Singular Value Decomposition

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The singular value decomposition is a factorization of a matrix into . A vector is first rotated by an angle β via , then is scaled by a diagonal matrix to form . Finally the vector is rotated by an angle ω to form .

Contributed by: Chris Maes (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Note that U and V are orthogonal matrices and thus do not alter the length of the vectors. In 2D the diagonal matrix Σ has the form

here are the singular values of the matrix.

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