[R] underdetermined system

Ravi Varadhan rvaradhan at jhmi.edu
Tue Oct 16 20:57:41 CEST 2007

QR is good for overdetermined LS problems, and I don't think that it can be
used for "minimum norm" solution of underdetrmined LS problems.  You need
LAPACK's Fortran routine DGELS.  I am not sure if this currently available
in R.



Ravi Varadhan, Ph.D.

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Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology 

Johns Hopkins University

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Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:34 AM
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Subject: [R] underdetermined system

Hi, sorry, I'm an idiot.. and I know I'm missing something stupid.. 

I thought if we solve an underdetermine system with QR, my soln is:

min ||x|| (L2 sense)  such that Ax = b

then say i have:

> w <- matrix(c(1, 5), ncol=2)
> sw = 2
> qrW = qr(t(w) %*% w)
> qr.coef(qrW, t(w) %*% sw)
[1,]    2
[2,]   NA

but we also have soln (0, 2/5) which obviously has a smaller distance in L2
than (2, 0). Am I missing something very obvious? Thanks a lot!!!!

- yoooooooooooooooooo

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