# Questions tagged [linear-algebra]

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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### Converting distance matrix back into original data

Suppose that we have $N$ points, and a distance matrix $D \in \mathbb{R}^{N \times N}$ describing the Euclidean distance among those points. For now, assume that we do not necessarily know how many ...
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### Fast way of computing the action of a matrix power on a vector

For integer $k>0$, it is well-known that one can use binary exponentiation to evaluate the matrix power $\mathbf A^k$, where $\mathbf A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix. However, it is not clear to me if ...
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### Can we sparse solve a few eigenvalues specified by index range?

I need to solve a few eigenvalues of a large sparse matrix specified by their index range. These indices are according to the whole eigenspectrum sorted in algebraic (not absolute value) ascending ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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