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# Eigenvalues

Dear all,

I need to find the eigenvalues of  3*3 matrix.

I get 3*2 matrix as an answer for eigenvalues. (The second column is zero's)

How can it be? Why I don't get a vector?

Thank you,

Orit

I enclose the code:

proc iml;

m={0.145373 0.018866 -0.000675,

-0.261593 1.0143407 0.0145192,

1.4433602 -0.116446 0.9282068};

eigm=eigval(m);

print eigm;

 0.988229 0 0.946791 0 0.152901 0

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‎09-18-2014 09:55 AM
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## Re: Eigenvalues

Try something like:

x={2 2, -1 0};

print (eigval(x));

A non-symmetric matrix of reals may have complex eigenvalues, so the second column is for the complex part.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

Not sure, how proc iml process this. You can try proc princom to get eigen vectors.

data have;
input m1 m2 m3;
datalines;
0.145373 0.018866 -0.000675
-0.261593 1.0143407 0.0145192
1.4433602 -0.116446 0.9282068
;

proc princom data=have;
run;

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## Re: Eigenvalues

The results between SAS/IML and proc princom are really different.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

Can you please share eigen values and eigen vectors obtained through proc iml?

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## Re: Eigenvalues

The first column is eigenvalue through proc princom

 1 2 3 2.55176 2.10352974 0.8506 0.8506 0.448235 0.44823513 0.1494 1 0 0 1

proc iml

 0.988229 0 0.946791 0 0.152901 0

As you can see the results are really different,

The proc iml results are more logical

Thanks,

Orit

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## Re: Eigenvalues

Hi Dr. Rick,

Thanks for your feedback on this. Just to understand it in a better way have a couple of questions. When we use princom it calculates eigen values either using correlation matrix or cov matrix. So if we execute analysis given below, calculations will be done based on symmetric cov matrix . Why we need to feed princomp a cov matrix, if it can be calculated as part of proc princom?

Regards,

Naeem

data have;
input m1 m2 m3;
datalines;
0.145373 0.018866 -0.000675
-0.261593 1.0143407 0.0145192
1.4433602 -0.116446 0.9282068
;

proc princomp data=have cov;
run;

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## Re: Eigenvalues

As I said, by default PROC PRINCOMP thinks that the data in the DATA= option are observations. In your example, it thinks that you are specifying 3 variables, each with three observations. Call that data X. The covariance matrix for X is formed as follows:

C = X - mean(X);         /* center the data */

S = (C` * C) / (nrow(X)-1); /* assume no missing values */

In other words, the eigenvalues that are reported for your example are for the covariance matrix S, which is the crossproduct of the centered data, divided by n-1. The IML code is reporting the eigenvalues for X; the PRINCOMP code is reporting the eigenvalues for S.

In my earlier post, I showed that you can specify TYPE=COV as a data set option in order to make PROC PRINCOMP understand that the DATA= data is a covariance matrix, not raw observations.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

Thanks so much Dr. Rick. I was just mixing observations with cov matrix.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

PROC PRINCOMP thinks that the values in the HAVE data set are observations.  PROC PRINCOMP can compute the eigenvalues and eigenvector of SYMMETRIC matrices. However, you have to use a TYPE=COV data set and you have to use the COV option on the PROC PRINCOMP stmt.  For unsymmetric matrices, PROC PRINCOMP will give you an error.

The correct way to do it (for SYMMETRIC matrices) is as follows:

data have(type=cov);  /* leave off a lot of the TYPE=COV data for simplicity */
_type_='COV';
input m1-m3;
datalines;
0.145373 -0.261593   1.4433602
-0.261593 1.0143407 -0.116446
1.4433602 -0.116446  0.9282068
;

ods select eigenvalues eigenvectors;
proc princomp data=have(TYPE=COV) cov;
run;

proc iml;
use have; read all var _NUM_ into M; close;
eigm=eigval(m);
print eigm;

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‎09-18-2014 09:55 AM
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Posts: 168

## Re: Eigenvalues

Try something like:

x={2 2, -1 0};

print (eigval(x));

A non-symmetric matrix of reals may have complex eigenvalues, so the second column is for the complex part.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

For symmetric matrices, EIGVAL returns a column vector. For nonsymmetric matrices, EIGVAL returns an N x 2 matrix, where the first column is the real part and the second column is the imaginary part.

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## Re: Eigenvalues

Thank you Rick!

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