# Questions tagged [eigenvalues]

Eigenvalues are a special set of scalars associated with a linear system of equations (i.e., a matrix equation) that are sometimes also known as characteristic roots, characteristic values (Hoffman and Kunze 1971), proper values, or latent roots (Marcus and Minc 1988, p. 144).

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### Fast way to compute all eigenvalues of a dense Hermitian matrix

I am finding the eigenvalues of dense NxN Hermitian matrix which is calculated from a density operator in quantum physics. All the eigenvalues are needed as I need to calculate the sum of the absolute ...
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### eigenvalue of small symmetric matrices

If I am to solve a symmetric eigenvalue system $A=QDQ^T$, where $A\in\mathcal{R}^{n\times n}$ and $n$ is small (in the range 4 - 64); I want all the eigenvectors and eigenvalues; There are two major ...
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### How can QR iteration with complex matrices produce complex diagonal entries?

In Lapack (zhseqr) and matlab, the eigenvalues of a complex matrix are computed successfully. I notice that QR iteration or algorithm is involved with that process. QR iteration repeats to call QR ...
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### Testing if a matrix is positive semi-definite

I have a list ${\cal L}$ of symmetric matrices that I need to check for positive semi-definiteness (i.e their eigenvalues are non-negative.) The comment above implies that one could do it by ...
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### Flop counts for LAPACK symmetric eigenvalue routines DSYEV, DSYEVD, DSYEVX and DSYEVR

LAPACK has following 4 routines for calculating eigenvalues of a real symmetric matrix; namely DSYEV, DSYEVD, DSYEVX and DSYEVR (DSYEVR being the recommended one). If I were to calculate both ...
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### Eigenvalues of a sparse banded nonsymmetric matrix from an elliptic operator

I have a sparse matrix coming from the discretization of a 3D elliptic PDE. The matrix is banded with seven non-zeros diagonals. The sparsity pattern of the matrix looks like this (the actual matrix ...
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### Error propagation on GSL eigenvalues computation

The problem comes from the need to estimate the error propagation of the spectral norm computation of a square matrix $A$ of which I know the components' $A_{ij}$ absolute error. The fundamental step ...
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### Lanczos algorithm with thick restart on a dynamic matrix

According to a recommendation, this is a re-post of that. currently, I'm working on a way to compute the 2 biggest eigenvalues of a real, symmetric, huge and sparse matrix that changes a few entries ...
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### Finding interior eigenvalues using Davidson algorithm

Is it possible to find interior eigenvalues closer to some lambda using Davidson method? I was searching online but found that most people use Jacobi-Davidson method for that.
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### Computing eigendecomposition of a Hermitian matrix that is almost unitary

I have a dense Hermitian matrix that is approximately unitary, so it has eigenvalues that are $\sim \pm1$. I would like to compute all the eigenvectors corresponding to the $+1$ eigenvalue (not ...
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### Finding eigenvalues of a complex symmetric tridiagonal matrix

I am trying to find specific eigenvalues and -vectors of a large complex symmetric tridiagonal matrix (at least 10000x10000, and ideally larger). I know roughly which eigenvalues I am looking for, so ...
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### How to find the smallest positive eigenvalue of a large general system if they are all in +/- pairs of real eigenvalues

I used MKL Lapack SBGVX because it can solve for "selected" eigenvalues/modes (both positive and negative), thinking it would be efficient, but it is extremely slow when compared with Bathe's subspace ...
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### Solving a generalised eigenvalue problem

I have a generalized eigenvalue problem in the standard form $\lambda \mathbf{B} \mathbf{x} = \mathbf{A} \mathbf{x}$, resulting from a finite difference discretization of a coupled system of two ...
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### Singular matrix - but SVD works - what does the eigenvalues mean? Find I the “dependent” lines?

please can I ask a bit stupid question? I have a complex matrix A as a set of equations. I wanted to find the solution of Ax=b where b is vector of right-hand side. So I have called zgetrf on A (does ...
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### Eigenvalue Decomposition of Hermitian Matrix in Scala

I'm working on helping my friend create code to perform the Overlap Dirac Operator and have come across one part that I'm not sure what to do. I need to compute the Eigenvalues and corresponding ...
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### Simple Lanczos algorithm code to obtain eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a symmetric matrix

I would like to write a simple program (in C) using Lanczos algorithm. I came across a Matlab example which helped me to understand a bit further the algorithm, however from this piece of code I can't ...
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### Solving PDE or eigenvalue problems without FEM

Do you know any methods/solvers for PDE or eigenvalue problems like $\begin{cases} \Delta u= 0\ (\text{ or }\lambda u) & \text{ in }\Omega \\ u =0 & \text{ on }\partial \Omega \end{cases}$ (...
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### Estimate extreme eigenvalues with CG

CG may be used to estimate the extremal eigenvalues of a SPD matrix (by computing eigenvalues of tridiagonal matrix associated with the Lanczos algorithm). After a few iterations the largest ...