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Bounds for the entries of matrix functions with applications to preconditioning

By Michele Benzi and Gene H. Golub


Let A be a symmetric matrix and let f be a smooth function defined on an interval containing the spectrum of A. Generalizing a well-known result of Demko, Moss and Smith on the decay of the inverse we show that when A is banded, the entries of f(A)are bounded in an exponentially decaying manner away from the main diagonal. Bounds obtained by representing the entries of f(A) in terms of Riemann–Stieltjes integrals and by approximating such integrals by Gaussian quadrature rules are also considered. Applications of these bounds to preconditioning are suggested and illustrated by a few numerical examples

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Year: 1999
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