# qr {base}

The QR Decomposition of a Matrix
Package:
base
Version:
R 2.15.3

### Description

`qr` computes the QR decomposition of a matrix.

### Usage

```qr(x, ...)

## S3 method for class 'default':
qr((x, tol = 1e-07 , LAPACK = FALSE, ...)

qr.coef(qr, y)
qr.qy(qr, y)
qr.qty(qr, y)
qr.resid(qr, y)
qr.fitted(qr, y, k = qr\$rank)
qr.solve(a, b, tol = 1e-7))

## S3 method for class 'qr':
solve((a, b, ...)

is.qr(x)
as.qr(x))

```

### Arguments

x
a matrix whose QR decomposition is to be computed.
tol
the tolerance for detecting linear dependencies in the columns of `x`. Only used if `LAPACK` is false and `x` is real.
qr
a QR decomposition of the type computed by `qr`.
y, b
a vector or matrix of right-hand sides of equations.
a
a QR decomposition or (`qr.solve` only) a rectangular matrix.
k
effective rank.
LAPACK
logical. For real `x`, if true use LAPACK otherwise use LINPACK (the default).
...
further arguments passed to or from other methods

### Details

The QR decomposition plays an important role in many statistical techniques. In particular it can be used to solve the equation \bold{Ax} = \bold{b} for given matrix \bold{A}, and vector \bold{b}. It is useful for computing regression coefficients and in applying the Newton-Raphson algorithm.

The functions `qr.coef`, `qr.resid`, and `qr.fitted` return the coefficients, residuals and fitted values obtained when fitting `y` to the matrix with QR decomposition `qr`. (If pivoting is used, some of the coefficients will be `NA`.) `qr.qy` and `qr.qty` return `Q %*% y` and `t(Q) %*% y`, where `Q` is the (complete) \bold{Q} matrix.

All the above functions keep `dimnames` (and `names`) of `x` and `y` if there are any.

`solve.qr` is the method for `solve` for `qr` objects. `qr.solve` solves systems of equations via the QR decomposition: if `a` is a QR decomposition it is the same as `solve.qr`, but if `a` is a rectangular matrix the QR decomposition is computed first. Either will handle over- and under-determined systems, providing a least-squares fit if appropriate.

`is.qr` returns `TRUE` if `x` is a `list` with components named `qr`, `rank` and `qraux` and `FALSE` otherwise.

It is not possible to coerce objects to mode `"qr"`. Objects either are QR decompositions or they are not.

`qr.fitted` and `qr.resid` only support the LINPACK interface.

### Values

The QR decomposition of the matrix as computed by LINPACK or LAPACK. The components in the returned value correspond directly to the values returned by DQRDC/DGEQP3/ZGEQP3.

Non-complex QR objects computed by LAPACK have the attribute `"useLAPACK"` with value `TRUE`.

qr
a matrix with the same dimensions as `x`. The upper triangle contains the \bold{R} of the decomposition and the lower triangle contains information on the \bold{Q} of the decomposition (stored in compact form). Note that the storage used by DQRDC and DGEQP3 differs.
qraux
a vector of length `ncol(x)` which contains additional information on \bold{Q}.
rank
the rank of `x` as computed by the decomposition: always full rank in the LAPACK case.
pivot
information on the pivoting strategy used during the decomposition.

### References

Anderson. E. and ten others (1999) LAPACK Users' Guide. Third Edition. SIAM.
Available on-line at http://www.netlib.org/lapack/lug/lapack_lug.html. Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

Dongarra, J. J., Bunch, J. R., Moler, C. B. and Stewart, G. W. (1978) LINPACK Users Guide. Philadelphia: SIAM Publications.

### Note

To compute the determinant of a matrix (do you really need it?), the QR decomposition is much more efficient than using Eigen values (`eigen`). See `det`.

Using LAPACK (including in the complex case) uses column pivoting and does not attempt to detect rank-deficient matrices.

`qr.Q`, `qr.R`, `qr.X` for reconstruction of the matrices. `lm.fit`, `lsfit`, `eigen`, `svd`.

`det` (using `qr`) to compute the determinant of a matrix.

### Examples

```hilbert <- function(n) { i <- 1:n; 1 / outer(i - 1, i, "+") }
h9 <- hilbert(9); h9
qr(h9)\$rank           #--> only 7
qrh9 <- qr(h9, tol = 1e-10)
qrh9\$rank             #--> 9
##-- Solve linear equation system  H %*% x = y :
y <- 1:9/10
x <- qr.solve(h9, y, tol = 1e-10) # or equivalently :
x <- qr.coef(qrh9, y) #-- is == but much better than
#-- solve(h9) %*% y
h9 %*% x              # = y

## overdetermined system
A <- matrix(runif(12), 4)
b <- 1:4
qr.solve(A, b) # or solve(qr(A), b)
solve(qr(A, LAPACK = TRUE), b)
# this is a least-squares solution, cf. lm(b ~ 0 + A)

## underdetermined system
A <- matrix(runif(12), 3)
b <- 1:3
qr.solve(A, b)
solve(qr(A, LAPACK = TRUE), b)
# solutions will have one zero, not necessarily the same one```

Documentation reproduced from R 2.15.3. License: GPL-2.