[Numpy-discussion] how to get the corresponding eigenvector for a specific eigen value?

Hoyt Koepke hoytak@cs.ubc...
Mon Feb 9 01:40:25 CST 2009

>     I have tried with linalg.solve(a, b), where I put a as the
> Matrix A - eigen value* unit matrix, and b as the zero matrix. But the
> solution returned is a zero matrix, which I really find disappointing.

So if you're trying to solve (A - \lambda I) x = b, try appending an
extra row to your  (A - \lambda I) matrix with all ones; the output of
this will be the some of the elements of your eigenvector.  Append a 1
to the end of your b.  This will exclude the case where x = 0 as valid
solution, as you'll then require that \sum_i x_i = 1.  You'll probably
want to renormalize properly afterwards.

Quick and dirty, but should work.



+ Hoyt Koepke
+ University of Washington Department of Statistics
+ http://www.stat.washington.edu/~hoytak/
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