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### Generalized Nonsymmetric Eigenproblems (GNEP)

Given a matrix pair , where and are square matrices, the generalized nonsymmetric eigenvalue problem is to find the eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors such that or to find the eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors such that Note that these problems are equivalent with and if neither nor is zero. In order to deal with the case that or is zero, or nearly so, the LAPACK routines return two values, and , for each eigenvalue, such that and .

More precisely, and are called right eigenvectors. Vectors or satisfying are called left eigenvectors.
Sometimes the following, equivalent, notation is used to refer to the generalized eigenproblem for the pair : The object , where is a complex scalar variable, is called a matrix pencil, or just pencil. So one can also refer to the generalized eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the pencil .
If the determinant of is identically zero for all values of , the eigenvalue problem is called singular; otherwise it is regular. Singularity of is signaled by some (in the presence of roundoff, and may be very small). In this case, the eigenvalue problem is very ill-conditioned, and in fact some of the other nonzero values of and may be indeterminate (see section 4.11.1.4 in the LAPACK Users' Guide) for further discussion) [38,44,10]. The current routines in LAPACK are intended only for regular matrix pencils.
The generalized nonsymmetric eigenvalue problem can be solved via the generalized Schur decomposition of the matrix pair , defined in the real case as where and are orthogonal matrices, is upper triangular, and is an upper quasi-triangular matrix with and diagonal blocks, the blocks corresponding to complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues of . In the complex case, the generalized Schur decomposition is where and are unitary and and are both upper triangular.

The columns of and are called left and right generalized Schur vectors and span pairs of deflating subspaces of and . Deflating subspaces are a generalization of invariant subspaces: For each  , the first columns of span a right deflating subspace mapped by both and into a left deflating subspace spanned by the first columns of .
More formally, let and be a conformal partitioning with respect to the cluster of eigenvalues in the (1,1)-block of , i.e. where and both have columns, and and below are both , Then subspaces and form a pair of (left and right) deflating subspaces associated with the cluster of , satisfying and [39,40]. It is possible to order the generalized Schur form so that has any desired subset of eigenvalues, taken from the set of eigenvalues of .
As for the standard nonsymmetric eigenproblem, two pairs of drivers are provided, one pair focusing on the generalized Schur decomposition, and the other pair on the eigenvalues and eigenvectors as shown in Table 2.6:
• LA_GGES: a simple driver that computes all or part of the generalized Schur decomposition of , with optional ordering of the eigenvalues;
• LA_GGESX: an expert driver that can additionally compute condition numbers for the average of a selected subset of eigenvalues, and for the corresponding pair of deflating subspaces of and ;
• LA_GGEV: a simple driver that computes all the generalized eigenvalues of , and optionally the left or right eigenvectors (or both);
• LA_GGEVX: an expert driver that can additionally balance the matrix pair to improve the conditioning of the eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and compute condition numbers for the eigenvalues and/or left and right eigenvectors (or both).
To save space in Table 2.6, the word generalized'' is omitted before Schur decomposition, eigenvalues/vectors and singular values/vectors.     Next: Generalized Singular Value Decomposition Up: Generalized Eigenvalue and Singular Previous: Generalized Symmetric Definite Eigenproblems   Contents   Index
Susan Blackford 2001-08-19