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Biconjugate gradients stabilized method

**Syntax**

x = bicgstab(A,b) bicgstab(A,b,tol) bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit) bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M) bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2) bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0) [x,flag] = bicgstab(A,b,...) [x,flag,relres] = bicgstab(A,b,...) [x,flag,relres,iter] = bicgstab(A,b,...) [x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = bicgstab(A,b,...)

**Description**

```
x = bicgstab(A,b)
```

attempts to solve the system of linear equations `A*x=b`

for `x`

. The `n`

-by-`n`

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)`

returns `A*x`

. See Function Handles in the MATLAB Programming documentation for more information.

Parameterizing Functions Called by Function Functions, in the MATLAB Mathematics documentation, explains how to provide additional parameters to the function `afun`

, as well as the preconditioner function `mfun`

described below, if necessary.

If `bicgstab`

converges, a message to that effect is displayed. If `bicgstab`

fails to converge after the maximum number of iterations or halts for any reason, a warning message is printed displaying the relative residual `norm(b-A*x)/norm(b)`

and the iteration number at which the method stopped or failed.

```
bicgstab(A,b,tol)
```

specifies the tolerance of the method. If `tol`

is `[]`

, then `bicgstab`

uses the default, `1e-6`

.

```
bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit)
```

specifies the maximum number of iterations. If `maxit`

is `[]`

, then `bicgstab`

uses the default, `min(n,20)`

.

```
bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M) and bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2)
```

use preconditioner `M`

or `M = M1*M2`

and effectively solve the system `inv(M)*A*x = inv(M)*b`

for `x`

. If `M`

is `[]`

then `bicgstab`

applies no preconditioner. `M`

can be a function handle `mfun`

such that `mfun(x)`

returns `M\x`

.

```
bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0)
```

specifies the initial guess. If `x0`

is `[]`

, then `bicgstab`

uses the default, an all zero vector.

```
[x,flag] = bicgstab(A,b,...)
```

also returns a convergence flag.

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] = bicgstab(A,b,...)
```

also returns the relative residual `norm(b-A*x)/norm(b)`

. If `flag`

is `0`

, `relres <= tol`

.

```
[x,flag,relres,iter] = bicgstab(A,b,...)
```

also returns the iteration number at which `x`

was computed, where `0 <= iter <= maxit`

. `iter`

can be an integer `+`

0.5, indicating convergence half way through an iteration.

```
[x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = bicgstab(A,b,...)
```

also returns a vector of the residual norms at each half iteration, including `norm(b-A*x0)`

.

**Example**

**Example 1.** This example first solves `Ax = b`

by providing `A`

and the preconditioner `M1`

directly as arguments.

A = gallery('wilk',21); b = sum(A,2); tol = 1e-12; maxit = 15; M1 = diag([10:-1:1 1 1:10]); x = bicgstab(A,b,tol,maxit,M1);

This example replaces the matrix `A`

in Example 1 with a handle to a matrix-vector product function `afun`

, and the preconditioner `M1`

with a handle to a backsolve function `mfun`

. The example is contained in an M-file `run_bicgstab`

that

- Calls
`bicgstab`

with the function handle`@afun`

as its first argument. - Contains
`afun`

and`mfun`

as nested functions, so that all variables in`run_bicgstab`

are available to`afun`

and`mfun`

.

The following shows the code for `run_bicgstab`

:

function x1 = run_bicgstab n = 21; A = gallery('wilk',n); b = sum(A,2); tol = 1e-12; maxit = 15; M1 = diag([10:-1:1 1 1:10]); x1 = bicgstab(@afun,b,tol,maxit,@mfun); function y = afun(x) y = [0; x(1:n-1)] + ... [((n-1)/2:-1:0)'; (1:(n-1)/2)'].*x + ... [x(2:n); 0]; end function y = mfun(r) y = r ./ [((n-1)/2:-1:1)'; 1; (1:(n-1)/2)']; end end

**Example 3**. This examples demonstrates the use of a preconditioner. Start with `A = west0479`

, a real 479-by-479 sparse matrix, and define `b`

so that the true solution is a vector of all ones.

`flag`

is `1`

because `bicgstab`

does not converge to the default tolerance `1e-6`

within the default 20 iterations.

`flag1`

is `2`

because the upper triangular `U1`

has a zero on its diagonal. This causes `bicgstab`

to fail in the first iteration when it tries to solve a system such as `U1*y = r`

using backslash.

`flag2`

is `0`

because `bicgstab`

converges to the tolerance of `3.1757e-016`

(the value of `relres2`

) at the sixth iteration (the value of `iter2`

) when preconditioned by the incomplete LU factorization with a drop tolerance of `1e-6`

. `resvec2(1) = norm(b)`

and `resvec2(13) = norm(b-A*x2)`

. You can follow the progress of `bicgstab`

by plotting the relative residuals at the halfway point and end of each iteration starting from the initial estimate (iterate number 0).

**See Also**

`bicg`

, `cgs`

, `gmres`

, `lsqr`

, `luinc`

, `minres`

, `pcg`

, `qmr`

, `symmlq`

`function_handle`

(`@`

), `mldivide`

(`\`

)

**References**

[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.

[2] van der Vorst, H. A., "BI-CGSTAB: A fast and smoothly converging variant
of BI-CG for the solution of nonsymmetric linear systems", *SIAM J. Sci. Stat.
Comput.*, March 1992,Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 631-644.

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