Convergence of inexact inverse iteration with application to preconditioned iterative solves

MA Freitag, A Spence

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In this paper we study inexact inverse iteration for solving the generalised eigenvalue problem A x=λM x. We show that inexact inverse iteration is a modified Newton method and hence obtain convergence rates for various versions of inexact inverse iteration for the calculation of an algebraically simple eigenvalue. In particular, if the inexact solves are carried out with a tolerance chosen proportional to the eigenvalue residual then quadratic convergence is achieved. We also show how modifying the right hand side in inverse iteration still provides a convergent method, but the rate of convergence will be quadratic only under certain conditions on the right hand side. We discuss the implications of this for the preconditioned iterative solution of the linear systems. Finally we introduce a new ILU preconditioner which is a simple modification to the usual preconditioner, but which has advantages both for the standard form of inverse iteration and for the version with a modified right hand side. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the theoretical results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalBIT Numerical Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • Preconditioned iterative methods
  • Newton’s method
  • Inverse iteration


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