## 2006.181: Computing real square roots of a real matrix

2006.181:
Nicholas J. Higham
(1987)
*Computing real square roots of a real matrix.*
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 88-89.
pp. 405-430.
ISSN 0024-3795

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DOI: 10.1016/0024-3795(87)90118-2

## Abstract

Björck and Hammarling [1] describe a fast, stable Schur method for computing a square root X of a matrix A (X2 = A). We present an extension of their method which enables real arithmetic to be used throughout when computing a real square root of a real matrix. For a nonsingular real matrix A conditions are given for the existence of a real square root, and for the existence of a real square root which is a polynomial in A; the number of square roots of the latter type is determined. The conditioning of matrix square roots is investigated, and an algorithm is given for the computation of a well-conditioned square root.

Item Type: | Article |
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Subjects: | MSC 2000 > 15 Linear and multilinear algebra; matrix theory MSC 2000 > 65 Numerical analysis |

MIMS number: | 2006.181 |

Deposited By: | Miss Louise Stait |

Deposited On: | 05 July 2006 |

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