# Ticket #174: HermiteNormalForm_1.tex

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a student paper on fast HNF algorithms (and there are other papers out there)

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20\noindent Fast Method for Computing Hermite Normal Form \\
21\noindent Andrew Crites and Michael Goff \\
22\noindent The results of this paper are taken from notes written by Allan Steel.\\
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24The notion of echelon form of a matrix need not be restricted to matrices whose entries come from a field.  For a matrix with entries from any Euclidean domain, we define it do be in echelon form (or Hermite Normal Form) if the following conditions hold:
25\begin{enumerate}[(i)]
26  \item $a_{i,j}=0$, for $i>j$
27  \item $a_{ii}\ge0$
28  \item $a_{ij}<a_{ii}$, for all $j<i$ (unless $a_{ii}=0$ in which case all $a_{ij}=0$.)
29\end{enumerate}
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31We first assume that $X$ is an $n\times n$ matrix with entries in $\Z$.  Decompose $X$ as:
32$$X=\left(\begin{array}{ccc|c}&&&\\&A&&c\\&&&\\\hline&v&&v_c\\\hline&w&&w_c\end{array}\right),$$
33where $A\in M_{(n-2)\times(n-1)}(\Z)$, $c\in M_{(n-2)\times1}(\Z)$, $v,w\in M_{1\times(n-1)}(\Z)$, and $v_c,w_c\in\Z.$  Next define
34\begin{align*}
35  d_1=\det\left(\begin{array}{c}A\\\hline v\end{array}\right),d_2=\det\left(\begin{array}{c}A\\\hline w\end{array}\right)\text{, and }\\
36  g=\text{GCD}(d_1,d_2)\text{, where }g=a_1d_1+a_2d_2.
37\end{align*}
38We will then have, by row linearity of the determinant, $$\det\left(\begin{array}{c}A\\\hline a_1v+a_2w\end{array}\right)=a_1\det\left(\begin{array}{c}A\\\hline v\end{array}\right) + a_2\det\left(\begin{array}{c}A\\\hline w\end{array}\right) = g.$$
39If we now multiply the bottom two rows of $X$ by the matrix $$T=\left(\begin{matrix}a_1&a_2\\-\frac{d_2}{g}&\frac{d_1}{g}\end{matrix}\right)$$ we will get a new matrix $$X_1=\left(\begin{array}{ccc|c}&&&\\&B&&d\\&&&\\\hline&u&&u_c\end{array}\right)$$ where the last row of $B$ is $a_1v+a_2w.$  Moreover, the determinant of $B$ will also be $g$.
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41We can now compute the Herminte Normal form $H$ of $B$ quickly since $g$ is small.
42The elements on the diagonal in $H$ multiply to $g$, and hence they no greater than $g$ in absolute value.  It follows that the elements on the diagonal are less than $g$ in absolute value, so we only need to calculate $H$ mod $2g$, which is fast when $g$ is small.  The most naive algorithm is $O(n^3)$.
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44Since calculating a small value of $g$ is crucial to calculating the Hermite Normal form quickly, we undertook experiments to see what $g$ turns out to be in practice.  We generated matrices with random entries, varying the size of the matrices as high as $50 \times 50$, and varying the size of the entries of the matrices to as many as $4$ digits.  There is no evidence to suggest that either of these factors affects the expected value of $g$.  For the random matrices, $g$ was less than $100$ over $90$ percent of the time, and in the tens of thousands of trials, $g$ never had more than $5$ digits.  In appears that, in these trials, the expected value of $g$ was approximately the expected value of the GCD of two random large numbers.  Also, the evidence suggests that the value of $g$ is not increased when $v$ and $w$ have common entries, as long as they are not the same.  However, the evidence does suggest that $g$ is often very large on randomly generated sparse matrices.
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46Suppose that $U$ is the unique unimodular matrix with $H=UB$.  Then we want a column vector $e$ so that $$U\cdot\left(B|d\right)=\left(H|e\right).$$  Then $$e=Ud=HB^{-1}d,$$ so that $$BH^{-1}e=d.$$  Since $H$ has small entries we can quickly compute the inverse of $H$.  We can do this computation over $\mathbb{Q}$ since we know $BH^{-1}$ will still have integer entries since it equals $U$.  Finding $d$ then amounts to solving the system of equations $$\left(BH^{-1}\right)\cdot e=d.$$  This is often done using the $p$-adic nullspace algorithm.  We now have the matrix $$X_2=\left(\begin{array}{ccc|c}&&&\\&H&&e\\&&&\\\hline&u&&u_c\end{array}\right).$$  We can perform elementary row operations to reduce the last row by the rows above it to finally put the matrix into echelon form.
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48While Steel's algorithm is fast in practice, bad luck or a maliciously chosen matrix can cause $g$ to be very large, which ruins the efficiency.  Another potential problem is partitioning the matrix in the right way so that $B$ is nonsingular.
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50If $g$ is large, then the algorithm can be applied recursively when calculating the Hermite Normal form of $B$.  Another possibility is to multiply $X$ by a random unitary matrix, which does not affect the Hermite Normal form.  This idea is not yet tested.  Finally, since sparse matrices present a particularly difficult case, an alternative Hermite Normal form algorithm for sparse matrices might be better.
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