How the heck do you invert a matrix in C?

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I want to track my bike rides and get some experience with CoreFlight

jake_kjake_k 07/15/2019 at 03:005 Comments

I've starting writing the kalman algorithm in a CoreFlight app. It receives GPS data messages from another application that handles the serial parsing, and this one is supposed to run the kalman filter.

I've got most of it working right now, but I stuck on how to calculate the inverse of a matrix in C. I've been using the GSL library for the matrix math, since it supports BLAS functions and it makes it easy to write the code for an arbitrary matrix size, but I just can't figure out the inverse thing.


Tyler wrote 07/15/2019 at 20:25 point

If you are using an ARM Cortex M chip, you can use the CMSIS DSP library. It is especially fast for 8/16 bit math because of the multiple data instructions:

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jake_k wrote 07/15/2019 at 20:45 point

This is a raspberry pi zero (CoreFlight requires a proper OS with a filesystem and whatnot), so I don't think that'll work for this.

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Tyler wrote 07/15/2019 at 22:29 point

Good point. It still might be useful as a reference if you can't find a suitable library (

Good luck.

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jake_k wrote 07/15/2019 at 20:17 point

Thanks, I'll give that a shot.

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