In numerical analysis and linear algebra, LU decomposition (where ‘LU’ stands for ‘lower upper’, and also called LU factorization) factors a matrix as the product of a lower triangular matrix and an upper triangular matrix. Computers usually solve square systems of linear equations using the LU decomposition, and it is also a key step when inverting a matrix, or computing the determinant of a matrix. The LU decomposition was introduced by mathematician Tadeusz Banachiewicz in 1938.
Let A be a square matrix. An LU factorization refers to the factorization of A, with proper row and/or column orderings or permutations, into two factors, a lower triangular matrix L and an upper triangular matrix U, A=LU.
Doolittle Algorithm :
It is always possible to factor a square matrix into a lower triangular matrix and an upper triangular matrix. That is, [A] = [L][U]
Doolittle’s method provides an alternative way to factor A into an LU decomposition without going through the hassle of Gaussian Elimination.
For a general n×n matrix A, we assume that an LU decomposition exists, and write the form of L and U explicitly. We then systematically solve for the entries in L and U from the equations that result from the multiplications necessary for A=LU.
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