numpy.linalg.pinv(a, rcond=1e-15, hermitian=False)[source]

Compute the (Moore-Penrose) pseudo-inverse of a matrix.

Calculate the generalized inverse of a matrix using its singular-value decomposition (SVD) and including all large singular values.

Changed in version 1.14: Can now operate on stacks of matrices

a : (…, M, N) array_like

Matrix or stack of matrices to be pseudo-inverted.

rcond : (…) array_like of float

Cutoff for small singular values. Singular values less than or equal to rcond * largest_singular_value are set to zero. Broadcasts against the stack of matrices.

hermitian : bool, optional

If True, a is assumed to be Hermitian (symmetric if real-valued), enabling a more efficient method for finding singular values. Defaults to False.

New in version 1.17.0.

B : (…, N, M) ndarray

The pseudo-inverse of a. If a is a matrix instance, then so is B.


If the SVD computation does not converge.


The pseudo-inverse of a matrix A, denoted A^+, is defined as: “the matrix that ‘solves’ [the least-squares problem] Ax = b,” i.e., if \bar{x} is said solution, then A^+ is that matrix such that \bar{x} = A^+b.

It can be shown that if Q_1 \Sigma Q_2^T = A is the singular value decomposition of A, then A^+ = Q_2 \Sigma^+ Q_1^T, where Q_{1,2} are orthogonal matrices, \Sigma is a diagonal matrix consisting of A’s so-called singular values, (followed, typically, by zeros), and then \Sigma^+ is simply the diagonal matrix consisting of the reciprocals of A’s singular values (again, followed by zeros). [1]


[1]G. Strang, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 2nd Ed., Orlando, FL, Academic Press, Inc., 1980, pp. 139-142.


The following example checks that a * a+ * a == a and a+ * a * a+ == a+:

>>> a = np.random.randn(9, 6)
>>> B = np.linalg.pinv(a)
>>> np.allclose(a,,, a)))
>>> np.allclose(B,,, B)))

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