LECTURE 4: LINEAR ALGEBRA • We wish to solve for a linear system of equations. For now assume equal number of equations as variables N. E.g. N=4:

Ax=b: formal solution is x=A-1b; A is NxN matrix. Matrix inversion is very slow. b

Gaussian elimination • Multiply any row of A by any constant, and do the same on b • Take linear combination of two rows, adding or subtracting them, and the same on b • We can keep performing these operations until we set all elements of first column to 0 except 1st one • Then we can repeat the same to set to 0 all elemets of 2nd column, except first 2… • We end up with an upper diagonal matrix with 1 on the diagonal


Back just means we start at the bottom and move up

Pivoting • What if the first element is 0? Swap the rows (partial pivoting) or rows and columns (full pivoting)! In practice simply pick the largest element

LU decomposition • We want to solve Ax=b varying b, so we’d like to have a decomposition of A that is done once and then can be applied to several b • Suppose we can write A=LU, where L is lower diagonal and U is upper diagonal: L(Ux)=b • Then we can first solve for y in Ly=b using forward substitution, followed by Ux=y using backward substitution • Operation count N3.

We have N(N+1)/2 components for L and N(N-1)/2 for U because Uii=1. So in total N2 as in A

What if the matrix A is symmetric and positive definite? • A12=A21 hence we can set U=LT, so the LU decomposition is A=LLT • Symmetric matrix has N(N+1)/2 elements, same as L • This is the fastest way to solve such a matrix and is called Cholesky decomposition (still N3) • Pivoting is needed for LU, while Cholesky is stable even without pivoting • Use numpy.linalg import solve • L can be viewed as a square root of A, but this is not unique

Inverse and determinant • AX=I and solve with LU (use inv in linalg) • det A=L00L11L22… (note that Uii=1) times number of row permutations • Better to compute ln detA=lnL00+lnL11+…

Tridiagonal and banded matrices

solved with gaussian substitution: O(N) instead of N3 in CPU, N instead of N2 in storage

Same approach can be used for banded matrices

General sparse matrices: allow solutions to scale faster than N3

General advice: be aware that such matrices can have much faster solutions Look for specialized software NR, Press etal, chapter 2.7

Sherman-Morrison formula

• If we have a matrix A we can solve (eg tridiagonal etc) and we can add rank 1 component then we can get A-1 in 3N2:

Example: cyclic tridiagonal systems

This happens for finite difference differential equations with periodic boundary conditions

Where A is tridiagonal

Generalization: Woodbury formula • Successive application of Sherman-Morrison to rank P, with P<
• U and V are now NxP matrices • Proof same as for Sherman-Morrison

Inversion by partitioning • Sometimes we can decompose the matrix into block sub-matrices P and S (dimension p x p) and Q and R (p x s and s x p)

Vandermode and Toeplitz matrices • Can be solved with N2

• Vandermonde

• Toeplitz

Summary: linear algebra allows us to solve linear systems of equations, compute inverse and determinant of a matrix… N3 scaling is very steep: we cannot do it above N=104-105 For larger dimensions iterative methods are needed: these will be discussed when we discuss optimization

Literature • Numerical Recipes, Press et al., Ch. 2, 11 (http://apps.nrbook.com/c/index.html) • Computational physics, Newman, Ch. 6

lecture 4: linear algebra - GitHub

Inverse and determinant. • AX=I and solve with LU (use inv in linalg). • det A=L00. L11. L22 … (note that Uii. =1) times number of row permutations. • Better to compute ln detA=lnL00. +lnL11. +…

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