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Preconditioning of linear least squares by robust incomplete factorization for implicitly held normal equations

Scott, J. ORCID: and Tuma, M. (2016) Preconditioning of linear least squares by robust incomplete factorization for implicitly held normal equations. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 38 (6). C603-C623. ISSN 1095-7197

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The efficient solution of the normal equations corresponding to a large sparse linear least squares problem can be extremely challenging. Robust incomplete factorization (RIF) preconditioners represent one approach that has the important feature of computing an incomplete LLT factorization of the normal equations matrix without having to form the normal matrix itself. The right-looking implementation of Benzi and T˚uma has been used in a number of studies but experience as shown that in some cases it can be computationally slow and its memory requirements are not known a priori. Here a new left-looking variant is presented that employs a symbolic preprocessing step to replace the potentially expensive searching through entries of the normal matrix. This involves a directed acyclic graph (DAG) that is computed as the computation proceeds. An inexpensive but effective pruning algorithm is proposed to limit the number of edges in the DAG. Problems arising from practical applications are used to compare the performance of the right-looking approach with a left-looking implementation that computes the normal matrix explicitly and our new implicit DAG-based left-looking variant.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code:74695
Publisher:Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics


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