A Generalisation of the Oja subspace flow |

Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS06), Kyoto, Japan, July 24 - 28, 2006

Recently, a novel flow for computing the eigenvectors associated with the smallest eigenvalues of a symmetric
but not necessarily positive definite matrix was introduced. This meant that the eigenvectors associated with
the smallest eigenvalues could be found simply by reversing the sign of the matrix.

The current paper derives a cost function and the corresponding negative gradient flow which converges to the
same subspace as is spanned by the minor components. The flow is related to Oja's major subspace flow which
converges for positive definite matrices. With a suitable coordinate transformation, the Oja flow can be
converted into the corresponding novel minor subspace flow.
But the minor subspace flow does also converge for cases where no transformation back into an Oja flow exists.
Thus, the novel flow is a generalisation of the Oja subspace flow.