UBC Math Department Colloquium: Elina Robeva

  • Date: 01/18/2019
  • Time: 15:00
Elina Robeva, MIT

University of British Columbia


Orthogonal Tensor Decomposition


Tensor decomposition has many applications. However, it is often a hard problem. In this talk I will discuss a family of tensors, called orthogonally decomposable tensors, which retain some of the properties of matrices that general tensors don't. A symmetric tensor is orthogonally decomposable if it can be written as a linear combination of tensor powers of n orthonormal vectors. Such tensors are interesting because their decomposition can be found efficiently. We study their spectral properties and give a formula for all of their eigenvectors. We also give equations defining all real symmetric orthogonally decomposable tensors. Analogously, we study nonsymmetric orthogonally decomposable tensors, describing their singular vector tuples and giving polynomial equations that define them. In an attempt to extend the definition to a larger set of tensors, we define tight-frame decomposable tensors and study their properties. Finally, I will conclude with some open questions and future research directions.

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Location: ESB 2012

Refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge).