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Re: Eigensystem applied to a unitary matrix crashes Mathematica 4.

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  • Subject: [mg21384] Re: Eigensystem applied to a unitary matrix crashes Mathematica 4.
  • From: Jos Bergervoet <bergervo at iaehv.iae.nl>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2000 20:54:43 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Internet Access Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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John A. Sidles <sidles at u.washington.edu> wrote:
>   ...
> Eigensystem[] documentation might reasonably be revised to
> be a little more forthcoming about these behaviors, which
>   ...

Is this a problem only when the matrix is (near) degenerate?
Or, more precisely, if the eigenvalues are different by many
significant digits, can I be sure then that Eigensystem[] will
return orthogonal vectors?

> over the years have taken so many users by surprise.

And it is only to avoid any more surprises that I try to find
out what the exact behavior is.

-- Jos


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