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How to check if a given matrix is diagonally dominant


What is a diagonally dominant matrix?

A square matrix is said to be diagonally dominant if the magnitude of the diagonal element in a row is greater than or equal to the sum of the magnitudes of all the other non-diagonal elements in that row for each row of the matrix.

For example, consider the following matrix:

[[7, 3, -2],
 [6, 15, -3],
 [5, 5, 10]]

Row 1: 7 > 5 (3 + |-2|)
Row 2: 15 > 9 (6 + |-3|)
Row 3: 10 >= 10 (5 + 5)

If the diagonal element of every row is greater or equal to the sum of the non-diagonal elements of the same row, then the matrix is a diagonally dominant matrix.


The steps of the algorithm are as follows:

  1. For every row of the matrix do the following steps:
    1. Find the sum of all the elements in the row.
    2. Subtract the diagonal elements in the row from the sum above to find the sum of the non-diagonal elements in the row.
    3. If the diagonal element is less than the sum from Step 2, then the matrix is not a diagonally dominant matrix.
  2. Otherwise, the matrix is a diagonally dominant matrix as every row satisfies the condition.

Implementation of the algorithm

import java.util.Arrays;

public class Main {

    private static void printMatrix(int[][] matrix){
        // Convert every row of the matrix to a string using Arrays.toString method
        // and the print the row string to console
        for(int[] row: matrix){

    private static boolean checkDiagonalDominantMatrix(int[][] matrix){
        // variable i to go through every row
        for(int i=0;i < matrix.length; i++){
            // initialize a variable to hold the sum
            int rowSum = 0;
            // loop through every column in the row
            for (int j = 0; j < matrix[i].length; j++)
                // add the absolute sum of the element to the sum variable
                rowSum += Math.abs(matrix[i][j]);

            // subtract the diagonal element from the row sum
            rowSum -= Math.abs(matrix[i][i]);

            // check the condition for diagonal dominance
            if (Math.abs(matrix[i][i]) < rowSum)
                return false;
        return true;

    private static void wrapper(int[][] matrix){
        // print the matrix
        if(checkDiagonalDominantMatrix(matrix)) System.out.println("The matrix is a diagonally dominant matrix");
        else System.out.println("The matrix is not a diagonally dominant matrix");

    public static void main(String[] args){
        // Define the matrix to be tested
        int[][] matrix = {{7, 3, -2},{6, 15, -3},{5, 5, 10}};
        int[][] matrix1 = {{4, 0},{5, -4}};
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