Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#10791 closed defect

Fix and upgrade Gram-Schmidt — at Version 4

Reported by: rbeezer Owned by: jason, was
Priority: major Milestone: sage-4.8
Component: linear algebra Keywords: sd32
Cc: Merged in:
Authors: Rob Beezer Reviewers: Martin Raum
Report Upstream: N/A Work issues:
Branch: Commit:
Dependencies: Stopgaps:

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Description (last modified by rbeezer)

If a set of vectors has a linearly dependent subset, followed by a vector outside the span of that subset, then the presence of a zero vector in the orthogonal set causes division by a zero dot product.

There are various other improvements that can be made in this routine.

sage: A=matrix(QQ, [[1,2],[2,4],[1,1]])
sage: A.gram_schmidt()
ZeroDivisionError                         Traceback (most recent call last)

/sage/sage-4.6.2.alpha4/<ipython console> in <module>()

/sage/sage-4.6.2.alpha4/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/matrix/ in sage.matrix.matrix2.Matrix.gram_schmidt (sage/matrix/matrix2.c:31979)()

/sage/sage-4.6.2.alpha4/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/modules/misc.pyc in gram_schmidt(B)
     55     for i in range(1,n):
     56         for j in range(i):
---> 57             mu[i,j] = B[i].dot_product(Bstar[j]) / (Bstar[j].dot_product(Bstar[j]))
     58         Bstar.append(B[i] - sum(mu[i,j]*Bstar[j] for j in range(i)))
     59     return Bstar, mu

/sage/sage-4.6.2.alpha4/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/structure/ in sage.structure.element.RingElement.__div__ (sage/structure/element.c:11981)()

/sage/sage-4.6.2.alpha4/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/rings/ in sage.rings.rational.Rational._div_ (sage/rings/rational.c:15177)()

ZeroDivisionError: Rational division by zero

Patch summary:

  • Original Gram-Schmidt has been adjusted to raise an error on linearly dependent input.
  • Free module version of original Gram-Schmidt was used just one place, and it has been referenced directly, rather than through the matrix version.
  • Matrix version is totally rewritten, building on QR factorizations as possible to get orthonormal bases. Linearly dependent subsets should be handled properly now. Return format has, by necessity, changed.
  • The "noscale" helper method is reminiscent of the old code, but written in a column-oriented QR style.

Apply trac_10791-fix-gram-schmidt.patch, trac_10791-gram-schmidt-doctests.patch

Depends on #10536, #10683, #10794

Change History (6)

Changed 11 years ago by rbeezer

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by rbeezer

  • Authors set to Rob Beezer
  • Description modified (diff)
  • Status changed from new to needs_review

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by kini

  • Description modified (diff)

fix patchbot comment

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by mraum

  • Reviewers set to Martin Raum
  • Status changed from needs_review to needs_work

In line 6364: properly contains In line 6444: For the integers and the rationals the field

There is only one thing you didn't catch. If you fix that I can give this a positive review (please provide a patch that depends on the current one, to make my life easier) :

File "/scratch/mraum/sagedev/devel/sage-dev/sage/modules/", line 66:

sage: gram_schmidt(V)

Exception raised:

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/scratch/mraum/sagedev/local/bin/", line 1231, in run_one_test

self.run_one_example(test, example, filename, compileflags)

File "/scratch/mraum/sagedev/local/bin/", line 38, in run_one_example

OrigDocTestRunner?.run_one_example(self, test, example, filename, compileflags)

File "/scratch/mraum/sagedev/local/bin/", line 1172, in run_one_example

compileflags, 1) in test.globs

File "<doctest main.example_1[16]>", line 1, in <module>

gram_schmidt(V)###line 66:

sage: gram_schmidt(V)

File "/scratch/mraum/sagedev/local/lib/python/site-packages/sage/modules/", line 83, in gram_schmidt

raise ValueError?("linearly dependent input for module version of Gram-Schmidt")

ValueError?: linearly dependent input for module version of Gram-Schmidt

Changed 11 years ago by rbeezer

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by rbeezer

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Status changed from needs_work to needs_review

Martin - thanks for the careful review and for catching these three items.

"doctests" patch implements changes to fix all three.


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