How can I efficiently compute the determinant of a square diagonal matrix? In this case, the determinant is simply the product of each element in the diagonal. I can think of a couple options that might work:
- I could store the diagonal of the matrix as a vector and apply a
reduce operation to it (would I have to write my own
reduce?). I think that one could implement a “poor man’s reduce” using
- I could implement my own class,
DiagonalMatrix, and add a
determinant function to it.