## For an n x n matrix, does matlab calculate the eigenvalues in some pattern? If not, is there a way to make it so?

on 4 Jun 2013

### James Tursa (view profile)

I have two predetermined matrices A,B of size 4 x 4. I have a function whose independent variable is some complex number z and produces the eigenvalues of (A-z*B). Upon plotting however, strange blotches show up which I suspect are areas of discontinuity. However, the function is not discontinuous. Therefore, I think MATLAB may be mixing up the eigenvalues somehow. I don't know how the eigenvalues are organized but is there a way to ensure that the eigenvalues are grouped correctly?

the cyclist

### the cyclist (view profile)

on 4 Jun 2013

What do you mean by "grouped correctly"? There is no definitive grouping for eigenvalues.

Matt J

### Matt J (view profile)

on 4 Jun 2013

Since A and B are simply 4x4, why don't you tell us what they are and give us the range of z needed to duplicate your plots?

Hayashi

### Hayashi (view profile)

on 5 Jun 2013

Do you mean there is no definitive grouping for eigenvalues in MATLAB or within a mathematical context? As for the matrices being 4x4, I really should have said that was simply an example. Most of the matrices will be at least 16x16. As for the range, I tend to adjust it so that the plot shows the eigenvalues.

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### James Tursa (view profile)

on 4 Jun 2013

You might try this FEX submission by John D'Errico:

http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/22885-eigenshuffle

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