[R] eigenvalues of a circulant matrix

Globe Trotter itsme_410 at yahoo.com
Mon May 2 05:10:55 CEST 2005


It is my understanding that the eigenvectors of a circulant matrix are given as


where the matrix has dimension given by p x p and omega is one of p complex
roots of unity. (See Bellman for an excellent discussion on this). 

The matrix created  by the attached row and obtained using the following
indicates no imaginary parts for the eigenvectors. It appears that the real
values are close, but not exactly so, and there is no imaginary part

x<-scan("kinv.dat")       #length(x) = 216

Note that the eigenvectors are correct, and they are indeed real, because X is

Is this a bug in R? Any insight if not, please!

Many thanks and best wishes!

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Best wishes!




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