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In this paper, the symmetric positive semideﬁnite Procrustes problem is considered. By using matrix inner product and matrix decomposition theory, an explicit expression of the solution is given. Based on the explicit expression given in this paper, it is easy to derive the explicit expression of the solution given by Woodgate [K.G. Woodgate. Least-squares solution of F = PG over positive semideﬁnite symmetric P . Linear Algebra Appl., 245:171–190, 1996.] and by Liao [A.P. Liao. On the least squares problem of a matrix equation. J. Comput. Math., 17:589–594, 1999.] for the Procrustes problem in some special cases. The explicit expression given in this paper also shows that the solution of the special inverse eigenvalue problem considered by Zhang [L. Zhang. A class of inverse eigenvalue problem for symmetric nonnegative deﬁnite matrices. J. Hunan Educational Inst., 2:11–17, 1995 (in Chinese).] can be computed exactly. Examples to illustrate the correctness of the theory results are given.