NAG Library Function Document
nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac)
1 Purpose
nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) computes an incomplete Cholesky factorization of a real sparse symmetric matrix, represented in symmetric coordinate storage format. This factorization may be used as a preconditioner in combination with
nag_sparse_sym_chol_sol (f11jcc).
2 Specification
#include <nag.h> 
#include <nagf11.h> 
void 
nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (Integer n,
Integer nnz,
double *a[],
Integer *la,
Integer *irow[],
Integer *icol[],
Integer lfill,
double dtol,
Nag_SparseSym_Fact mic,
double dscale,
Nag_SparseSym_Piv pstrat,
Integer ipiv[],
Integer istr[],
Integer *nnzc,
Integer *npivm,
Nag_Sparse_Comm *comm,
NagError *fail) 

3 Description
This function computes an incomplete Cholesky factorization (see
Meijerink and Van der Vorst (1977)) of a real sparse symmetric
$n$ by
$n$ matrix
$A$. It is designed specifically for positive definite matrices, but may also work for some mildly indefinite cases. The factorization is intended primarily for use as a preconditioner for the symmetric iterative solver
nag_sparse_sym_chol_sol (f11jcc).
The decomposition is written in the form
where
and
$P$ is a permutation matrix,
$L$ is lower triangular with unit diagonal elements,
$D$ is diagonal and
$R$ is a remainder matrix.
The amount of fillin occurring in the factorization can vary from zero to complete fill, and can be controlled by specifying either the maximum level of fill
lfill, or the drop tolerance
dtol. The factorization may be modified in order to preserve row sums, and the diagonal elements may be perturbed to ensure that the preconditioner is positive definite. Diagonal pivoting may optionally be employed, either with a userdefined ordering, or using the Markowitz strategy (see
Markowitz (1957)) which aims to minimize fillin. For further details see
Section 9.
The sparse matrix
$A$ is represented in symmetric coordinate storage (SCS) format (see
Section 2.1.2 in the f11 Chapter Introduction). The array
a stores all the nonzero elements of the lower triangular part of
$A$, while arrays
irow and
icol store the corresponding row and column indices respectively. Multiple nonzero elements may not be specified for the same row and column index.
The preconditioning matrix
$M$ is returned in terms of the SCS representation of the lower triangular matrix
4 References
Chan T F (1991) Fourier analysis of relaxed incomplete factorization preconditioners SIAM J. Sci. Statist. Comput. 12(2) 668–680
Markowitz H M (1957) The elimination form of the inverse and its application to linear programming Management Sci. 3 255–269
Meijerink J and Van der Vorst H (1977) An iterative solution method for linear systems of which the coefficient matrix is a symmetric Mmatrix Math. Comput. 31 148–162
Salvini S A and Shaw G J (1995) An evaluation of new NAG Library solvers for large sparse symmetric linear systems NAG Technical Report TR1/95
Van der Vorst H A (1990) The convergence behaviour of preconditioned CG and CGS in the presence of rounding errors Lecture Notes in Mathematics (eds O Axelsson and L Y Kolotilina) 1457 Springer–Verlag
5 Arguments
 1:
$\mathbf{n}$ – IntegerInput

On entry: the order of the matrix $A$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{n}}\ge 1$.
 2:
$\mathbf{nnz}$ – IntegerInput

On entry: the number of nonzero elements in the lower triangular part of the matrix $A$.
Constraint:
$1<{\mathbf{nnz}}\le {\mathbf{n}}\times \left({\mathbf{n}}+1\right)/2$.
 3:
$\mathbf{a}\left[{\mathbf{la}}\right]$ – double *Input/Output

On entry: the nonzero elements in the lower triangular part of the matrix
$A$, ordered by increasing row index, and by increasing column index within each row. Multiple entries for the same row and column indices are not permitted. The function
nag_sparse_sym_sort (f11zbc) may be used to order the elements in this way.
On exit: the first
nnz elements of
a contain the nonzero elements of
$A$ and the next
nnzc elements contain the elements of the lower triangular matrix
$C$. Matrix elements are ordered by increasing row index, and by increasing column index within each row.
 4:
$\mathbf{la}$ – Integer *Input/Output

On entry: the dimension of the arrays
a,
irow and
icol.
These arrays must be of sufficient size to store both
$A$ (
nnz elements) and
$C$ (
nnzc elements); for this reason the length of the arrays may be changed internally by calls to
realloc. It is therefore
imperative that these arrays are
allocated using
malloc and
not declared as automatic arrays.
On exit: if internal allocation has taken place then
la is set to
${\mathbf{nnz}}+{\mathbf{nnzc}}$, otherwise it remains unchanged.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{la}}\ge 2\times {\mathbf{nnz}}$.
 5:
$\mathbf{irow}\left[{\mathbf{la}}\right]$ – Integer *Input/Output
 6:
$\mathbf{icol}\left[{\mathbf{la}}\right]$ – Integer *Input/Output

On entry: the row and column indices of the nonzero elements supplied in
a.
Constraints:
 irow and icol must satisfy the following constraints (which may be imposed by a call to nag_sparse_sym_sort (f11zbc)):;
 $1\le {\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]\le {\mathbf{n}}$ and $1\le {\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]\le {\mathbf{n}}$, for $\mathit{i}=0,1,\dots ,{\mathbf{nnz}}1$;
 ${\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]<{\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]$ or ${\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]={\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]$ and ${\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]<{\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,{\mathbf{nnz}}1$.
On exit: the row and column indices of the nonzero elements returned in
a.
 7:
$\mathbf{lfill}$ – IntegerInput

On entry: if
${\mathbf{lfill}}\ge 0$ its value is the maximum level of fill allowed in the decomposition (see
Section 9.1). A negative value of
lfill indicates that
dtol will be used to control the fill instead.
 8:
$\mathbf{dtol}$ – doubleInput

On entry: if
${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$ then
dtol is used as a drop tolerance to control the fillin (see
Section 9.1). Otherwise
dtol is not referenced.
Constraint:
if ${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$, ${\mathbf{dtol}}\ge 0.0$.
 9:
$\mathbf{mic}$ – Nag_SparseSym_FactInput

On entry: indicates whether or not the factorization should be modified to preserve row sums (see
Section 9.2).
 ${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$
 The factorization is modified (MIC).
 ${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UnModFact}$
 The factorization is not modified.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$ or $\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UnModFact}$.
 10:
$\mathbf{dscale}$ – doubleInput

On entry: the diagonal scaling argument. All diagonal elements are multiplied by the factor
$\left(1+{\mathbf{dscale}}\right)$ at the start of the factorization. This can be used to ensure that the preconditioner is positive definite. See
Section 9.2.
 11:
$\mathbf{pstrat}$ – Nag_SparseSym_PivInput

On entry: specifies the pivoting strategy to be adopted as follows:
 if ${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_NoPiv}$ then no pivoting is carried out;
 if ${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_MarkPiv}$ then diagonal pivoting aimed at minimizing fillin is carried out, using the Markowitz strategy;
 if ${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UserPiv}$ then diagonal pivoting is carried out according to the userdefined input value of ipiv.
Suggested value:
${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_MarkPiv}$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_NoPiv}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_MarkPiv}$ or $\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UserPiv}$.
 12:
$\mathbf{ipiv}\left[{\mathbf{n}}\right]$ – IntegerInput/Output

On entry: if
${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UserPiv}$, then
${\mathbf{ipiv}}\left[i1\right]$ must specify the row index of the diagonal element used as a pivot at elimination stage
$i$. Otherwise
ipiv need not be initialized.
Constraint:
if
${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UserPiv}$, then
ipiv must contain a valid permutation of the integers on
$\left[1,{\mathbf{n}}\right]$.
On exit: the pivot indices. If ${\mathbf{ipiv}}\left[i1\right]=j$ then the diagonal element in row $j$ was used as the pivot at elimination stage $i$.
 13:
$\mathbf{istr}\left[{\mathbf{n}}+1\right]$ – IntegerOutput

On exit:
${\mathbf{istr}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]1$, for
$\mathit{i}=0,1,\dots ,{\mathbf{n}}1$, is the starting address in the arrays
a,
irow and
icol of row
$i$ of the matrix
$C$.
${\mathbf{istr}}\left[{\mathbf{n}}\right]1$ is the address of the last nonzero element in
$C$ plus one.
 14:
$\mathbf{nnzc}$ – Integer *Output

On exit: the number of nonzero elements in the lower triangular matrix $C$.
 15:
$\mathbf{npivm}$ – Integer *Output

On exit: the number of pivots which were modified during the factorization to ensure that
$M$ was positive definite. The quality of the preconditioner will generally depend on the returned value of
npivm. If
npivm is large the preconditioner may not be satisfactory. In this case it may be advantageous to call nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) again with an increased value of either
lfill or
dscale.
 16:
$\mathbf{comm}$ – Nag_Sparse_Comm *Input/Output

On entry/exit: a pointer to a structure of type Nag_Sparse_Comm whose members are used by the iterative solver.
 17:
$\mathbf{fail}$ – NagError *Input/Output

The NAG error argument (see
Section 2.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation).
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
 NE_2_INT_ARG_LT

On entry, ${\mathbf{la}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ while ${\mathbf{nnz}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$. These arguments must satisfy ${\mathbf{la}}\ge 2\times {\mathbf{nnz}}$.
 NE_ALLOC_FAIL

Dynamic memory allocation failed.
 NE_BAD_PARAM

On entry, argument
mic had an illegal value.
On entry, argument
pstrat had an illegal value.
 NE_INT_2

On entry, ${\mathbf{nnz}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$, ${\mathbf{n}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint: $1\le {\mathbf{nnz}}\le {\mathbf{n}}\times \left({\mathbf{n}}+1\right)/2$.
 NE_INT_ARG_LT

On entry, ${\mathbf{n}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{n}}\ge 1$.
 NE_INTERNAL_ERROR

An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call
and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact
NAG for
assistance.
 NE_INVALID_ROW_PIVOT

On entry,
${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UserPiv}$ and the array
ipiv does not represent a valid permutation of integers in
$\left[1,{\mathbf{n}}\right]$. An input value of
ipiv is either out of range or repeated.
 NE_REAL_INT_ARG_CONS

On entry, ${\mathbf{dtol}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ and ${\mathbf{lfill}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$. These arguments must satisfy ${\mathbf{dtol}}\ge 0.0$ if ${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$.
 NE_SYMM_MATRIX_DUP

A nonzero element has been supplied which does not lie in the lower triangular part of the matrix
$A$, is out of order, or has duplicate row and column indices, i.e., one or more of the following constraints has been violated:
 $1\le {\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]\le {\mathbf{n}}$ and $1\le {\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]\le {\mathbf{n}}$, for $\mathit{i}=0,1,\dots ,{\mathbf{nnz}}1$.
 ${\mathbf{irow}}\left[i1\right]<{\mathbf{irow}}\left[i\right]$, or
 ${\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]={\mathbf{irow}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]$ and ${\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]<{\mathbf{icol}}\left[\mathit{i}\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,{\mathbf{nnz}}1$.
Call
nag_sparse_sym_sort (f11zbc) to reorder and sum or remove duplicates.
7 Accuracy
The accuracy of the factorization will be determined by the size of the elements that are dropped and the size of any modifications made to the diagonal elements. If these sizes are small then the computed factors will correspond to a matrix close to
$A$. The factorization can generally be made more accurate by increasing
lfill, or by reducing
dtol with
${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$. If nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) is used in combination with
nag_sparse_sym_chol_sol (f11jcc), the more accurate the factorization the fewer iterations will be required. However, the cost of the decomposition will also generally increase.
8 Parallelism and Performance
nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) is not threaded in any implementation.
The time taken for a call to nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) is roughly proportional to ${{\mathbf{nnzc}}}^{2}/{\mathbf{n}}$.
9.1 Control of Fillin
If
${\mathbf{lfill}}\ge 0$ the amount of fillin occurring in the incomplete factorization is controlled by limiting the maximum
level of fillin to
lfill. The original nonzero elements of
$A$ are defined to be of level 0. The fill level of a new nonzero location occurring during the factorization is defined as:
where
${k}_{e}$ is the level of fill of the element being eliminated, and
${k}_{c}$ is the level of fill of the element causing the fillin.
If
${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$ the fillin is controlled by means of the
drop tolerance dtol. A potential fillin element
${a}_{ij}$ occurring in row
$i$ and column
$j$ will not be included if:
For either method of control, any elements which are not included are discarded if
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UnModFact}$, or subtracted from the diagonal element in the elimination row if
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$.
9.2 Choice of Parameters
There is unfortunately no choice of the various algorithmic arguments which is optimal for all types of symmetric matrix, and some experimentation will generally be required for each new type of matrix encountered.
If the matrix
$A$ is not known to have any particular special properties the following strategy is recommended. Start with
${\mathbf{lfill}}=0$,
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UnModFact}$ and
${\mathbf{dscale}}=0.0$. If the value returned for
npivm is significantly larger than zero, i.e., a large number of pivot modifications were required to ensure that
$M$ was positive definite, the preconditioner is not likely to be satisfactory. In this case increase either
lfill or
dscale until
npivm falls to a value close to zero. Once suitable values of
lfill and
dscale have been found try setting
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$ to see if any improvement can be obtained by using
modified incomplete Cholesky.
nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) is primarily designed for positive definite matrices, but may work for some mildly indefinite problems. If
npivm cannot be satisfactorily reduced by increasing
lfill or
dscale then
$A$ is probably too indefinite for this function.
If
$A$ has nonpositive offdiagonal elements, is nonsingular, and has only nonnegative elements in its inverse, it is called an ‘Mmatrix’. It can be shown that no pivot modifications are required in the incomplete Cholesky factorization of an Mmatrix (
Meijerink and Van der Vorst (1977)). In this case a good preconditioner can generally be expected by setting
${\mathbf{lfill}}=0$,
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$ and
${\mathbf{dscale}}=0.0$.
For certain meshbased problems involving Mmatrices it can be shown in theory that setting
${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_ModFact}$, and choosing
dscale appropriately can reduce the order of magnitude of the condition number of the preconditioned matrix as a function of the mesh steplength (
Chan (1991)). In practise this property often holds even with
${\mathbf{dscale}}=0.0$, although an improvement in condition can result from increasing
dscale slightly (
Van der Vorst (1990)).
Some illustrations of the application of nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) to linear systems arising from the discretization of twodimensional elliptic partial differential equations, and to randomvalued randomly structured symmetric positive definite linear systems, can be found in
Salvini and Shaw (1995).
Although it is not their primary purpose, nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) and
nag_sparse_sym_precon_ichol_solve (f11jbc) may be used together to obtain a
direct solution to a symmetric positive definite linear system. To achieve this the call to
nag_sparse_sym_precon_ichol_solve (f11jbc) should be preceded by a
complete Cholesky factorization
A complete factorization is obtained from a call to nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) with
${\mathbf{lfill}}<0$ and
${\mathbf{dtol}}=0.0$, provided
${\mathbf{npivm}}=0$ on exit. A nonzero value of
npivm indicates that
$A$ is not positive definite, or is illconditioned. A factorization with nonzero
npivm may serve as a preconditioner, but will not result in a direct solution. It is therefore
essential to check the output value of
npivm if a direct solution is required.
The use of nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) and
nag_sparse_sym_precon_ichol_solve (f11jbc) as a direct method is illustrated in
Section 10 in nag_sparse_sym_precon_ichol_solve (f11jbc).
10 Example
This example program reads in a symmetric sparse matrix $A$ and calls nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) to compute an incomplete Cholesky factorization. It then outputs the nonzero elements of both $A$ and $C=L+{D}^{1}I$. The call to nag_sparse_sym_chol_fac (f11jac) has ${\mathbf{lfill}}=0$, ${\mathbf{mic}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_UnModFact}$, ${\mathbf{dscale}}=0.0$ and ${\mathbf{pstrat}}=\mathrm{Nag\_SparseSym\_MarkPiv}$, giving an unmodified zerofill factorization of an unperturbed matrix, with Markowitz diagonal pivoting.
10.1 Program Text
Program Text (f11jace.c)
10.2 Program Data
Program Data (f11jace.d)
10.3 Program Results
Program Results (f11jace.r)