Biconjugate gradients method
x = bicg(A,b)
bicg(A,b,tol)
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit)
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M)
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2)
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0)
[x,flag] = bicg(A,b,...)
[x,flag,relres] = bicg(A,b,...)
[x,flag,relres,iter] = bicg(A,b,...)
[x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = bicg(A,b,...)
x = bicg(A,b)
attempts
to solve the system of linear equations A*x = b
for x
.
The n
byn
coefficient matrix A
must
be square and should be large and sparse. The column vector b
must
have length n
. A
can be a function
handle, afun
, such that afun(x,'notransp')
returns A*x
and afun(x,'transp')
returns A'*x
.
Parameterizing Functions explains how to provide additional
parameters to the function afun
, as well as the
preconditioner function mfun
described below, if
necessary.
If bicg
converges, it displays a message
to that effect. If bicg
fails to converge after
the maximum number of iterations or halts for any reason, it prints
a warning message that includes the relative residual norm(bA*x)/norm(b)
and
the iteration number at which the method stopped or failed.
bicg(A,b,tol)
specifies
the tolerance of the method. If tol
is []
,
then bicg
uses the default, 1e6
.
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit)
specifies
the maximum number of iterations. If maxit
is []
,
then bicg
uses the default, min(n,20)
.
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M)
and bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2)
use
the preconditioner M
or M = M1*M2
and
effectively solve the system inv(M)*A*x
= inv(M)*b
for x
.
If M
is []
then bicg
applies
no preconditioner. M
can be a function handle mfun
,
such that mfun(x,'notransp')
returns M\x
and mfun(x,'transp')
returns M'\x
.
bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0)
specifies
the initial guess. If x0
is []
,
then bicg
uses the default, an allzero vector.
[x,flag] = bicg(A,b,...)
also
returns a convergence flag.
Flag  Convergence 





 Preconditioner 


 One of the scalar quantities calculated during 
Whenever flag
is not 0
,
the solution x
returned is that with minimal norm
residual computed over all the iterations. No messages are displayed
if the flag
output is specified.
[x,flag,relres] = bicg(A,b,...)
also
returns the relative residual norm(bA*x)/norm(b)
.
If flag
is 0
, relres
<= tol
.
[x,flag,relres,iter] = bicg(A,b,...)
also
returns the iteration number at which x
was computed,
where 0 <= iter <= maxit
.
[x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = bicg(A,b,...)
also
returns a vector of the residual norms at each iteration including norm(bA*x0)
.
This example shows how to use bicg
with
a matrix input. bicg
. The following code:
n = 100; on = ones(n,1); A = spdiags([2*on 4*on on],1:1,n,n); b = sum(A,2); tol = 1e8; maxit = 15; M1 = spdiags([on/(2) on],1:0,n,n); M2 = spdiags([4*on on],0:1,n,n); x = bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2);
displays this message:
bicg converged at iteration 9 to a solution with relative residual 5.3e009
This example replaces the matrix A
in the
previous example with a handle to a matrixvector product function afun
.
The example is contained in a file run_bicg
that
Calls bicg
with the @afun
function
handle as its first argument.
Contains afun
as a nested function,
so that all variables in run_bicg
are available
to afun
.
Place the following into a file called run_bicg
:
function x1 = run_bicg n = 100; on = ones(n,1); b = afun(on,'notransp'); tol = 1e8; maxit = 15; M1 = spdiags([on/(2) on],1:0,n,n); M2 = spdiags([4*on on],0:1,n,n); x1 = bicg(@afun,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2); function y = afun(x,transp_flag) if strcmp(transp_flag,'transp') % y = A'*x y = 4 * x; y(1:n1) = y(1:n1)  2 * x(2:n); y(2:n) = y(2:n)  x(1:n1); elseif strcmp(transp_flag,'notransp') % y = A*x y = 4 * x; y(2:n) = y(2:n)  2 * x(1:n1); y(1:n1) = y(1:n1)  x(2:n); end end end
When you enter
x1 = run_bicg;
MATLAB^{®} software displays the message
bicg converged at iteration 9 to a solution with ... relative residual 5.3e009
This example demonstrates the use of a preconditioner.
Load A = west0479
, a real 479by479 nonsymmetric sparse matrix.
load west0479;
A = west0479;
Define b
so that the true solution is a vector of all ones.
b = full(sum(A,2));
Set the tolerance and maximum number of iterations.
tol = 1e12; maxit = 20;
Use bicg
to find a solution at the requested tolerance and number of iterations.
[x0,fl0,rr0,it0,rv0] = bicg(A,b,tol,maxit);
fl0
is 1 because bicg
does not converge to the requested tolerance 1e12
within the requested 20 iterations. In fact, the behavior of bicg
is so poor that the initial guess (x0 = zeros(size(A,2),1)
) is the best solution and is returned as indicated by it0 = 0
. MATLAB® stores the residual history in rv0
.
Plot the behavior of bicg
.
semilogy(0:maxit,rv0/norm(b),'o'); xlabel('Iteration number'); ylabel('Relative residual');
The plot shows that the solution does not converge. You can use a preconditioner to improve the outcome.
Create the preconditioner with ilu
, since the matrix A
is nonsymmetric.
[L,U] = ilu(A,struct('type','ilutp','droptol',1e5));
Error using ilu There is a pivot equal to zero. Consider decreasing the drop tolerance or consider using the 'udiag' option.
MATLAB cannot construct the incomplete LU as it would result in a singular factor, which is useless as a preconditioner.
You can try again with a reduced drop tolerance, as indicated by the error message.
[L,U] = ilu(A,struct('type','ilutp','droptol',1e6)); [x1,fl1,rr1,it1,rv1] = bicg(A,b,tol,maxit,L,U);
fl1
is 0 because bicg
drives the relative residual to 4.1410e014
(the value of rr1
). The relative residual is less than the prescribed tolerance of 1e12
at the sixth iteration (the value of it1
) when preconditioned by the incomplete LU factorization with a drop tolerance of 1e6
. The output rv1(1)
is norm(b)
, and the output rv1(7)
is norm(bA*x2)
.
You can follow the progress of bicg
by plotting the relative residuals at each iteration starting from the initial estimate (iterate number 0).
semilogy(0:it1,rv1/norm(b),'o'); xlabel('Iteration number'); ylabel('Relative residual');
[1] Barrett, R., M. Berry, T.F. Chan, et al., Templates for the Solution of Linear Systems: Building Blocks for Iterative Methods, SIAM, Philadelphia, 1994.