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Multilevel Adaptive Radial Basis Function Approximation using Error Indicators

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posted on 2016-10-31, 10:53 authored by Qi Zhang
In some approximation problems, sampling from the target function can be both expensive and time-consuming. It would be convenient to have a method for indicating where the approximation quality is poor, so that generation of new data provides the user with greater accuracy where needed. In this thesis, the author describes a new adaptive algorithm for Radial Basis Function (RBF) interpolation which aims to assess the local approximation quality and adds or removes points as required to improve the error in the specified region. For a multiquadric and Gaussian approximation, one has the flexibility of a shape parameter which one can use to keep the condition number of the interpolation matrix to a moderate size. In this adaptive error indicator (AEI) method, an adaptive shape parameter is applied. Numerical results for test functions which appear in the literature are given for one, two, and three dimensions, to show that this method performs well. A turbine blade design problem form GE Power (Rugby, UK) is considered and the AEI method is applied to this problem. Moreover, a new multilevel approximation scheme is introduced in this thesis by coupling it with the adaptive error indicator. Preliminary numerical results from this Multilevel Adaptive Error Indicator (MAEI) approximation method are shown. These indicate that the MAEI is able to express the target function well. Moreover, it provides a highly efficient sampling.



Levesley, Jeremy; Georgoulis, Emmanuil

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Department of Mathematics

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University of Leicester

Qualification level

  • Doctoral

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  • PhD



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