Pencil-based algorithms for tensor rank decomposition are not stable
Carlos Beltrán, Paul Breiding, and Nick Vannieuwenhoven
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Submission date: 12. Jul. 2018
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We prove the existence of an open set of n1× n2× n3 tensors of rank r on which a popular and eﬃcient class of algorithms for computing tensor rank decompositions based on a reduction to a linear matrix pencil, typically followed by a generalized eigendecomposition, is arbitrarily numerically forward unstable. Our analysis shows that this problem is caused by the fact that the condition number of the tensor rank decomposition can be much larger for n1× n2× 2 tensors than for the n1× n2× n3 input tensor. Moreover, we present a lower bound for the limiting distribution of the condition number of random tensor rank decompositions of third-order tensors. The numerical experiments illustrate that for random tensor rank decompositions one should anticipate a loss of precision of a few digits.