# A Schur-Newton Method for the Matrix p'th Root and its Inverse

Guo, Chun-Hua and Higham, Nicholas J. (2006) A Schur-Newton Method for the Matrix p'th Root and its Inverse. SIAM Journal On Matrix Analysis and Applications, 28 (3). pp. 788-804. ISSN 0895-4798 There is a more recent version of this item available. PDF guhi06p.pdf Download (5MB)
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## Abstract

Newton's method for the inverse matrix $p$th root, $A^{-1/p}$, has the attraction that it involves only matrix multiplication. We show that if the starting matrix is $c^{-1}I$ for $c\in\R^+$ then the iteration converges quadratically to $A^{-1/p}$ if the eigenvalues of $A$ lie in a wedge-shaped convex set containing the disc $\{\, z: |z-c^p| < c^p\,\}$. We derive an optimal choice of $c$ for the case where $A$ has real, positive eigenvalues. An application is described to roots of transition matrices from Markov models, in which for certain problems the convergence condition is satisfied with $c=1$. Although the basic Newton iteration is numerically unstable, a coupled version is stable and a simple modification of it provides a new coupled iteration for the matrix $p$th root. For general matrices we develop a hybrid algorithm that computes a Schur decomposition, takes square roots of the upper (quasi)triangular factor, and applies the coupled Newton iteration to a matrix for which fast convergence is guaranteed. The new algorithm can be used to compute either $A^{1/p}$ or $A^{-1/p}$, and for large $p$ that are not highly composite it is more efficient than the method of Smith based entirely on the Schur decomposition.

Item Type: Article Matrix $p$th root, principal $p$th root, matrix logarithm, inverse, Newton's method, preprocessing, Schur decomposition, numerical stability, convergence, Markov model, transition matrix MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 15 Linear and multilinear algebra; matrix theoryMSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 65 Numerical analysis Nick Higham 09 Oct 2006 20 Oct 2017 14:12 http://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/623

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