# qmr

Solve system of linear equations — quasi-minimal residual method

## Syntax

``x = qmr(A,b)``
``x = qmr(A,b,tol)``
``x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit)``
``x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M)``
``x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2)``
``x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0)``
``[x,flag] = qmr(___)``
``[x,flag,relres] = qmr(___)``
``[x,flag,relres,iter] = qmr(___)``
``[x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = qmr(___)``

## Description

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````x = qmr(A,b)` attempts to solve the system of linear equations `A*x = b` for `x` using the Quasi-minimal Residual Method. When the attempt is successful, `qmr` displays a message to confirm convergence. If `qmr` fails to converge after the maximum number of iterations or halts for any reason, it displays a diagnostic message that includes the relative residual `norm(b-A*x)/norm(b)` and the iteration number at which the method stopped.```

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````x = qmr(A,b,tol)` specifies a tolerance for the method. The default tolerance is `1e-6`.```

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````x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit)` specifies the maximum number of iterations to use. `qmr` displays a diagnostic message if it fails to converge within `maxit` iterations.```

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````x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M)` specifies a preconditioner matrix `M` and computes `x` by effectively solving the system ${M}^{-1}Ax={M}^{-1}b$. Using a preconditioner matrix can improve the numerical properties of the problem and the efficiency of the calculation.```

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````x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2)` specifies factors of the preconditioner matrix `M` such that ```M = M1*M2```.```

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````x = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,M1,M2,x0)` specifies an initial guess for the solution vector `x`. The default is a vector of zeros.```

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````[x,flag] = qmr(___)` returns a flag that specifies whether the algorithm successfully converged. When `flag = 0`, convergence was successful. You can use this output syntax with any of the previous input argument combinations. When you specify the `flag` output, `qmr` does not display any diagnostic messages.```

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````[x,flag,relres] = qmr(___)` also returns the relative residual `norm(b-A*x)/norm(b)`. If `flag` is `0`, then ```relres <= tol```.```

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````[x,flag,relres,iter] = qmr(___)` also returns the iteration number `iter` at which `x` was computed.```

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````[x,flag,relres,iter,resvec] = qmr(___)` also returns a vector of the residual norm at each iteration, including the first residual `norm(b-A*x0)`.```

## Examples

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Solve a square linear system using `qmr` with default settings, and then adjust the tolerance and number of iterations used in the solution process.

Create a random sparse matrix `A` with 50% density. Also create a random vector `b` for the right-hand side of $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$.

```rng default A = sprand(400,400,.5); A = A'*A; b = rand(400,1);```

Solve $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$ using `qmr`. The output display includes the value of the relative residual error $\frac{‖\mathit{b}-\mathrm{Ax}‖}{‖\mathit{b}‖}$.

`x = qmr(A,b);`
```qmr stopped at iteration 20 without converging to the desired tolerance 1e-06 because the maximum number of iterations was reached. The iterate returned (number 20) has relative residual 0.12. ```

By default `qmr` uses 20 iterations and a tolerance of `1e-6`, and the algorithm is unable to converge in those 40 iterations for this matrix. Since the residual is still large, it is a good indicator that more iterations (or a preconditioner matrix) are needed. You also can use a larger tolerance to make it easier for the algorithm to converge.

Solve the system again using a tolerance of `1e-4` and 100 iterations.

`x = qmr(A,b,1e-4,100);`
```qmr stopped at iteration 100 without converging to the desired tolerance 0.0001 because the maximum number of iterations was reached. The iterate returned (number 100) has relative residual 0.061. ```

Even with a looser tolerance and more iterations the residual error does not improve much. When an iterative algorithm stalls in this manner it is a good indication that a preconditioner matrix is needed.

Calculate the incomplete Cholesky factorization of `A`, and use the `L'` factor as a preconditioner input to `qmr`.

```L = ichol(A); x = qmr(A,b,1e-4,100,L');```
```qmr converged at iteration 58 to a solution with relative residual 8.4e-05. ```

Using a preconditioner improves the numerical properties of the problem enough that `qmr` is able to converge.

Examine the effect of using a preconditioner matrix with `qmr` to solve a linear system.

Load west0479, a real 479-by-479 nonsymmetric sparse matrix.

```load west0479 A = west0479;```

Define `b` so that the true solution to $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$ is a vector of all ones.

`b = sum(A,2);`

Set the tolerance and maximum number of iterations.

```tol = 1e-12; maxit = 20;```

Use `qmr` to find a solution at the requested tolerance and number of iterations. Specify five outputs to return information about the solution process:

• `x` is the computed solution to `A*x = b`.

• `fl0` is a flag indicating whether the algorithm converged.

• `rr0` is the relative residual of the computed answer `x`.

• `it0` is the iteration number when `x` was computed.

• `rv0` is a vector of the residual history for $‖\mathit{b}-\mathrm{Ax}‖$.

```[x,fl0,rr0,it0,rv0] = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit); fl0```
```fl0 = 1 ```
`rr0`
```rr0 = 0.7984 ```
`it0`
```it0 = 17 ```

`fl0` is 1 because `qmr` does not converge to the requested tolerance `1e-12` within the requested 20 iterations. The 17th iterate is the best approximate solution and is the one returned as indicated by `it0 = 17`.

To aid with the slow convergence, you can specify a preconditioner matrix. Since `A` is nonsymmetric, use `ilu` to generate the preconditioner $\mathit{M}=\mathit{L}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{U}$. Specify a drop tolerance to ignore nondiagonal entries with values smaller than `1e-6`. Solve the preconditioned system ${\mathit{M}}^{-1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{A}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}={\mathit{M}}^{-1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{b}$ by specifying `L` and `U` as inputs to `qmr`.

```setup = struct('type','ilutp','droptol',1e-6); [L,U] = ilu(A,setup); [x1,fl1,rr1,it1,rv1] = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,L,U); fl1```
```fl1 = 0 ```
`rr1`
```rr1 = 4.1558e-14 ```
`it1`
```it1 = 6 ```

The use of an `ilu` preconditioner produces a relative residual less than the prescribed tolerance of `1e-12` at the sixth iteration. The output `rv1(1)` is `norm(b)`, and the output `rv1(end)` is `norm(b-A*x1)`.

You can follow the progress of `qmr` by plotting the relative residuals at each iteration. Plot the residual history of each solution with a line for the specified tolerance.

```semilogy(0:length(rv0)-1,rv0/norm(b),'-o') hold on semilogy(0:length(rv1)-1,rv1/norm(b),'-o') yline(tol,'r--'); legend('No preconditioner','ILU preconditioner','Tolerance','Location','East') xlabel('Iteration number') ylabel('Relative residual')```

Examine the effect of supplying `qmr` with an initial guess of the solution.

Create a tridiagonal sparse matrix. Use the sum of each row as the vector for the right-hand side of $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$ so that the expected solution for $\mathit{x}$ is a vector of ones.

```n = 900; e = ones(n,1); A = spdiags([e 2*e e],-1:1,n,n); b = sum(A,2);```

Use `qmr` to solve $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$ twice: one time with the default initial guess, and one time with a good initial guess of the solution. Use 200 iterations and the default tolerance for both solutions. Specify the initial guess in the second solution as a vector with all elements equal to `0.99`.

```maxit = 200; x1 = qmr(A,b,[],maxit);```
```qmr converged at iteration 27 to a solution with relative residual 9.5e-07. ```
```x0 = 0.99*e; x2 = qmr(A,b,[],maxit,[],[],x0);```
```qmr converged at iteration 7 to a solution with relative residual 6.7e-07. ```

In this case supplying an initial guess enables `qmr` to converge more quickly.

Returning Intermediate Results

You also can use the initial guess to get intermediate results by calling `qmr` in a for-loop. Each call to the solver performs a few iterations and stores the calculated solution. Then you use that solution as the initial vector for the next batch of iterations.

For example, this code performs 100 iterations four times and stores the solution vector after each pass in the for-loop:

```x0 = zeros(size(A,2),1); tol = 1e-8; maxit = 100; for k = 1:4 [x,flag,relres] = qmr(A,b,tol,maxit,[],[],x0); X(:,k) = x; R(k) = relres; x0 = x; end```

`X(:,k)` is the solution vector computed at iteration `k` of the for-loop, and `R(k)` is the relative residual of that solution.

Solve a linear system by providing `qmr` with a function handle that computes `A*x` and `A'*x` in place of the coefficient matrix `A`.

Create an nonsymmetric tridiagonal matrix. Preview the matrix.

`A = gallery('wilk',21) + diag(ones(20,1),1)`
```A = 21×21 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ⋮ ```

Since this tridiagonal matrix has a special structure, you can represent the operation `A*x` with a function handle. When `A` multiplies a vector, most of the elements in the resulting vector are zeros. The nonzero elements in the result correspond with the nonzero tridiagonal elements of `A`.

The expression $\mathit{A}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}$ becomes:

$\mathit{A}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}=\left[\begin{array}{ccccccc}10& 2& 0& \cdots & & \cdots & 0\\ 1& 9& 2& 0& & & ⋮\\ 0& 1& \ddots & 2& 0& & \\ ⋮& 0& 1& 0& \ddots & \ddots & ⋮\\ & & 0& \ddots & 1& \ddots & 0\\ ⋮& & & \ddots & \ddots & \ddots & 2\\ 0& \cdots & & \cdots & 0& 1& 10\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}{\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]=\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}+2{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{1}+9{\mathit{x}}_{2}+2{\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{19}+9{\mathit{x}}_{20}+2{\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{20}+10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]$.

The resulting vector can be written as the sum of three vectors:

$\mathit{A}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}=\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}+2{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{1}+9{\mathit{x}}_{2}+2{\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{19}+9{\mathit{x}}_{20}+2{\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{20}+10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]$=$\left[\begin{array}{c}0\\ {\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{20}\end{array}\right]+\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {9\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ ⋮\\ 9{\mathit{x}}_{20}\\ 10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]+2\cdot \left[\begin{array}{c}{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ 0\end{array}\right]$.

Likewise, the expression for ${\mathit{A}}^{\mathit{T}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}$ becomes:

${\mathit{A}}^{\mathit{T}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}=\left[\begin{array}{ccccccc}10& 1& 0& \cdots & & \cdots & 0\\ 2& 9& 1& 0& & & ⋮\\ 0& 2& \ddots & 1& 0& & \\ ⋮& 0& 2& 0& \ddots & \ddots & ⋮\\ & & 0& \ddots & 1& \ddots & 0\\ ⋮& & & \ddots & \ddots & \ddots & 1\\ 0& \cdots & & \cdots & 0& 2& 10\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}{\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]=\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}+{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{1}+9{\mathit{x}}_{2}+{\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{19}+9{\mathit{x}}_{20}+{\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{20}+10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]$.

${\mathit{A}}^{\mathit{T}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{x}=\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}+{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{1}+9{\mathit{x}}_{2}+{\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ ⋮\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{19}+9{\mathit{x}}_{20}+{\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ {2\mathit{x}}_{20}+10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]=2\cdot \left[\begin{array}{c}0\\ {\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{20}\end{array}\right]+\left[\begin{array}{c}{10\mathit{x}}_{1}\\ {9\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ ⋮\\ 9{\mathit{x}}_{20}\\ 10{\mathit{x}}_{21}\end{array}\right]+\left[\begin{array}{c}{\mathit{x}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{x}}_{3}\\ ⋮\\ {\mathit{x}}_{21}\\ 0\end{array}\right]$.

In MATLAB®, write a function that creates these vectors and adds them together, thus giving the value of `A*x` or `A'*x`, depending on the flag input:

```function y = afun(x,flag) if strcmp(flag,'notransp') % Compute A*x y = [0; x(1:20)] ... + [(10:-1:0)'; (1:10)'].*x ... + 2*[x(2:end); 0]; elseif strcmp(flag,'transp') % Compute A'*x y = 2*[0; x(1:20)] ... + [(10:-1:0)'; (1:10)'].*x ... + [x(2:end); 0]; end end ```

(This function is saved as a local function at the end of the example.)

Now, solve the linear system $\mathrm{Ax}=\mathit{b}$ by providing `qmr` with the function handle that calculates `A*x` and `A'*x`. Use a tolerance of `1e-6` and 25 iterations. Specify $\mathit{b}$ as the row sums of $\mathit{A}$ so that the true solution for $\mathit{x}$ is a vector of ones.

```b = full(sum(A,2)); tol = 1e-6; maxit = 25; x1 = qmr(@afun,b,tol,maxit)```
```qmr converged at iteration 19 to a solution with relative residual 4.7e-07. ```
```x1 = 21×1 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 1.0000 ⋮ ```

Local Functions

```function y = afun(x,flag) if strcmp(flag,'notransp') % Compute A*x y = [0; x(1:20)] ... + [(10:-1:0)'; (1:10)'].*x ... + 2*[x(2:end); 0]; elseif strcmp(flag,'transp') % Compute A'*x y = 2*[0; x(1:20)] ... + [(10:-1:0)'; (1:10)'].*x ... + [x(2:end); 0]; end end```

## Input Arguments

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Coefficient matrix, specified as a square matrix or function handle. This matrix is the coefficient matrix in the linear system `A*x = b`. Generally, `A` is a large sparse matrix or a function handle that returns the product of a large sparse matrix and column vector.

#### Specifying `A` as a Function Handle

You can optionally specify the coefficient matrix as a function handle instead of a matrix. The function handle returns matrix-vector products instead of forming the entire coefficient matrix, making the calculation more efficient.

To use a function handle, use the function signature ```function y = afun(x,opt)```. Parameterizing Functions explains how to provide additional parameters to the function `afun`, if necessary. The function `afun` must satisfy these conditions:

• `afun(x,'notransp')` returns the product `A*x`.

• `afun(x,'transp')` returns the product `A'*x`.

An example of an acceptable function is:

```function y = afun(x,opt,B,C,n) if strcmp(opt,'notransp') y = [B*x(n+1:end); C*x(1:n)]; else y = [C'*x(n+1:end); B'*x(1:n)]; end```
The function `afun` uses the values in `B` and `C` to compute either `A*x` or `A'*x` (depending on the specified flag) without actually forming the entire matrix.

Data Types: `double` | `function_handle`
Complex Number Support: Yes

Right-hand side of linear equation, specified as a column vector. The length of `b` must be equal to `size(A,1)`.

Data Types: `double`
Complex Number Support: Yes

Method tolerance, specified as a positive scalar. Use this input to trade-off accuracy and runtime in the calculation. `qmr` must meet the tolerance within the number of allowed iterations to be successful. A smaller value of `tol` means the answer must be more precise for the calculation to be successful.

Data Types: `double`

Maximum number of iterations, specified as a positive scalar integer. Increase the value of `maxit` to allow more iterations for `qmr` to meet the tolerance `tol`. Generally, a smaller value of `tol` means more iterations are required to successfully complete the calculation.

Preconditioner matrices, specified as separate arguments of matrices or function handles. You can specify a preconditioner matrix `M` or its matrix factors `M = M1*M2` to improve the numerical aspects of the linear system and make it easier for `qmr` to converge quickly. For square coefficient matrices, you can use the incomplete matrix factorization functions `ilu` and `ichol` to generate preconditioner matrices. You also can use `equilibrate` prior to factorization to improve the condition number of the coefficient matrix. For more information on preconditioners, see Iterative Methods for Linear Systems.

`qmr` treats unspecified preconditioners as identity matrices.

#### Specifying `M` as a Function Handle

You can optionally specify any of `M`, `M1`, or `M2` as function handles instead of matrices. The function handle performs matrix-vector operations instead of forming the entire preconditioner matrix, making the calculation more efficient.

To use a function handle, first create a function with the signature `function y = mfun(x,opt)`. Parameterizing Functions explains how to provide additional parameters to the function `mfun`, if necessary. The function `mfun` must satisfy these conditions:

• `mfun(x,'notransp')` returns the value of `M\x` or `M2\(M1\x)`.

• `mfun(x,'transp')` returns the value of `M'\x` or `M1'\(M2'\x)`.

An example of an acceptable function is:

```function y = mfun(x,opt,a,b) if strcmp(opt,'notransp') y = x.*a; else y = x.*b; end end```
In this example the function `mfun` uses `a` and `b` to compute either `M\x = x*a` or `M'\x = x*b` (depending on the specified flag) without actually forming the entire matrix `M`.

Data Types: `double` | `function_handle`
Complex Number Support: Yes

Initial guess, specified as a column vector with length equal to `size(A,2)`. If you can provide `qmr` with a more reasonable initial guess `x0` than the default vector of zeros, then it can save computation time and help the algorithm converge faster.

Data Types: `double`
Complex Number Support: Yes

## Output Arguments

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Linear system solution, returned as a column vector. This output gives the approximate solution to the linear system `A*x = b`. If the calculation is successful (`flag = 0`), then `relres` is less than or equal to `tol`.

Whenever the calculation is not successful (`flag ~= 0`), the solution `x` returned by `qmr` is the one with minimal residual norm computed over all the iterations.

Convergence flag, returned as one of the scalar values in this table. The convergence flag indicates whether the calculation was successful and differentiates between several different forms of failure.

Flag Value

Convergence

`0`

Success — `qmr` converged to the desired tolerance `tol` within `maxit` iterations.

`1`

Failure — `qmr` iterated `maxit` iterations but did not converge.

`2`

Failure — The preconditioner matrix `M` or `M = M1*M2` is ill conditioned.

`3`

Failure — `qmr` stagnated after two consecutive iterations were the same.

`4`

Failure — One of the scalar quantities calculated by the `qmr` algorithm became too small or too large to continue computing.

Relative residual error, returned as a scalar. The relative residual error `relres = norm(b-A*x)/norm(b)` is an indication of how accurate the answer is. If the calculation converges to the tolerance `tol` within `maxit` iterations, then `relres <= tol`.

Data Types: `double`

Iteration number, returned as a scalar. This output indicates the iteration number at which the computed answer for `x` was calculated.

Data Types: `double`

Residual error, returned as a vector. The residual error `norm(b-A*x)` reveals how close the algorithm is to converging for a given value of `x`. The number of elements in `resvec` is equal to the number of iterations. You can examine the contents of `resvec` to help decide whether to change the values of `tol` or `maxit`.

Data Types: `double`

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### Quasi-minimal Residual Method

The QMR algorithm was developed as an improvement to BiCG. While GMRES uses an orthogonal basis for the Krylov subspace and computes a minimum residual solution, QMR uses a bi-orthogonal basis and therefore computes only a quasi-minimal residual solution.

QMR typically converges much more smoothly than BiCG, and it also uses look-ahead techniques to avoid breakdowns in almost all cases. The computational cost of QMR is only slightly higher than for BiCG [1].

## Tips

• Convergence of most iterative methods depends on the condition number of the coefficient matrix, `cond(A)`. When `A` is square, you can use `equilibrate` to improve its condition number, and on its own this makes it easier for most iterative solvers to converge. However, using `equilibrate` also leads to better quality preconditioner matrices when you subsequently factor the equilibrated matrix ```B = R*P*A*C```.

• You can use matrix reordering functions such as `dissect` and `symrcm` to permute the rows and columns of the coefficient matrix and minimize the number of nonzeros when the coefficient matrix is factored to generate a preconditioner. This can reduce the memory and time required to subsequently solve the preconditioned linear system.

## References

[1] Barrett, R., M. Berry, T. F. Chan, et al., Templates for the Solution of Linear Systems: Building Blocks for Iterative Methods, SIAM, Philadelphia, 1994.

[2] Freund, Roland W. and Nöel M. Nachtigal, “QMR: A quasi-minimal residual method for non-Hermitian linear systems,” SIAM Journal: Numer. Math. 60, 1991, pp. 315–339.

## Version History

Introduced before R2006a