LinearSolve[m, b] is not equivalent to LinearSolve[m][b]

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• Subject: [mg84283] LinearSolve[m, b] is not equivalent to LinearSolve[m][b]
• From: "Andrew Moylan" <andrew.j.moylan at gmail.com>
• Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 19:16:03 -0500 (EST)

```At the bottom of this message I define a machine-precision matrix m and a
machine precision vector b. (I apologise for their large size.)

1. LinearSolve[m, b] is not equivalent to LinearSolve[m][b].

The documentation for LinearSolve states that "LinearSolve[m,b] is
equivalent to LinearSolve[m][b]." For m and b, however:

sol1 = LinearSolve[m, b]
>>
{-1.68129*10^9,-7.29642*10^11,-6.31285*10^20,4.99506*10^22,3.84561*10^24,-1.
3535*10^26,-7.82045*10^25,1.69903*10^27,2.25713*10^25,-2.49272*10^26,-1.0616
*10^26,9.03507*10^26,-4.77786*10^24,2.87158*10^25,4.55334*10^25,-2.43647*10^
26,-2.82578*10^26,1.27101*10^27,-1.38448*10^28,5.52681*10^30}

sol2 = LinearSolve[m][b]
>>
{-1.8893*10^-6,0.00627488,-0.000025753,-0.00767333,0.0000624517,-0.000027213
7,-0.0000464774,0.00188393,7.51337*10^-6,-0.0000585884,6.01809*10^-6,-0.0004
30135,-6.4536*10^-7,-0.0000946245,-1.29985*10^-6,0.0000701392,-4.03265*10^-7
,0.0000499027,4.97681*10^-7,9.8366*10^-6}

Needless to say, sol2 is the one that approximately solves m.x==b. Type
(m.sol1 - b) and (m.sol2 - b) to see this. sol1 is wild.

2. When using arbitrary precision arithmetic instead of machine precision
arithmetic, the wild behaviour does not occur.

Here are m and b at precision \$MachinePrecision (i.e., 15.9546):
mm = SetPrecision[m, \$MachinePrecision];
bb = SetPrecision[b, \$MachinePrecision];

For these definitions, LinearSolve[mm,bb] and LinearSolve[mm][bb] *are*
approximately equal, and they are approximately equal to sol2 (the tame
solution).

Can anyone shed some light on this topic? My working hypothesis is that 1.
sol1 is the result of a bug (or inconsistent/bad handling of poorly
conditioned matrices); and 2. that bug isn't present in the arbitrary
precision version of LinearSolve. Then the workaround would be: don't use

Andrew Moylan

Here are the definitions of m and b:

m={{0.,120.,4.,-120.,-16.,120.,36.,-120.,-64.,120.,100.,-120.,-144.,120.,196
.,-120.,-256.,120.,324.,-120.},{-120.,0.,120.,4.,-120.,-16.,120.,36.,-120.,-
64.,120.,100.,-120.,-144.,120.,196.,-120.,-256.,120.,324.},{0.,137.667770123
3155,4.,-126.52361302070159,-14.704805681953697,94.89537283269993,28.5433706
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89575,60.48297480676686,-39.728436874545594,-104.33013932096895,21.378320417
681632,131.28632837898377,8.062099516267708,-136.987354117796,-44.1577316683
6576,120.51022451941246},{-137.6677701233155,0.,126.52361302070159,4.,-94.89
537283269993,-14.704805681953697,47.90363918197348,28.54337065200333,6.84365
962903201,-40.5445084603741,-60.48297480676686,45.583827826889575,104.330139
32096895,-39.728436874545594,-131.28632837898377,21.378320417681632,136.9873
54117796,8.062099516267708,-120.51022451941246,-44.15773166836576},{0.,190.5
9730297009568,4.,-140.79278017868444,-11.819078485136764,17.407811913964213,
14.191990544591762,115.0747432704792,-4.317884714201286,-187.4174897103089,-
15.679345960738772,161.81300927620237,34.27414014713948,-51.64259235864097,-
37.12435871470173,-85.51702774336465,16.98339066468509,177.98415019794658,19
.503939521116326,-177.43405229412292},{-190.59730297009568,0.,140.7927801786
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.3373281801208,29.944998291495985,-110.95299226741214,-27.37121776748681,-21
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.5070001073631,-11.038447478035566,-158.26040739218521,31.58488964242715,687
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748303381077,-1429.2774204092866,13.837048847537616,1083.847095614267,20.248
784522486616,1782.9776691999382,-11.662601235917451,-501.9941315420778,-31.3
48033453698886,-1946.79731676494,3.4859696207965745},{0.,8267.868082849189,4
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996.014586041039},{-8267.868082849189,0.,-3927.69394068881,4.,4536.125017493
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94009826875,-15.09440727983296,-60935.1643846494,21.624753701270276},{0.,2.1
09193656453301*^6,4.,1.931251213300796*^6,14.650157570060415,1.4274481663250
76*^6,28.242584405174718,682791.3566687256,39.659403480135936,-177073.045991
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5*^10,97.28714180413428,2.94067457209015*^10,138.32438810885077,2.8241116242
59851*^10,185.4525285933514,2.6882571304243427*^10,238.01117208726953,2.5340
39114531167*^10,295.2570820108493,2.362511042003884*^10},{-3.211138047480835
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8,-3.1128780771958237*^10,35.67267128166534,-3.037149730788285*^10,62.911512
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^10,238.01117208726953,-2.362511042003884*^10,295.2570820108493}};

b={1.4715177646857693,0.,1.7272858774111686,0.,2.4384494832359858,0.,3.86819
71196755,0.,6.1130185623361015,0.,7.4508820294899945,0.,3.393321220405215,0.
,0.03385691675272283,0.,3.3743307736651725*^-14,0.,1.23885112322841128107475
3`10.061735978331926*^-496,0.};

```

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