# Questions tagged [iterative-method]

A method which produces a sequence of numerical approximations which converges (provided technical conditions are satisfied) to the solution of a problem, generally through repeated applications of some procedure. Examples include Newton's method for root finding, and Jacobi iteration for matrix-vector solves.

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### Why is my iterative linear solver not converging?

What can go wrong when using preconditoned Krylov methods from KSP (PETSc's linear solver package) to solve a sparse linear system such as those obtained by discretizing and linearizing partial ...
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### full rank update to cholesky decomposition

Let $A$ be a real, symmetric, positive definite matrix. It has at least 500 rows, possibly much more. I compute its Cholesky decomposition, which allows me to calculate $det(A)$ $A^{-1}X$ for some ...
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### How to choose a method for solving linear equations

To my knowledge, there are 4 ways to solving a system of linear equations (correct me if there are more): If the system matrix is a full-rank square matrix, you can use Cramer’s Rule; Compute the ...
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### Are there any heuristics for optimizing the successive over-relaxation (SOR) method?

As I understand it, successive over relaxation works by choosing a parameter $0\leq\omega\leq2$ and using a linear combination of a (quasi) Gauss-Seidel iteration and the value at the previous ...
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### Smallest eigenvalue without inverse

Suppose $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ is a symmetric, positive definite matrix. $A$ is big enough that it's expensive to solve $Ax=b$ directly. Is there an iterative algorithm for finding the ...
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### Factorization for reweighted least squares

I am solving a problem using an iteratively-reweighted least squares method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iteratively_reweighted_least_squares Essentially this requires solving a number of least-...
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### Designing a preconditioner for a very Ill-conditionned matrix

I am a physicist with limited numerical methods knowledge and I am trying to speed up the inversion of a very ill-conditioned problem ($rcond>10^{30}$). The same sparse square matrix is used ...
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### What is the difference between “Newton-type” and “Newton-like” iteration?

Is there any clear classification between different iterative methods? What is the difference between Newton-type and ...
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### How can I numerically solve a saddle point problem with repeated constraints?

I am interested in numerically solving the following constrained minimization problem; Find the value of $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ that minimizes $f$ where $f\colon \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ is defined ...
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### Solving sparse least squares system with limited memory

This was a question on a past final that we can't figure out. Take the least squares system $$\min_x ||Ax-b||_2\, ,$$ where $A\in\mathbb{R}^{mxn}$, $m<n$, and A is full rank. A has \$\mathcal{O}(n)...
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### How to set an initial guess for the iterative solver in Comsol?

How to set the initial guess for the iterative solver GMRES or FGMRES for linear problems (Helmholtz equation of RF module) in Comsol?