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Eigen Values of Positive Definite Matrix 
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Sep1311, 03:05 PM

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Hi, i was wondering is there a way I can find the eigenvalues of a positive definite matrix. ?



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Sep1311, 03:32 PM

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Yes, find the characteristic polynomial and find its roots. The roots are the eigenvalues and should be positive.



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Sep1311, 04:03 PM

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That is true for any matrix, I was hoping to get an algorithm ..my matrix is large



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Sep1311, 04:07 PM

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Eigen Values of Positive Definite Matrix
Google uses the power iteration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_iteration ). Maybe that'll help?



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Sep1311, 05:15 PM

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How large is "large?" 100x100 or 1 millon x 1 million? Do you want all the eigenvalues, or just a few of them (either the largest or smallest ones?)
There are several different methods that will find all the eigenvalues of a moderate sized matrix (up to about 500 x 500 or 1000 x 1000 if you get lucky) efficiently. Google for the EISPACK library for computer codes. Trying to do this by hand is far too much work for anything bigger than about a 3x3 matrix. For finding some eigenvalues of bigger postive definite matrices, probably the best method is the Lanczos algorithm, but I woudn't advise trying to write your own code to implement it (even though the maths appears to be quite straightforward) because there are some subtle numerical issues that you have to get right, or else it will fail to converge. 


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Sep1311, 05:45 PM

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What are your thoughts regarding QR decomposition ?



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Sep1311, 05:46 PM

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my maximum matrix size is 100*100, I want to find all the eigen values.



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Sep1311, 11:25 PM

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Just use one of the many routines or algorithms available. For example, MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica are commercial software packages that could do it. Free packages are also available (for example, Octave is a free MATLAB clone). Or if you want an algorithm, use one of the many ones available on the NETLIB site. You could probably find one specific to your problem (for example, eigenvalues only, real entries, symmetric, etc.).



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