solve.gchol {bdsmatrix}R Documentation

Solve a matrix equation using the generalized Cholesky decompostion


This function solves the equation Ax=b for x, given b and the generalized Cholesky decompostion of A. If only the first argument is given, then a G-inverse of A is returned.


## S3 method for class 'gchol'
solve(a, b, full=TRUE, ...)



a generalized cholesky decompostion of a matrix, as returned by the gchol function.


a numeric vector or matrix, that forms the right-hand side of the equation.


solve the problem for the full (orignal) matrix, or for the cholesky matrix.


other arguments are ignored


A symmetric matrix A can be decomposed as LDL', where L is a lower triangular matrix with 1's on the diagonal, L' is the transpose of L, and D is diagonal. This routine solves either the original problem Ay=b (full argument) or the subproblem sqrt(D)L'y=b. If b is missing it returns the inverse of A or L, respectively.


if argument b is not present, the inverse of a is returned, otherwise the solution to matrix equation.

See Also



# Create a matrix that is symmetric, but not positive definite
#   The matrix temp has column 6 redundant with cols 1-5
smat <- matrix(1:64, ncol=8)
smat <- smat + t(smat) + diag(rep(20,8))  #smat is 8 by 8 symmetric
temp <-  smat[c(1:5, 5:8), c(1:5, 5:8)]
ch1  <- gchol(temp)

ginv <- solve(ch1, full=FALSE)  # generalized inverse of ch1
tinv <- solve(ch1, full=TRUE)   # generalized inverse of temp
all.equal(temp %*% tinv %*% temp, temp)

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