**C program of Matrix Multiplication using Pointers** : Let us discuss how to multiply M x N matrix using a C program. First of all we need to understand how an M x N matrix multiplication takes place. **Matrix multiplication **is a binary operation that takes a pair of matrices, and produces another matrix as output. Matrix is basically a two dimensional array. Let us see by an example how to multiply a matrix by another matrix :

As above shown, matrix multiplication consists a concept of dot products of rows and columns.

The “Dot Product” is where you **multiply matching members**, then sum up:

(1, 2, 3) • (7, 9, 11) = 1×7 + 2×9 + 3×11 = 58

We match the 1st members (1 and 7), multiply them, likewise for the 2nd members (2 and 9) and the 3rd members (3 and 11), and finally sum them up.

Lets see for another row ..

(1, 2, 3) • (8, 10, 12) = 1×8 + 2×10 + 3×12 = 64

We can do the same thing for the **2nd row** and **1st column**:

(4, 5, 6) • (7, 9, 11) = 4×7 + 5×9 + 6×11 = 139

And for the **2nd row** and **2nd column**:

(4, 5, 6) • (8, 10, 12) = 4×8 + 5×10 + 6×12 = 154

So this is the resultant matrix obtained after multiplication :

Now lets see how we are going to implement above logic of multiplying matrices in C using pointers.

# C program of Matrix Multiplication using Pointers :

#include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> //Define functions that will be used in the program void multiplyMatrices(); void getRowColumn(int *row, int *col, char *matrix); int *createMatrix(int *row, int *col); void getMatrixValues(int *source, int row, int col, char *name); int *destroyMatrix(int *matrix); void printMatrix(const int *source, int row, int col); //Start of main int main() { //Call multiplyMatrices function multiplyMatrices(); //End main return(0); //End of main } //Start of multiplyMatrices function void multiplyMatrices() { //Declare variables int oneRow, oneCol, twoRow, twoCol, i, j, k; //Call getRowColumn to ask user for the matrix size for both matrices getRowColumn(&oneRow, &oneCol, "Matrix 1"); getRowColumn(&twoRow, &twoCol, "Matrix 2"); //The number of columns in oneMatrix must equal the number of rows in twoMatrix if(oneCol != twoRow) { printf("The number of columns in the first matrix must equal the number of rows in the second matrix.\n"); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } //Create the arrays in the heap memory int *oneMatrix = createMatrix(&oneRow, &oneCol); int *twoMatrix = createMatrix(&twoRow, &twoCol); int *multipliedMatrix = createMatrix(&oneRow, &twoCol); //Declare pointer variables to store the initial locations of //my arrays for later use int *initialOneMatrix, *initialTwoMatrix, *initialMultipliedMatrix; initialOneMatrix = oneMatrix; initialTwoMatrix = twoMatrix; initialMultipliedMatrix = multipliedMatrix; //Ask user for the values of each matrix getMatrixValues(oneMatrix, oneRow, oneCol, "Matrix 1"); getMatrixValues(twoMatrix, twoRow, twoCol, "Matrix 2"); //Multiply the matrices (took me like 5 hours in //the debugger to figure out how to arrange these loops lol) //A for loop while i is less than oneRow(number of rows in first matrix) for(i = 0; i < oneRow; i++) { //A for loop while j is less than twoCol for(j = 0; j < twoCol; j++) { //Increment the address of oneMatrix by its number of columns multiplied by i oneMatrix += (oneCol * i); //Increment the address of twoMatrix by j twoMatrix += j; //A for loop while k is less than oneCol for(k = 0; k < oneCol; k++) { //Multiply the current entries of the matracies and add the answer to the current entry for the multiplied matrix *multipliedMatrix += *oneMatrix * *twoMatrix; //Increment oneMatrix by 1 oneMatrix++; //Increment twoMatrix by the number of its columns twoMatrix += twoCol; } //Increment multipliedMatrix multipliedMatrix++; //"Rewind" oneMatrix to its original address oneMatrix = initialOneMatrix; //"Rewind" twoMatrix to its original address twoMatrix = initialTwoMatrix; } } //"Rewind" multipliedMatrix to its original address multipliedMatrix = initialMultipliedMatrix; //Newline to make it pretty printf("\n"); //Call printMatrix function to print oneMatrix printMatrix(oneMatrix, oneRow, oneCol); //Newline, multiplication symbol, and two more newlines to make it pretty printf("\n*\n\n"); //Call printMatrix function to print twoMatrix printMatrix(twoMatrix, twoRow, twoCol); //Newline, equal sign, and two more newlines to make it pretty printf("\n=\n\n"); //Call printMatrix function to print multipliedMatrix printMatrix(multipliedMatrix, oneRow, twoCol); //Call destroyMatrix function to clear clear all of the matrices from memory destroyMatrix(oneMatrix); destroyMatrix(twoMatrix); destroyMatrix(multipliedMatrix); return; //End of multiplyMatrices } //Start of getRowColumn function void getRowColumn(int *row, int *col, char *matrix) { //Ask user how many rows for the specified matrix printf("Please enter the number of rows for %s\n", matrix); //Set variable 'row' to what the user input scanf("%d", row); //Ask user how many columns for the specified array printf("Please enter the number of columns for %s\n", matrix); //Set variable 'col' to what the user input scanf("%d", col); //End of getRowColumn } //Start of createMatrix function int *createMatrix(int *row, int *col) { //Initialize the new matrix in the heap memory using calloc with row times //col for an argument and using sizeof to let calloc know the size of int int *newMatrix = calloc(*row * *col, sizeof(int)); //Check if newMatrix is nonexistent, if so the memory //was unable to allocate and exit the program if(!newMatrix) { printf("Unable to allocate memory.\n"); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } //Return the newMatrix to where the function was called return(newMatrix); //End of createMatrix } //Start of getMatrixValues void getMatrixValues(int *source, int row, int col, char *name) { //Declare counting variables for the for loops int i, j; //For loop to cycle through the rows for(i = 0; i < row; i++) { //For loop to cycle through the columns for(j = 0; j < col; j++) { //Ask user for a value for the specified entry printf("Enter the value for %d %d for %s\n", i, j, name); //Set source to what the user input, then increment source by 1 scanf("%d", source++); } } //End of getMatrixValues } //Start of destroyMatrix function int *destroyMatrix(int *matrix) { //Check if matrix exists if(matrix) { //Function to free the matrix from memory free(matrix); } return(NULL); //End of destroyMatrix } //Start of printMatrix function void printMatrix(const int *source, int row, int col) { //Declare counting variables for the for loops int i, j; //Cycle through the rows for(i = 0; i < row; i++) { //Print beginning "side" to the matrix printf("|"); //Cycle through the columns for(j = 0; j < col; j++) { //Print the specified matrix entry printf("%5d", *source++); } //Print an ending "side" to the matrix with a newline printf("|\n"); } //End of printMatrix }

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