NAG CL Interface
f01mcc (real_​vband_​posdef_​fac)

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1 Purpose

f01mcc computes the Cholesky factorization of a real symmetric positive definite variable-bandwidth matrix.

2 Specification

#include <nag.h>
void  f01mcc (Integer n, const double a[], Integer lal, Integer row[], double al[], double d[], NagError *fail)
The function may be called by the names: f01mcc, nag_matop_real_vband_posdef_fac or nag_real_cholesky_skyline.

3 Description

f01mcc determines the unit lower triangular matrix L and the diagonal matrix D in the Cholesky factorization A = L D LT of a symmetric positive definite variable-bandwidth matrix A of order n . (Such a matrix is sometimes called a ‘sky-line’ matrix.)
The matrix A is represented by the elements lying within the envelope of its lower triangular part, that is, between the first nonzero of each row and the diagonal (see Section 10 for an example). The width row[i] of the i th row is the number of elements between the first nonzero element and the element on the diagonal, inclusive. Although, of course, any matrix possesses an envelope as defined, this function is primarily intended for the factorization of symmetric positive definite matrices with an average bandwidth which is small compared with n (also see Section 9).
The method is based on the property that during Cholesky factorization there is no fill-in outside the envelope.
The determination of L and D is normally the first of two steps in the solution of the system of equations Ax = b . The remaining step, viz. the solution of LDLT x = b may be carried out using f04mcc.

4 References

Jennings A (1966) A compact storage scheme for the solution of symmetric linear simultaneous equations Comput. J. 9 281–285
Wilkinson J H and Reinsch C (1971) Handbook for Automatic Computation II, Linear Algebra Springer–Verlag

5 Arguments

1: n Integer Input
On entry: n , the order of the matrix A .
Constraint: n1 .
2: a[lal] const double Input
On entry: the elements within the envelope of the lower triangle of the positive definite symmetric matrix A , taken in row by row order. The following code assigns the matrix elements within the envelope to the correct elements of the array
 for(i=0; i<n; ++i)
   for(j=i-row[i]+1; j<=i; ++j)
See also Section 9
3: lal Integer Input
On entry: the smaller of the dimensions of the arrays a and al as declared in the function from which f01mcc is called.
Constraint: lal row[0] + row[1] + + row[n-1] .
4: row[n] Integer Input
On entry: row[i] must contain the width of row i of the matrix A , i.e., the number of elements between the first (left-most) nonzero element and the element on the diagonal, inclusive.
Constraint: 1 row[i] i + 1 , for i=0,1,,n - 1.
5: al[lal] double Output
On exit: the elements within the envelope of the lower triangular matrix L , taken in row by row order. The envelope of L is identical to that of the lower triangle of A . The unit diagonal elements of L are stored explicitly. See also Section 9
6: d[n] double Output
On exit: the diagonal elements of the diagonal matrix D . Note that the determinant of A is equal to the product of these diagonal elements. If the value of the determinant is required it should not be determined by forming the product explicitly, because of the possibility of overflow or underflow. The logarithm of the determinant may safely be formed from the sum of the logarithms of the diagonal elements.
7: fail NagError * Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).

6 Error Indicators and Warnings

On entry, row[value] = value while i=value . These arguments must satisfy row[i] i + 1 .
On entry, lal=value while row[0] + + row[n-1] = value. These arguments must satisfy lal row[0] + + row[n-1] .
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n1.
On entry, row[value] must not be less than 1: row[value] = value.
The matrix is not positive definite, possibly due to rounding errors.
The matrix is not positive definite, possibly due to rounding errors. The factorization has been completed but may be very inaccurate.

7 Accuracy

On successful exit then the computed L and D satisfy the relation LDLT = A + F , where
F 2 km2 ε max i a ii  
F 2 km2 ε A 2 ,  
where k is a constant of order unity, m is the largest value of row[i] , and ε is the machine precision. See pages 25–27 and 54–55 or Wilkinson and Reinsch (1971). If the error NE_NOT_POS_DEF_FACT is reported then the factorization has been completed although the matrix was not positive definite. However the factorization may be very inaccurate and should be used only with great caution. For instance, if it is used to solve a set of equations A x = b using f04mcc, the residual vector b - A x should be checked.

8 Parallelism and Performance

Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
f01mcc is not threaded in any implementation.

9 Further Comments

The time taken by f01mcc is approximately proportional to the sum of squares of the values of row[i] .
The distribution of row widths may be very non-uniform without undue loss of efficiency. Moreover, the function has been designed to be as competitive as possible in speed with functions designed for full or uniformly banded matrices, when applied to such matrices.
The function may be called with the same actual array supplied for arguments a and al, in which case L overwrites the lower triangle of A .

10 Example

To obtain the Cholesky factorization of the symmetric matrix, whose lower triangle is
For this matrix, the elements of row must be set to 1, 2, 2, 1, 5, 3, and the elements within the envelope must be supplied in row order as
1 , 2 , 5 , 3 , 13 , 16 , 5 , 14 , 18 , 8 , 55 , 24 , 17 , 77 .  

10.1 Program Text

Program Text (f01mcce.c)

10.2 Program Data

Program Data (f01mcce.d)

10.3 Program Results

Program Results (f01mcce.r)