Computing several eigenvalues of nonlinear eigenvalue problems by selection

Michiel E. Hochstenbach (Corresponding author), Bor Plestenjak

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Computing more than one eigenvalue for (large sparse) one-parameter polynomial and general nonlinear eigenproblems, as well as for multiparameter linear and nonlinear eigenproblems, is a much harder task than for standard eigenvalue problems. We present simple but efficient selection methods based on divided differences to do this. Selection means that the approximate eigenpair is picked from candidate pairs that satisfy a certain suitable criterion. The goal of this procedure is to steer the process away from already detected pairs. In contrast to locking techniques, it is not necessary to keep converged eigenvectors in the search space, so that the entire search space may be devoted to new information. The selection techniques are applicable to many types of matrix eigenvalue problems; standard deflation is feasible only for linear one-parameter problems. The methods are easy to understand and implement. Although the use of divided differences is well known in the context of nonlinear eigenproblems, the proposed selection techniques are new for one-parameter problems. For multiparameter problems, we improve on and generalize our previous work. We also show how to use divided differences in the framework of homogeneous coordinates, which may be appropriate for generalized eigenvalue problems with infinite eigenvalues. While the approaches are valuable alternatives for one-parameter nonlinear eigenproblems, they seem the only option for multiparameter problems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2020


  • Computing several eigenvalues
  • Deflation
  • Divided difference
  • Homogeneous coordinates
  • Jacobi–Davidson
  • Locking
  • Multiparameter eigenvalue problem
  • Nonlinear eigenvalue problem
  • Polynomial eigenvalue problem
  • Quadratic eigenvalue problem
  • Selection
  • Subspace method
  • Jacobi-Davidson


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