Jacobi Method

The Jacobi method is a method of solving a matrix equation on a matrix that has no zeros along its main diagonal (Bronshtein and Semendyayev 1997, p. 892). Each diagonal element is solved for, and an approximate value plugged in. The process is then iterated until it converges. This algorithm is a stripped-down version of the Jacobi transformation method of matrix diagonalization.

The Jacobi method is easily derived by examining each of the n equations in the linear system of equations Ax=b in isolation. If, in the ith equation


solve for the value of x_i while assuming the other entries of x remain fixed. This gives


which is the Jacobi method.

In this method, the order in which the equations are examined is irrelevant, since the Jacobi method treats them independently. The definition of the Jacobi method can be expressed with matrices as


where the matrices D, -L, and -U represent thediagonal, strictly lower triangular, and strictly upper triangular parts of A, respectively.

See also

Gauss-Seidel Method, Nonstationary Iterative Method, Stationary Iterative Method, Successive Overrelaxation Method, Symmetric Successive Overrelaxation Method

Portions of this entry contributed by Noel Black and Shirley Moore, adapted from Barrett et al. (1994) (author's link)

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