Cheng, Sheung Hun and Higham, Nicholas J.
(1999)
*The nearest definite pair for the Hermitian generalized eigenvalue problem.*
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 302-30.
pp. 63-76.
ISSN 0024-3795

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## Abstract

The generalized eigenvalue problem $Ax = \lambda Bx$ has special properties when $(A,B)$ is a Hermitian and definite pair. Given a general Hermitian pair $(A,B)$ it is of interest to find the nearest definite pair having a specified Crawford number $\delta > 0$. We solve the problem in terms of the inner numerical radius associated with the field of values of $A+iB$. We show that once the problem has been solved it is trivial to rotate the perturbed pair $(A+\dA,B+\dB)$ to a pair $(\widetilde{A},\widetilde{B})$ for which $\lambda_{\min}(\widetilde{B})$ achieves its maximum value $\delta$, which is a numerically desirable property when solving the eigenvalue problem by methods that convert to a standard eigenvalue problem by ``inverting $B$''. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the analysis.

Item Type: | Article |
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Uncontrolled Keywords: | Nearest definite pair; Crawford number; Hermitian pair; Generalized eigenvalue problem; Field of values; Inner numerical radius; Numerical radius |

Subjects: | MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 15 Linear and multilinear algebra; matrix theory MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 65 Numerical analysis |

Depositing User: | Ms Lucy van Russelt |

Date Deposited: | 07 Jul 2006 |

Last Modified: | 20 Oct 2017 14:12 |

URI: | https://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/358 |

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