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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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Increase convergence of non-linear equations resulting from ODEs

I am trying to solve a set of couple ODEs: $V_l(r) - r W_l(r) - f1(r) W_l' = 0\tag 1$ $r^2 h''_l(r) + f2 r h_l'(r) + f3 h_l(r) - f4 U_l(r) = 0 \tag 2$ $\kappa (U_l + h_l) + V_{l+1} + W_{l+1} = 0\...
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What is the underlying structure of scientific code performance?

Consider two computers with different hardware and software configurations. When running the exact same serial Navier-Stokes code on each platform it takes x and y time to execute one iteration for ...
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Convergence/stagnation of BiCGStab(l)

I am solving 3D time-harmonic Maxwell FDFD problems (which result in huge sparse linear systems) using BiCGStab(l). I have tried out a bunch of different methods and for my specific use case, it seems ...
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Understanding the meaning of Computational Order of Convergence

I am a postgraduate student with interest in numerical methods for solving nonlinear systems of equations. I have read some papers that discussed about 'computational order of convergence' for some ...
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Convergence of GMRES

From what I understand the GMRES method is (using Arnoldi Iterations/Modified Gram-Schmidt): The first vector of the Krylov subspace span of A is the normalized vector $\frac{\vec b - A\vec x_0} {|| \...
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Decreasing spectral radius

I have a $4\times 4$ matrix and I want to use Jacobi iteration on it. Right now the spectral radius is higher than $1$. I know that the method is guaranteed to converge if the matrix is diagonally ...
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Is it possible to ensure global convergence of a fixed point iteration?

Suppose I have a fixed point iteration of the form $$x_{n+1}=f(x_n).$$ Suppose further that after some initial testing, I found that it does not converge to an a priori known fixed point $x^*$. I ...
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Jacobi Iteration diverges?

I'm working through a problem in a textbook as follows: "Consider the $d \times d$ Toeplitz matrix $$ A = \left[ \begin{array}{ccccc} 2 & 1 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ -1 &2 &1&\...
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What are Implications of Commutative Diagrams?

This question may be too broad. But I really want to know some concrete explanations. I often find various commutations appear here and there, which concerns the application order of two operators. ...
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Looking for an algorithm that allocates climbing hold colors to wall sectors

I posted this question earlier on stackoverflow, where it was closed as off-topic. I hope it survives here. I our climbing gym, the routes need to be re-set from time to time. The following rules ...
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Levenberg optimizer halts quickly when given more variables, or fewer constraints

I'm using the g2o C++ optimization library to refine a GPS trajectory using accelerometer data. The program uses a Levenberg-Marquardt optimizer over data points representing the position and ...
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What is the current state of polynomial preconditioners?

I wonder what has happened to polynomial preconditioners. I am interested in them, because they appear to be comparatively elegant from a mathematical perspective, but as far as I have read in surveys ...
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Understanding the “rate of convergence” for iterative methods

According to Wikipedia the rate of convergence is expressed as a specific ratio of vector norms. I'm trying to understand the difference between "linear" and "quadratic" rates, at different points of ...
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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 ...
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How to remove Rigid Body Motions in Linear Elasticity?

I want to solve $K u = b$ where $K$ is my stiffness matrix. However some constraints may be missing an therefore some rigid body motion may be still present in the system (due to eigenvalue zero). ...
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Iterative solution to a nonlinear equation

I appologize in advance if this question is silly. I need to compute the root of \begin{equation} u -f(u) =0 \end{equation} Where $u$ is a real vector and $f(u)$ is a real-vector valued function. ...
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Eigenvectors with the Power Iteration

To compute the eigenvector corresponding to dominant eigenvalue of a symmetric matrix $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, one used Power Iteration, i.e., given some random initialization, $u_1\in\mathbb{R}^...
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Convergence of the gradient descent and linear vs non-linear fixed point iteration

Suppose a system $$Ax=b$$ is given, with $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ being a symmetric positive-definite matrix, and some non-zero $b\in\mathbb{R}^n$. The gradient method with optimum step length can ...
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Solving a system with a small rank diagonal update

Suppose I have the original large, sparse linear system: $A\textbf{x}_0=\textbf{b}_0$. Now, I do not have $A^{-1}$ as A is too large to factor or any sort of decomposition of $A$, but assume that I ...
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Is the sparsity pattern of a linear system important for iterative (KSP) solvers?

Pretty much the question. Given a general sparse, non-symmetric (both numerically and structurally) matrix, how important is the sparsity pattern (i.e. row/column permutation of matrix/vector) for ...
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Projecting out the null-space of $A$ from $b$ in $Ax=b$

Given the system $$Ax=b,$$ where $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, I read that, in case Jacobi iteration is used as a solver, the method will not converge if $b$ has a non-zero component in the null-space ...
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How to establish that an iterative method can be applied to large matrices whose size may reach 10^3?

I have an iterative method for computing the Moore-Penrose generalized inverse of matrices, that is $$X_{k+1} = ((I-\beta X_{k}A)^t) + X_{k}$$ with initial approximation: $$X_{0} = \beta AA^t$$ ...
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What guidelines should I use when searching for good preconditioning methods for a specific problem?

For the solution of large linear systems $Ax=b$ using iterative methods, it is often of interest to introduce preconditioning, e.g. solve instead $M^{-1}(Ax=b)$, where $M$ is here used for left-...
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Gradient descent to stationary, or accumulation point

I recently came across the notion of an accumulation point as a result of a certain gradient descent variation. The following definition was found: An accumulation point $P$ is such that there are an ...
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Unique coordinates (solutions) in a single Gauss-Seidel iteration

I managed to reduce certain computational problem to the Gauss-Seidel solution of the following linear system: $$Ax=Ly,$$ where $A, L\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ are weighted Laplacian matrices (...
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Safe application of iterative methods on diagonally dominant matrices

Suppose the following linear system is given $$Lx=c,\tag1$$ where $L$ is the weighted Laplacian known to be positive $semi-$definite with a one dimensional null space spanned by $1_n=(1,\dots,1)\in\...
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A Comparison between GMRES, QMR and LU for Dense Matrices

As I see it, there are 3 ways to solve unstructured dense system of equations: GMRES, QMR and LU. Has anyone done a comparison for these three? As far as I know, LU is the preferred choice and it is ...
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Krylov Subspace Methods for Dense Systems

I am currently researching on the viability of using KS methods for solving large dense systems. What I wish to prove (or disprove) is that methods like CG, BiCG and QMR are as good (if not better) ...
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On Vanilla Preconditioners for solving dense $Ax=b$ iteratively

I am looking for preconditioners which don't assume anything about the matrix or its origins. I basically want to be able to type in the following in MATLAB and have quick solving time: ...
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Determining the algorithmic complexity

A few of the iterative matrix algorithms (CG,GMRES etc.) I have authored are acting rather funny. They converge to the right answers but take abnormally long time to run. I am in the process of ...
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Iterative methods for indefinite systems without block structure

Indefinite systems of matrices appear for example in the discretization of saddle point problems by mixed finite elements. The system matrix can then be put in the form $$\begin{pmatrix} A & B^t \...
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Jacobi iteration to reduce the quadratic function

Given certain function $f(X)$ which is quadratic in $X\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times d}$, $$\frac{1}{2}tr(X^TAX) - tr(Y^TBX)$$ for positive definite weighted Laplacian matrices $A, B\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}...
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Question about the smoothing operators in multigrid methods for nonlinear PDEs

Suppose we are dealing with a nonlinear problem, say $$ A u := L u + G(u) = f $$ the nonlinearity of the operator $A$ is the polynomial type, ie, $L$ is a linear operator, and $G(u) = u^k$, or ...
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How to establish that an iterative method for large linear systems is convergent in practice?

In computational science we often encounter large linear systems which we are required to solve by some (efficient) means, e.g. by either direct or iterative methods. If we focus on the latter, how ...
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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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Can a Krylov subspace method be used as a smoother for multigrid?

As far as I am aware, multigrid solvers use iterative smoothers such as Jacobi, Gauss-Seidel, and SOR to dampen the error at various frequencies. Could a Krylov subspace method (like conjugate ...
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What is a good stop criterion when using an iterative method to find eigenvalues?

I read this answer, and realized I have been using the difference between sucessive iterates to define a stop criterion for an iterative method of finding eigenvalues/vectors. What are good stop ...
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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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