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Nearly-Linear Time Algorithms for Preconditioning and Solving Symmetric, Diagonally Dominant Linear Systems

07/2006;
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT We present a randomized algorithm that, on input a symmetric, weakly
diagonally dominant n-by-n matrix A with m nonzero entries and an n-vector b,
produces a y such that $\norm{y - \pinv{A} b}_{A} \leq \epsilon \norm{\pinv{A}
b}_{A}$ in expected time $O (m \log^{c}n \log (1/\epsilon)),$ for some constant
c. By applying this algorithm inside the inverse power method, we compute
approximate Fiedler vectors in a similar amount of time. The algorithm applies
subgraph preconditioners in a recursive fashion. These preconditioners improve
upon the subgraph preconditioners first introduced by Vaidya (1990).
For any symmetric, weakly diagonally-dominant matrix A with non-positive
off-diagonal entries and $k \geq 1$, we construct in time $O (m \log^{c} n)$ a
preconditioner B of A with at most $2 (n - 1) + O ((m/k) \log^{39} n)$ nonzero
off-diagonal entries such that the finite generalized condition number
$\kappa_{f} (A,B)$ is at most k, for some other constant c.
In the special case when the nonzero structure of the matrix is planar the
corresponding linear system solver runs in expected time $ O (n \log^{2} n + n
\log n \ \log \log n \ \log (1/\epsilon))$.
We hope that our introduction of algorithms of low asymptotic complexity will
lead to the development of algorithms that are also fast in practice.

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