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## HOMOGEN Function

solves homogeneous linear systems

HOMOGEN( matrix)

where matrix is a numeric matrix or literal.

The HOMOGEN function solves the homogeneous system of linear equations for . For at least one solution vector to exist, the matrix , , has to be of rank . The HOMOGEN function computes an column orthonormal matrix with the property , . If is ill-conditioned, rounding-error problems can occur in determining the correct rank of and in determining the correct number of solutions . Consider the following example (Wilkinson and Reinsch 1971, p. 149):

```
a={22  10   2   3   7,
14   7  10   0   8,
-1  13  -1 -11   3,
-3  -2  13  -2   4,
9   8   1  -2   4,
9   1  -7   5  -1,
2  -6   6   5   1,
4   5   0  -2   2};
x=homogen(a);
```

These statements produce the following solution:

```
X             5 rows      2 cols    (numeric)

-0.419095          0
0.4405091  0.4185481
-0.052005  0.3487901
0.6760591   0.244153
0.4129773  -0.802217
```
In addition, this function could be used to determine the rank of an matrix , .

If is an matrix, then, in addition to the memory allocated for the return matrix, the HOMOGEN function temporarily allocates an array for performing its computation.

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