Re: [R] SVD with positivity constraints

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 27 Jul 2004 - 18:12:37 EST

If A is not square, which dimension is larger? There will most likely be either no solution or an infinity of solutions. If the latter, I think you are using the Moore-Penrose inverse (depends exactly how you use the SVD), that is the shortest solution, but the SVD will give you the whole space of solutions and you could compute if that intersects the positive orthant.

On Tue, 27 Jul 2004, Molins, Jordi wrote:

> I have a matrix equation, Ax=b, that I need to solve for x. x should be a
> vector of positive numbers (between 0 and 1). A is not a square matrix in
> general. This lead me to using the SVD. However, using the SVD gives me
> positive and negative numbers, as well. I have some constraints included in
> the A matrix itself (i.e., that the sum of some xi should be equal to 1) but

> I do not know how to include the constraint that each xi should be
> non-negative.
> Is there in R (or somewhere else) an SVD that includes this kind of
> constraint? or some other optimizer that can cope with solving non-square
> matrix equations, including the positivity constraint?

optim(method="L-BFGS-B") can cope with [0, 1] constraints.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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