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Topic: why the sigma of symmetrical svd for a real symmetric matrix is negative?
Replies: 4   Last Post: Dec 27, 2012 7:30 PM

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 Rick Posts: 1 Registered: 12/26/12
why the sigma of symmetrical svd for a real symmetric matrix is negative?
Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:25 PM

Hi everyone,
as we know, for a real symmetric matrix A, A, there exists a singular value decomposition as A=USU', and S should be a rectangular diagonal matrix with nonnegative real numbers on the diagonal. But when I use the command schur(),
it seems that S appears negative real numbers on the diagonal as the following. Is there any problem?

Thanks a lots!

>>A=
-1.3410 0.5350 0.2995 -1.1138
0.5350 -2.5191 -0.1422 0.4953
0.2995 -0.1422 -1.4695 0.2981
-1.1138 0.4953 0.2981 -2.2897

>>[u,s]=schur(A)

u =

-0.4768 -0.2191 0.0448 0.8501
0.5549 -0.8260 0.0177 0.0974
0.1944 0.1630 0.9621 0.1004
-0.6534 -0.4931 0.2685 -0.5078

s =

-3.6119 0 0 0
0 -2.0534 0 0
0 0 -1.3749 0
0 0 0 -0.5790

Date Subject Author
12/26/12 Rick
12/26/12 Nasser Abbasi
12/26/12 Roger Stafford
12/27/12 Bruno Luong
12/27/12 Greg Heath