Spectral decomposition of symmetric matrix $A_{n\times n}$, specifically, $n=3$

find the orthogonal matrix $Q$ and diagonal matrix $\Lambda$ such that:

$A=Q\Lambda Q^T$

How to implement such decomposition in Eigen C++? or any other C++ implementations?


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You're looking for the SelfAdjointEigenSolver class, and there is also an example in the user manual that I report here:

#include <iostream>
#include <Eigen/Dense>
using namespace std;
using namespace Eigen;
int main()
   Matrix2f A;
   A << 1, 2, 2, 3;
   cout << "Here is the matrix A:\n" << A << endl;
   SelfAdjointEigenSolver<Matrix2f> eigensolver(A);
   if (eigensolver.info() != Success) abort();
   cout << "The eigenvalues of A are:\n" << eigensolver.eigenvalues() << endl;
   cout << "Here's a matrix whose columns are eigenvectors of A \n"
        << "corresponding to these eigenvalues:\n"
        << eigensolver.eigenvectors() << endl;

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