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Fundamentals of Matrix Computations 3rd Edition

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The use of numerical methods continues to expand rapidly. At their heart lie matrix computations. Written in a clear, expository style, it allows students and professionals to build confidence in themselves by putting the theory behind matrix computations into practice instantly. Algorithms that allow students to work examples and write programs introduce each chapter. The book then moves on to discuss more complicated theoretical material. Using a step-by-step approach, it introduces mathematical material only as it is needed. Exercises range from routine computations and verifications to extensive programming projects and challenging proofs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This new, modernized edition provides a clear and thorough introduction to matrix computations, a key component of scientific computing

Retaining the accessible and hands-on style of its predecessor, Fundamentals of Matrix Computations, Third Edition thoroughly details matrix computations and the accompanying theory alongside the author's useful insights. The book presents the most important algorithms of numerical linear algebra and helps readers to understand how the algorithms are developed and why they work.

Along with new and updated examples, the Third Edition features:

  • A novel approach to Francis' QR algorithm that explains its properties without reference to the basic QR algorithm
  • Application of classical Gram-Schmidt with reorthogonalization
  • A revised approach to the derivation of the Golub-Reinsch SVD algorithm
  • New coverage on solving product eigenvalue problems
  • Expanded treatment of the Jacobi-Davidson method
  • A new discussion on stopping criteria for iterative methods for solving linear equations

Throughout the book, numerous new and updated exercises—ranging from routine computations and verifications to challenging programming and proofs—are provided, allowing readers to immediately engage in applying the presented concepts. The new edition also incorporates MATLAB to solve real-world problems in electrical circuits, mass-spring systems, and simple partial differential equations, and an index of MATLAB terms assists readers with understanding the basic concepts related to the software.

Fundamentals of Matrix Computations, Third Edition is an excellent book for courses on matrix computations and applied numerical linear algebra at the upper-undergraduate and graduate level. The book is also a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners working in the fields of engineering and computer science who need to know how to solve problems involving matrix computations.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470528338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470528334
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Roger on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
when i first saw this book, i was very excited. i would have rated it 5 stars at that time. It's a much easier read than Golub's "matrix computations" and Demmel's "Applied Numerical Linear Algebra".
but then I saw Trefethen and Bau's "Numerical Linear Algebra", and I was totally amazed by that book. By comparison, this book by Watkins can only be rated 4 stars. It just doesn't match up to Trefethen's book in terms of elegance, smoothness, intuitiveness, and more importantly, focusing on the essence instead of being buried in the details.
if you are really interested in the topic of matrix computation, I suggest you start with Trefethen's book, and use Golub's book as reference later on.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is not that famous as the golub/van loan bible but it is more than competitive. Especially for undergraduate or even graduate students who want to become familiar with computational aspects of linear algebra the bible might be to compact; watkins gives one more help to understand the main ideas.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Abeles on October 20, 2010
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After looking at a few books on matrix computations I believe that that Fundamentals of Matrix Computations by David S. Watkins does the best job of balancing theory and practice. Being a self learner I found this book easy to read, provided enough practical advice to write high quality algorithms, and provided a good foundation for more advanced subjects. Be sure to at least read through all the exercises since they often cover new material not discussed in the main section. Its worth working through many of the exercises and enough information is provided in general to validate your solution. As a self learner I'm often frustrated with some books that provided exercises but no way to know if you're right or not. I even went on to write a linear algebra library in Java which uses this book as the primary reference for a few of the algorithms, search for EJML if you are curious.

Golub and Van Loan's book covers much more material than Watkins but in a much more terse fashion. By terse I don't mean that Golub/Van Loan's is hard to understand, it is a very good book, but it is terse. I tend to use Golub/Van Loan's book more as a reference if I need to look something up quickly or if the material is not covered else where. There are also some situations important details are not mentioned in that book but are mentioned in Watkins' book. I have also looked though Numerical Linear Algebra by Trefethen and Bau. That book provided a good general high level overview of the basic subjects and in few cases was easier to understand, but I found it on the whole lacking in detail and often did not discuss important implementation issues.

(This review is for the 2nd Edition. I have yet to look at the 3rd.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RS on April 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this book to learn iterative methods and absolutely loved it. The explanations are clear and the coverage of techniques is very comprehensive. The chapters on SVD (see cover illustration) and eigenvalue decomposition are also very well explained. I found it to be engaging and more approachable for a novice than Golub and van Loan (which by the way, you *should* read after reading Watkins :-))
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