[SciPy-user] negative values in diagonal of covariance matrix

Pauli Virtanen pav@iki...
Thu Dec 11 14:06:15 CST 2008

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:57:37 -0500, josef.pktd wrote:
> But, the negative diagonal elements means that the underlying Hessian or
> its approximation is not positive-definite. The inverse of a real
> symmetric positive definite matrix should have positive diagonal
> elements.
> So, I'm also pretty sure that the the optimization did not converge to a
> minimum, so I would either redefine the optimization problem or choose a
> more robust optimization algorithm.

Ideally, the algorithm should be robust enough to know that it didn't 
converge in this case, and signal failure (success > 4). leastsq is a 
wrapper to MINPACK's LMDER, so this is not completely straightforward to 

Pauli Virtanen

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