We study the distribution of the least singular value associated to an ensemble of sparse random matrices. Our motivating example is the ensemble of $N\times N$ matrices whose entries are chosen independently from a Bernoulli distribution with parameter $p$. These matrices represent the adjacency matrices of random Erdős–Rényi digraphs and are sparse when $p\ll 1$. We prove that in the regime $pN\gg 1$, the distribution of the least singular value is universal in the sense that it is independent of $p$ and equal to the distribution of the least singular value of a Gaussian matrix ensemble. We also prove the universality of the joint distribution of multiple small singular values. Our methods extend to matrix ensembles whose entries are chosen from arbitrary distributions that may be correlated, complex valued, and have unequal variances.
"Universality of the least singular value for sparse random matrices." Electron. J. Probab. 24 1 - 53, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1214/19-EJP269