# Getting *unnormalized* eigenvectors of a matrix with a linear algebra subroutine?

by evgenx
Tags: blas subroutine, eigenvectors
 Share this thread:
 P: 14 Hallo, I am trying to solve the following problem. I need to get eigenvectors of a matrix. I know that there are many subroutines for that in linear algebra packages, for instance in Lapack there is DSPEV, but they all give normalized eigenvectors, while I need the "original" unnormalized ones. I will very appreciate any idea/point how one can solve this using a standart library/subroutine in C or fortran (to embed it in a code written in C/frotran). Many thanks! Best regards, Evgeniy
 P: 1,043 The Eigenvectors returned from WolframAlpha appear to be un-normalized. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i...%2C+9%7D%7D%5D Are these acceptable?
 Engineering Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 7,279 What do you mean by an "unnormalized" eigenvector? If you multiply a "normalized" vector by any nonzero random number, it becomes an unnormalized vector - but I don't suppose that was what you really wanted to do.. Normalized vectors just have the some nice property. Either the maximum entrry in the vector is +1.0, or ##x^Tx = 1##, or ##x^TAx = 1##, or whatever method of normalization you choose. Normalization isn't something mysterious and complicated.
 P: 14 Getting *unnormalized* eigenvectors of a matrix with a linear algebra subroutine? Hi All, Many thanks for your replies ! Concerning the solution with Mathematica it is of course very nice but unfortunatelly I cannot use it. I need a subroutine in C or fortran because I have to embed it in a code (written in C/fortran). Sorry, that I was imprecise in my post concerning the type of solution. To the question on the "unnormalized" eigenvectors, yes you are right that normalization isn't mysterious :). In fact, I am interested in the the normalization factor in the case of x^{T}x=1. I thought that if I get the unnormalized eigenvectors, that is, the "raw" eigenvectors obtained after diagonalization of the matrix, I would be able to find the normalization factor for each vector.

 Related Discussions Calculus & Beyond Homework 4 Calculus & Beyond Homework 5 Calculus & Beyond Homework 7 Calculus & Beyond Homework 7 Linear & Abstract Algebra 1