Miles Lopes (UC Davis)
In recent years, many randomized algorithms have been proposed for computing approximate solutions to large-scale problems in numerical linear algebra. However, the user rarely knows the actual error of a randomized solution. For this reason, it is common to rely on theoretical worst-case error bounds as a source of guidance. As a more practical alternative, we propose bootstrap methods to obtain direct error estimates for randomized solutions. Specifically, in the contexts of matrix multiplication and least-squares, we show that bootstrap error estimates are theoretically justified, and incur modest computational cost.