numpy.linalg.eigh(a, UPLO='L')[source]

Return the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a Hermitian or symmetric matrix.

Returns two objects, a 1-D array containing the eigenvalues of a, and a 2-D square array or matrix (depending on the input type) of the corresponding eigenvectors (in columns).


a : (..., M, M) array

Hermitian/Symmetric matrices whose eigenvalues and eigenvectors are to be computed.

UPLO : {‘L’, ‘U’}, optional

Specifies whether the calculation is done with the lower triangular part of a (‘L’, default) or the upper triangular part (‘U’).


w : (..., M) ndarray

The eigenvalues in ascending order, each repeated according to its multiplicity.

v : {(..., M, M) ndarray, (..., M, M) matrix}

The column v[:, i] is the normalized eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue w[i]. Will return a matrix object if a is a matrix object.



If the eigenvalue computation does not converge.

See also

eigenvalues of symmetric or Hermitian arrays.
eigenvalues and right eigenvectors for non-symmetric arrays.
eigenvalues of non-symmetric arrays.


New in version 1.8.0.

Broadcasting rules apply, see the numpy.linalg documentation for details.

The eigenvalues/eigenvectors are computed using LAPACK routines _syevd, _heevd

The eigenvalues of real symmetric or complex Hermitian matrices are always real. [R38] The array v of (column) eigenvectors is unitary and a, w, and v satisfy the equations dot(a, v[:, i]) = w[i] * v[:, i].


[R38](1, 2) G. Strang, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 2nd Ed., Orlando, FL, Academic Press, Inc., 1980, pg. 222.


>>> from numpy import linalg as LA
>>> a = np.array([[1, -2j], [2j, 5]])
>>> a
array([[ 1.+0.j,  0.-2.j],
       [ 0.+2.j,  5.+0.j]])
>>> w, v = LA.eigh(a)
>>> w; v
array([ 0.17157288,  5.82842712])
array([[-0.92387953+0.j        , -0.38268343+0.j        ],
       [ 0.00000000+0.38268343j,  0.00000000-0.92387953j]])
>>>, v[:, 0]) - w[0] * v[:, 0] # verify 1st e-val/vec pair
array([2.77555756e-17 + 0.j, 0. + 1.38777878e-16j])
>>>, v[:, 1]) - w[1] * v[:, 1] # verify 2nd e-val/vec pair
array([ 0.+0.j,  0.+0.j])
>>> A = np.matrix(a) # what happens if input is a matrix object
>>> A
matrix([[ 1.+0.j,  0.-2.j],
        [ 0.+2.j,  5.+0.j]])
>>> w, v = LA.eigh(A)
>>> w; v
array([ 0.17157288,  5.82842712])
matrix([[-0.92387953+0.j        , -0.38268343+0.j        ],
        [ 0.00000000+0.38268343j,  0.00000000-0.92387953j]])

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