# Tagged Questions

{numerical-linear-algebra} questions involving algorithms for linear algebra computations.

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### Dennis More' Superlinear Convergence_refrences request

Why in the proof of superlinear convergence of restricted broyden class (for the unconstrained optimization) we need the bounded deterioration condition for the approximation of all the true hessian ...
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### Add a multiple of $I$ to a matrix to minimize its operator norm

Given $A\in\mathbb{C}^{n\times n}$, what is $s_* = \arg\min \|A-sI\|$? Here $\|A\|$ is the operator norm, $\|A\|=\rho(A^*A)^{1/2}$, and $I$ is the identity. The corresponding problem for the ...
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### Efficiently compute the trace of a sparse matrix times the inverse of a sparse matrix?

How can I efficiently compute $\mathrm{trace}(A(B^{-1}))$ where $A$ and $B$ are both sparse symmetric PSD $n \times n$ matrices, both with $O(n)$ non-zero entries? If it helps, the pattern of non-...
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### Why Householder reflection is better than Givens rotation in dense linear algebra?

It’s obvious that Givens rotation works better with sparse matrices. But I don’t know why Householder reflection is better for dense matrices. Does it require less computations? Or it’s numerically ...
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### Simplifying product of matrix exponential?

Is there a known generalization for n-term matrix exponential multiplication? I am aware that the Baker–Campbell–Hausdorff formula could be used, e.g.: ...
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### Is spectral properties a general term for condition number?

I am reading an article about solving large sparse linear systems, in this paper it’s said that most of the iterative methods to solve $Ax = b$ are very much influenced by the spectral properties of ...
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### Determining Nullspace Basis such that only one column is deleted or added as row is added or deleted, and remaining columns of basis stay the same

I would like to compute, in MATLAB, the basis Z for the nullspace of an m by n matrix A, such that if one row of A is added (resulting in A_a), the basis for A_a is n-m-1 of the n-m columns of Z, i.e.,...
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### Numerical solution of singular ODE

Consider the singular ODE $y''+\frac{y'}{r}+p(r)y=0 \ \ with \ \ y(0)=1 \ \ and \ \ y'(0)=0$. Theoretically such solution exists and is unique if $p$ is nice. Is there a method to numerically ...
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### Interesting relationships between Cholesky decomposition and diagonalization

Let $\Sigma$ be a hermitian positive definite matrix and $L$ be it's Cholesky decomposition so that $LL^\ast=\Sigma$. Furthermore, let's diagonalize $\Sigma$ as $\Sigma = P\Lambda P^\ast$. $\Lambda$ ...
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### Splines linearly independent

Let $N_1:=\chi_{[0,1]}$ be defined as this characteristic function and $N_n:=N_{n-1}*N_1$ then this leads to polynomials with support $[0,n]$. These splines are well-studied click for wikipedia My ...
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### Eigenvectors of a symmetric positive definite Toeplitz matrix

I wish to efficiently compute the eigenvectors of an n x n symmetric positive definite Toeplitz matrix K. A full eigendecomposition would be even better. Although I assumed this would be a well ...
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First of all I would like to thank everyone over here at mathoverflow for their amazing generosity and help (for both pros and newbies like myself). I apologize if this question seems dumb; I'm a new ...
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### Conditions for convergence of Euler's method

It is known that a sufficient and necessary condition for $$\dot y(t) = f(y(t), t), \quad t > 0, \quad y(0) = y_0$$ to have a unique solution is $f$ Lipschitz in $y$ and continuous in $t$. However, ...
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### What are interesting heuristics of determining how far given matrix is from a singular one?

The condition number and volume of matrix (defined as absolute value of its determinant) are things which come to mind. Is there more? I think that over the years numerical folks (who are faced with ...
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### How to fit a stochastic matrix to given data.?

Given a data sequence of noisy observations of a 3-state Markov chain $X$ -- $y_1$,$y_2$,...$y_n$, with two transition matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$ corresponding to different regions (**) in the (unit) ...