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A popular krylov subspace method for solving linear systems of equations, particularly those that exhibit symmetric positive definiteness.

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How to find a good preconditioner to the system $(A^T A + \lambda I) x = A^T b$?

The system in the title has a damper factor $\lambda > 0$ and the matrix $A$ is sparse and rectangular, with a structure I can exploit to solve matrix vector products very fast. My current solver, ...
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Stochastic conjugate directions to improve convergence in narrow valleys

My question concerns a specific statement in this paper: N. N. Schraudolph and T. Graepel, "Conjugate Directions for Stochastic Gradient Descent," in Int. Conf. Artificial Neural Networks, Berlin, ...
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How can a CG solver solve a non positive definite sparse matrix

I am using the CUSP CG solver and I ran it on couple of sparse matrices from the University of Florida sparse matrix collection. The solver was able to solve non positive definite sparse matrices. My ...
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What is required of the objective function in order to use Gauss Newton method?

From what I understand, the Gauss-Newton method is used to find a search direction, then the step size, etc., can be determined by some other method. In addition to that, are the following ...
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Linear constraints for L-BFGS-B

I know L-BFGS-B only supports simple box constrains of the form: $l_i \leq x_i \leq u_i$, where $l_i$ and $u_i$ are constants. For my specific optimization problem, I need to specify some simple ...
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Adaptive gradient descent

I want to minimize some multivariable function $\Delta(\alpha, \beta)$. I know that this function has a zero point, $\Delta(5, 5) = 0$. Starting from some $(\alpha, \beta)$ close to $(5,5)$ (e.g. (4....
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How to verify solution to pre-conditioned linear systems solver?

I am solving Ax=b. A has a very large condition number (> O(10^10)) I am using the conjugate gradients method with point jacobi pre-conditioning. I obtained a solution 'x' that "looks" reasonable. ...
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What are the differences between the different gradient-based numerical optimization methods?

I am interested in the specific differences of the following methods: The conjugate gradient method (CGM) is an algorithm for the numerical solution of particular systems of linear equations. The ...
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Computing preconditioner for a non-linear conjugate gradient implementation

Consider the following steps for the $i$-th non-linear conjugate gradient iteration, in the context of 3D electromagnetic inversion, and as discussed in (Newman and Boggs, 2004): (1) set $i = 1$, ...
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Search direction for CG method

I am studying optimization methods and I was able to understand and derive the search direction $$ p_k = r_{k-1} + \beta p_{k-1} $$ for Conjugate Gradient Method, with $$ \beta = -\frac{p_{k-1}^...
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Conjugate gradient method to minimize a function

I am having some serious difficulties trying to understand how to use (apply) CG to minimize a function. In all the textbooks and notes, the step size $\alpha$ is give by the following expression $$ \...
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Optimization based integration for MPM

I'm considering implementing (just for simplicity) the unconstrained implicit optimization based integration for Material Point Method as described in Chenfanfu Jiang's thesis on MPM (the minimization ...
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Understanding MATLAB's `fmincg` optimization function

I'm researching numerical optimization. Recently I've come across a variant of a conjugate gradient method named fmincg. The function is written in MATLAB and is ...
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Solving the Poisson equation with Neumann Boundary Conditions - Finite Difference, BiCGSTAB

I am trying to solve the Poisson equation in a rectangular domain using a finite difference scheme with a rectangular mesh. I have happily generated the matrix system of equations Ax = b which is ...
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CG question: is symmetry always necessary?

Consider the 1D Poisson equation $$\nabla^2 u = f.$$ Using finite difference method on cell corner data and a uniform grid with ghost points, I think we can write the system of equations with Neumann ...
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Boundary conditions in conjugate gradient method for poisson's equation

I want to use the conjugate gradient method to solve poisson's equation in an electrostatic setup: \begin{align} \rho=-\nabla^2\phi \end{align} I am however a little confused when it comes to the ...
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Adaptive gradient descent step size when you can't do a line search

I have an objective function $E$ dependent on a value $\phi(x, t = 1.0)$, where $\phi(x, t)$ is the solution to a PDE. I am optimizing $E$ by gradient descent on the initial condition of the PDE: $\...
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2D Laplace problem with mixed boundary conditions using Conjugate Gradients

I am being asked for one of my classes to solve 2D Laplace equations with mixed boundary conditions using the Conjugate Gradient method. The equations and conditions are given as: $$ \frac{\partial^...
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The linear system in Quasi Newton method

I have implemented a Quasi Newton method for my problem, where I use the Hessian matrix approximation based approach. Hence, there is a linear system solve in every iteration. I solve the linear ...
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Solving a set of linear equations with block structure and weak coupling

I have a standard set of linear equations $Ax=b$ where the Hessian matrix $A$ has the special block structure as shown: $A= \begin{pmatrix} T & U\\ U^T & V \end{pmatrix}$, $x= \begin{...
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Conjugate Gradient, initial direction set to initial residual

In the (iterative) Conjugate Gradient (CG) algorithm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjugate_gradient_method The initial search direction $p_{0}$ is set to the initial residual $r_{0}$. But I can't ...
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Nonlinear conjugate gradient restart threshold 1/10

Nocedal and Wright on Conjugate Gradient Methods, p. 123, describe a restart strategy ... whenever two consecutive gradients are far from orthogonal $\qquad {{| \nabla f_k^T \ \nabla f_{k-1} |} \...
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Can this equation be solved with the conjugate gradient method?

Let $A$ be positive-definite and $C$ diagonal positive-definite, consider the problem of solving the following equation for $\bf x$ $$A{\bf x}+C\begin{bmatrix} e^{x_1} \\ \vdots \\ e^{x_n} \end{...
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What is the worst case complexity of Conjugate Gradient?

Let $A\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, symmetric and positive definite. Suppose it takes $m$ units of work to multiply a vector by $A$. It is well known that performing the CG algorithm on $A$ with ...
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Why does conjugate gradient work with this nonsymmetric preconditioner?

In this previous thread the following multiplicative way to combine symmetric preconditioners $P_1$ and $P_2$ for the symmetric system $Ax=b$ was suggested: \begin{align} P_\text{combo}^{-1} :=& ...
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Conjugate gradient: the 1-norm of the residual

I am trying to solve $Ax=b$ using the conjugate gradient method. However, it is important to me to obtain a bound not only on the usual residual $||b-Ax_k||_2$ but also on the quantity $||b-Ax_k||_1$. ...
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Solve FEM matrix from coupled system

I'm developing an FEM solver for a coupled system. I have diffusion and potential equations which result in positive definite matrices for each equation, but the coupling makes the overall system ...
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How to implement conjugate gradient method to minimize this nonlinear action?

Given a 2D stochastic differential equation: \begin{align} \dot{x}_{i}=f_{i}(\textbf{x})+g_{ij}\xi_{j}(t), \end{align} where $i=2$, $g_{ij}g_{jk}=2\epsilon\delta_{ik}$ and $f(\textbf{x})=-\nabla\phi(\...
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Trust-region Newton: implementation issue with Conjugate Gradient calculations

UPDATE: The problem turned out to be the step (refer penultimate paragraph below) where I was factoring out a small value from the vectors of the numerator and denominator and then computed dot ...
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Hessian-free and Truncated Newton methods

In this paper on Deep Learning for Machine Learning, the approach is referred to as Hessian-free method. That is because the Hessian is never computed explicitly. Instead, the product of the Hessian ...
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Caveats of Hessian free method

Hessian free iterative optimization techniques like Newton-CG, do not explicitly compute the Hessian but instead approximate the product of the Hessian with a vector through finite difference. The ...
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Search Direction in Conjugate Gradient

Could you help me with a Conjugate Gradient question? In using CG to solve Ax=b, why is the search direction $p_{k+1}$ in CG chosen as a linear combination of the residual $r_k$ and previous direction ...
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Is it possible to predict the null space of a structure from contributing elements null spaces?

I am trying to solve an almost incompressible problem with heterogeneous properties by domain decomposition. Solution with CG converges slowly or divergerces completely. My problem becomes ill-...
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What are some reasons that Conjugate Gradient iteration does not converge?

I would greatly appreciate it if you could share some reasons the Conjugate Gradient iteration for Ax = b does not converge? My matrix A is symmetric positive definite. Thank you so much! Edit with ...
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Solving a system of nonlinear PDEs by minimization

I have two coupled nonlinear partial differential equations of the form: $ \begin{align} \dot{u} -f(u,u',u'',v,v',v'')=0 \\ \dot{v} -g(u,u',u'',v,v',v'')=0 \end{align} $ The boundary conditions are ...
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Linear equation system: Direct solver works, iterative solver does not

I have to solve for x in b = A*x, where a is sparse. This works fine with Matlab's mldivide: x = A \ b. Since I will have to use an iterative algorithm for very large A, I'm currently testing Matlab's ...
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SLATEC rouitne dslucs() and MKL correspondence

I am looking for a routine (or set of routines) in the Intel MKL that that can replace dslucs (Incomplete LU BiConjugate Gradient Squared Ax=b Solver) in ...
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What's the difference between conjugate gradient method and biconjugate gradient method

What's the difference between these two methods? Can a problem be solved by one method will be able to solved by the other? Can both/or one of them be parallelized with OpenMP and/or MPI?
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Conjugate residual/gradient convergence checking in practice

Let's say we want to solve $Ax=b$ ($A$ symmetric positive /semi/definite) with the conjugate residual/gradient method. $A$ comes from FEM where the mesh is being refined. The exact solution is $x_*$ ...
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Would recalculating the residual in the conjugate gradient method help?

The conjugate gradient method suffers from an accumulation of errors as it continues. For this reason it is unwise to use it as a direct solver. My question is, would it help to recalculate the ...
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How to solve this system with conjugate gradient algorithm in matlab

CG Algorithm https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E0ED7271C68BE47C!386&v=3 System of equations, the question and the example https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E0ED7271C68BE47C!387&v=3 <...
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Which non-linear conjugate gradient possess finite termination property

There are many variants of non-linear conjugate gradient method available ( Flatcher-Reeves, Polak-Rebiere, Dai-Yuan). In case of minimization of quadratic function when first search direction is ...
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PETSc Krylov Subspace and nullspace

How is the nullspace correction implemented in the PETSc conjugate gradient solver? I searched the source code and documentation, but could not find references on the actual implementation. For ...
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Gradient descent and conjugate gradient descent

For a project, I have to implement these two methods and compare how they perform on different functions. It looks like the conjugate gradient method is meant to solve systems of linear equations of ...
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Genetic algorithm vs conjugate gradient method

I am trying to optimize some force-field parameters in a molecular framework so that the result of simulation comes as close as it can to the experimental structure. In the past, I have written a ...
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Problems where Conjugate gradient works much better than GMRES

I am interested in cases where Conjugate gradient works much better than GMRES method. In general, CG is preferable choice in many cases of SPD (symmetric-positive-definite) because it requires less ...
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nonlinear conjugate gradient for multivariable functions

For the optimization problem $\underset{\mathbf{x}\in \mathbb{R}^n}{\operatorname{argmin}} f(\mathbf{x})$, we can use the following standard nonlinear conjugate gradient method to find the solution: $...
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Calculating determinant while solving $Ax=b$ using CG

I am solving $Ax=b$ for a huge sparse positive definite matrix $A$ using the conjugate gradient (CG) method. It is possible to compute the determinant of $A$ using the information produced during the ...
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Is there a nonlinear solver similar to CGNR evaluating only $A^TAx$?

First of all, I am quite new to this field and I excuse myself in advance for any stupid content in this question. In the field of compressed sensing or deblurring I have a nonlinear optimization ...
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Checking for error in conjugate gradient algorithm

What is a good way to check if the any numerical error is occured in conjugate gradient algorithm. Additionally why is it not suggested to check error by checking A-orthogonality of search direction ...