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2009.52: The Canonical Generalized Polar Decomposition

2009.52: Nicholas J. Higham, Christian Mehl and Françoise Tisseur (2009) The Canonical Generalized Polar Decomposition.

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The polar decomposition of a square matrix has been generalized by several authors to scalar products on $\mathbb{R}^n$ or $\mathbb{C}^n$ given by a bilinear or sesquilinear form. Previous work has focused mainly on the case of square matrices, sometimes with the assumption of a Hermitian scalar product. We introduce the canonical generalized polar decomposition $A = WS$, defined for general $m\times n$ matrices $A$, where $W$ is a partial $(M,N)$-isometry and $S$ is $N$-selfadjoint with nonzero eigenvalues lying in the open right half-plane, and the nonsingular matrices $M$ and $N$ define scalar products on $\mathbb{C}^m$ and $\mathbb{C}^n$, respectively. We derive conditions under which a unique decomposition exists and show how to compute the decomposition by matrix iterations. Our treatment derives and exploits key properties of $(M,N)$-partial isometries and orthosymmetric pairs of scalar products, and also employs an appropriate generalized Moore--Penrose pseudoinverse. We relate commutativity of the factors in the canonical generalized polar decomposition to an appropriate definition of normality. We also consider a related generalized polar decomposition $A = WS$, defined only for square matrices $A$ and in which $W$ is an automorphism; we analyze its existence and the uniqueness of the selfadjoint factor when $A$ is singular.

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To appear in the SIAM Journal On Matrix Analysis and Applications

Uncontrolled Keywords:generalized polar decomposition, canonical polar decomposition, automorphism, selfadjoint matrix, bilinear form, sesquilinear form, scalar product, adjoint, orthosymmetric scalar product, partial isometry, pseudoinverse, matrix sign function, matrix square root, matrix iteration
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 15 Linear and multilinear algebra; matrix theory
MSC 2000 > 65 Numerical analysis
MIMS number:2009.52
Deposited By:Nick Higham
Deposited On:18 March 2010

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