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  • Subject: [mg24591] Any ideas?
  • From: Yannis.Paraskevopoulos at
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 00:56:23 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear All,

I am working on Fourier transforms, and therefore I want to evaluate
the exponential of a matrix, say
z=exp(A+iB). The matrices A and B do not commute, hence (I guess!) the
exponential cannot be split into real and imaginary parts explicitly.
Equivalently, I could be looking for the eigenvalues and eigenvectors
of the matrix A+iB; the exponential is then calculated trivially.

I have tried the Taylor expansion exp(A+iB)=sum([A+iB]^n/n!,n=0..Inf),
but the numerical errors become explosive very quickly.

I would appreciate any clever trick!


Yannis Paraskevopoulos

Quantitative Risk: Models and Statistics
UBS Warburg, 
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1 Finsbury Ave., 
London EC2M 2PP.

yannis.paraskevopoulos at
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