8] and spreadsheets, the last one of which has been presented here. The purpose of this article is to provide its readers with a ready-to-incorporate subroutine for VB6 softwares and MS-Excel^{TM} spreadsheets and even if Visual Basic is phased out in future [9] , it may still remain useful as a template for scientific and engineering software developers to create equivalent routines in other languages.

Acknowledgements

The author gratefully acknowledges his introduction to Matrix Algebra by late Prof. B. R. Seth, former Head of the Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India; the guidance and encouragement from his ex-supervisor and mentor late K. Madhavan, former Deputy Director, Central Water and Power Commission, New Delhi, India and the valuable contributions and suggestions of his ex-colleague late M. R. Rao, former Mathematician/Programmer, Computer Center, Planning Commission, New Delhi, India.

About the Author

D. DasGupta is a retired Structural Engineer whose past positions included V.P., Development, LEAP Software, Inc., Tampa, FL; Principal Consultant, McDonnell Douglas Automation Co., St. Louis, MO; Senior Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff/Tudor, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Structural Engineer, LEAP Associates, Inc., Lakeland, FL and Assistant Director, Central Water and Power Commission, New Delhi, India. He received his M.Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and D.I.C. from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England. He is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and former Professional Engineer registered in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas. He is certified in AutomatH (FORTRAN) programming by Honeywell, Inc., a Microsoft-Certified Professional and MS-Office^{TM} User Specialist/MS-Access^{TM} Expert. During his career he has worked as a practicing engineer as well as the author of several computer software libraries for Hydraulics, Soil Mechanics, Structural Analysis and Engineering Design in India and the USA.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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