The SVDC procedure computes the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) of a square (*n* x* n*) or non-square (*n* x *m*) array as the product of orthogonal and diagonal arrays. SVD is a very powerful tool for the solution of linear systems, and is often used when a solution cannot be determined by other numerical algorithms.

The SVD of an (*n* x *m*) non-square array *A* is computed as the product of an (*n* x* m*) column orthogonal array *U*, an (*n* x *n*) diagonal array *SV*, composed of the singular values, and the transpose of an (*n* x *n*) orthogonal array V: A = U SV V^{T}

**Note: **If you are working with complex inputs, use the LA_SVD procedure instead.

## Examples

To find the singular values of an array A:

; Define the array A:

A = [[1.0, 2.0, -1.0, 2.5], $

[1.5, 3.3, -0.5, 2.0], $

[3.1, 0.7, 2.2, 0.0], $

[0.0, 0.3, -2.0, 5.3], $

[2.1, 1.0, 4.3, 2.2], $

[0.0, 5.5, 3.8, 0.2]]

; Compute the Singular Value Decomposition:

SVDC, A, W, U, V

; Print the singular values:

PRINT, W

IDL prints:

8.81973 2.65502 4.30598 6.84484

To verify the decomposition, use the relationship A = U ## SV ## TRANSPOSE(V), where SV is a diagonal array created from the output vector W:

sv = FLTARR(4, 4)

FOR K = 0, 3 DO sv[K,K] = W[K]

result = U ## sv ## TRANSPOSE(V)

PRINT, result

IDL prints:

1.00000 2.00000 -1.00000 2.50000

1.50000 3.30000 -0.500001 2.00000

3.10000 0.700000 2.20000 0.00000

2.23517e-08 0.300000 -2.00000 5.30000

2.10000 0.999999 4.30000 2.20000

-3.91155e-07 5.50000 3.80000 0.200000

This is the input array, to within machine precision.

## Syntax

SVDC, *A*, *W*, *U*, *V* [, /COLUMN] [, /DOUBLE] [, ITMAX=*value*]

## Arguments

### A

The square (*n* x *n*) or non-square (*n* x *m*) single- or double-precision floating-point array to decompose.

### W

On output, *W* is an *n*-element output vector containing the “singular values.”

### U

On output, *U* is an *n*-column, *m*-row orthogonal array used in the decomposition of *A*.

### V

On output, *V* is an *n*-column, *n*-row orthogonal array used in the decomposition of *A*.

## Keywords

### COLUMN

Set this keyword if the input array *A* is in column-major format (composed of column vectors) rather than in row-major format (composed of row vectors).

### DOUBLE

Set this keyword to force the computation to be done in double-precision arithmetic.

### ITMAX

Set this keyword to specify the maximum number of iterations. The default value is 30.

## Version History

4.0 |
Introduced |

## Resources and References

SVDC is based on the routine svdcmp described in section 2.6 of *Numerical Recipes in C: The Art of Scientific Computing* (Second Edition), published by Cambridge University Press, and is used by permission.

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