Choleski Decomposition in R (Example) | Factorization with chol() Function


In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to conduct a Choleski decomposition (or factorization) using the chol function.

Table of contents:

You’re here for the answer, so let’s get straight to the example.


Constructing Example Data

First, we need to create some data that we can use in the following examples:

my_mat <- matrix(c(7, 1, 1, 4), nrow = 2)    # Create example matrix
my_mat                                       # Print example matrix


table 1 matrix chol function


Have a look at the previous table. It shows that our example data matrix has two rows and two numerical variables.


Example: Perform Choleski Decomposition Using chol() Function

The following syntax illustrates how to apply the chol function to conduct a Choleski decomposition in R.

Consider the following R code:

my_mat_chol <- chol(my_mat)                  # Apply chol function
my_mat_chol                                  # Print output matrix


table 2 matrix chol function


As shown in Table 2, we have created a new matrix object containing the Choleski factorization of our input matrix.


Video & Further Resources

In case you need further explanations on the R codes of the present page, I recommend watching the following video on my YouTube channel. In the video, I’m explaining the contents of this post:


The YouTube video will be added soon.


Furthermore, you may read the related articles on my website. I have published several articles already.


To summarize: You have learned in this article how to apply the chol function in R programming. Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments, in case you have further questions.


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