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Re: eigenvector rotation

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  • Subject: [mg46669] Re: eigenvector rotation
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 19:31:58 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <c1luu7$o16$>
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since Mathematica use the EISPACK routines you have to write
your own code to find the eigensystem and you can't use
any library because all numerical librarys use EISPACK
And I would expect that the effect comes form the Householder
rotation during the eigensystem computation.


Bettina wrote:
> Hi
> It seems, that when I calculate the eigensystem of a complex Hermitian
> matrix, th eigenvectors get rotated automatically in such a way, that
> the highest absolute valued eigenvector component becomes real. Since I
> need the unrotated result, how do I switch off this feature?
> Thanks for the help.
> Best regards
> Bettina

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