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Questions on the algorithmic/computational aspects of linear algebra, including the solution of linear systems, least squares problems, eigenproblems, and other such matters.

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Solution of an underdetermined system stemming from a PDE with Neumann BC

Consider the Poisson's equation in 1D with homogeneous b.c.'s $\mathrm{d} \phi/\mathrm{d} x=0$ with the seven point Laplacian (1 -54 783 -1460 783 -54 1 / 576 on a uniform grid). The resulting system ...
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Efficient eigen-decomposition of covariance matrix

I am looking for an C/C++/Python algorithm implementation that calculates eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a symmetric, positive semidefinite covariance matrix. A general-purpose eigen-decomposition ...
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Eigenvalue decomposition for a very huge matrix of medical images (such as the pixel physical coordinates of CT images)

I am trying to do eigenvalue decomposition for a huge matrix larger than 788000×788000 for medical image analysis. The matrix is not sparse and every element in the matrix has a real value. And, for ...
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Solving geodesics on triangular meshes gives negative distances

I have implemented the heat method for geodesics: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~kmcrane/Projects/HeatMethod/paperCACM.pdf When I run it I am getting a solution that, visually, seems correct: In this image, ...
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Lanczos algorithm for finding top eigenvalues of a matrix sum

I am trying to find the top k leading eigenvalues of a NumPy matrix (using python dot product notation) L@L + a*X@X.T, where $L$ ...
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Check if LinearOperator is symmetric

I have a scipy.sparse.linalg.LinearOperator object. I'd like to check if its associated matrix is symmetric without actually instantiating the matrix in the most ...
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Numerical Range of a matrix in Python

In the mathematical field of linear algebra and convex analysis, the numerical range or field of values of a complex $n\times n$ matrix $A$ is the set $$W(A)=\left\{{\frac {{\mathbf {x}}^{*}A{\...
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Why is my parallel solver slower than my sequential solver?

I was playing around with PETSc and noticed that when I run my program with more than one process via MPI it seems to run even slower! How can I check to see what is going on?
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Linear solver recommendation(s) for small problems

I am interested in solving many linear systems $Ax = b$, where $A$ is symmetric positive definite and small (i.e. less than 25,000 rows) --- $b$ will be changing. We can assume that $A$ arises from ...
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Runtime of Gaussian elimination/row reduction on a rectangular $m \times n$ matrix

The runtime of Gaussian elimination on an $n \times n$ matrix is $O(n^3)$. What is the runtime on an $m \times n$ matrix? I am taking Gaussian elimination to mean putting the matrix in reduced row ...
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Software for solving large systems of linear equations over gf(2)

What available solvers are there for linear equation solver over GF(2) (Boolean), capable of dealing with large sparse systems (in the 10k - 100k variables range)?
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Interpretation of error between Hessian approximation and real Hessian - Quasi-Newton Method

$$ ||I- H_{k}^{BFGS}\nabla^{2}f(x_{k})||_{2}$$ , where $H_{k}$ is the inverse of hessian approximation at each iteration. I am given this expression to assess the error in Hessian approximation in ...
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Forward Euler Adaptive Step Size Stability

Given with a generalization using adaptive times-stepping as then is it still reasonable to assume that to ensure stability of the Euler’s forward method we need the growth factor for all n to be ...
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A numerical GMRES example

I'm having trouble understanding how GMRES works. I've read the part in Saad's book and a few others but still I am confused. Can someone provide me a numerical example to understand it better? Or if ...
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How is Krylov-accelerated Multigrid (using MG as a preconditioner) motivated?

Multigrid (MG) may be used to solve a linear system $Ax=b$ by constructing an initial guess $x_0$ and repeating the following for $i=0,1..$ until convergence: Compute the residual $r_i = b-Ax_i$ ...
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Accurate Way to Calculate Matrix Powers and Matrix Exponential for Sparse Positive Semidefinite Matrices

I do need to numerically calculate the following forms for any $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$, possibly in python: $x^T M^k x$, where $M\in\mathbb{R^{n\times n}}$ is a PSD sparse matrix, $n$ can be quite large ...
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Solve for large array of PD matrices

I have N matrices that are positive definite, and I have to solve for a M vectors. As M is large in my case, doing all solves simultaneously using np.linalg.solve ...
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How to solve this boundary value problem which has more unknown than equation on MATLAB

I need your helps about solving the problem below with MATLAB. I am trying to solve 2D Stress Wave Propagation problem by using FDTD(Finite difference time domain) method on the cylindrical coord. I ...
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Diagonalization using LAPACK

Say, we have a Hamiltonian which for simplicity does not mix particle hole sectors. It is just a simple Hamiltonian in real space as shown, $H=\sum_{ij,\sigma} A(i,j)(c_{i\sigma}^{\dagger}c_{j\sigma} +...
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Given a symmetric matrix, is it ok to apply Cholesky decomposition to see if it has negative eigenvalues?

I intend to check the diagonal of L, where A = L'L, for negative elements. However, I don't know if Cholesky is meaningful in theoretical / computational sense if there are some negative eigenvalues.
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How to find the nearest/a near positive definite from a given matrix?

I'm given a matrix. How do I find the nearest (or a near) positive definite from it? The matrix can have complex eigenvalues, not be symmetric, etc. However, all its entries are real valued. The ...
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When is it easy to invert a sparse matrix?

(Crossposted on cstheory.SE) When is it easy to invert a sparse matrix? Specifically, I'm wondering about the cases in which matrix inversion has similar cost to sparse matrix multiplication, hence ...
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Algebraic multigrid as solver and as preconditioner

My question is around the efficiency of AMG. In which case AMG can perform better,as solver or as a preconditioner(for example a Krylov space method as CG)? Assume the case of elliptic pdes.
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full rank update to cholesky decomposition for multivariate normal distribution

This question is a specialization of full rank update to cholesky decomposition, to which I hope to get a more positive answer. When calculating the minus log of the multivariate normal distribution, ...
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Efficiently compute a projection matrix from Householders reflectors

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ where $m \geq n$. Let $B$ and $\tau$ be the result of applying LAPACK's dgeqrfp method (R on the upper right triangle, and the ...
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implicit vs. explicit domain decomposition methods

I've been working on a finite element code on unstructured methods, which I've parallelized using the Schur complement method. Here's a summary of how I did it: Assign each triangle of the mesh to a ...
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How to solve system of equations with almost-zero determinant?

I have a system of equations that I am trying to solve. In matrix form, it's written as $$x(I - S) = b.$$ I am solving for $x$, where $I$ is the identity matrix and $S$ is a matrix where each column ...
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A notion of resolution in inverse problems

Suppose I have a linear inverse problem of the form: \begin{align} Ax=b \end{align} I would like to reconstruct $x$ from the measurement $b$ via the objective $$\min_x\{\vert\vert Ax-b\vert\vert^2_2+\...
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Symmetric matrix which satisfies conditions of the form $v_i^T X v_i = 0$

I want to solve an underdetermined system of linear equations $A x = b$ with $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times r^2}, x \in \mathbb{R}^{r^2}, b \in \mathbb{R}^n$. The matrix $A$ has the following additional ...
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Efficiently computing $e^{tX}$ for many different values of $t$

Given an anti-Hermitian and sparse matrix $X$, I am using Python (NumPy and SciPy) to compute the matrix exponential $f(t) := e^{tX}$ for many values of $t$. The method I am currently using is to ...
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Upper bound on condition number in linear preconditioning

I'm studying iterative methods for solving linear system, and I find the following setting in Wikipedia: Consider a matrix splitting $A = M-N$, where $A,M,N$ are all symmetric and positive definite ...
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Numerical Linear Algebra: When to use Direct methods versus iterative methods to solve a linear system - for PDEs in particular

I am reading the Chapra and Canale book on numerical methods, and was working through the chapters on solving linear systems. Now the book goes through direct methods including Gaussian Elimination, ...
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Given an unpivoted form of Aasen's algorithm, how does one add pivoting?

I've implemented the version of Aasen's algorithm described in the book Matrix Computations 4th Edition. The version there doesn't have pivoting. The book's description of how to add pivoting is a bit ...
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How do I extract the output of Aasen's algorithm into a usable form?

I tried implementing the algorithm in Aasen's 1971 paper on factorizing symmetric indefinite matrices. I've translated the code verbatim from Algol into Python, and I used the test example given in ...
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Complexity of solving an image differential linear system

Define an "image differential linear system" as a linear system $A\mathbf{x}=\mathbf{b}$ wherein $\mathbf{x}$ contains the ($\mathbb{R}$) pixels of an image and each row of $A$ constrains ...
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Parallelize Scipy iterative methods for linear equation systems(bicgstab) in Python

I need to solve linear equations system Ax = b, where A is a sparse CSR matrix with size 500 000 x 500 000. I'am using scipy.bicgstab and it takes almost 10min to solve this system on my PC and I need ...
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How to make a directed graph symmetric?

Say I have a directed graph given as an adjacency matrix $A$ in CSR format represented by the arrays ia (row indexes) and ja (...
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Equations that are easier to verify than to solve?

Are there interesting examples of (systems) of equations where it is known to be harder to find a solution (in terms of scaling with respect to problem size) than verifying a provided solution for ...
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Range of a matrix from its complete orthogonal decomposition

In this StackOverflow answer, @Gokul has shown how to get a basis of the kernel of a matrix with the help of the 'Eigen' function CompleteOrthogonalDecomposition. ...
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Trace of inverse from LU decomposition

Given an LU decomposition of $A\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, is there a way to compute $\operatorname{trace}(A^{-1})$ with lower complexity than that of the inversion ($O(n^3)$ in practice)? This ...
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Factorization of cubic spline interpolation matrix

In cubic spline interpolation, we use the set of knots and function values $(x_i,y_i),i=1,...,n$ to construct a (tridiagonal) system of equations for the unknowns $\sigma_i$: $$ h_{i-1}\sigma_{i-1} + ...
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Efficient computation of marginalized multivariate normal likelihood

In general,if we know that the marginal Gaussian distribution for some variable $\textbf{x}$ and a conditional Gaussian distribution for some $\textbf{y}|\textbf{x}$ of the forms: $$p(\textbf{x}) = \...
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Formula for overdetermined logical matrix pseudoinverse not requiring SVD?

In https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YI_%3D_PI.png, you will find a formula-based solution for an overdetermined logical matrix pseudoinverse. This simple formula gives the same result as the ...
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Choice of iterative solver for a sparse asymmetric matrix with symmetric structure

I have a sparse $nxn$ matrix A with pretty interesting structure. It has a block structure with symmetric structure but asymmetric blocks. Expressed mathematically $A_{jk} = A_{kj}$ but $A_{jk} \neq ...
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Diagonalization of Hermitian matrices vs Unitary matrices

What are the general algorithms used for diagonalization of large Hermitian matrices and Unitary matrices? ($>5000 \times 5000$) LAPACK seems to diagonalize Hermitian matrices almost 20 times as ...
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Algorithm for computing inner products multiple times

I am taking a computational linear algebra course and i got stuck during a homework problem concerning the computation of inner products. I am supposed to compute the inner product:$$\mathrm{a}_{\...
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Optimize linear equation using inner products and subject to L1 norm

I have a linear system of the form $A x = b$ where $A$ and $b$ are known, $A$ is "square", and $\lvert b \rvert_1 = \lvert x \rvert_1 = 1$. Unfortunately, I am working in a framework that ...
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Efficient change of basis real positive definite symmetric matrix

I need to optimize a code where the most performance critical part is doing a 'change of basis', in other words it is an unitary similarity transformation on a big real positive definite symmetric ...
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Ill-conditioned stiffness matrix

I am writting a Fem code in c++ for a 2d plane stress model. My question is regarding the assembly stiffness matrix.I noticed that some elements of the matrix are not exactly zero but insted a number ...
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Jacobi iterative method

I'm using Jacobi iterative method for finding eigenvalue and eigenvector for hermitian or symmetric matrix. Eigenvectors corresponding to eigenvalues are not exact. The third eigenvector is totally ...

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