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Matrix(0, d,d) should also give sparse (not diagonal); general_to_symmetric; notably for lsC*; more coercions; first cut at Csparse_drop()
\title{Construct a Classed Matrix}
Matrix(data=NA, nrow=1, ncol=1, byrow=FALSE, dimnames=NULL,
       sparse = NULL, forceCheck = FALSE)
  Construct a Matrix of a class that inherits from \code{Matrix}.
  \item{data}{an optional numeric data vector or matrix.}
  \item{nrow}{the desired number of rows}
  \item{ncol}{the desired number of columns}
  \item{byrow}{logical.  If \code{FALSE} (the default) the matrix is
    filled by columns, otherwise the matrix is filled by rows.}
  \item{dimnames}{a \code{\link{dimnames}} attribute for the matrix: a
    \code{list} of two character components.  They are set if not
    \code{\link{NULL}} (as per default).}
  \item{sparse}{logical or \code{NULL}, specifying if the result should
    be sparse or not.  By default, it is made sparse when more than half
    of the entries are 0.}
  \item{forceCheck}{logical indicating if the checks for structure
    should even happen when \code{data} is already a \code{"Matrix"}
  Returns an \code{nrow} by \code{ncol} matrix of a class that
  inherits from \code{"Matrix"}.
  If either of \code{nrow} or \code{ncol} is not given, an attempt is
  made to infer it from the length of \code{data} and the other
  Further, \code{Matrix()} makes efforts to keep \code{\link{logical}}
  matrices logical, i.e., inheriting from class \code{\linkS4class{lMatrix}},
  and to determine specially structured matrices such as symmetric,
  triangular or diagonal ones.  Note that a \emph{symmetric} matrix also
  needs symmetric \code{\link{dimnames}}, e.g., by specifying
  \code{dimnames = list(NULL,NULL)}, see the examples.

  Most of the time, the function works via a traditional (\emph{full})
  \code{\link{matrix}}.  However, \code{Matrix(0, nrow,ncol)} directly
  constructs an \dQuote{empty} \linkS4class{sparseMatrix}, as does
  \code{Matrix(FALSE, *)}.

  Although it is sometime possible to mix unclassed matrices (created
  with \code{matrix}) with ones of class \code{"Matrix"}, it is much
  safer to always use carefully constructed ones of class
  The classes \code{\linkS4class{Matrix}},
  \code{\linkS4class{triangularMatrix}}, and
  \code{\linkS4class{diagonalMatrix}}; further,
Matrix(0, 3, 2)             # 3 by 2 matrix of zeros -> sparse
Matrix(0, 3, 2, sparse=FALSE)# forced 'dense'
Matrix(1:6, 3, 2)           # a 3 by 2 matrix (+ integer warning)
Matrix(1:6 + 1, nrow=3)

## logical ones:
Matrix(diag(4) >  0)# -> "ldiMatrix" with diag = "U"
Matrix(diag(4) >  0, sparse=TRUE)# -> sparse...
Matrix(diag(4) >= 0)# -> "lsyMatrix" (of all 'TRUE')
## triangular
l3 <- upper.tri(matrix(,3,3))
Matrix(l3)  # -> "ltCMatrix"
Matrix(! l3)# -> "ltrMatrix"
as(l3, "CsparseMatrix")

Matrix(1:9, nrow=3,
       dimnames = list(c("a", "b", "c"), c("A", "B", "C")))
(I3 <- Matrix(diag(3)))# identity, i.e., unit "diagonalMatrix"
str(I3) # note the empty 'x' slot

(A <- cbind(a=c(2,1), b=1:2))# symmetric *apart* from dimnames
Matrix(A)                    # hence 'dgeMatrix'
(As <- Matrix(A, dimnames = list(NULL,NULL)))# -> symmetric
stopifnot(is(As, "symmetricMatrix"),
          is(Matrix(0, 3,3), "sparseMatrix"),
          is(Matrix(FALSE, 1,1), "sparseMatrix"))
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