svd {base}  R Documentation 
Compute the singularvalue decomposition of a rectangular matrix.
svd(x, nu = min(n, p), nv = min(n, p), LINPACK = FALSE) La.svd(x, nu = min(n, p), nv = min(n, p))
x 
a numeric or complex matrix whose SVD decomposition is to be computed. Logical matrices are coerced to numeric. 
nu 
the number of left singular vectors to be computed.
This must between 
nv 
the number of right singular vectors to be computed.
This must be between 
LINPACK 
logical. Defunct and ignored. 
The singular value decomposition plays an important role in many
statistical techniques. svd
and La.svd
provide two
interfaces which differ in their return values.
Computing the singular vectors is the slow part for large matrices.
The computation will be more efficient if both nu <= min(n, p)
and nv <= min(n, p)
, and even more so if both are zero.
Unsuccessful results from the underlying LAPACK code will result in an
error giving a positive error code (most often 1
): these can
only be interpreted by detailed study of the FORTRAN code but mean
that the algorithm failed to converge.
The SVD decomposition of the matrix as computed by LAPACK,
\bold{X = U D V'},
where \bold{U} and \bold{V} are orthogonal, \bold{V'} means V transposed (and conjugated for complex input), and \bold{D} is a diagonal matrix with the (nonnegative) singular values D[i,i] in decreasing order. Equivalently, \bold{D = U' X V}, which is verified in the examples.
The returned value is a list with components
d 
a vector containing the singular values of 
u 
a matrix whose columns contain the left singular vectors of

v 
a matrix whose columns contain the right singular vectors of

Recall that the singular vectors are only defined up to sign (a constant of modulus one in the complex case). If a left singular vector has its sign changed, changing the sign of the corresponding right vector gives an equivalent decomposition.
For La.svd
the return value replaces v
by vt
, the
(conjugated if complex) transpose of v
.
The main functions used are the LAPACK routines DGESDD
and
ZGESDD
.
LAPACK is from http://www.netlib.org/lapack and its guide is listed in the references.
Anderson. E. and ten others (1999)
LAPACK Users' Guide. Third Edition. SIAM.
Available online at
http://www.netlib.org/lapack/lug/lapack_lug.html.
The ‘Singularvalue decomposition’ Wikipedia article.
Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.
hilbert < function(n) { i < 1:n; 1 / outer(i  1, i, "+") } X < hilbert(9)[, 1:6] (s < svd(X)) D < diag(s$d) s$u %*% D %*% t(s$v) # X = U D V' t(s$u) %*% X %*% s$v # D = U' X V