A fast randomized eigensolver with structured LDL factorization update

Yuanzhe Xi, Jianlin Xia, Raymond Chan

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In this paper, we propose a structured bisection method with adaptive randomized sampling for finding selected or all of the eigenvalues of certain real symmetric matrices A. For A with a low-rank property, we construct a hierarchically semiseparable (HSS) approximation and show how to quickly evaluate and update its inertia in the bisection method. Unlike some existing randomized HSS constructions, the methods here do not require the knowledge of the off-diagonal (numerical) ranks in advance. Moreover, for A with a weak rank property or slowly decaying off-diagonal singular values, we show an idea for aggressive low-rank inertia evaluation, which means that a compact HSS approximation can preserve the inertia for certain shifts. This is analytically justified for a special case, and numerically shown for more general ones. A generalized LDL factorization of the HSS approximation is then designed for the fast evaluation of the inertia. A significant advantage over standard LDL factorizations is that the HSS LDL factorization (and thus the inertia) of A - sI can be quickly updated with multiple shifts s in bisection. The factorization with each new shift can reuse about 60% of the work. As an important application, the structured eigensolver can be applied to symmetric Toeplitz matrices, and the cost to find one eigenvalue is nearly linear in the order of the matrix. The numerical examples demonstrate the efficiency and the accuracy of our methods, especially the benefit of low-rank inertia evaluations. The ideas and methods can be potentially adapted to other HSS computations where shifts are involved and to more problems without a significant low-rank property.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)974-996
Number of pages23
JournalSIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Adaptive randomized sampling
  • Aggressive low-rank inertia evaluation
  • Eigensolver
  • HSS matrix
  • Inertia/LDL update for varying shifts
  • Matrix-free HSS construction


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