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If $A\in \mathbb R^{n \times m}$ and $A = A^\top$ and if $\vert \lambda_1 \vert >\vert \lambda_2 \vert >\cdots>\vert \lambda_n \vert >0$ then $\lim\limits_{k\to \infty} Q_k = I$, $\lim\limits_{k\to \infty} R_k = \mathrm{diag}(\lambda_1,\dots,\lambda_n) $ and $(A_{k})_{i,j} = O\left(\left(\dfrac{\vert \lambda_{i} \vert}{\vert \lambda_{j} \vert}\right)^k\right)$ for $i > j$.

Okay. I find it hard to understand the last part:

$(A_{k})_{i,j} = O\left(\left(\dfrac{\vert \lambda_{i} \vert}{\vert \lambda_{j} \vert}\right)^k\right)$ for $i > j$.

Is there someone who can explain what it means?

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It's more or less just explaining the convergence rate of the QR algorithm. Remember that the endgame for the QR algorithm is to construct the Schur decomposition, $\mathbf A=\mathbf Q\mathbf T\mathbf Q^\top$, where $\mathbf T$ is triangular and $\mathbf Q$ is orthogonal. In the case you're considering, $\mathbf A$ is symmetric ($\mathbf A=\mathbf A^\top$), and thus $\mathbf T$ is the diagonal matrix of eigenvalues.

With this in mind, one expects that with every successive orthogonal similarity transformation, the off-diagonal elements ought to converge to zero. The statement that you were puzzling about just says that the rate of decrease of the off-diagonals roughly follows a decaying exponential, with the base for each element depending on the ratios of the matrix's eigenvalues.

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