Iterative methods

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For solving a set of linear equations, we seek the solution to the problem:

$AX = Q$

After k iterations we obtain an approaximation to the solution as:

$Ax^{(k)} = Q - r^{(k)}$

where $r^{(k)}$ is the residual after k iterations.
Defining:

$\varepsilon ^{(k)} = x - x^{(k)}$

as the difference between the exact and approaximate solution.
we obtain :

$A\varepsilon ^{(k)} = r^{(k)}$

the purpose of iterations is to drive this residual to zero.