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cond and the Hilbert matrix

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: cond and the Hilbert matrix
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 14:05:54 -0500 (CDT)

On  1-Jun-2000, George Talusan <address@hidden> wrote:

| I recently installed octave (i.e., this morning) and defined
| the Hilbert matrix as such: h3=[1/1 1/2 1/3; 1/2 1/3 1/4 ; 1/3 1/4 1/5];
| To get the condition number, I performed cond(h3) which resulted
| in octave not producing any output.  It looks like when cond
| calls svd it just sits there.
| I'm running octave 2.0.16.

Hmm.  It works for me:

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  octave:1> cond (hilb (3))
  ans = 524.06

Does any call to svd work for you?

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