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The talk will be in English.

ABSTRACT: Jacobi diagonalization algorithm is an iterative method for computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix.

Given a symmetric matrix $A$, the block Jacobi method generates a sequence of matrices

$$A^{(k+1)}=U_k^TA^{(k)}U_k, k>=0, A^{(0)}=A,$$

where $U_k$ are orthogonal elementary block matrices.

In this talk we will discuss the global convergence of the block Jacobi method for symmetric matrices.

We will introduce a class of generalized serial pivot strategies that is significantly enlarging the known class of weak wavefront strategies and show the global convergence of the method defined by such strategies. The convergence results are phrased in the form

$$S(A')<= cS(A),$$

where $A'$ is the matrix obtained from $A$ after one full cycle of the method, $c<1$ is a constant, and $S(A)$ is the off-diagonal norm of $A$.

The results are generalized using the theory of block Jacobi operators, so they can be used for proving convergence of more general Jacobi-type processes.

This is a joint work with Vjeran Hari.