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Computing eigenvectors and eigenvalues

I have a (non-sparse) $9 \times 9$ matrix and I wish to obtain its eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Of course, the eigenvalues can be quite a pain as we will probably not be able to find the zeros of its ...
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Can Eigenvalues[] and Eigenvectors[] be assumed to return the same ordering?

If I do back to back calls of Eigenvalues[] and Eigenvectors[] can these be assumed to order the values and vectors the same, or ...
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Obtaining the square-root of a general positive definite matrix

I have a matrix which I know to be positive definite. The entries of the matrix might be complicated but they are all real. To find an expression for the square root of this matrix (i.e., ...
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How to fix errors in Gram-Schmidt process when using random vectors?

I first make a function to get a random vector on unit sphere in a swath around the equator. That is what the parameter $\gamma$ controls; if $\gamma = 1/2$, the vectors can be chosen anywhere on the ...
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Why is MainEvaluate being used when LinearSolve can be compiled?

According to this question LinearSolve can be Compiled. However, CompilePrint shows a MainEvaluate but no-warning is generated. It appears that LinearSolve is not ...
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Discrete Convolution

Ask to compute the convolution of 2 lists, I managed to do so, with what I feel is rather heavy : Let my 2 lists be : a = {1,2,3,4} b = {1,1,1,1,1,1}; The below function adds 0s on each part of ...
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NullSpace[_, Method->“OneStepRowReduction”] is sometimes wrong; how can I work out when this happens?

(This is on MMA 7.0.1.0 on OS X) I've just found a large matrix m for which NullSpace[m] and ...
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How to enter matrices in block matrix format?

Example: I have a matrix $R = \left( \begin{array}{cc} A & \mathbf{t} \\ 0 & 1 \end{array} \right) $ where $A$ is 3-by-3 and $\mathbf{t}$ is 3 by 1. Or in Mathematica ...
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How can I improve the speed of eigenvalue decompositions for large matrices?

I often need to compute the eigenvalues of large matrices, and I invariably resort to MATLAB for these, simply because it is much faster. I'd like to change that, so that I can work entirely inside my ...
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How to symbolically do matrix “Block Inversion”?

Consider a block (partitioned) matrix matrix = ArrayFlatten[{{a, b}, {c, d}}] where, a, ...