sklearn.utils.extmath.randomized_svd(M, n_components, *, n_oversamples=10, n_iter='auto', power_iteration_normalizer='auto', transpose='auto', flip_sign=True, random_state=None, svd_lapack_driver='gesdd')[source]#

Compute a truncated randomized SVD.

This method solves the fixed-rank approximation problem described in [1] (problem (1.5), p5).

M{ndarray, sparse matrix}

Matrix to decompose.


Number of singular values and vectors to extract.

n_oversamplesint, default=10

Additional number of random vectors to sample the range of M so as to ensure proper conditioning. The total number of random vectors used to find the range of M is n_components + n_oversamples. Smaller number can improve speed but can negatively impact the quality of approximation of singular vectors and singular values. Users might wish to increase this parameter up to 2*k - n_components where k is the effective rank, for large matrices, noisy problems, matrices with slowly decaying spectrums, or to increase precision accuracy. See [1] (pages 5, 23 and 26).

n_iterint or ‘auto’, default=’auto’

Number of power iterations. It can be used to deal with very noisy problems. When ‘auto’, it is set to 4, unless n_components is small (< .1 * min(X.shape)) in which case n_iter is set to 7. This improves precision with few components. Note that in general users should rather increase n_oversamples before increasing n_iter as the principle of the randomized method is to avoid usage of these more costly power iterations steps. When n_components is equal or greater to the effective matrix rank and the spectrum does not present a slow decay, n_iter=0 or 1 should even work fine in theory (see [1] page 9).

Changed in version 0.18.

power_iteration_normalizer{‘auto’, ‘QR’, ‘LU’, ‘none’}, default=’auto’

Whether the power iterations are normalized with step-by-step QR factorization (the slowest but most accurate), ‘none’ (the fastest but numerically unstable when n_iter is large, e.g. typically 5 or larger), or ‘LU’ factorization (numerically stable but can lose slightly in accuracy). The ‘auto’ mode applies no normalization if n_iter <= 2 and switches to LU otherwise.

Added in version 0.18.

transposebool or ‘auto’, default=’auto’

Whether the algorithm should be applied to M.T instead of M. The result should approximately be the same. The ‘auto’ mode will trigger the transposition if M.shape[1] > M.shape[0] since this implementation of randomized SVD tend to be a little faster in that case.

Changed in version 0.18.

flip_signbool, default=True

The output of a singular value decomposition is only unique up to a permutation of the signs of the singular vectors. If flip_sign is set to True, the sign ambiguity is resolved by making the largest loadings for each component in the left singular vectors positive.

random_stateint, RandomState instance or None, default=’warn’

The seed of the pseudo random number generator to use when shuffling the data, i.e. getting the random vectors to initialize the algorithm. Pass an int for reproducible results across multiple function calls. See Glossary.

Changed in version 1.2: The default value changed from 0 to None.

svd_lapack_driver{“gesdd”, “gesvd”}, default=”gesdd”

Whether to use the more efficient divide-and-conquer approach ("gesdd") or more general rectangular approach ("gesvd") to compute the SVD of the matrix B, which is the projection of M into a low dimensional subspace, as described in [1].

Added in version 1.2.

undarray of shape (n_samples, n_components)

Unitary matrix having left singular vectors with signs flipped as columns.

sndarray of shape (n_components,)

The singular values, sorted in non-increasing order.

vhndarray of shape (n_components, n_features)

Unitary matrix having right singular vectors with signs flipped as rows.


This algorithm finds a (usually very good) approximate truncated singular value decomposition using randomization to speed up the computations. It is particularly fast on large matrices on which you wish to extract only a small number of components. In order to obtain further speed up, n_iter can be set <=2 (at the cost of loss of precision). To increase the precision it is recommended to increase n_oversamples, up to 2*k-n_components where k is the effective rank. Usually, n_components is chosen to be greater than k so increasing n_oversamples up to n_components should be enough.



A randomized algorithm for the decomposition of matrices Per-Gunnar Martinsson, Vladimir Rokhlin and Mark Tygert


An implementation of a randomized algorithm for principal component analysis A. Szlam et al. 2014


>>> import numpy as np
>>> from sklearn.utils.extmath import randomized_svd
>>> a = np.array([[1, 2, 3, 5],
...               [3, 4, 5, 6],
...               [7, 8, 9, 10]])
>>> U, s, Vh = randomized_svd(a, n_components=2, random_state=0)
>>> U.shape, s.shape, Vh.shape
((3, 2), (2,), (2, 4))