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17.2 Complex Arithmetic

In the descriptions of the following functions, z is the complex number x + iy, where i is defined as sqrt (-1).

: abs (z)

Compute the magnitude of z.

The magnitude is defined as |z| = sqrt (x^2 + y^2).

For example:

abs (3 + 4i)
     ⇒ 5

See also: arg.

: arg (z)
: angle (z)

Compute the argument, i.e., angle of z.

This is defined as, theta = atan2 (y, x), in radians.

For example:

arg (3 + 4i)
     ⇒ 0.92730

See also: abs.

: conj (z)

Return the complex conjugate of z.

The complex conjugate is defined as conj (z) = x - iy.

See also: real, imag.

: cplxpair (z)
: cplxpair (z, tol)
: cplxpair (z, tol, dim)

Sort the numbers z into complex conjugate pairs ordered by increasing real part.

The negative imaginary complex numbers are placed first within each pair. All real numbers (those with abs (imag (z)) / abs (z) < tol) are placed after the complex pairs.

tol is a weighting factor in the range [0, 1) which determines the tolerance of the matching. The default value is 100 * eps and the resulting tolerance for a given complex pair is tol * abs (z(i))).

By default the complex pairs are sorted along the first non-singleton dimension of z. If dim is specified, then the complex pairs are sorted along this dimension.

Signal an error if some complex numbers could not be paired. Signal an error if all complex numbers are not exact conjugates (to within tol). Note that there is no defined order for pairs with identical real parts but differing imaginary parts.

cplxpair (exp (2i*pi*[0:4]'/5)) == exp (2i*pi*[3; 2; 4; 1; 0]/5)
: imag (z)

Return the imaginary part of z as a real number.

See also: real, conj.

: real (z)

Return the real part of z.

See also: imag, conj.

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