Autumn 2020 STAT 30900

Course: STAT 30900=CAAM 30900, CMSC 37810

Title: Mathematical Computation I: Matrix Computation Course

Instructor(s): Lek-Heng Lim

Teaching Assistant(s): Zhen Dai, Zehua Lai

Class Schedule: Sec 01: MW 4:10 PM–5:30 PM in TBA

Textbook(s): Golub, Van Loan, Matrix Computations, 4th edition

Description:  This is an introductory course on numerical linear algebra, which is quite different from linear algebra. We will be much less interested in algebraic results that follow from axiomatic definitions of fields and vector spaces but much more interested in analytic results that hold only over the real and complex fields. The main objects of interest are real- or complex-valued matrices, which may come from differential operators, integral transforms, bilinear and quadratic forms, boundary and coboundary maps, Markov chains, correlations, DNA microarray measurements, movie ratings by viewers, friendship relations in social networks, etc. Numerical linear algebra provides the mathematical and algorithmic tools for analyzing these matrices. Topics covered: basic matrix decompositions LU, QR, SVD; Gaussian elimination and LU/LDU decompositions; backward error analysis, Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization and QR/complete orthogonal decompositions; solving linear systems, least squares, and total least squares problem; low-rank matrix approximations and matrix completion. We shall also include a brief overview of stationary and Krylov subspace iterative methods; eigenvalue and singular value problems; and sparse linear algebra.

Prerequisite(s): Linear algebra (STAT 24300 or equivalent) and some previous experience with statistics.