SPECIAL MATHEMATICS COLLOQUIUM
Speaker: Gilbert Strang
Abstract. Singular values have moved into a central position in applied linear algebra. The SVD is the method of choice to identify the important part in a matrix of data. This talk will try to organize the key ideas -- for the theory as well as applications. A valuable property is to identify the important part of a matrix as a sum of rank-one pieces --- ordered by the size of the singular values. Biologists studying human evolution have moved up to data sizes of 10^5 -- a revolution for understanding.