Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Michael Stewart

Second Advisor

Saeid Belkasim

Third Advisor

Raj Sunderraman

Fourth Advisor

Jon Preston

Fifth Advisor

Yi Pan


This research introduces a row compression and nested product decomposition of an nxn hierarchical representation of a rank structured matrix A, which extends the compression and nested product decomposition of a quasiseparable matrix. The hierarchical parameter extraction algorithm of a quasiseparable matrix is efficient, requiring only O(nlog(n))operations, and is proven backward stable. The row compression is comprised of a sequence of small Householder transformations that are formed from the low-rank, lower triangular, off-diagonal blocks of the hierarchical representation. The row compression forms a factorization of matrix A, where A = QC, Q is the product of the Householder transformations, and C preserves the low-rank structure in both the lower and upper triangular parts of matrix A. The nested product decomposition is accomplished by applying a sequence of orthogonal transformations to the low-rank, upper triangular, off-diagonal blocks of the compressed matrix C. Both the compression and decomposition algorithms are stable, and require O(nlog(n)) operations. At this point, the matrix-vector product and solver algorithms are the only ones fully proven to be backward stable for quasiseparable matrices. By combining the fast matrix-vector product and system solver, linear systems involving the hierarchical representation to nested product decomposition are directly solved with linear complexity and unconditional stability. Applications in image deblurring and compression, that capitalize on the concepts from the row compression and nested product decomposition algorithms, will be shown.