iSIRA: Integrated shift–invert residual Arnoldi method for graph Laplacian matrices from big data

Wei Qiang Huang*, Wen Wei Lin, Henry Horng Shing Lu, Shing Tung Yau

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The eigenvalue problem of a graph Laplacian matrix L arising from a simple, connected and undirected graph has been given more attention due to its extensive applications, such as spectral clustering, community detection, complex network, image processing and so on. The associated matrix L is symmetric, positive semi-definite, and is usually large and sparse. It is often of interest for finding some smallest positive eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors. However, the singularity of L makes the classical eigensolvers inefficient since we need to factorize L for the purpose of solving large and sparse linear systems exactly. The next difficulty is that it is usually prohibitive to factorize L generated by real network problems from big data such as social media transactional databases, and sensor systems because there is in general not only local connections. In this paper, we propose a trimming to cure the singularity of L according to its special property: zero row/column sum. This remedy technique leads us to solve a positive definite linear system reduced in one dimension and then recover the result to get a suitable solution of the original system involved in an eigensolver. Besides, we apply a deflating approach to exclude the influence of converged eigenvalues. We show how to apply the idea of trimming to the graph Laplacian eigenvalue problem together with a deflated term and a target shift. Accordingly, based on the inexact residual Arnoldi (Lee, 2007; Lee and Stewart, 2007) method, we propose an integrated eigensolver for this kind of L combining with the implicit remedy of the singularity, an effective deflation for convergent eigenvalues and the shift–invert enhancement. Numerical experiments reveal that the integrated eigensolver outperforms the classical Arnoldi/Lanczos method for computing some smallest positive eigeninformation especially when the LU factorization is not available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-531
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2019


  • Deflation
  • Eigenvalue problem
  • Graph Laplacian matrix
  • Inexact eigensolver
  • Shift–invert residual Arnoldi
  • Trimming


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