I have a mult-dimension matrix (or perhaps tensor more appropriately), for example:

`a = rand(5, 5, 5, 5)`

. It satisfies translational symmetry, i.e. `a[i, j, k, l] = a[i - k, j, l]`

.

In such case, how could I save the memory for constructing this? I would use it for some tensor contraction. Thank you!

# Save memory of a translational symmetric matrix

**Tamas_Papp**#2

You could create a custom `<: AbstractArray`

type that calculates the required elements on demand, just storing a single one from each equivalence class. Just implement the Array interface (link is to latest, if you are using v0.6 change accordingly).

Following your suggestion, I am trying something like this:

```
struct TransSymmetric{T, N} <: AbstractArray{T, N}
data::AbstractArray{T, N-1}
dims::NTuple{N, Int}
end
```

Since the underlying data is one dim less than what it appears, I intend to try `N-1`

in the type parameters, which is wrong, however. Then I tried:

```
struct TT1{T, N} <: AbstractArray{T, N}
data::AbstractArray{T, typeof(TT1).parameters[2]-1}
dims::NTuple{N, Int}
end
```

This shows that `BoundsError: attempt to access svec()`

. I assume the struct hasn’t been initiated before accessing its type parameters? My question is how can I restrict the dim of `data`

inside?

**rdeits**#4

This isn’t something you can do, unfortunately. For a workaround, see https://stackoverflow.com/a/34075704 and Arithmetic on integer type parameters