Re: [eigen] Using Eigen decompositions with ceres autodiff Jet data type.

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1. I would like to have autodiff ability, so I cannot use double for both A and b. If I cast b: A.jacobiSVD().solve( b.cast<T>()) everything works fine, but BinOp(T,T) is more expensive than BinOp(T, double). I would like to keep b as a vector of doubles.
2. T=Jet is ceres solver autodiff implementation type. There is a trait definition for Jet binary operations for type deduction such that type(Jet*double) = Jet and so on. It works when I do direct multiplication VS^-1U^T * b.. It works similar to complex scalar matrices and double rhs and there is the same problem for complex scalar cases. 
3. I think that the mixed type deduction rule should give the same type for VS^-1U^T * b and  for A.jcobianSVD().solve(b); where A = USV^T because both use the same algorithm.
4. Unless there are serious reasons, deduction rules should be similar to scalar type equations. complex<double> A; double b; x = A^-1 * b; type(x) = complex<double>.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 11:16 PM Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Try to compile your code in debug mode with the type assertions on.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 1:14 PM Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Are you saying that you compute the decomposition in one type and solve with a RHS of a different type? Why do you say that VS^-1U^T * b should be Matrix<T>? That makes an assumption about type coercion rules. In fact, you cannot generally mix types in Eigen expressions without explicit casting, and U.adjoint() * b should fail if the types are different.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 11:33 AM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg.shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Rasmuss, I do not quite understand this issue. Decomposition solve should propagate scalar type of a matrix but not scalar type of its argument. Example: 
template <typename T> Matrix<T> A;
VectorXd b;
A.jcobiSVD()..solve(b) should be of type Matrix<T> but it is not. Type of result is Matrix<double>. If we make SVD decomposition of A = USV^T and express result as VS^-1U^T * b, than result will be of type Matrix<T>. Which is correct and differs from result of solve which uses the same algorithm but more complex result’s type deduction. This is the problem.

On Wed 3. Jun 2020 at 20.19, Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 11:06 PM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg.shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Yes. At the time of computing only 1d observation (VectorXd) is known.

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 9:42 PM Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
OK, so b is declared as VectorXf or some other type with ColsAtCompileTime=1?

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 11:27 AM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg.shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Yes, b is measured spectrum that is 1d array. I have to get x for 1d array at a time. I fit sum of peak models to 1d rhs. 1d array of peak model values is one column of matrix A.

On Tue 2. Jun 2020 at 20.06, Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Why do you say that? You could be solving for multiple right-hand sides. Is b know to have 1 column at compile time?

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 1:31 AM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg..shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Rasmus,

I have just tested COD decomposition in Eigen library. It arises the same problem. This is defect of Eigen decomposition module type reduction of result of solve method.  If
 template <typename T> Matrix<T, Dynamic, Dynamic>  A; and ArraXd b;, than x = A.solve(b) should be of type  <typename T> Matrix<T, Dynamic, 1..>.

I like the idea to use COD as an alternative to QR or SVD and I added this option to my code.

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 10:36 AM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg.shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Rasmus, I wiil have a look at COD. Brad, I did not try CppAD.I am working in given framework: ceres nonlinear least squares solver + ceres autodiff + Eigen decomposition modules SVD or QR. The problem is not just on autodiff side. The problem is that Eigen decomposition modul does not work properly with autodiff type variable.

Thank you everybody for advice.

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:41 PM Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 10:33 AM Patrik Huber <patrikhuber@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Rasmus,

This is slightly off-topic to this thread here, but it would be great if you added your COD to the list/table of decompositions in Eigen:  
First, it would make it easier for people to find, and second, it would also help a lot to see on that page how the algorithm compares to the others, to be able to choose it appropriately.

Good point. Will do.

Unrelated: @All/Maintainers: It seems like lots (all) of the images on the documentation website are broken? At least for me. E.g.:


Best wishes,

On Mon, 1 Jun 2020 at 17:59, Rasmus Munk Larsen <rmlarsen@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Oleg and Sameer,

A faster option than SVD, but more robust than QR (since it also handles the under-determined case) is the complete orthogonal decomposition that I implemented in Eigen a few years ago.

(Looks like the docstring is broken - oops!)

It appears to also be available in the 3.3 branch:


On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 6:57 AM Sameer Agarwal <sameeragarwal@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Two ideas:

1. You may have an easier time using QR factorization instead of SVD to solve your least squares problem.
2.  But you can do better, instead of trying to solve linear least squares problem involving a matrix of Jets, you are better off, solving the linear least squares problem on the scalars, and then using the implicit function theorem to compute the derivative w.r.t the parameters and then applying the chain rule.

i.e., start with min |A x = b|

the solution satisfies the equation

A'A x - A'b = 0.

solve this equation to get the optimal value of x, and then compute the jacobian of this equation w.r.t A, b and x. and apply the implicit theorem.


On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 4:46 AM Oleg Shirokobrod <oleg.shirokobrod@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi list, I am using Eigen 3.3.7 release with ceres solver 1.14.0 with autodiff Jet data type and I have some problems. I need to solve linear least square subproblem within variable projection algorithm, namely I need to solve LLS equation
A(p)*x = b
Where matrix A(p) depends on nonlinear parameters p:
x(p) = pseudo-inverse(A(p))*b;
x(p) will be optimized in nonlinear least squares fitting, so I need Jcobian. Rhs b is measured vector of doubles, e.g. VectorXd. In order to use ceres's autodiff p must be of Jet type. Ceres provides corresponding traits for binary operations

// Specifying the return type of binary operations between Jets and scalar types
// allows you to perform matrix/array operations with Eigen matrices and arrays
// such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division where one Eigen
// matrix/array is of type Jet and the other is a scalar type. This improves
// performance by using the optimized scalar-to-Jet binary operations but
// is only available on Eigen versions >= 3.3
template <typename BinaryOp, typename T, int N>
struct ScalarBinaryOpTraits<ceres::Jet<T, N>, T, BinaryOp> {
  typedef ceres::Jet<T, N> ReturnType;
template <typename BinaryOp, typename T, int N>
struct ScalarBinaryOpTraits<T, ceres::Jet<T, N>, BinaryOp> {
  typedef ceres::Jet<T, N> ReturnType;
#endif  // EIGEN_VERSION_AT_LEAST(3, 3, 0)

There two problems.
1. Small problem. In a function "RealScalar threshold() const" in SCDbase.h I have to replace "return m_usePrescribedThreshold ? m_prescribedThreshold
                                    : diagSize* NumTraits<Scalar>::epsilon();" with "return m_usePrescribedThreshold ? m_prescribedThreshold
                                    : Scalar(diagSize)* NumTraits<Scalar>::epsilon();"
This fix is similar Gael's fix of Bug 1403
2. It is less trivial. I expect that x(p) = pseudo-inverse(A(p))*b; is vector of Jet. And it is actually true for e.g SVD decompoazition
x(p) = VSU^T * b. 
But if I use 
JcobySVD<Matrix<Jet<double, 2>, Dynamic, Dynamic>> svd(A);
x(p) = svd.solve(b),
I got error message.
Here code for reproducing the error

// test_svd_jet.cpp
#include <ceres/jet.h>
using ceres::Jet;

int test_svd_jet()
    typedef Matrix<Jet<double, 2>, Dynamic, Dynamic> Mat;
    typedef Matrix<Jet<double, 2>, Dynamic, 1> Vec;
     Mat A = MatrixXd::Random(3, 2).cast <Jet<double, 2>>();
     VectorXd b = VectorXd::Random(3);
     JacobiSVD<Mat> svd(A, ComputeThinU | ComputeThinV);
     int l_rank = svd.rank();
     Vec c = svd.matrixV().leftCols(l_rank)
         * svd.singularValues().head(l_rank).asDiagonal().inverse()
         * svd.matrixU().leftCols(l_rank).adjoint() * b; // *
     Vec c1 = svd.solve(b.cast<Jet<double, 2>>()); // **
     Vec c2 = svd.solve(b); // ***
     return 0;
// End test_svd_jet.cpp

// * and // ** work fine an give the same results. // *** fails with VS 2019 error message
error C2679: binary '=': no operator found which takes
a right-hand operand of type 'const SrcScalar'
(or there is no acceptable conversion)
The error points to line //***. I thing that solution is of type VectorXd instead of Vec and there is problem with assignment of double to Jet. Derivatives are lost either. It should work similar to complex type. If A is complex matrix and b is real vector, x must be complex. There is something wrong with Type deduction in SVD or QR decomposition.

Do you have any idea of how to fix it.

Best regards,

Oleg Shirokobrod

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