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The Faber–Manteuffel theorem for linear operators

Faber, Vance; Liesen, Jörg; Tichý, Petr

FG Numerische Lineare Algebra

A short recurrence for orthogonalizing Krylov subspace bases for a matrix A exists if and only if the adjoint of A is a low-degree polynomial in A (i.e., A is normal of low degree). In the area of iterative methods, this result is known as the Faber–Manteuffel theorem [V. Faber and T. Manteuffel, SIAM J. Numer. Anal., 21 (1984), pp. 352–362]. Motivated by the description by J. Liesen and Z. Strakoš, we formulate here this theorem in terms of linear operators on finite dimensional Hilbert spaces and give two new proofs of the necessity part. We have chosen the linear operator rather than the matrix formulation because we found that a matrix-free proof is less technical. Of course, the linear operator result contains the Faber–Manteuffel theorem for matrices.