Square and stretch multigrid for stochastic matrix eigenproblems

Eran Treister, Irad Yavneh

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A novel multigrid algorithm for computing the principal eigenvector of column-stochastic matrices is developed. The method is based on an approach originally introduced by Horton and Leutenegger (Perform. Eval. Rev. 1994; 22:191-200) whereby the coarse-grid problem is adapted to yield a better and better coarse representation of the original problem. A special feature of the present approach is the squaring of the stochastic matrix-followed by a stretching of its spectrum-just prior to the coarse-grid correction process. This procedure is shown to yield good convergence properties, even though a cheap and simple aggregation is used for the restriction and prolongation matrices, which is important for maintaining competitive computational costs. A second special feature is a bottom-up procedure for defining coarse-grid aggregates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-251
Number of pages23
JournalNumerical Linear Algebra with Applications
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Algebraic multigrid
  • Markov chains
  • Smoothed aggregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Applied Mathematics


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