## Derivatives of Spectral Functions (1996)

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@MISC{Lewis96derivativesof,

author = {A.S. Lewis},

title = {Derivatives of Spectral Functions},

year = {1996}

}

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### Abstract

A spectral function of a Hermitian matrix X is a function which depends only on the eigenvalues of X , 1 (X) 2 (X) : : : n (X), and hence may be written f( 1 (X); 2 (X); : : : ; n (X)) for some symmetric function f . Such functions appear in a wide variety of matrix optimization problems. We give a simple proof that this spectral function is differentiable at X if and only if the function f is differentiable at the vector (X), and we give a concise formula for the derivative. We then apply this formula to deduce an analogous expression for the Clarke generalized gradient of the spectral function. A similar result holds for real symmetric matrices. 1 Introduction and notation Optimization problems involving a symmetric matrix variable, X say, frequently involve symmetric functions of the eigenvalues of X in the objective or constraints. Examples include the maximum eigenvalue of X, or log(det X) (for positive definite X), or eigenvalue constraints such as positive semidefinit...