Orthogonal Procrustes and norm-dependent optimality

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Joshua Cape


This note revisits the classical orthogonal Procrustes problem and investigates the norm-dependent geometric behavior underlying Procrustes alignment for subspaces. It presents generic, deterministic bounds quantifying the performance of a specified Procrustes-based choice of subspace alignment. Numerical examples illustrate the theoretical observations and offer additional, empirical findings which are discussed in detail. This note complements recent advances in statistics involving Procrustean matrix perturbation decompositions and eigenvector estimation.

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