In this subsection, we will summarize all the available error bounds. Later subsections will provide further details. The reader may also refer to .
Bounds for individual eigenvalues and eigenvectors are provided by driver xGEEVX (subsection 2.2.4) or computational routine xTRSNA (subsection 2.3.5). Bounds for clusters of eigenvalues and their associated invariant subspace are provided by driver xGEESX (subsection 2.2.4) or computational routine xTRSEN (subsection 2.3.5).
We let be the i-th computed eigenvalue and an i-th true eigenvalue. Let be the corresponding computed right eigenvector, and a true right eigenvector (so ). If is a subset of the integers from 1 to n, we let denote the average of the selected eigenvalues: , and similarly for . We also let denote the subspace spanned by ; it is called a right invariant subspace because if v is any vector in then Av is also in . is the corresponding computed subspace.
The algorithms for the nonsymmetric eigenproblem are normwise backward stable: they compute the exact eigenvalues, eigenvectors and invariant subspaces of slightly perturbed matrices A + E, where . Some of the bounds are stated in terms of and others in terms of ; one may use to approximate either quantity. The code fragment in the previous subsection approximates by , where is returned by xGEEVX.
xGEEVX (or xTRSNA) returns two quantities for each , pair: and . xGEESX (or xTRSEN) returns two quantities for a selected subset of eigenvalues: and . (or ) is a reciprocal condition number for the computed eigenvalue (or ), and is referred to as RCONDE by xGEEVX (or xGEESX). (or ) is a reciprocal condition number for the right eigenvector (or ), and is referred to as RCONDV by xGEEVX (or xGEESX). The approximate error bounds for eigenvalues, averages of eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and invariant subspaces provided in Table 4.5 are true for sufficiently small ||E||, which is why they are called asymptotic.
Table 4.5: Asymptotic error bounds for the nonsymmetric eigenproblem
If the problem is ill-conditioned, the asymptotic bounds may only hold for extremely small ||E||. Therefore, in Table 4.6 we also provide global bounds which are guaranteed to hold for all .
Table 4.6: Global error bounds for the nonsymmetric eigenproblem assuming
We also have the following bound, which is true for all E: all the lie in the union of n disks, where the i-th disk is centered at and has radius . If k of these disks overlap, so that any two points inside the k disks can be connected by a continuous curve lying entirely inside the k disks, and if no larger set of k + 1 disks has this property, then exactly k of the lie inside the union of these k disks. Figure 4.1 illustrates this for a 10-by-10 matrix, with 4 such overlapping unions of disks, two containing 1 eigenvalue each, one containing 2 eigenvalues, and one containing 6 eigenvalues.
Figure 4.1: Bounding eigenvalues inside overlapping disks
Finally, the quantities s and sep tell use how we can best (block) diagonalize a matrix A by a similarity, , where each diagonal block has a selected subset of the eigenvalues of A. Such a decomposition may be useful in computing functions of matrices, for example. The goal is to choose a V with a nearly minimum condition number which performs this decomposition, since this generally minimizes the error in the decomposition. This may be done as follows. Let be -by-. Then columns through of V span the invariant subspace of A corresponding to the eigenvalues of ; these columns should be chosen to be any orthonormal basis of this space (as computed by xGEESX, for example). Let be the value corresponding to the cluster of eigenvalues of , as computed by xGEESX or xTRSEN. Then , and no other choice of V can make its condition number smaller than . Thus choosing orthonormal subblocks of V gets to within a factor b of its minimum value.
In the case of a real symmetric (or complex Hermitian) matrix, s = 1 and sep is the absolute gap, as defined in subsection 4.7. The bounds in Table 4.5 then reduce to the bounds in subsection 4.7.