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:
Any n×n matrix A of the form
is a Toeplitz matrix. If the i,j element of A is denoted Ai,j, then we have
Solving a Toeplitz system
A matrix equation of the form
is called a Toeplitz system if A is a Toeplitz matrix. If A is an Toeplitz matrix, then the system has only 2n−1 degrees of freedom, rather than n2. 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 the Levinson algorithm in Θ(n2) time. Variants of this algorithm have been shown to be weakly stable (i.e. they exhibit numerical stability for well-conditioned linear systems). The algorithm can also be used to find the determinant of a Toeplitz matrix in O(n2) time.
A Toeplitz matrix can also be decomposed (i.e. factored) in O(n2) 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.
Algorithms that are asymptotically faster (in finite arithmetic, i.e., given a tolerance the exact solution is obtained within the tolerance ) than those of Bareiss and Levinson have been described in the literature.
A Toeplitz matrix may be defined as a matrix A where Ai,j = ci−j, for constants c1−n … cn−1. The set of n×n Toeplitz matrices is a subspace of the vector space of n×n matrices under matrix addition and scalar multiplication.
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.
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 and can be formulated as:
Infinite Toeplitz Matrix
A bi-infinite Toeplitz matrix (i.e., entries indexed by , see below) induces a linear operator on .
The induced operator is bounded if and only if the coefficients of the Toeplitz matrix is the Fourier coefficients of some essentially bounded function .
In such cases, is called the symbol of the Toeplitz matrix , and the spectral norm of the Toeplitz matrix coincides with the norm of its symbol.
The proof is easy to establish and can be found as Theorem 1.1 in the google book link: 
- Circulant matrix, a Toeplitz matrix with the additional property that .
- Hankel matrix, a Toeplitz matrix "upside down".
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