#### Sample records for piecewise linear approximation

1. Piecewise linear approximation for hereditary control problems

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Propst, Georg

1990-01-01

This paper presents finite-dimensional approximations for linear retarded functional differential equations by use of discontinuous piecewise linear functions. The approximation scheme is applied to optimal control problems, when a quadratic cost integral must be minimized subject to the controlled retarded system. It is shown that the approximate optimal feedback operators converge to the true ones both in the case where the cost integral ranges over a finite time interval, as well as in the case where it ranges over an infinite time interval. The arguments in the last case rely on the fact that the piecewise linear approximations to stable systems are stable in a uniform sense.

2. Piecewise linear approximation for hereditary control problems

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Propst, Georg

1987-01-01

Finite dimensional approximations are presented for linear retarded functional differential equations by use of discontinuous piecewise linear functions. The approximation scheme is applied to optimal control problems when a quadratic cost integral has to be minimized subject to the controlled retarded system. It is shown that the approximate optimal feedback operators converge to the true ones both in case the cost integral ranges over a finite time interval as well as in the case it ranges over an infinite time interval. The arguments in the latter case rely on the fact that the piecewise linear approximations to stable systems are stable in a uniform sense. This feature is established using a vector-component stability criterion in the state space R(n) x L(2) and the favorable eigenvalue behavior of the piecewise linear approximations.

3. A piecewise linear approximation scheme for hereditary optimal control problems

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Cliff, E. M.; Burns, J. A.

1977-01-01

An approximation scheme based on 'piecewise linear' approximations of L2 spaces is employed to formulate a numerical method for solving quadratic optimal control problems governed by linear retarded functional differential equations. This piecewise linear method is an extension of the so called averaging technique. It is shown that the Riccati equation for the linear approximation is solved by simple transformation of the averaging solution. Thus, the computational requirements are essentially the same. Numerical results are given.

4. A piecewise linear approximation scheme for hereditary optimal control problems

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Cliff, E. M.; Burns, J. A.

1977-01-01

An approximation scheme based on 'piecewise linear' approximations of L2 spaces is employed to formulate a numerical method for solving quadratic optimal control problems governed by linear retarded functional differential equations. This piecewise linear method is an extension of the so called averaging technique. It is shown that the Riccati equation for the linear approximation is solved by simple transformation of the averaging solution. Thus, the computational requirements are essentially the same. Numerical results are given.

5. Adjoined Piecewise Linear Approximations (APLAs) for Equating: Accuracy Evaluations of a Postsmoothing Equating Method

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Moses, Tim

2013-01-01

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of adjoined and piecewise linear approximations (APLAs) of raw equipercentile equating functions as a postsmoothing equating method. APLAs are less familiar than other postsmoothing equating methods (i.e., cubic splines), but their use has been described in historical equating practices of…

6. Adjoined Piecewise Linear Approximations (APLAs) for Equating: Accuracy Evaluations of a Postsmoothing Equating Method

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Moses, Tim

2013-01-01

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of adjoined and piecewise linear approximations (APLAs) of raw equipercentile equating functions as a postsmoothing equating method. APLAs are less familiar than other postsmoothing equating methods (i.e., cubic splines), but their use has been described in historical equating practices of…

7. Phase patterns in finite oscillator networks with insights from the piecewise linear approximation

Goldstein, Daniel

2015-03-01

Recent experiments on spatially extend arrays of droplets containing Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactants have shown a rich variety of spatio-temporal patterns. Motivated by this experimental set up, we study a simple model of chemical oscillators in the highly nonlinear excitable regime in order to gain insight into the mechanism giving rise to the observed multistable attractors. When coupled, these two attractors have different preferred phase synchronizations, leading to complex behavior. We study rings of coupled oscillators and observe a rich array of oscillating patterns. We combine Turing analysis and a piecewise linear approximation to better understand the observed patterns.

8. A new piecewise linear Chen system of fractional-order: Numerical approximation of stable attractors

Danca, Marius-F.; Aziz-Alaoui, M. A.; Small, Michael

2015-06-01

In this paper we present a new version of Chen’s system: a piecewise linear (PWL) Chen system of fractional-order. Via a sigmoid-like function, the discontinuous system is transformed into a continuous system. By numerical simulations, we reveal chaotic behaviors and also multistability, i.e., the existence of small parameter windows where, for some fixed bifurcation parameter and depending on initial conditions, coexistence of stable attractors and chaotic attractors is possible. Moreover, we show that by using an algorithm to switch the bifurcation parameter, the stable attractors can be numerically approximated. Dedicated to Professor Chen Guan-Rong on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

9. Piecewise Linear Slope Estimation.

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Ingle, A N; Sethares, W A; Varghese, T; Bucklew, J A

2014-11-01

This paper presents a method for directly estimating slope values in a noisy piecewise linear function. By imposing a Markov structure on the sequence of slopes, piecewise linear fitting is posed as a maximum a posteriori estimation problem. A dynamic program efficiently solves this by traversing a linearly growing trellis. The alternating maximization algorithm (a kind of pseudo-EM method) is used to estimate the model parameters from data and its convergence behavior is analyzed. Ultrasound shear wave imaging is presented as a primary application. The algorithm is general enough for applicability in other fields, as suggested by an application to the estimation of shifts in financial interest rate data.

10. Piecewise Linear Slope Estimation

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Sethares, W. A.; Bucklew, J. A.

2015-01-01

This paper presents a method for directly estimating slope values in a noisy piecewise linear function. By imposing a Markov structure on the sequence of slopes, piecewise linear fitting is posed as a maximum a posteriori estimation problem. A dynamic program efficiently solves this by traversing a linearly growing trellis. The alternating maximization algorithm (a kind of pseudo-EM method) is used to estimate the model parameters from data and its convergence behavior is analyzed. Ultrasound shear wave imaging is presented as a primary application. The algorithm is general enough for applicability in other fields, as suggested by an application to the estimation of shifts in financial interest rate data. PMID:26229417

11. Piecewise linear approximation of protein structures using the principle of minimum message length

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Konagurthu, Arun S.; Allison, Lloyd; Stuckey, Peter J.; Lesk, Arthur M.

2011-01-01

Simple and concise representations of protein-folding patterns provide powerful abstractions for visualizations, comparisons, classifications, searching and aligning structural data. Structures are often abstracted by replacing standard secondary structural features—that is, helices and strands of sheet—by vectors or linear segments. Relying solely on standard secondary structure may result in a significant loss of structural information. Further, traditional methods of simplification crucially depend on the consistency and accuracy of external methods to assign secondary structures to protein coordinate data. Although many methods exist automatically to identify secondary structure, the impreciseness of definitions, along with errors and inconsistencies in experimental structure data, drastically limit their applicability to generate reliable simplified representations, especially for structural comparison. This article introduces a mathematically rigorous algorithm to delineate protein structure using the elegant statistical and inductive inference framework of minimum message length (MML). Our method generates consistent and statistically robust piecewise linear explanations of protein coordinate data, resulting in a powerful and concise representation of the structure. The delineation is completely independent of the approaches of using hydrogen-bonding patterns or inspecting local substructural geometry that the current methods use. Indeed, as is common with applications of the MML criterion, this method is free of parameters and thresholds, in striking contrast to the existing programs which are often beset by them. The analysis of results over a large number of proteins suggests that the method produces consistent delineation of structures that encompasses, among others, the segments corresponding to standard secondary structure. Availability: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~karun/pmml. Contact: arun.konagurthu@monash.edu; lloyd.allison@monesh.edu PMID

12. Attraction and Stability of Nonlinear Ode's using Continuous Piecewise Linear Approximations

Garcia, Andres; Agamennoni, Osvaldo

2010-04-01

In this paper, several results concerning attraction and asymptotic stability in the large of nonlinear ordinary differential equations are presented. The main result is very simple to apply yielding a sufficient condition under which the equilibrium point (assuming a unique equilibrium) is attractive and also provides a variety of options among them the classical linearization and other existing results are special cases of the this main theorem in this paper including and extension of the well known Markus-Yamabe conjecture. Several application examples are presented in order to analyze the advantages and drawbacks of the proposed result and to compare such results with successful existing techniques for analysis available in the literature nowadays.

13. Piecewise linear approximations to model the dynamics of adaptation to osmotic stress by food-borne pathogens.

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Métris, Aline; George, Susie M; Ropers, Delphine

2017-01-02

Addition of salt to food is one of the most ancient and most common methods of food preservation. However, little is known of how bacterial cells adapt to such conditions. We propose to use piecewise linear approximations to model the regulatory adaptation of Escherichiacoli to osmotic stress. We apply the method to eight selected genes representing the functions known to be at play during osmotic adaptation. The network is centred on the general stress response factor, sigma S, and also includes a module representing the catabolic repressor CRP-cAMP. Glutamate, potassium and supercoiling are combined to represent the intracellular regulatory signal during osmotic stress induced by salt. The output is a module where growth is represented by the concentration of stable RNAs and the transcription of the osmotic gene osmY. The time course of gene expression of transport of osmoprotectant represented by the symporter proP and of the osmY is successfully reproduced by the network. The behaviour of the rpoS mutant predicted by the model is in agreement with experimental data. We discuss the application of the model to food-borne pathogens such as Salmonella; although the genes considered have orthologs, it seems that supercoiling is not regulated in the same way. The model is limited to a few selected genes, but the regulatory interactions are numerous and span different time scales. In addition, they seem to be condition specific: the links that are important during the transition from exponential to stationary phase are not all needed during osmotic stress. This model is one of the first steps towards modelling adaptation to stress in food safety and has scope to be extended to other genes and pathways, other stresses relevant to the food industry, and food-borne pathogens. The method offers a good compromise between systems of ordinary differential equations, which would be unmanageable because of the size of the system and for which insufficient data are available

14. Nonlinear Modeling by Assembling Piecewise Linear Models

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Yao, Weigang; Liou, Meng-Sing

2013-01-01

To preserve nonlinearity of a full order system over a parameters range of interest, we propose a simple modeling approach by assembling a set of piecewise local solutions, including the first-order Taylor series terms expanded about some sampling states. The work by Rewienski and White inspired our use of piecewise linear local solutions. The assembly of these local approximations is accomplished by assigning nonlinear weights, through radial basis functions in this study. The efficacy of the proposed procedure is validated for a two-dimensional airfoil moving at different Mach numbers and pitching motions, under which the flow exhibits prominent nonlinear behaviors. All results confirm that our nonlinear model is accurate and stable for predicting not only aerodynamic forces but also detailed flowfields. Moreover, the model is robustness-accurate for inputs considerably different from the base trajectory in form and magnitude. This modeling preserves nonlinearity of the problems considered in a rather simple and accurate manner.

15. The application of the piecewise linear approximation to the spectral neighborhood of soil line for the analysis of the quality of normalization of remote sensing materials

Kulyanitsa, A. L.; Rukhovich, A. D.; Rukhovich, D. D.; Koroleva, P. V.; Rukhovich, D. I.; Simakova, M. S.

2017-04-01

The concept of soil line can be to describe the temporal distribution of spectral characteristics of the bare soil surface. In this case, the soil line can be referred to as the multi-temporal soil line, or simply temporal soil line (TSL). In order to create TSL for 8000 regular lattice points for the territory of three regions of Tula oblast, we used 34 Landsat images obtained in the period from 1985 to 2014 after their certain transformation. As Landsat images are the matrices of the values of spectral brightness, this transformation is the normalization of matrices. There are several methods of normalization that move, rotate, and scale the spectral plane. In our study, we applied the method of piecewise linear approximation to the spectral neighborhood of soil line in order to assess the quality of normalization mathematically. This approach allowed us to range normalization methods according to their quality as follows: classic normalization > successive application of the turn and shift > successive application of the atmospheric correction and shift > atmospheric correction > shift > turn > raw data. The normalized data allowed us to create the maps of the distribution of a and b coefficients of the TSL. The map of b coefficient is characterized by the high correlation with the ground-truth data obtained from 1899 soil pits described during the soil surveys performed by the local institute for land management (GIPROZEM).

16. Homogeneous piecewise polynomial Lyapunov function for robust stability of uncertain piecewise linear system

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BenAbdallah, Abdallah; Hammami, Mohamed Ali; Kallel, Jalel

2009-03-05

In this paper we present some sufficient conditions for the robust stability and stabilization of time invariant uncertain piecewise linear system using homogenous piecewise polynomial Lyapunov function. The proposed conditions are given in terms of linear matrix inequalities which can be numerically solved. An application of the obtained result is given. It consists in resolving the stabilization of piecewise uncertain linear control systems by using a state piecewise linear feedback.

17. Embedding loop quantum cosmology without piecewise linearity

Engle, Jonathan

2013-04-01

An important goal is to understand better the relation between full loop quantum gravity (LQG) and the simplified, reduced theory known as loop quantum cosmology (LQC), directly at the quantum level. Such a firmer understanding would increase confidence in the reduced theory as a tool for formulating predictions of the full theory, as well as permitting lessons from the reduced theory to guide further development in the full theory. This paper constructs an embedding of the usual state space of LQC into that of standard LQG, that is, LQG based on piecewise analytic paths. The embedding is well defined even prior to solving the diffeomorphism constraint, at no point is a graph fixed and at no point is the piecewise linear category used. This motivates for the first time a definition of operators in LQC corresponding to holonomies along non-piecewise linear paths, without changing the usual kinematics of LQC in any way. The new embedding intertwines all operators corresponding to such holonomies, and all elements in its image satisfy an operator equation which classically implies homogeneity and isotropy. The construction is made possible by a recent result proven by Fleischhack. Communicated by P Singh

18. [Optimizing algorithm design of piecewise linear classifier for spectra].

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Lan, Tian-Ge; Fang, Yong-Hua; Xiong, Wei; Kong, Chao; Li, Da-Cheng; Dong, Da-Ming

2008-11-01

Being able to identify pollutant gases quickly and accurately is a basic request of spectroscopic technique for envirment monitoring for spectral classifier. Piecewise linear classifier is simple needs less computational time and approachs nonlinear boundary beautifully. Combining piecewise linear classifier and linear support vector machine which is based on the principle of maximizing margin, an optimizing algorithm for single side piecewise linear classifier was devised. Experimental results indicate that the piecewise linear classifier trained by the optimizing algorithm proposed in this paper can approach nonolinear boundary with fewer super_planes and has higher veracity for classification and recognition.

19. Slope Estimation in Noisy Piecewise Linear Functions✩

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Ingle, Atul; Bucklew, James; Sethares, William; Varghese, Tomy

2014-01-01

This paper discusses the development of a slope estimation algorithm called MAPSlope for piecewise linear data that is corrupted by Gaussian noise. The number and locations of slope change points (also known as breakpoints) are assumed to be unknown a priori though it is assumed that the possible range of slope values lies within known bounds. A stochastic hidden Markov model that is general enough to encompass real world sources of piecewise linear data is used to model the transitions between slope values and the problem of slope estimation is addressed using a Bayesian maximum a posteriori approach. The set of possible slope values is discretized, enabling the design of a dynamic programming algorithm for posterior density maximization. Numerical simulations are used to justify choice of a reasonable number of quantization levels and also to analyze mean squared error performance of the proposed algorithm. An alternating maximization algorithm is proposed for estimation of unknown model parameters and a convergence result for the method is provided. Finally, results using data from political science, finance and medical imaging applications are presented to demonstrate the practical utility of this procedure. PMID:25419020

20. Slope Estimation in Noisy Piecewise Linear Functions.

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Ingle, Atul; Bucklew, James; Sethares, William; Varghese, Tomy

2015-03-01

This paper discusses the development of a slope estimation algorithm called MAPSlope for piecewise linear data that is corrupted by Gaussian noise. The number and locations of slope change points (also known as breakpoints) are assumed to be unknown a priori though it is assumed that the possible range of slope values lies within known bounds. A stochastic hidden Markov model that is general enough to encompass real world sources of piecewise linear data is used to model the transitions between slope values and the problem of slope estimation is addressed using a Bayesian maximum a posteriori approach. The set of possible slope values is discretized, enabling the design of a dynamic programming algorithm for posterior density maximization. Numerical simulations are used to justify choice of a reasonable number of quantization levels and also to analyze mean squared error performance of the proposed algorithm. An alternating maximization algorithm is proposed for estimation of unknown model parameters and a convergence result for the method is provided. Finally, results using data from political science, finance and medical imaging applications are presented to demonstrate the practical utility of this procedure.

1. Piecewise linear and Boolean models of chemical reaction networks

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Veliz-Cuba, Alan; Kumar, Ajit; Josić, Krešimir

2014-01-01

Models of biochemical networks are frequently complex and high-dimensional. Reduction methods that preserve important dynamical properties are therefore essential for their study. Interactions in biochemical networks are frequently modeled using Hill functions (xn/(Jn + xn)). Reduced ODEs and Boolean approximations of such model networks have been studied extensively when the exponent n is large. However, while the case of small constant J appears in practice, it is not well understood. We provide a mathematical analysis of this limit, and show that a reduction to a set of piecewise linear ODEs and Boolean networks can be mathematically justified. The piecewise linear systems have closed form solutions that closely track those of the fully nonlinear model. The simpler, Boolean network can be used to study the qualitative behavior of the original system. We justify the reduction using geometric singular perturbation theory and compact convergence, and illustrate the results in network models of a toggle switch and an oscillator. PMID:25412739

2. Continuous Approximations of a Class of Piecewise Continuous Systems

Danca, Marius-F.

In this paper, we provide a rigorous mathematical foundation for continuous approximations of a class of systems with piecewise continuous functions. By using techniques from the theory of differential inclusions, the underlying piecewise functions can be locally or globally approximated. The approximation results can be used to model piecewise continuous-time dynamical systems of integer or fractional-order. In this way, by overcoming the lack of numerical methods for differential equations of fractional-order with discontinuous right-hand side, unattainable procedures for systems modeled by this kind of equations, such as chaos control, synchronization, anticontrol and many others, can be easily implemented. Several examples are presented and three comparative applications are studied.

3. Piecewise linear dimension reduction for nonnegative data

Shen, Bin; Wang, Qifan; Allebach, Jan P.

2015-03-01

In past decade, the increasing popularity of imaging devices, especially smart phones, has led to a great increase in the amount of visual data. The rapidly increasing large scale data pose challenges to the storage and computational resources, and make many computer vision and pattern recognition tasks prohibitively expensive. Dimension reduction techniques explore hidden structures of the original high dimensional data and learn new low dimensional representation to alleviate the challenges. Popular dimension reduction techniques, such as PCA and NMF, do an efficient linear mapping to low dimensional space, while nonlinear techniques overcomes the limitation of linearity at the cost of expensive computational cost (e.g. computing the pairwise distance to find the geodesic distance). In this paper, a piecewise linear dimension reduction technique with global consistency and smoothness constraint is proposed to overcome the restriction of linearity at relatively low cost. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed methods outperform the linear method in the scenario of clustering both consistently and significantly.

4. A prototype piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator.

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Hsieh, Scott S; Peng, Mark V; May, Christopher A; Shunhavanich, Picha; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J

2016-07-07

The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator has been proposed as a mechanism in CT scanning for personalizing the x-ray illumination on a patient- and application-specific basis. Previous simulations have shown benefits in image quality, scatter, and dose objectives. We report on the first prototype implementation. This prototype is reduced in scale and speed and is integrated into a tabletop CT system with a smaller field of view (25 cm) and longer scan time (42 s) compared to a clinical system. Stainless steel wedges were machined and affixed to linear actuators, which were in turn held secure by a frame built using rapid prototyping technologies. The actuators were computer-controlled, with characteristic noise of about 100 microns. Simulations suggest that in a clinical setting, the impact of actuator noise could lead to artifacts of only 1 HU. Ring artifacts were minimized by careful design of the wedges. A water beam hardening correction was applied and the scan was collimated to reduce scatter. We scanned a 16 cm water cylinder phantom as well as an anthropomorphic pediatric phantom. The artifacts present in reconstructed images are comparable to artifacts normally seen with this tabletop system. Compared to a flat-field reference scan, increased detectability at reduced dose is shown and streaking is reduced. Artifacts are modest in our images and further refinement is possible. Issues of mechanical speed and stability in the challenging clinical CT environment will be addressed in a future design.

5. A prototype piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator

Hsieh, Scott S.; Peng, Mark V.; May, Christopher A.; Shunhavanich, Picha; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J.

2016-07-01

The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator has been proposed as a mechanism in CT scanning for personalizing the x-ray illumination on a patient- and application-specific basis. Previous simulations have shown benefits in image quality, scatter, and dose objectives. We report on the first prototype implementation. This prototype is reduced in scale and speed and is integrated into a tabletop CT system with a smaller field of view (25 cm) and longer scan time (42 s) compared to a clinical system. Stainless steel wedges were machined and affixed to linear actuators, which were in turn held secure by a frame built using rapid prototyping technologies. The actuators were computer-controlled, with characteristic noise of about 100 microns. Simulations suggest that in a clinical setting, the impact of actuator noise could lead to artifacts of only 1 HU. Ring artifacts were minimized by careful design of the wedges. A water beam hardening correction was applied and the scan was collimated to reduce scatter. We scanned a 16 cm water cylinder phantom as well as an anthropomorphic pediatric phantom. The artifacts present in reconstructed images are comparable to artifacts normally seen with this tabletop system. Compared to a flat-field reference scan, increased detectability at reduced dose is shown and streaking is reduced. Artifacts are modest in our images and further refinement is possible. Issues of mechanical speed and stability in the challenging clinical CT environment will be addressed in a future design.

6. A prototype piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Peng, Mark V.; May, Christopher A.; Shunhavanich, Picha; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J.

2016-01-01

The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator has been proposed as a mechanism in CT scanning for personalizing the x-ray illumination on a patient- and application-specific basis. Previous simulations have shown benefits in image quality, scatter, and dose objectives. We report on the first prototype implementation. This prototype is reduced in scale and speed and is integrated into a tabletop CT system with a smaller field of view (25 cm) and longer scan time (42 s) compared to a clinical system. Stainless steel wedges were machined and affixed to linear actuators, which were in turn held secure by a frame built using rapid prototyping technologies. The actuators were computer-controlled, with characteristic noise of about 100 microns. Simulations suggest that in a clinical setting, the impact of actuator noise could lead to artifacts of only 1 HU. Ring artifacts were minimized by careful design of the wedges. A water beam hardening correction was applied and the scan was collimated to reduce scatter. We scanned a 16 cm water cylinder phantom as well as an anthropomorphic pediatric phantom. The artifacts present in reconstructed images are comparable to artifacts normally seen with this tabletop system. Compared to a flat-field reference scan, increased detectability at reduced dose is shown and streaking is reduced. Artifacts are modest in our images and further refinement is possible. Issues of mechanical speed and stability in the challenging clinical CT environment will be addressed in a future design. PMID:27284705

7. Convergence of the natural approximations of piecewise monotone interval maps.

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Haydn, Nicolai

2004-06-01

We consider piecewise monotone interval mappings which are topologically mixing and satisfy the Markov property. It has previously been shown that the invariant densities of the natural approximations converge exponentially fast in uniform pointwise topology to the invariant density of the given map provided its derivative is piecewise Lipshitz continuous. We provide an example of a map which is Lipshitz continuous and for which the densities converge in the bounded variation norm at a logarithmic rate. This shows that in general one cannot expect exponential convergence in the bounded variation norm. Here we prove that if the derivative of the interval map is Holder continuous and its variation is well approximable (gamma-uniform variation for gamma>0), then the densities converge exponentially fast in the norm.

8. Convergence of multipoint Pade approximants of piecewise analytic functions

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Buslaev, Viktor I

2013-02-28

The behaviour as n{yields}{infinity} of multipoint Pade approximants to a function which is (piecewise) holomorphic on a union of finitely many continua is investigated. The convergence of multipoint Pade approximants is proved for a function which extends holomorphically from these continua to a union of domains whose boundaries have a certain symmetry property. An analogue of Stahl's theorem is established for two-point Pade approximants to a pair of functions, either of which is a multivalued analytic function with finitely many branch points. Bibliography: 11 titles.

9. Exponentially accurate approximations to piece-wise smooth periodic functions

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Greer, James; Banerjee, Saheb

1995-01-01

A family of simple, periodic basis functions with 'built-in' discontinuities are introduced, and their properties are analyzed and discussed. Some of their potential usefulness is illustrated in conjunction with the Fourier series representations of functions with discontinuities. In particular, it is demonstrated how they can be used to construct a sequence of approximations which converges exponentially in the maximum norm to a piece-wise smooth function. The theory is illustrated with several examples and the results are discussed in the context of other sequences of functions which can be used to approximate discontinuous functions.

10. Progressive Image Coding by Hierarchical Linear Approximation.

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Wu, Xiaolin; Fang, Yonggang

1994-01-01

Proposes a scheme of hierarchical piecewise linear approximation as an adaptive image pyramid. A progressive image coder comes naturally from the proposed image pyramid. The new pyramid is semantically more powerful than regular tessellation but syntactically simpler than free segmentation. This compromise between adaptability and complexity…

11. Virtual Estimator for Piecewise Linear Systems Based on Observability Analysis

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Morales-Morales, Cornelio; Adam-Medina, Manuel; Cervantes, Ilse; Vela-Valdés and, Luis G.; García Beltrán, Carlos Daniel

2013-01-01

This article proposes a virtual sensor for piecewise linear systems based on observability analysis that is in function of a commutation law related with the system's outpu. This virtual sensor is also known as a state estimator. Besides, it presents a detector of active mode when the commutation sequences of each linear subsystem are arbitrary and unknown. For the previous, this article proposes a set of virtual estimators that discern the commutation paths of the system and allow estimating their output. In this work a methodology in order to test the observability for piecewise linear systems with discrete time is proposed. An academic example is presented to show the obtained results. PMID:23447007

12. Analysis of the Dynamics of Piecewise Linear Memristors

Jiang, Fangfang; Ji, Zhicheng; Wang, Qing-Guo; Sun, Jitao

2016-12-01

In this paper, we consider a class of flux controlled memristive circuits with a piecewise linear memristor (i.e. the characteristic curve of the memristor is given by a piecewise linear function). The mathematical model is described by a discontinuous planar piecewise smooth differential system, which is defined on three zones separated by two parallel straight lines |x| = 1 (called as discontinuity lines in discontinuous differential systems). We first investigate the stability of equilibrium points and the existence and uniqueness of a crossing limit cycle for the memristor-based circuit under self-excited oscillation. We then analyze the existence of periodic orbits of forced nonlinear oscillation for the memristive circuit with an external exciting source. Finally, we give numerical simulations to show good matches between our theoretical and simulation results.

13. Bifurcation Structures in a Bimodal Piecewise Linear Map: Chaotic Dynamics

Panchuk, Anastasiia; Sushko, Iryna; Avrutin, Viktor

In this work, we investigate the bifurcation structure of the parameter space of a generic 1D continuous piecewise linear bimodal map focusing on the regions associated with chaotic attractors (cyclic chaotic intervals). The boundaries of these regions corresponding to chaotic attractors with different number of intervals are identified. The results are obtained analytically using the skew tent map and the map replacement technique.

14. Piecewise Linear-Linear Latent Growth Mixture Models with Unknown Knots

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Kohli, Nidhi; Harring, Jeffrey R.; Hancock, Gregory R.

2013-01-01

Latent growth curve models with piecewise functions are flexible and useful analytic models for investigating individual behaviors that exhibit distinct phases of development in observed variables. As an extension of this framework, this study considers a piecewise linear-linear latent growth mixture model (LGMM) for describing segmented change of…

15. Piecewise Linear-Linear Latent Growth Mixture Models with Unknown Knots

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Kohli, Nidhi; Harring, Jeffrey R.; Hancock, Gregory R.

2013-01-01

Latent growth curve models with piecewise functions are flexible and useful analytic models for investigating individual behaviors that exhibit distinct phases of development in observed variables. As an extension of this framework, this study considers a piecewise linear-linear latent growth mixture model (LGMM) for describing segmented change of…

16. A Piecewise Linear Finite Element Discretization of the Diffusion Equation for Arbitrary Polyhedral Grids

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Bailey, T S; Adams, M L; Yang, B; Zika, M R

2005-07-15

We develop a piecewise linear (PWL) Galerkin finite element spatial discretization for the multi-dimensional radiation diffusion equation. It uses piecewise linear weight and basis functions in the finite element approximation, and it can be applied on arbitrary polygonal (2D) or polyhedral (3D) grids. We show that this new PWL method gives solutions comparable to those from Palmer's finite-volume method. However, since the PWL method produces a symmetric positive definite coefficient matrix, it should be substantially more computationally efficient than Palmer's method, which produces an asymmetric matrix. We conclude that the Galerkin PWL method is an attractive option for solving diffusion equations on unstructured grids.

17. Generation of chaotic attractors without equilibria via piecewise linear systems

Escalante-González, R. J.; Campos-Cantón, E.

In this paper, we present a mechanism of generation of a class of switched dynamical system without equilibrium points that generates a chaotic attractor. The switched dynamical systems are based on piecewise linear (PWL) systems. The theoretical results are formally given through a theorem and corollary which give necessary and sufficient conditions to guarantee that a linear affine dynamical system has no equilibria. Numerical results are in accordance with the theory.

18. The Piecewise Linear Reactive Flow Rate Model

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Vitello, P; Souers, P C

2005-07-22

Conclusions are: (1) Early calibrations of the Piece Wise Linear reactive flow model have shown that it allows for very accurate agreement with data for a broad range of detonation wave strengths. (2) The ability to vary the rate at specific pressures has shown that corner turning involves competition between the strong wave that travels roughly in a straight line and growth at low pressure of a new wave that turns corners sharply. (3) The inclusion of a low pressure de-sensitization rate is essential to preserving the dead zone at large times as is observed.

19. Rectification of aerial images using piecewise linear transformation

Liew, L. H.; Lee, B. Y.; Wang, Y. C.; Cheah, W. S.

2014-02-01

Aerial images are widely used in various activities by providing visual records. This type of remotely sensed image is helpful in generating digital maps, managing ecology, monitoring crop growth and region surveying. Such images could provide insight into areas of interest that have lower altitude, particularly in regions where optical satellite imaging is prevented due to cloudiness. Aerial images captured using a non-metric cameras contain real details of the images as well as unexpected distortions. Distortions would affect the actual length, direction and shape of objects in the images. There are many sources that could cause distortions such as lens, earth curvature, topographic relief and the attitude of the aircraft that is used to carry the camera. These distortions occur differently, collectively and irregularly in the entire image. Image rectification is an essential image pre-processing step to eliminate or at least reduce the effect of distortions. In this paper, a non-parametric approach with piecewise linear transformation is investigated in rectifying distorted aerial images. The non-parametric approach requires a set of corresponding control points obtained from a reference image and a distorted image. The corresponding control points are then applied with piecewise linear transformation as geometric transformation. Piecewise linear transformation divides the image into regions by triangulation. Different linear transformations are employed separately to triangular regions instead of using a single transformation as the rectification model for the entire image. The result of rectification is evaluated using total root mean square error (RMSE). Experiments show that piecewise linear transformation could assist in improving the limitation of using global transformation to rectify images.

20. The feasibility of a piecewise-linear dynamic bowtie filter

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Pelc, Norbert J.

2013-01-01

Purpose: The prepatient attenuator (or “bowtie filter”) in CT is used to modulate the flux as a function of fan angle of the x-ray beam incident on the patient. Traditional, static bowtie filters are tailored only for very generic scans and for the average patient. The authors propose a design for a dynamic bowtie that can produce a time-dependent piecewise-linear attenuation profile. This dynamic bowtie may reduce dynamic range, dose or scatter, but in this work they focus on its ability to reduce dynamic range, which may be particularly important for systems employing photon-counting detectors. Methods: The dynamic bowtie is composed of a set of triangular wedges. Each wedge is independently moved in order to produce a time-dependent piecewise-linear attenuation profile. Simulations of the bowtie are conducted to estimate the dynamic range reduction in six clinical datasets. The control of the dynamic bowtie is determined by solving a convex optimization problem, and the dose is estimated using Monte Carlo techniques. Beam hardening artifacts are also simulated. Results: The dynamic range is reduced by factors ranging from 2.4 to 27 depending on the part of the body studied. With a dynamic range minimization objective, the dose to the patient can be reduced from 6% to 33% while maintaining peak image noise. Further reduction in dose may be possible with a specific dose reduction objective. Beam hardening artifacts are suppressed with a two-pass algorithm. Conclusions: A dynamic bowtie producing a time-dependent, piecewise-linear attenuation profile is possible and can be used to modulate the flux of the scanner to the imaging task. Initial simulations show a large reduction in dynamic range. Several other applications are possible. PMID:23464325

1. The feasibility of a piecewise-linear dynamic bowtie filter

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Pelc, Norbert J.

2013-03-15

Purpose: The prepatient attenuator (or 'bowtie filter') in CT is used to modulate the flux as a function of fan angle of the x-ray beam incident on the patient. Traditional, static bowtie filters are tailored only for very generic scans and for the average patient. The authors propose a design for a dynamic bowtie that can produce a time-dependent piecewise-linear attenuation profile. This dynamic bowtie may reduce dynamic range, dose or scatter, but in this work they focus on its ability to reduce dynamic range, which may be particularly important for systems employing photon-counting detectors. Methods: The dynamic bowtie is composed of a set of triangular wedges. Each wedge is independently moved in order to produce a time-dependent piecewise-linear attenuation profile. Simulations of the bowtie are conducted to estimate the dynamic range reduction in six clinical datasets. The control of the dynamic bowtie is determined by solving a convex optimization problem, and the dose is estimated using Monte Carlo techniques. Beam hardening artifacts are also simulated. Results: The dynamic range is reduced by factors ranging from 2.4 to 27 depending on the part of the body studied. With a dynamic range minimization objective, the dose to the patient can be reduced from 6% to 33% while maintaining peak image noise. Further reduction in dose may be possible with a specific dose reduction objective. Beam hardening artifacts are suppressed with a two-pass algorithm. Conclusions: A dynamic bowtie producing a time-dependent, piecewise-linear attenuation profile is possible and can be used to modulate the flux of the scanner to the imaging task. Initial simulations show a large reduction in dynamic range. Several other applications are possible.

2. Neighboring extremal guidance for systems with a piecewise linear control

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Hull, David G.; Helfrich, Clifford E.

1991-01-01

The neighboring extremal feedback control law is developed for systems with a piecewise linear control for the case where the optimal control is obtained by nonlinear programming techniques. To develop the control perturbation for a given deviation from the nominal path, the second variation is minimized subject to the constraint that the final conditions be satisfied. This process leads to a feedback relationship between the control perturbation and the measured deviation from the nominal state. A simple example, the lunar launch problem, is used to demonstrate the validity of the guidance law. For model errors on the order of 5 percent, the results indicate that 5 percent errors occur in the final conditions.

3. Optimal piecewise linear schedules for LSGP- and LPGS-decomposed array processors via quadratic programming

Zimmermann, Karl-Heinz; Achtziger, Wolfgang

2001-09-01

The size of a systolic array synthesized from a uniform recurrence equation, whose computations are mapped by a linear function to the processors, matches the problem size. In practice, however, there exist several limiting factors on the array size. There are two dual schemes available to derive arrays of smaller size from large-size systolic arrays based on the partitioning of the large-size arrays into subarrays. In LSGP, the subarrays are clustered one-to-one into the processors of a small-size array, while in LPGS, the subarrays are serially assigned to a reduced-size array. In this paper, we propose a common methodology for both LSGP and LPGS based on polyhedral partitionings of large-size k-dimensional systolic arrays which are synthesized from n-dimensional uniform recurrences by linear mappings for allocation and timing. In particular, we address the optimization problem of finding optimal piecewise linear timing functions for small-size arrays. These are mappings composed of linear timing functions for the computations of the subarrays. We study a continuous approximation of this problem by passing from piecewise linear to piecewise quasi-linear timing functions. The resultant problem formulation is then a quadratic programming problem which can be solved by standard algorithms for nonlinear optimization problems.

4. On Discontinuous Piecewise Linear Models for Memristor Oscillators

Amador, Andrés; Freire, Emilio; Ponce, Enrique; Ros, Javier

2017-06-01

In this paper, we provide for the first time rigorous mathematical results regarding the rich dynamics of piecewise linear memristor oscillators. In particular, for each nonlinear oscillator given in [Itoh & Chua, 2008], we show the existence of an infinite family of invariant manifolds and that the dynamics on such manifolds can be modeled without resorting to discontinuous models. Our approach provides topologically equivalent continuous models with one dimension less but with one extra parameter associated to the initial conditions. It is possible to justify the periodic behavior exhibited by three-dimensional memristor oscillators, by taking advantage of known results for planar continuous piecewise linear systems. The analysis developed not only confirms the numerical results contained in previous works [Messias et al., 2010; Scarabello & Messias, 2014] but also goes much further by showing the existence of closed surfaces in the state space which are foliated by periodic orbits. The important role of initial conditions that justify the infinite number of periodic orbits exhibited by these models, is stressed. The possibility of unsuspected bistable regimes under specific configurations of parameters is also emphasized.

5. A piecewise linear finite element discretization of the diffusion equation for arbitrary polyhedral grids

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Bailey, Teresa S. Adams, Marvin L. Yang, Brian Zika, Michael R.

2008-04-01

We develop a piecewise linear (PWL) Galerkin finite element spatial discretization for the multi-dimensional radiation diffusion equation. It uses recently introduced piecewise linear weight and basis functions in the finite element approximation and it can be applied on arbitrary polygonal (2D) or polyhedral (3D) grids. We first demonstrate some analytical properties of the PWL method and perform a simple mode analysis to compare the PWL method with Palmer's vertex-centered finite-volume method and with a bilinear continuous finite element method. We then show that this new PWL method gives solutions comparable to those from Palmer's. However, since the PWL method produces a symmetric positive-definite coefficient matrix, it should be substantially more computationally efficient than Palmer's method, which produces an asymmetric matrix. We conclude that the Galerkin PWL method is an attractive option for solving diffusion equations on unstructured grids.

6. Chaotic dynamics and diffusion in a piecewise linear equation

Shahrear, Pabel; Glass, Leon; Edwards, Rod

2015-03-01

Genetic interactions are often modeled by logical networks in which time is discrete and all gene activity states update simultaneously. However, there is no synchronizing clock in organisms. An alternative model assumes that the logical network is preserved and plays a key role in driving the dynamics in piecewise nonlinear differential equations. We examine dynamics in a particular 4-dimensional equation of this class. In the equation, two of the variables form a negative feedback loop that drives a second negative feedback loop. By modifying the original equations by eliminating exponential decay, we generate a modified system that is amenable to detailed analysis. In the modified system, we can determine in detail the Poincaré (return) map on a cross section to the flow. By analyzing the eigenvalues of the map for the different trajectories, we are able to show that except for a set of measure 0, the flow must necessarily have an eigenvalue greater than 1 and hence there is sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Further, there is an irregular oscillation whose amplitude is described by a diffusive process that is well-modeled by the Irwin-Hall distribution. There is a large class of other piecewise-linear networks that might be analyzed using similar methods. The analysis gives insight into possible origins of chaotic dynamics in periodically forced dynamical systems.

7. Chaotic dynamics and diffusion in a piecewise linear equation

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Shahrear, Pabel; Glass, Leon; Edwards, Rod

2015-03-15

Genetic interactions are often modeled by logical networks in which time is discrete and all gene activity states update simultaneously. However, there is no synchronizing clock in organisms. An alternative model assumes that the logical network is preserved and plays a key role in driving the dynamics in piecewise nonlinear differential equations. We examine dynamics in a particular 4-dimensional equation of this class. In the equation, two of the variables form a negative feedback loop that drives a second negative feedback loop. By modifying the original equations by eliminating exponential decay, we generate a modified system that is amenable to detailed analysis. In the modified system, we can determine in detail the Poincaré (return) map on a cross section to the flow. By analyzing the eigenvalues of the map for the different trajectories, we are able to show that except for a set of measure 0, the flow must necessarily have an eigenvalue greater than 1 and hence there is sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Further, there is an irregular oscillation whose amplitude is described by a diffusive process that is well-modeled by the Irwin-Hall distribution. There is a large class of other piecewise-linear networks that might be analyzed using similar methods. The analysis gives insight into possible origins of chaotic dynamics in periodically forced dynamical systems.

8. Chaotic dynamics and diffusion in a piecewise linear equation.

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Shahrear, Pabel; Glass, Leon; Edwards, Rod

2015-03-01

Genetic interactions are often modeled by logical networks in which time is discrete and all gene activity states update simultaneously. However, there is no synchronizing clock in organisms. An alternative model assumes that the logical network is preserved and plays a key role in driving the dynamics in piecewise nonlinear differential equations. We examine dynamics in a particular 4-dimensional equation of this class. In the equation, two of the variables form a negative feedback loop that drives a second negative feedback loop. By modifying the original equations by eliminating exponential decay, we generate a modified system that is amenable to detailed analysis. In the modified system, we can determine in detail the Poincaré (return) map on a cross section to the flow. By analyzing the eigenvalues of the map for the different trajectories, we are able to show that except for a set of measure 0, the flow must necessarily have an eigenvalue greater than 1 and hence there is sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Further, there is an irregular oscillation whose amplitude is described by a diffusive process that is well-modeled by the Irwin-Hall distribution. There is a large class of other piecewise-linear networks that might be analyzed using similar methods. The analysis gives insight into possible origins of chaotic dynamics in periodically forced dynamical systems.

9. Gravitational backreaction on piecewise linear cosmic string loops

Wachter, Jeremy M.; Olum, Ken D.

2017-01-01

We calculate the metric and affine connection due to a piecewise linear cosmic string loop, and the effect of gravitational backreaction for the Garfinkle-Vachaspati loop with four straight segments. As expected, backreaction reduces the size of the loop, in accord with the energy going into gravitational waves. The "square" (maximally symmetric) loop evaporates without changing shape, but for all other loops in this class, the kinks become less sharp and segments between kinks become curved. If the loop is close to the square case, it will evaporate before its kinks are significantly changed; if it is far from square, the opening out of the kinks is much faster than evaporation of the loop.

10. An Improved Piecewise Linear Chaotic Map Based Image Encryption Algorithm

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Hu, Yuping; Wang, Zhijian

2014-01-01

An image encryption algorithm based on improved piecewise linear chaotic map (MPWLCM) model was proposed. The algorithm uses the MPWLCM to permute and diffuse plain image simultaneously. Due to the sensitivity to initial key values, system parameters, and ergodicity in chaotic system, two pseudorandom sequences are designed and used in the processes of permutation and diffusion. The order of processing pixels is not in accordance with the index of pixels, but it is from beginning or end alternately. The cipher feedback was introduced in diffusion process. Test results and security analysis show that not only the scheme can achieve good encryption results but also its key space is large enough to resist against brute attack. PMID:24592159

11. An improved piecewise linear chaotic map based image encryption algorithm.

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Hu, Yuping; Zhu, Congxu; Wang, Zhijian

2014-01-01

An image encryption algorithm based on improved piecewise linear chaotic map (MPWLCM) model was proposed. The algorithm uses the MPWLCM to permute and diffuse plain image simultaneously. Due to the sensitivity to initial key values, system parameters, and ergodicity in chaotic system, two pseudorandom sequences are designed and used in the processes of permutation and diffusion. The order of processing pixels is not in accordance with the index of pixels, but it is from beginning or end alternately. The cipher feedback was introduced in diffusion process. Test results and security analysis show that not only the scheme can achieve good encryption results but also its key space is large enough to resist against brute attack.

12. Study of a piecewise linear dynamic system with negative and positive stiffness

Zou, Keguan; Nagarajaiah, Satish

2015-05-01

The present paper mainly focuses on numerical and analytical study of a piecewise linear dynamic oscillator with negative stiffness followed by positive stiffness which has not been studied to date. The dynamic system of interest stems from a previous analytical and experimental research on adaptive negative stiffness for the purpose of seismic protection. Numerical algorithms meant specifically for simulating piecewise smooth (PWS) systems like this nonlinear system are studied. An appropriate combination of negative stiffness and adequate damping can reduce the peak restoring or transmitted force with a slightly larger peak displacement. Essentially, the negative stiffness system in a dynamic system is very beneficial in reducing the amount of force transmitted. The exact solution is derived for free vibration. A modified Lindstedt-Poincaré method (modified L-P method) is adopted to derive approximate periodic solutions for the forced and damped system and its frequency-response curves are obtained through numerical simulation. The modified L-P solution obtained for the forced and damped case is found to agree well with the numerical results. In the piecewise linear dynamic system with initial negative stiffness followed by positive stiffness, it is found that the response remains bounded in a limit cycle. This system behaves similar to a van der Pol oscillator wherein negative damping is followed by positive damping. Presented herein is a special case as defined by the specified parameter ranges; thus, to make it more general future work is needed.

13. Piecewise-continuous observers for linear systems with sampled and delayed output

Wang, H. P.; Tian, Y.; Christov, N.

2016-06-01

The paper presents a new class of state observers for linear systems with sampled and delayed output measurements. These observers are derived using the theory of a particular class of hybrid systems called piecewise-continuous systems, and can be easily implemented. The performances of the piecewise-continuous observers are compared with the performances of state observers designed using the Lyapunov-Krasovskii techniques. A piecewise-continuous observer is designed and implemented to an experimental visual servoing platform.

14. A Neurodynamic Approach for Real-Time Scheduling via Maximizing Piecewise Linear Utility.

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Guo, Zhishan; Baruah, Sanjoy K

2016-02-01

In this paper, we study a set of real-time scheduling problems whose objectives can be expressed as piecewise linear utility functions. This model has very wide applications in scheduling-related problems, such as mixed criticality, response time minimization, and tardiness analysis. Approximation schemes and matrix vectorization techniques are applied to transform scheduling problems into linear constraint optimization with a piecewise linear and concave objective; thus, a neural network-based optimization method can be adopted to solve such scheduling problems efficiently. This neural network model has a parallel structure, and can also be implemented on circuits, on which the converging time can be significantly limited to meet real-time requirements. Examples are provided to illustrate how to solve the optimization problem and to form a schedule. An approximation ratio bound of 0.5 is further provided. Experimental studies on a large number of randomly generated sets suggest that our algorithm is optimal when the set is nonoverloaded, and outperforms existing typical scheduling strategies when there is overload. Moreover, the number of steps for finding an approximate solution remains at the same level when the size of the problem (number of jobs within a set) increases.

15. Good code sets based on Piecewise Linear FM

Qazi, Farhan Aslam

In this dissertation, classes of good analog and polyphase code sets, based on Piecewise Linear FM (PLFM) are introduced. The analog code sets, designed using pieces of Linear FM waveforms, have good autocorrelation and cross-correlation properties, i.e. they have small autocorrelation sidelobe peaks and cross-correlation peaks. They also possess the ability to both tolerate and detect Doppler shift. By concatenating sections of P3/P4 polyphase codes, new polyphase code sets are constructed, which can be considered as polyphase counterparts of the analog PLFM based code sets. Like the analog code sets, the polyphase PLFM code sets have good correlation properties and stand out in being the only class of polyphase code sets that can both tolerate and detect Doppler shift. The receiver is modeled as a matched filter, decomposed into two parallel parts, in order to extract information on the radial direction of a target in addition to its radial speed. At the cost of a slight degradation in the correlation properties and a small SNR loss, the Doppler properties of the proposed analog and digital code sets can be improved further by extending the matched filter parts in either direction.

16. A theorem for piecewise convex-concave data approximation

Demetriou, I. C.

2004-03-01

We are given univariate data that include random errors. We consider the problem of calculating a best approximation to the data by minimizing a strictly convex function of the errors subject to the condition that there are at most q sign changes in the sequence of the second divided differences of the approximation, where q is a prescribed integer. There are about O(nq) combinations of positions of sign changes, which make an exhaustive approach prohibitively expensive. However, Demetriou and Powell (Approximation Theory and Optimization, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997, pp. 109-132), have proved the remarkable property that there exists a partitioning of the data into (q+1) disjoint subsets such that the approximation may be calculated by a separate convex programming calculation on each subset. Based on this result, we provide a characterization theorem that reduces the problem to an equivalent one, where the unknowns are the positions of the sign changes subject to feasibility restrictions at the sign changes. Furthermore, we present counterexamples on two conjectures that investigate whether the search for optimal sign changes may be restricted to certain subranges of the data.

17. Linear response formula for piecewise expanding unimodal maps

2008-04-01

The average R(t)=\\int \\varphi\\,\\rmd \\mu_t of a smooth function phiv with respect to the SRB measure μt of a smooth one-parameter family ft of piecewise expanding interval maps is not always Lipschitz (Baladi 2007 Commun. Math. Phys. 275 839-59, Mazzolena 2007 Master's Thesis Rome 2, Tor Vergata). We prove that if ft is tangent to the topological class of f, and if ∂t ft|t = 0 = X circle f, then R(t) is differentiable at zero, and R'(0) coincides with the resummation proposed (Baladi 2007) of the (a priori divergent) series \\sum_{n=0}^\\infty \\int X(y) \\partial_y (\\varphi \\circ f^n)(y)\\,\\rmd \\mu_0(y) given by Ruelle's conjecture. In fact, we show that t map μt is differentiable within Radon measures. Linear response is violated if and only if ft is transversal to the topological class of f.

18. Optimal Piecewise Linear Basis Functions in Two Dimensions

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Brooks III, E D; Szoke, A

2009-01-26

We use a variational approach to optimize the center point coefficients associated with the piecewise linear basis functions introduced by Stone and Adams [1], for polygonal zones in two Cartesian dimensions. Our strategy provides optimal center point coefficients, as a function of the location of the center point, by minimizing the error induced when the basis function interpolation is used for the solution of the time independent diffusion equation within the polygonal zone. By using optimal center point coefficients, one expects to minimize the errors that occur when these basis functions are used to discretize diffusion equations, or transport equations in optically thick zones (where they approach the solution of the diffusion equation). Our optimal center point coefficients satisfy the requirements placed upon the basis functions for any location of the center point. We also find that the location of the center point can be optimized, but this requires numerical calculations. Curiously, the optimum center point location is independent of the values of the dependent variable on the corners only for quadrilaterals.

19. Accurate bolus arrival time estimation using piecewise linear model fitting

Abdou, Elhassan; de Mey, Johan; De Ridder, Mark; Vandemeulebroucke, Jef

2017-02-01

Dynamic contrast-enhanced computed tomography (DCE-CT) is an emerging radiological technique, which consists in acquiring a rapid sequence of CT images, shortly after the injection of an intravenous contrast agent. The passage of the contrast agent in a tissue results in a varying CT intensity over time, recorded in time-attenuation curves (TACs), which can be related to the contrast supplied to that tissue via the supplying artery to estimate the local perfusion and permeability characteristics. The time delay between the arrival of the contrast bolus in the feeding artery and the tissue of interest, called the bolus arrival time (BAT), needs to be determined accurately to enable reliable perfusion analysis. Its automated identification is however highly sensitive to noise. We propose an accurate and efficient method for estimating the BAT from DCE-CT images. The method relies on a piecewise linear TAC model with four segments and suitable parameter constraints for limiting the range of possible values. The model is fitted to the acquired TACs in a multiresolution fashion using an iterative optimization approach. The performance of the method was evaluated on simulated and real perfusion data of lung and rectum tumours. In both cases, the method was found to be stable, leading to average accuracies in the order of the temporal resolution of the dynamic sequence. For reasonable levels of noise, the results were found to be comparable to those obtained using a previously proposed method, employing a full search algorithm, but requiring an order of magnitude more computation time.

20. Piece-wise quadratic approximations of arbitrary error functions for fast and robust machine learning.

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Gorban, A N; Mirkes, E M; Zinovyev, A

2016-12-01

Most of machine learning approaches have stemmed from the application of minimizing the mean squared distance principle, based on the computationally efficient quadratic optimization methods. However, when faced with high-dimensional and noisy data, the quadratic error functionals demonstrated many weaknesses including high sensitivity to contaminating factors and dimensionality curse. Therefore, a lot of recent applications in machine learning exploited properties of non-quadratic error functionals based on L1 norm or even sub-linear potentials corresponding to quasinorms Lp (0approximation algorithms (k-means, principal components, principal manifolds and graphs, regularized and sparse regression), based on piece-wise quadratic error potentials of subquadratic growth (PQSQ potentials). We develop a new and universal framework to minimize arbitrary sub-quadratic error potentials using an algorithm with guaranteed fast convergence to the local or global error minimum. The theory of PQSQ potentials is based on the notion of the cone of minorant functions, and represents a natural approximation formalism based on the application of min-plus algebra. The approach can be applied in most of existing machine learning methods, including methods of data approximation and regularized and sparse regression, leading to the improvement in the computational cost/accuracy trade-off. We demonstrate that on synthetic and real-life datasets PQSQ-based machine learning methods achieve orders of magnitude faster computational performance than the corresponding state-of-the-art methods, having similar or better approximation accuracy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

1. Planelets-A Piecewise Linear Fractional Model for Preserving Scene Geometry in Intra-Coding of Indoor Depth Images.

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Kiani, Vahid; Harati, Ahad; Vahedian, Abedin

2017-02-01

Geometrical wavelets have already proved their strength in approximation, compression, and denoising of piecewise constant and piecewise linear images. In this paper, we extend this family by introducing planelets toward an effective representation of indoor depth images. It uses a linear fractional model to capture non-linearity of depth values in the planar regions of the output images of Kinect-like sensors. A block-based compression framework based on planelet approximation is then presented, which uses quadtree decomposition along with spatial predictions as an effective intra-coding scheme. Compared with both classical geometric wavelets and some state-of-the-art image coding algorithms, our method provides desirable quality by explicitly representing edges and planar patches.

2. Planelets--A Piecewise Linear Fractional Model for Preserving Scene Geometry in Intra-coding of Indoor Depth Images.

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Kiani, Vahid; Harati, Ahad; Vahedian, Abedin

2016-10-26

Geometrical wavelets have already proved their strength in approximation, compression, and denoising of piecewise constant and piecewise linear images. In this paper, we extend this family by introducing planelets toward an effective representation of indoor depth images. It uses linear fractional model to capture non-linearity of depth values in planar regions of the output images of Kinect-like sensors. A block-based compression framework based on planelet approximation is then presented which uses quadtree decomposition along with spatial predictions as an effective intracoding scheme. Compared with both classical geometric wavelets and some state-of-the art image coding algorithms, our method provides desirable quality by explicitly representing edges and planar patches.

3. Limit Cycles Bifurcating from a Period Annulus in Continuous Piecewise Linear Differential Systems with Three Zones

Lima, Maurício Firmino Silva; Pessoa, Claudio; Pereira, Weber F.

We study a class of planar continuous piecewise linear vector fields with three zones. Using the Poincaré map and some techniques for proving the existence of limit cycles for smooth differential systems, we prove that this class admits at least two limit cycles that appear by perturbations of a period annulus. Moreover, we describe the bifurcation of the limit cycles for this class through two examples of two-parameter families of piecewise linear vector fields with three zones.

4. Inelastic strain analogy for piecewise linear computation of creep residues in built-up structures

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Jenkins, Jerald M.

1987-01-01

An analogy between inelastic strains caused by temperature and those caused by creep is presented in terms of isotropic elasticity. It is shown how the theoretical aspects can be blended with existing finite-element computer programs to exact a piecewise linear solution. The creep effect is determined by using the thermal stress computational approach, if appropriate alterations are made to the thermal expansion of the individual elements. The overall transient solution is achieved by consecutive piecewise linear iterations. The total residue caused by creep is obtained by accumulating creep residues for each iteration and then resubmitting the total residues for each element as an equivalent input. A typical creep law is tested for incremental time convergence. The results indicate that the approach is practical, with a valid indication of the extent of creep after approximately 20 hr of incremental time. The general analogy between body forces and inelastic strain gradients is discussed with respect to how an inelastic problem can be worked as an elastic problem.

5. Dose reduction using a dynamic, piecewise-linear attenuator

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J.

2014-02-15

Purpose: The authors recently proposed a dynamic, prepatient x-ray attenuator capable of producing a piecewise-linear attenuation profile customized to each patient and viewing angle. This attenuator was intended to reduce scatter-to-primary ratio (SPR), dynamic range, and dose by redistributing flux. In this work the authors tested the ability of the attenuator to reduce dose and SPR in simulations. Methods: The authors selected four clinical applications, including routine full field-of-view scans of the thorax and abdomen, and targeted reconstruction tasks for an abdominal aortic aneurysm and the pancreas. Raw data were estimated by forward projection of the image volume datasets. The dynamic attenuator was controlled to reduce dose while maintaining peak variance by solving a convex optimization problem, assuminga priori knowledge of the patient anatomy. In targeted reconstruction tasks, the noise in specific regions was given increased weighting. A system with a standard attenuator (or “bowtie filter”) was used as a reference, and used either convex optimized tube current modulation (TCM) or a standard TCM heuristic. The noise of the scan was determined analytically while the dose was estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. Scatter was also estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. The sensitivity of the dynamic attenuator to patient centering was also examined by shifting the abdomen in 2 cm intervals. Results: Compared to a reference system with optimized TCM, use of the dynamic attenuator reduced dose by about 30% in routine scans and 50% in targeted scans. Compared to the TCM heuristics which are typically used withouta priori knowledge, the dose reduction is about 50% for routine scans. The dynamic attenuator gives the ability to redistribute noise and variance and produces more uniform noise profiles than systems with a conventional bowtie filter. The SPR was also modestly reduced by 10% in the thorax and 24% in the abdomen. Imaging with the dynamic

6. Dose reduction using a dynamic, piecewise-linear attenuator.

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Hsieh, Scott S; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J

2014-02-01

The authors recently proposed a dynamic, prepatient x-ray attenuator capable of producing a piecewise-linear attenuation profile customized to each patient and viewing angle. This attenuator was intended to reduce scatter-to-primary ratio (SPR), dynamic range, and dose by redistributing flux. In this work the authors tested the ability of the attenuator to reduce dose and SPR in simulations. The authors selected four clinical applications, including routine full field-of-view scans of the thorax and abdomen, and targeted reconstruction tasks for an abdominal aortic aneurysm and the pancreas. Raw data were estimated by forward projection of the image volume datasets. The dynamic attenuator was controlled to reduce dose while maintaining peak variance by solving a convex optimization problem, assuminga priori knowledge of the patient anatomy. In targeted reconstruction tasks, the noise in specific regions was given increased weighting. A system with a standard attenuator (or "bowtie filter") was used as a reference, and used either convex optimized tube current modulation (TCM) or a standard TCM heuristic. The noise of the scan was determined analytically while the dose was estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. Scatter was also estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. The sensitivity of the dynamic attenuator to patient centering was also examined by shifting the abdomen in 2 cm intervals. Compared to a reference system with optimized TCM, use of the dynamic attenuator reduced dose by about 30% in routine scans and 50% in targeted scans. Compared to the TCM heuristics which are typically used withouta priori knowledge, the dose reduction is about 50% for routine scans. The dynamic attenuator gives the ability to redistribute noise and variance and produces more uniform noise profiles than systems with a conventional bowtie filter. The SPR was also modestly reduced by 10% in the thorax and 24% in the abdomen. Imaging with the dynamic attenuator was relatively

7. Dose reduction using a dynamic, piecewise-linear attenuator

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Fleischmann, Dominik; Pelc, Norbert J.

2014-01-01

Purpose: The authors recently proposed a dynamic, prepatient x-ray attenuator capable of producing a piecewise-linear attenuation profile customized to each patient and viewing angle. This attenuator was intended to reduce scatter-to-primary ratio (SPR), dynamic range, and dose by redistributing flux. In this work the authors tested the ability of the attenuator to reduce dose and SPR in simulations. Methods: The authors selected four clinical applications, including routine full field-of-view scans of the thorax and abdomen, and targeted reconstruction tasks for an abdominal aortic aneurysm and the pancreas. Raw data were estimated by forward projection of the image volume datasets. The dynamic attenuator was controlled to reduce dose while maintaining peak variance by solving a convex optimization problem, assuming a priori knowledge of the patient anatomy. In targeted reconstruction tasks, the noise in specific regions was given increased weighting. A system with a standard attenuator (or “bowtie filter”) was used as a reference, and used either convex optimized tube current modulation (TCM) or a standard TCM heuristic. The noise of the scan was determined analytically while the dose was estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. Scatter was also estimated using Monte Carlo simulations. The sensitivity of the dynamic attenuator to patient centering was also examined by shifting the abdomen in 2 cm intervals. Results: Compared to a reference system with optimized TCM, use of the dynamic attenuator reduced dose by about 30% in routine scans and 50% in targeted scans. Compared to the TCM heuristics which are typically used without a priori knowledge, the dose reduction is about 50% for routine scans. The dynamic attenuator gives the ability to redistribute noise and variance and produces more uniform noise profiles than systems with a conventional bowtie filter. The SPR was also modestly reduced by 10% in the thorax and 24% in the abdomen. Imaging with the

8. A linear sampling approach to inverse elastic scattering in piecewise-homogeneous domains

Guzina, Bojan B.; Madyarov, Andrew I.

2007-08-01

The focus of this study is a 3D inverse scattering problem underlying non-invasive reconstruction of piecewise-homogeneous (PH) defects in a layered semi-infinite solid from near-field, surface elastic waveforms. The solution approach revolves around the use of Green's function for the layered reference domain and a generalization of the linear sampling method to deal with the featured class of PH configurations. For a rigorous treatment of the full-waveform integral equation that is used as a basis for obstacle reconstruction, the developments include an extension of the Holmgren's uniqueness theorem to piecewise-homogeneous domains and an in-depth analysis of the situation when the sampling point is outside the support of the obstacle that employs the method of topological sensitivity. Owing to the ill-posed nature of the featured integral equation, a stable approximate solution is sought via Tikhonov regularization. A set of numerical examples is included to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D obstacle reconstruction when the defects are buried in a multi-layered elastic solid.

9. Gadgets, approximation, and linear programming

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Trevisan, L.; Sudan, M.; Sorkin, G.B.; Williamson, D.P.

1996-12-31

We present a linear-programming based method for finding {open_quotes}gadgets{close_quotes}, i.e., combinatorial structures reducing constraints of one optimization problems to constraints of another. A key step in this method is a simple observation which limits the search space to a finite one. Using this new method we present a number of new, computer-constructed gadgets for several different reductions. This method also answers a question posed by on how to prove the optimality of gadgets-we show how LP duality gives such proofs. The new gadgets improve hardness results for MAX CUT and MAX DICUT, showing that approximating these problems to within factors of 60/61 and 44/45 respectively is N P-hard. We also use the gadgets to obtain an improved approximation algorithm for MAX 3SAT which guarantees an approximation ratio of .801. This improves upon the previous best bound of .7704.

10. Robust explicit model predictive control via regular piecewise-affine approximation

Rubagotti, Matteo; Barcelli, Davide; Bemporad, Alberto

2014-12-01

This paper proposes an explicit model predictive control design approach for regulation of linear time-invariant systems subject to both state and control constraints, in the presence of additive disturbances. The proposed control law is implemented as a piecewise-affine function defined on a regular simplicial partition, and has two main positive features. First, the regularity of the simplicial partition allows one to efficiently implement the control law on digital circuits, thus achieving extremely fast computation times. Moreover, the asymptotic stability (or the convergence to a set including the origin) of the closed-loop system can be enforced a priori, rather than checked a posteriori via Lyapunov analysis.

11. Solving inverse problems with piecewise linear estimators: from Gaussian mixture models to structured sparsity.

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Yu, Guoshen; Sapiro, Guillermo; Mallat, Stéphane

2012-05-01

A general framework for solving image inverse problems with piecewise linear estimations is introduced in this paper. The approach is based on Gaussian mixture models, which are estimated via a maximum a posteriori expectation-maximization algorithm. A dual mathematical interpretation of the proposed framework with a structured sparse estimation is described, which shows that the resulting piecewise linear estimate stabilizes the estimation when compared with traditional sparse inverse problem techniques. We demonstrate that, in a number of image inverse problems, including interpolation, zooming, and deblurring of narrow kernels, the same simple and computationally efficient algorithm yields results in the same ballpark as that of the state of the art.

12. Canards in a minimal piecewise-linear square-wave burster

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Desroches, M.; Krupa, M.; Fernández-García, S.

2016-07-15

We construct a piecewise-linear (PWL) approximation of the Hindmarsh-Rose (HR) neuron model that is minimal, in the sense that the vector field has the least number of linearity zones, in order to reproduce all the dynamics present in the original HR model with classical parameter values. This includes square-wave bursting and also special trajectories called canards, which possess long repelling segments and organise the transitions between stable bursting patterns with n and n + 1 spikes, also referred to as spike-adding canard explosions. We propose a first approximation of the smooth HR model, using a continuous PWL system, and show that its fast subsystem cannot possess a homoclinic bifurcation, which is necessary to obtain proper square-wave bursting. We then relax the assumption of continuity of the vector field across all zones, and we show that we can obtain a homoclinic bifurcation in the fast subsystem. We use the recently developed canard theory for PWL systems in order to reproduce the spike-adding canard explosion feature of the HR model as studied, e.g., in Desroches et al., Chaos 23(4), 046106 (2013).

13. Canards in a minimal piecewise-linear square-wave burster

Desroches, M.; Fernández-García, S.; Krupa, M.

2016-07-01

We construct a piecewise-linear (PWL) approximation of the Hindmarsh-Rose (HR) neuron model that is minimal, in the sense that the vector field has the least number of linearity zones, in order to reproduce all the dynamics present in the original HR model with classical parameter values. This includes square-wave bursting and also special trajectories called canards, which possess long repelling segments and organise the transitions between stable bursting patterns with n and n + 1 spikes, also referred to as spike-adding canard explosions. We propose a first approximation of the smooth HR model, using a continuous PWL system, and show that its fast subsystem cannot possess a homoclinic bifurcation, which is necessary to obtain proper square-wave bursting. We then relax the assumption of continuity of the vector field across all zones, and we show that we can obtain a homoclinic bifurcation in the fast subsystem. We use the recently developed canard theory for PWL systems in order to reproduce the spike-adding canard explosion feature of the HR model as studied, e.g., in Desroches et al., Chaos 23(4), 046106 (2013).

14. Application of Piecewise Linear Control Allocation to Reusable Launch Vehicle Guidance and Control

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2006-02-01

Reklaitis , et.al. [7]. Without loss of generality, we begin by considering a single variable function, f(x), defined on an interval, [a, b]. Begin by...Piecewise Linear Functions,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1017–1027, Nov./Dec. 2004. [7] G. Reklaitis , A. Ravindran

15. Piecewise-homogeneous model for electron side injection into linear plasma waves

Golovanov, A. A.; Kostyukov, I. Yu.

2016-09-01

An analytical piecewise-homogeneous model for electron side injection into linear plasma waves is developed. The dynamics of transverse betatron oscillations are studied. Based on the characteristics of the transversal motion the longitudinal motion of electrons is described. The electron parameters for which the electron trapping and subsequent acceleration are possible are estimated. The analytical results are verified by numerical simulations in the scope of the piecewise-homogeneous model. The results predicted by this model are also compared to the results given by a more realistic inhomogeneous model.

16. Waste management under multiple complexities: Inexact piecewise-linearization-based fuzzy flexible programming

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Sun Wei; Huang, Guo H.; Lv Ying; Li Gongchen

2012-06-15

Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Inexact piecewise-linearization-based fuzzy flexible programming is proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It's the first application to waste management under multiple complexities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It tackles nonlinear economies-of-scale effects in interval-parameter constraints. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It estimates costs more accurately than the linear-regression-based model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Uncertainties are decreased and more satisfactory interval solutions are obtained. - Abstract: To tackle nonlinear economies-of-scale (EOS) effects in interval-parameter constraints for a representative waste management problem, an inexact piecewise-linearization-based fuzzy flexible programming (IPFP) model is developed. In IPFP, interval parameters for waste amounts and transportation/operation costs can be quantified; aspiration levels for net system costs, as well as tolerance intervals for both capacities of waste treatment facilities and waste generation rates can be reflected; and the nonlinear EOS effects transformed from objective function to constraints can be approximated. An interactive algorithm is proposed for solving the IPFP model, which in nature is an interval-parameter mixed-integer quadratically constrained programming model. To demonstrate the IPFP's advantages, two alternative models are developed to compare their performances. One is a conventional linear-regression-based inexact fuzzy programming model (IPFP2) and the other is an IPFP model with all right-hand-sides of fussy constraints being the corresponding interval numbers (IPFP3). The comparison results between IPFP and IPFP2 indicate that the optimized waste amounts would have the similar patterns in both models. However, when dealing with EOS effects in constraints, the IPFP2 may underestimate the net system costs while the IPFP can estimate the costs more accurately. The comparison results between IPFP and IPFP3 indicate

17. Accumulation of unstable periodic orbits and the stickiness in the two-dimensional piecewise linear map.

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Akaishi, A; Shudo, A

2009-12-01

We investigate the stickiness of the two-dimensional piecewise linear map with a family of marginal unstable periodic orbits (FMUPOs), and show that a series of unstable periodic orbits accumulating to FMUPOs plays a significant role to give rise to the power law correlation of trajectories. We can explicitly specify the sticky zone in which unstable periodic orbits whose stability increases algebraically exist, and find that there exists a hierarchy in accumulating periodic orbits. In particular, the periodic orbits with linearly increasing stability play the role of fundamental cycles as in the hyperbolic systems, which allows us to apply the method of cycle expansion. We also study the recurrence time distribution, especially discussing the position and size of the recurrence region. Following the definition adopted in one-dimensional maps, we show that the recurrence time distribution has an exponential part in the short time regime and an asymptotic power law part. The analysis on the crossover time T(c)(*) between these two regimes implies T(c)(*) approximately -log[micro(R)] where micro(R) denotes the area of the recurrence region.

18. Generation of multi-scroll attractors without equilibria via piecewise linear systems.

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Escalante-González, R J; Campos-Cantón, E; Nicol, Matthew

2017-05-01

In this paper, we present a new class of dynamical system without equilibria which possesses a multiscroll attractor. It is a piecewise-linear system which is simple, stable, displays chaotic behavior and serves as a model for analogous non-linear systems. We test for chaos using the 0-1 Test for Chaos from Gottwald and Melbourne [SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst. 8(1), 129-145 (2009)].

19. Jump bifurcations in some degenerate planar piecewise linear differential systems with three zones

Euzébio, Rodrigo; Pazim, Rubens; Ponce, Enrique

2016-06-01

We consider continuous piecewise-linear differential systems with three zones where the central one is degenerate, that is, the determinant of its linear part vanishes. By moving one parameter which is associated to the equilibrium position, we detect some new bifurcations exhibiting jump transitions both in the equilibrium location and in the appearance of limit cycles. In particular, we introduce the scabbard bifurcation, characterized by the birth of a limit cycle from a continuum of equilibrium points. Some of the studied bifurcations are detected, after an appropriate choice of parameters, in a piecewise linear Morris-Lecar model for the activity of a single neuron activity, which is usually considered as a reduction of the celebrated Hodgkin-Huxley equations.

20. Solving Initial Value Problems for Ordinary Differential Equations by two approaches: BDF and piecewise-linearized methods

Ibáñez, J.; Hernández, V.; Arias, E.; Ruiz, P. A.

2009-05-01

Many scientific and engineering problems are described using Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), where the analytic solution is unknown. Much research has been done by the scientific community on developing numerical methods which can provide an approximate solution of the original ODE. In this work, two approaches have been considered based on BDF and Piecewise-linearized Methods. The approach based on BDF methods uses a Chord-Shamanskii iteration for computing the nonlinear system which is obtained when the BDF schema is used. Two approaches based on piecewise-linearized methods have also been considered. These approaches are based on a theorem proved in this paper which allows to compute the approximate solution at each time step by means of a block-oriented method based on diagonal Padé approximations. The difference between these implementations is in using or not using the scale and squaring technique. Five algorithms based on these approaches have been developed. MATLAB and Fortran versions of the above algorithms have been developed, comparing both precision and computational costs. BLAS and LAPACK libraries have been used in Fortran implementations. In order to compare in equality of conditions all implementations, algorithms with fixed step have been considered. Four of the five case studies analyzed come from biology and chemical kinetics stiff problems. Experimental results show the advantages of the proposed algorithms, especially when they are integrating stiff problems.

1. A new framework for modeling decisions about changing information: The Piecewise Linear Ballistic Accumulator model

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Heathcote, Andrew

2016-01-01

In the real world, decision making processes must be able to integrate non-stationary information that changes systematically while the decision is in progress. Although theories of decision making have traditionally been applied to paradigms with stationary information, non-stationary stimuli are now of increasing theoretical interest. We use a random-dot motion paradigm along with cognitive modeling to investigate how the decision process is updated when a stimulus changes. Participants viewed a cloud of moving dots, where the motion switched directions midway through some trials, and were asked to determine the direction of motion. Behavioral results revealed a strong delay effect: after presentation of the initial motion direction there is a substantial time delay before the changed motion information is integrated into the decision process. To further investigate the underlying changes in the decision process, we developed a Piecewise Linear Ballistic Accumulator model (PLBA). The PLBA is efficient to simulate, enabling it to be fit to participant choice and response-time distribution data in a hierarchal modeling framework using a non-parametric approximate Bayesian algorithm. Consistent with behavioral results, PLBA fits confirmed the presence of a long delay between presentation and integration of new stimulus information, but did not support increased response caution in reaction to the change. We also found the decision process was not veridical, as symmetric stimulus change had an asymmetric effect on the rate of evidence accumulation. Thus, the perceptual decision process was slow to react to, and underestimated, new contrary motion information. PMID:26760448

2. A Piecewise Linear State Variable Technique for Real Time Propulsion System Simulation

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Mihaloew, J. R.; Roth, S. P.

1982-01-01

The emphasis on increased aircraft and propulsion control system integration and piloted simulation has created a need for higher fidelity real time dynamic propulsion models. A real time propulsion system modeling technique which satisfies this need and which provides the capabilities needed to evaluate propulsion system performance and aircraft system interaction on manned flight simulators was developed and demonstrated using flight simulator facilities at NASA Ames. A piecewise linear state variable technique is used. This technique provides the system accuracy, stability and transient response required for integrated aircraft and propulsion control system studies. The real time dynamic model includes the detail and flexibility required for the evaluation of critical control parameters and propulsion component limits over a limited flight envelope. The model contains approximately 7.0 K bytes of in-line computational code and 14.7 K of block data. It has an 8.9 ms cycle time on a Xerox Sigma 9 computer. A Pegasus-Harrier propulsion system was used as a baseline for developing the mathematical modeling and simulation technique. A hydromechanical and water injection control system was also simulated. The model was programmed for interfacing with a Harrier aircraft simulation at NASA Ames. Descriptions of the real time methodology and model capabilities are presented.

3. Piecewise-linear Bonhoeffer-van der Pol dynamics explaining mixed-mode oscillation-incrementing bifurcations

Shimizu, Kuniyasu; Inaba, Naohiko

2016-03-01

This study investigates mixed-mode oscillations (MMOs) generated by weakly driven piecewise-linear Bonhoeffer-van der Pol and Fitzhugh-Nagumo dynamics. Such a simple piecewise-linear oscillator can generate extremely complex MMO bifurcations such as mixed-mode oscillation-incrementing bifurcations (MMOIBs) and intermittently chaotic MMOs. These remarkable bifurcations are confirmed using explicit solutions of the piecewise-linear differential equation. Moreover, Lorenz plots are introduced, which strongly suggest that MMOIBs occur successively many times, and show that each MMO sequence is surrounded by chaos.

4. Modified Hyperspheres Algorithm to Trace Homotopy Curves of Nonlinear Circuits Composed by Piecewise Linear Modelled Devices

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Vazquez-Leal, H.; Jimenez-Fernandez, V. M.; Benhammouda, B.; Filobello-Nino, U.; Sarmiento-Reyes, A.; Ramirez-Pinero, A.; Marin-Hernandez, A.; Huerta-Chua, J.

2014-01-01

We present a homotopy continuation method (HCM) for finding multiple operating points of nonlinear circuits composed of devices modelled by using piecewise linear (PWL) representations. We propose an adaptation of the modified spheres path tracking algorithm to trace the homotopy trajectories of PWL circuits. In order to assess the benefits of this proposal, four nonlinear circuits composed of piecewise linear modelled devices are analysed to determine their multiple operating points. The results show that HCM can find multiple solutions within a single homotopy trajectory. Furthermore, we take advantage of the fact that homotopy trajectories are PWL curves meant to replace the multidimensional interpolation and fine tuning stages of the path tracking algorithm with a simple and highly accurate procedure based on the parametric straight line equation. PMID:25184157

5. Modified hyperspheres algorithm to trace homotopy curves of nonlinear circuits composed by piecewise linear modelled devices.

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Vazquez-Leal, H; Jimenez-Fernandez, V M; Benhammouda, B; Filobello-Nino, U; Sarmiento-Reyes, A; Ramirez-Pinero, A; Marin-Hernandez, A; Huerta-Chua, J

2014-01-01

We present a homotopy continuation method (HCM) for finding multiple operating points of nonlinear circuits composed of devices modelled by using piecewise linear (PWL) representations. We propose an adaptation of the modified spheres path tracking algorithm to trace the homotopy trajectories of PWL circuits. In order to assess the benefits of this proposal, four nonlinear circuits composed of piecewise linear modelled devices are analysed to determine their multiple operating points. The results show that HCM can find multiple solutions within a single homotopy trajectory. Furthermore, we take advantage of the fact that homotopy trajectories are PWL curves meant to replace the multidimensional interpolation and fine tuning stages of the path tracking algorithm with a simple and highly accurate procedure based on the parametric straight line equation.

6. Reliable H∞ filtering for discrete piecewise linear systems with infinite distributed delays

Wei, Guoliang; Han, Fei; Wang, Licheng; Song, Yan

2014-05-01

This paper is concerned with the reliable H∞ filtering problem for discrete-time piecewise linear systems subject to sensor failures and time delays. The considered sensor failures are depicted by bounded variables taking value on a certain interval. The time delays are assumed to be infinitely distributed in the discrete-time domain. The purpose of the addressed reliable H∞ filtering problem is to design a piecewise linear filter such that, for the admissible sensor failures and possible infinite distributed delays, the augmented dynamics is exponentially stable and the H∞ performance is guaranteed with a prescribed attenuation level γ. With the aid of the convex optimal method, the filter parameters are obtained in terms of the solution to a set of LMIs which can be solved by the Matlab Toolbox. At last, an illustrative simulation is presented to demonstrate the effectiveness and applicability of the proposed algorithms.

7. A Piecewise Bi-Linear Discontinuous Finite Element Spatial Discretization of the Sn Transport Equation

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Bailey, T S; Chang, J H; Warsa, J S; Adams, M L

2010-12-22

We present a new spatial discretization of the discrete-ordinates transport equation in two-dimensional Cartesian (X-Y) geometry for arbitrary polygonal meshes. The discretization is a discontinuous finite element method (DFEM) that utilizes piecewise bi-linear (PWBL) basis functions, which are formally introduced in this paper. We also present a series of numerical results on quadrilateral and polygonal grids and compare these results to a variety of other spatial discretizations that have been shown to be successful on these grid types. Finally, we note that the properties of the PWBL basis functions are such that the leading-order piecewise bi-linear discontinuous finite element (PWBLD) solution will satisfy a reasonably accurate diffusion discretization in the thick diffusion limit, making the PWBLD method a viable candidate for many different classes of transport problems.

8. On the nonlinear normal modes of free vibration of piecewise linear systems

Uspensky, B. V.; Avramov, K. V.

2014-07-01

A modification of the Shaw-Pierre nonlinear normal modes is suggested in order to analyze the vibrations of a piecewise linear mechanical systems with finite degrees of freedom. The use of this approach allows one to reduce to twice the dimension of the nonlinear algebraic equations system for nonlinear normal modes calculations in comparison with systems obtained by previous researchers. Two degrees of freedom and fifteen degrees of freedom nonlinear dynamical systems are investigated numerically by using nonlinear normal modes.

9. NOTE: Estimation of renal scintigraphy parameters using a linear piecewise-continuous model

Zhang, Jeff L.; Zhang, L.; Koh, T. S.; Shuter, B.

2003-06-01

Instead of performing a numerical deconvolution, we propose to use a linear piecewise-continuous model of the renal impulse response function for parametric fitting of renal scintigraphy data, to obtain clinically useful renal parameters. The strengths of the present model are its simplicity and speed of computation, while not compromising on accuracy. Preliminary patient case studies show that the estimated parameters are in good agreement with a more elaborate model.

10. Piecewise-linear neural networks and their relationship to rule extraction from data.

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Holena, Martin

2006-11-01

This article addresses the topic of extracting logical rules from data by means of artificial neural networks. The approach based on piecewise linear neural networks is revisited, which has already been used for the extraction of Boolean rules in the past, and it is shown that this approach can be important also for the extraction of fuzzy rules. Two important theoretical properties of piecewise-linear neural networks are proved, allowing an elaboration of the basic ideas of the approach into several variants of an algorithm for the extraction of Boolean rules. That algorithm has already been used in two real-world applications. Finally, a connection to the extraction of rules of the Łukasiewicz logic is established, relying on recent results about rational McNaughton functions. Based on one of the constructive proofs of the McNaughton theorem, an algorithm is formulated that in principle allows extracting a particular kind of formulas of the Łukasiewicz predicate logic from piecewise-linear neural networks trained with rational data.

11. Waste management under multiple complexities: inexact piecewise-linearization-based fuzzy flexible programming.

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Sun, Wei; Huang, Guo H; Lv, Ying; Li, Gongchen

2012-06-01

To tackle nonlinear economies-of-scale (EOS) effects in interval-parameter constraints for a representative waste management problem, an inexact piecewise-linearization-based fuzzy flexible programming (IPFP) model is developed. In IPFP, interval parameters for waste amounts and transportation/operation costs can be quantified; aspiration levels for net system costs, as well as tolerance intervals for both capacities of waste treatment facilities and waste generation rates can be reflected; and the nonlinear EOS effects transformed from objective function to constraints can be approximated. An interactive algorithm is proposed for solving the IPFP model, which in nature is an interval-parameter mixed-integer quadratically constrained programming model. To demonstrate the IPFP's advantages, two alternative models are developed to compare their performances. One is a conventional linear-regression-based inexact fuzzy programming model (IPFP2) and the other is an IPFP model with all right-hand-sides of fussy constraints being the corresponding interval numbers (IPFP3). The comparison results between IPFP and IPFP2 indicate that the optimized waste amounts would have the similar patterns in both models. However, when dealing with EOS effects in constraints, the IPFP2 may underestimate the net system costs while the IPFP can estimate the costs more accurately. The comparison results between IPFP and IPFP3 indicate that their solutions would be significantly different. The decreased system uncertainties in IPFP's solutions demonstrate its effectiveness for providing more satisfactory interval solutions than IPFP3. Following its first application to waste management, the IPFP can be potentially applied to other environmental problems under multiple complexities.

12. [Traveling waves in a piecewise-linear reaction-diffusion model of excitable medium].

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Zemskov, E P; Loskutov, A Iu

2009-01-01

One-dimensional autowaves (traveling waves) in excitable medium described by a piecewise-linear reaction-diffusion system have been investigated. Two main types of waves have been considered: a single impulse and a periodic sequence of impulses (wave trains). In a two-component system, oscillations appear due to the presence of the second component in the reaction-diffusion system. In a one-component system, oscillations appear owing to external periodic excitation (forcing). Using semianalytical solutions for the wave profile, the shape and velocity of autowaves have been found. It is shown that the dispersion relation for oscillating sequences of impulses has an anomalous character.

13. Traveling waves in a nonlocal, piecewise linear reaction-diffusion population model

Autry, E. A.; Bayliss, A.; Volpert, V. A.

2017-08-01

We consider an analytically tractable switching model that is a simplification of a nonlocal, nonlinear reaction-diffusion model of population growth where we take the source term to be piecewise linear. The form of this source term allows us to consider both the monostable and bistable versions of the problem. By transforming to a traveling frame and choosing specific kernel functions, we are able to reduce the problem to a system of algebraic equations. We construct solutions and examine the propagation speed and monotonicity of the resulting waves.

14. A hybrid approach for the modal analysis of continuous systems with discrete piecewise-linear constraints

Brake, M. R.

2011-06-01

The analysis of continuous systems with piecewise-linear constraints in their domains have previously been limited to either numerical approaches, or analytical methods that are constrained in the parameter space, boundary conditions, or order of the system. The present analysis develops a robust method for studying continuous systems with arbitrary boundary conditions and discrete piecewise-linear constraints. A superposition method is used to generate homogeneous boundary conditions, and modal analysis is used to find the displacement of the system in each state of the piecewise-linear constraint. In order to develop a mapping across each slope discontinuity in the piecewise-linear force-deflection profile, a variational calculus approach is taken that minimizes the L 2 energy norm between the previous and current states. An approach for calculating the finite-time Lyapunov exponents is presented in order to determine chaotic regimes. To illustrate this method, two examples are presented: a pinned-pinned beam with a deadband constraint, and a leaf spring coupled with a connector pin immersed in a viscous fluid. The pinned-pinned beam example illustrates the method for a non-operator based analysis. Results are used to show that the present method does not necessitate the need of a large number of basis functions to adequately map the displacement and velocity of the system across states. In the second example, the leaf spring is modeled as a clamped-free beam. The interaction between the beam and the connector pin is modeled with a preload and a penalty stiffness. Several experiments are conducted in order to validate aspects of the leaf spring model. From the results of the convergence and parameter studies, a high correlation between the finite-time Lyapunov exponents and the contact time per period of the excitation is observed. The parameter studies also indicate that when the system's parameters are changed in order to reduce the magnitude of the impact

15. Piecewise linear approach to an archetypal oscillator for smooth and discontinuous dynamics.

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Cao, Qingjie; Wiercigroch, Marian; Pavlovskaia, Ekaterina E; Thompson, J Michael T; Grebogi, Celso

2008-02-28

In a recent paper we examined a model of an arch bridge with viscous damping subjected to a sinusoidally varying central load. We showed how this yields a useful archetypal oscillator which can be used to study the transition from smooth to discontinuous dynamics as a parameter, alpha, tends to zero. Decreasing this smoothness parameter (a non-dimensional measure of the span of the arch) changes the smooth load-deflection curve associated with snap-buckling into a discontinuous sawtooth. The smooth snap-buckling curve is not amenable to closed-form theoretical analysis, so we here introduce a piecewise linearization that correctly fits the sawtooth in the limit at alpha=0. Using a Hamiltonian formulation of this linearization, we derive an analytical expression for the unperturbed homoclinic orbit, and make a Melnikov analysis to detect the homoclinic tangling under the perturbation of damping and driving. Finally, a semi-analytical method is used to examine the full nonlinear dynamics of the perturbed piecewise linear system. A chaotic attractor located at alpha=0.2 compares extremely well with that exhibited by the original arch model: the topological structures are the same, and Lyapunov exponents (and dimensions) are in good agreement.

16. A piecewise linear mean flow model for studying stability in a lined channel

Marx, David

2012-07-01

Acoustic liners are used to reduce sound emission by turbofan engines. Under grazing flow they may sustain hydrodynamic instabilities and these are studied using a stability analysis, based on a simplified model: the liner is a mass-spring-damper system, the base channel flow is piecewise linear, and the inviscid, incompressible Rayleigh equation is used. The model is an extension to the channel case of a boundary layer model by Rienstra and Darau. The piecewise linear profile introduces a finite boundary layer thickness which ensures well-posedness, allowing an initial value problem to be conducted to investigate absolute stability. For typical values in aeronautics the flow above the liner is unstable. Absolute instability is obtained for somewhat extreme values of the mean flow (tiny boundary layer thickness), and under realistic conditions the flow is convectively unstable. The effect of finite channel height is investigated in both cases. In particular, for large boundary layer thicknesses associated with convective instability the channel height has little effect on the unstable mode. Favorable outcomes and failures of the model are shown by comparison to a published experimental work.

17. Simulating piecewise-linear surface water and ground water interactions with MODFLOW.

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2009-01-01

The standard MODFLOW packages offer limited capabilities to model piecewise-linear boundary conditions to describe ground water-surface water interaction. Specifically, MODFLOW is incapable of representing a Cauchy-type boundary with different resistances for discharge or recharge conditions. Such a more sophisticated Cauchy boundary condition is needed to properly represent surface waters alternatively losing water through the bottom (high resistance) or gaining water mostly near the water surface (low resistance). One solution would be to create a new package for MODFLOW to accomplish this. However, it is also possible to combine multiple instances of standard packages in a single cell to the same effect. In this specific example, the general head boundary package is combined with the drain package to arrive at the desired piecewise-linear behavior. In doing so, the standard USGS MODFLOW version can be used without any modifications at the expense of a minor increase in preprocessing and postprocessing and computational effort. The extra preprocessing for creating the input and extra postprocessing to determine the water balance in terms of the physical entities from the MODFLOW cell fluxes per package can be taken care of by a user interface.

18. Approximate Controllability Results for Linear Viscoelastic Flows

Chowdhury, Shirshendu; Mitra, Debanjana; Ramaswamy, Mythily; Renardy, Michael

2017-09-01

We consider linear viscoelastic flow of a multimode Maxwell or Jeffreys fluid in a bounded domain with smooth boundary, with a distributed control in the momentum equation. We establish results on approximate and exact controllability.

19. Piecewise approximation of curves using nonlinear diffusion in scale-space

Pinheiro, Antonio M. G.; Ghanbari, Mohammad

2000-10-01

The emerging Multimedia Content Description Interface standard, MPEG-7, looks at the indexing and retrieval of visual information. In this context the development of shape description and shape querying tools become a fundamental and challenging task. We introduce a method based on non-linear diffusion of contours. The aim is to compute reference points in contours to provide a shape description tool. This reference points will be situated in the sharpest changes in the contour direction. Hence, they provide ideal choices to use as vertices of a polygonal approximation. If a maximum error between the original contour and the polygonal approximation is required, a scale-space procedure can help to find new vertices in order to meet this requirement. Basically, this method follows the non-linear diffusion technique of Perona and Malik. Unlike the usually linear diffusion techniques of contours, where the diffusion is made through the contour points coordinates, this method applies the diffusion in the tangent space. In this case the contour is described by the angle variation, and the non-linear diffusion procedure is applied on it. Perona and Malik model determines how strong diffusion will act on the original function, and depends of a factor K, estimated automatically. In areas with spatial concentration of strong changes of the angle this factor is also adjusted to reduce the noise effect. The proposed method has been extensively tested using the data- base contour of fish shapes in SQUID web site. A shape-based retrieval application was also tested using a similarity measure between two polygonal approximations.

20. A wavelet-based method for the forced vibration analysis of piecewise linear single- and multi-DOF systems with application to cracked beam dynamics

Joglekar, D. M.; Mitra, M.

2015-12-01

The present investigation outlines a method based on the wavelet transform to analyze the vibration response of discrete piecewise linear oscillators, representative of beams with breathing cracks. The displacement and force variables in the governing differential equation are approximated using Daubechies compactly supported wavelets. An iterative scheme is developed to arrive at the optimum transform coefficients, which are back-transformed to obtain the time-domain response. A time-integration scheme, solving a linear complementarity problem at every time step, is devised to validate the proposed wavelet-based method. Applicability of the proposed solution technique is demonstrated by considering several test cases involving a cracked cantilever beam modeled as a bilinear SDOF system subjected to a harmonic excitation. In particular, the presence of higher-order harmonics, originating from the piecewise linear behavior, is confirmed in all the test cases. Parametric study involving the variations in the crack depth, and crack location is performed to bring out their effect on the relative strengths of higher-order harmonics. Versatility of the method is demonstrated by considering the cases such as mixed-frequency excitation and an MDOF oscillator with multiple bilinear springs. In addition to purporting the wavelet-based method as a viable alternative to analyze the response of piecewise linear oscillators, the proposed method can be easily extended to solve inverse problems unlike the other direct time integration schemes.

1. Path-following analysis of the dynamical response of a piecewise-linear capsule system

Páez Chávez, Joseph; Liu, Yang; Pavlovskaia, Ekaterina; Wiercigroch, Marian

2016-08-01

The dynamical response of a piecewise-linear capsule system is studied by means of path-following techniques in this paper. As the capsule model belongs to the class of piecewise-smooth dynamical systems involving impact and friction, a special care is taken in order to divide the trajectory of the system into a smooth vector field in each disjoint subregion. Specifically we study a two-sided drifting system focusing on directional control and energy consumption. We aim to address two practical problems which are maximizing the rate of progression and directional control of the system by following a typical period-1 trajectory. The one-parameter analysis shows that two types of bifurcations, grazing bifurcation and boundary-intersection crossing bifurcation are found, and the maximal rate of progression is achieved when the capsule performs the oscillations without sticking phases. In our two-parameter study, the control parameters for which the rate of progression is maximal are identified using fixed value of power consumption, and the curves which divide the motion of the capsule between forward and backward progression are obtained.

2. Linear Approximation SAR Azimuth Processing Study

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Lindquist, R. B.; Masnaghetti, R. K.; Belland, E.; Hance, H. V.; Weis, W. G.

1979-01-01

A segmented linear approximation of the quadratic phase function that is used to focus the synthetic antenna of a SAR was studied. Ideal focusing, using a quadratic varying phase focusing function during the time radar target histories are gathered, requires a large number of complex multiplications. These can be largely eliminated by using linear approximation techniques. The result is a reduced processor size and chip count relative to ideally focussed processing and a correspondingly increased feasibility for spaceworthy implementation. A preliminary design and sizing for a spaceworthy linear approximation SAR azimuth processor meeting requirements similar to those of the SEASAT-A SAR was developed. The study resulted in a design with approximately 1500 IC's, 1.2 cubic feet of volume, and 350 watts of power for a single look, 4000 range cell azimuth processor with 25 meters resolution.

3. The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator reduces the impact of count rate loss with photon-counting detectors

Hsieh, Scott S.; Pelc, Norbert J.

2014-06-01

Photon counting x-ray detectors (PCXDs) offer several advantages compared to standard energy-integrating x-ray detectors, but also face significant challenges. One key challenge is the high count rates required in CT. At high count rates, PCXDs exhibit count rate loss and show reduced detective quantum efficiency in signal-rich (or high flux) measurements. In order to reduce count rate requirements, a dynamic beam-shaping filter can be used to redistribute flux incident on the patient. We study the piecewise-linear attenuator in conjunction with PCXDs without energy discrimination capabilities. We examined three detector models: the classic nonparalyzable and paralyzable detector models, and a ‘hybrid’ detector model which is a weighted average of the two which approximates an existing, real detector (Taguchi et al 2011 Med. Phys. 38 1089-102 ). We derive analytic expressions for the variance of the CT measurements for these detectors. These expressions are used with raw data estimated from DICOM image files of an abdomen and a thorax to estimate variance in reconstructed images for both the dynamic attenuator and a static beam-shaping (‘bowtie’) filter. By redistributing flux, the dynamic attenuator reduces dose by 40% without increasing peak variance for the ideal detector. For non-ideal PCXDs, the impact of count rate loss is also reduced. The nonparalyzable detector shows little impact from count rate loss, but with the paralyzable model, count rate loss leads to noise streaks that can be controlled with the dynamic attenuator. With the hybrid model, the characteristic count rates required before noise streaks dominate the reconstruction are reduced by a factor of 2 to 3. We conclude that the piecewise-linear attenuator can reduce the count rate requirements of the PCXD in addition to improving dose efficiency. The magnitude of this reduction depends on the detector, with paralyzable detectors showing much greater benefit than nonparalyzable detectors.

4. The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator reduces the impact of count rate loss with photon-counting detectors.

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Hsieh, Scott S; Pelc, Norbert J

2014-06-07

Photon counting x-ray detectors (PCXDs) offer several advantages compared to standard energy-integrating x-ray detectors, but also face significant challenges. One key challenge is the high count rates required in CT. At high count rates, PCXDs exhibit count rate loss and show reduced detective quantum efficiency in signal-rich (or high flux) measurements. In order to reduce count rate requirements, a dynamic beam-shaping filter can be used to redistribute flux incident on the patient. We study the piecewise-linear attenuator in conjunction with PCXDs without energy discrimination capabilities. We examined three detector models: the classic nonparalyzable and paralyzable detector models, and a 'hybrid' detector model which is a weighted average of the two which approximates an existing, real detector (Taguchi et al 2011 Med. Phys. 38 1089-102). We derive analytic expressions for the variance of the CT measurements for these detectors. These expressions are used with raw data estimated from DICOM image files of an abdomen and a thorax to estimate variance in reconstructed images for both the dynamic attenuator and a static beam-shaping ('bowtie') filter. By redistributing flux, the dynamic attenuator reduces dose by 40% without increasing peak variance for the ideal detector. For non-ideal PCXDs, the impact of count rate loss is also reduced. The nonparalyzable detector shows little impact from count rate loss, but with the paralyzable model, count rate loss leads to noise streaks that can be controlled with the dynamic attenuator. With the hybrid model, the characteristic count rates required before noise streaks dominate the reconstruction are reduced by a factor of 2 to 3. We conclude that the piecewise-linear attenuator can reduce the count rate requirements of the PCXD in addition to improving dose efficiency. The magnitude of this reduction depends on the detector, with paralyzable detectors showing much greater benefit than nonparalyzable detectors.

5. The piecewise-linear dynamic attenuator reduces the impact of count rate loss with photon-counting detectors

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Hsieh, Scott S.; Pelc, Norbert J.

2014-01-01

Photon counting x-ray detectors (PCXDs) offer several advantages compared to standard, energy-integrating x-ray detectors but also face significant challenges. One key challenge is the high count rates required in CT. At high count rates, PCXDs exhibit count rate loss and show reduced detective quantum efficiency in signal-rich (or high flux) measurements. In order to reduce count rate requirements, a dynamic beam-shaping filter can be used to redistribute flux incident on the patient. We study the piecewise-linear attenuator in conjunction with PCXDs without energy discrimination capabilities. We examined three detector models: the classic nonparalyzable and paralyzable detector models, and a “hybrid” detector model which is a weighted average of the two which approximates an existing, real detector (Taguchi et al, Med Phys 2011). We derive analytic expressions for the variance of the CT measurements for these detectors. These expressions are used with raw data estimated from DICOM image files of an abdomen and a thorax to estimate variance in reconstructed images for both the dynamic attenuator and a static beam-shaping (“bowtie”) filter. By redistributing flux, the dynamic attenuator reduces dose by 40% without increasing peak variance for the ideal detector. For non-ideal PCXDs, the impact of count rate loss is also reduced. The nonparalyzable detector shows little impact from count rate loss, but with the paralyzable model, count rate loss leads to noise streaks that can be controlled with the dynamic attenuator. With the hybrid model, the characteristic count rates required before noise streaks dominate the reconstruction are reduced by a factor of two to three. We conclude that the piecewise-linear attenuator can reduce the count rate requirements of the PCXD in addition to improving dose efficiency. The magnitude of this reduction depends on the detector, with paralyzable detectors showing much greater benefit than nonparalyzable detectors. PMID

6. A generalized analog implementation of piecewise linear neuron models using CCII building blocks.

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2014-03-01

This paper presents a set of reconfigurable analog implementations of piecewise linear spiking neuron models using second generation current conveyor (CCII) building blocks. With the same topology and circuit elements, without W/L modification which is impossible after circuit fabrication, these circuits can produce different behaviors, similar to the biological neurons, both for a single neuron as well as a network of neurons just by tuning reference current and voltage sources. The models are investigated, in terms of analog implementation feasibility and costs, targeting large scale hardware implementations. Results show that, in order to gain the best performance, area and accuracy; these models can be compromised. Simulation results are presented for different neuron behaviors with CMOS 350 nm technology. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

7. Solving Differential Matrix Riccati Equations by a piecewise-linearized method based on the conmutant equation

Ibáñez, Javier; Hernández, Vicente

2009-11-01

Differential Matrix Riccati Equations play a fundamental role in control theory, for example, in optimal control, filtering and estimation, decoupling and order reduction, etc. In this paper a piecewise-linearized method based on the conmutant equation to solve Differential Matrix Riccati Equations (DMREs) is described. This method is applied to develop two algorithms which solve these equations: one for time-varying DMREs and another for time-invariant DMREs, also MATLAB implementations of the above algorithms are developed. Since MATLAB does not have functions which solve DMREs, two algorithms based on a BDF method are also developed. All implemented algorithms have been compared, under equal conditions, at both precision and computational costs. Experimental results show the advantages of solving non-stiff DMREs and in particular stiff DMREs by the proposed algorithms.

8. Piecewise controller design for affine fuzzy systems via dilated linear matrix inequality characterizations.

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Wang, Huimin; Yang, Guang-Hong

2012-11-01

This paper studies the problem of state feedback controller design for a class of nonlinear systems, which are described by continuous-time affine fuzzy models. A convex piecewise affine controller design method is proposed based on a new dilated linear matrix inequality (LMI) characterization, where the system matrix is separated from Lyapunov matrix such that the controller parametrization is independent of the Lyapunov matrix. In contrast to the existing work, the derived stabilizability condition leads to less conservative LMI characterizations and much wider scope of the applicability. Furthermore, the results are extended to H(∞) state feedback synthesis. Finally, two numerical examples illustrate the superiority and effectiveness of the new results. Copyright © 2012 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

9. Ultra-high-frequency piecewise-linear chaos using delayed feedback loops

Cohen, Seth D.; Rontani, Damien; Gauthier, Daniel J.

2012-12-01

We report on an ultra-high-frequency (>1 GHz), piecewise-linear chaotic system designed from low-cost, commercially available electronic components. The system is composed of two electronic time-delayed feedback loops: A primary analog loop with a variable gain that produces multi-mode oscillations centered around 2 GHz and a secondary loop that switches the variable gain between two different values by means of a digital-like signal. We demonstrate experimentally and numerically that such an approach allows for the simultaneous generation of analog and digital chaos, where the digital chaos can be used to partition the system's attractor, forming the foundation for a symbolic dynamics with potential applications in noise-resilient communications and radar.

10. Linearization Techniques for Controlled Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes; Application to Zubov's Method

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Goreac, Dan; Serea, Oana-Silvia

2012-10-15

We aim at characterizing domains of attraction for controlled piecewise deterministic processes using an occupational measure formulation and Zubov's approach. Firstly, we provide linear programming (primal and dual) formulations of discounted, infinite horizon control problems for PDMPs. These formulations involve an infinite-dimensional set of probability measures and are obtained using viscosity solutions theory. Secondly, these tools allow to construct stabilizing measures and to avoid the assumption of stability under concatenation for controls. The domain of controllability is then characterized as some level set of a convenient solution of the associated Hamilton-Jacobi integral-differential equation. The theoretical results are applied to PDMPs associated to stochastic gene networks. Explicit computations are given for Cook's model for gene expression.

11. Dynamics of a 2D Piecewise Linear Braess Paradox Model: Effect of the Third Partition

Avrutin, Viktor; Dibak, Christoph; Dal Forno, Arianna; Merlone, Ugo

In this work, we investigate the dynamics of a piecewise linear 2D discontinuous map modeling a simple network showing the Braess paradox. This paradox represents an example in which adding a new route to a specific congested transportation network makes all the travelers worse off in terms of their individual travel time. In the particular case in which the modeled network corresponds to a binary choice situation, the map is defined on two partitions and its dynamics has already been described. In the general case corresponding to a ternary choice, a third partition appears leading to significantly more complex bifurcation structures formed by border collision bifurcations of stable cycles with points located in all three partitions. Considering a map taking a constant value on one of the partitions, we provide a first systematic description of possible dynamics for this case.

12. Three Definitions of Best Linear Approximation

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1976-04-01

Three definitions of best (in the least squares sense) linear approximation to given data points are presented. The relationships between these three area discussed along with their relationship to basic statistics such as mean values, the covariance matrix, and the (linear) correlation coefficient . For each of the three definitions, and best line is solved in closed form in terms of the data centroid and the covariance matrix.

13. Piecewise linear discretization of Symbolic Implicit Monte Carlo radiation transport in the difference formulation

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Brooks III, E D; Szoke, A; Peterson, J L

2005-11-15

We describe a Monte Carlo solution for time dependent photon transport, in the difference formulation with the material in local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE), that is piecewise linear in its treatment of the material state variable. Our method employs a Galerkin solution for the material energy equation while using Symbolic Implicit Monte Carlo (SIMC) to solve the transport equation. In constructing the scheme, one has the freedom to choose between expanding the material temperature, or the equivalent black body radiation energy density at the material temperature, in terms of finite element basis functions. The former provides a linear treatment of the material energy while the latter provides a linear treatment of the radiative coupling between zones. Subject to the conditional use of a lumped material energy in the vicinity of strong gradients, possible with a linear treatment of the material energy, our approach provides a robust solution for time dependent transport of thermally emitted radiation that can address a wide range of problems. It produces accurate results in the diffusion limit.

14. Fitting a linear-linear piecewise growth mixture model with unknown knots: A comparison of two common approaches to inference.

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Kohli, Nidhi; Hughes, John; Wang, Chun; Zopluoglu, Cengiz; Davison, Mark L

2015-06-01

A linear-linear piecewise growth mixture model (PGMM) is appropriate for analyzing segmented (disjointed) change in individual behavior over time, where the data come from a mixture of 2 or more latent classes, and the underlying growth trajectories in the different segments of the developmental process within each latent class are linear. A PGMM allows the knot (change point), the time of transition from 1 phase (segment) to another, to be estimated (when it is not known a priori) along with the other model parameters. To assist researchers in deciding which estimation method is most advantageous for analyzing this kind of mixture data, the current research compares 2 popular approaches to inference for PGMMs: maximum likelihood (ML) via an expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm, and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) for Bayesian inference. Monte Carlo simulations were carried out to investigate and compare the ability of the 2 approaches to recover the true parameters in linear-linear PGMMs with unknown knots. The results show that MCMC for Bayesian inference outperformed ML via EM in nearly every simulation scenario. Real data examples are also presented, and the corresponding computer codes for model fitting are provided in the Appendix to aid practitioners who wish to apply this class of models.

15. A generalized electrostatic micro-mirror (GEM) model for a two-axis convex piecewise linear shaped MEMS mirror

Edwards, C. L.; Edwards, M. L.

2009-05-01

MEMS micro-mirror technology offers the opportunity to replace larger optical actuators with smaller, faster ones for lidar, network switching, and other beam steering applications. Recent developments in modeling and simulation of MEMS two-axis (tip-tilt) mirrors have resulted in closed-form solutions that are expressed in terms of physical, electrical and environmental parameters related to the MEMS device. The closed-form analytical expressions enable dynamic time-domain simulations without excessive computational overhead and are referred to as the Micro-mirror Pointing Model (MPM). Additionally, these first-principle models have been experimentally validated with in-situ static, dynamic, and stochastic measurements illustrating their reliability. These models have assumed that the mirror has a rectangular shape. Because the corners can limit the dynamic operation of a rectangular mirror, it is desirable to shape the mirror, e.g., mitering the corners. Presented in this paper is the formulation of a generalized electrostatic micromirror (GEM) model with an arbitrary convex piecewise linear shape that is readily implemented in MATLAB and SIMULINK for steady-state and dynamic simulations. Additionally, such a model permits an arbitrary shaped mirror to be approximated as a series of linearly tapered segments. Previously, "effective area" arguments were used to model a non-rectangular shaped mirror with an equivalent rectangular one. The GEM model shows the limitations of this approach and provides a pre-fabrication tool for designing mirror shapes.

16. Hermite approximation of a hyperbolic Fokker-Planck optimality system to control a piecewise-deterministic process

2016-07-01

The Hermite spectral approximation of a hyperbolic Fokker-Planck (FP) optimality system arising in the control of an unbounded piecewise-deterministic process (PDP) is discussed. To control the probability density function (PDF) corresponding to the PDP process, an optimal control based on an FP strategy is considered. The resulting optimality system consists of a hyperbolic system with opposite-time orientation and an integral optimality condition equation. A Hermite spectral discretisation is investigated to approximate solutions to the optimality system in unbounded domains. It is proven that the proposed scheme satisfies the conservativity requirement of the PDFs. The spectral convergence rate of the discretisation scheme is proved and validated by numerical experiments.

17. Development of a piecewise linear omnidirectional 3D image registration method.

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Bae, Hyunsoo; Kang, Wonjin; Lee, SukGyu; Kim, Youngwoo

2016-12-01

This paper proposes a new piecewise linear omnidirectional image registration method. The proposed method segments an image captured by multiple cameras into 2D segments defined by feature points of the image and then stitches each segment geometrically by considering the inclination of the segment in the 3D space. Depending on the intended use of image registration, the proposed method can be used to improve image registration accuracy or reduce the computation time in image registration because the trade-off between the computation time and image registration accuracy can be controlled for. In general, nonlinear image registration methods have been used in 3D omnidirectional image registration processes to reduce image distortion by camera lenses. The proposed method depends on a linear transformation process for omnidirectional image registration, and therefore it can enhance the effectiveness of the geometry recognition process, increase image registration accuracy by increasing the number of cameras or feature points of each image, increase the image registration speed by reducing the number of cameras or feature points of each image, and provide simultaneous information on shapes and colors of captured objects.

18. Development of a piecewise linear omnidirectional 3D image registration method

Bae, Hyunsoo; Kang, Wonjin; Lee, SukGyu; Kim, Youngwoo

2016-12-01

This paper proposes a new piecewise linear omnidirectional image registration method. The proposed method segments an image captured by multiple cameras into 2D segments defined by feature points of the image and then stitches each segment geometrically by considering the inclination of the segment in the 3D space. Depending on the intended use of image registration, the proposed method can be used to improve image registration accuracy or reduce the computation time in image registration because the trade-off between the computation time and image registration accuracy can be controlled for. In general, nonlinear image registration methods have been used in 3D omnidirectional image registration processes to reduce image distortion by camera lenses. The proposed method depends on a linear transformation process for omnidirectional image registration, and therefore it can enhance the effectiveness of the geometry recognition process, increase image registration accuracy by increasing the number of cameras or feature points of each image, increase the image registration speed by reducing the number of cameras or feature points of each image, and provide simultaneous information on shapes and colors of captured objects.

19. Flexible least squares for approximately linear systems

Kalaba, Robert; Tesfatsion, Leigh

1990-10-01

A probability-free multicriteria approach is presented to the problem of filtering and smoothing when prior beliefs concerning dynamics and measurements take an approximately linear form. Consideration is given to applications in the social and biological sciences, where obtaining agreement among researchers regarding probability relations for discrepancy terms is difficult. The essence of the proposed flexible-least-squares (FLS) procedure is the cost-efficient frontier, a curve in a two-dimensional cost plane which provides an explicit and systematic way to determine the efficient trade-offs between the separate costs incurred for dynamic and measurement specification errors. The FLS estimates show how the state vector could have evolved over time in a manner minimally incompatible with the prior dynamic and measurement specifications. A FORTRAN program for implementing the FLS filtering and smoothing procedure for approximately linear systems is provided.

20. Neighboring extremal guidance for systems with piecewise linear control using time as the reference variable

Libby, William A.

1993-05-01

A guidance law for the control of a system in the neighborhood of a nominal suboptimal trajectory is developed. The guidance law is demonstrated using a lunar launch problem with constraints at orbit entry. A set of precomputed gains is used by the guidance law to operate on an extremal path in the neighborhood of the suboptimal trajectory. The guidance law and gains are designed to minimize the change in the desired performance index while still satisfying the final path constraints. In the lunar launch problem, the nominal suboptimal trajectory minimizes the final time using piecewise linear control. This trajectory is obtained to provide a nominal control history. The guidance law is found by minimizing the second variation of the suboptimal trajectory performance index subject to the final constraints being satisfied. For the lunar launch problem, the guidance law leads to a set of gains that relates deviations from the suboptimal trajectory to required changes in the nominal control history. The deviations from the suboptimal trajectory, used together with the precomputed gains, determines the change in the nominal control history required to meet the final constraints while minimizing the change in the final time.

1. Dynamical Behaviors of Multiple Equilibria in Competitive Neural Networks With Discontinuous Nonmonotonic Piecewise Linear Activation Functions.

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Nie, Xiaobing; Zheng, Wei Xing

2016-03-01

This paper addresses the problem of coexistence and dynamical behaviors of multiple equilibria for competitive neural networks. First, a general class of discontinuous nonmonotonic piecewise linear activation functions is introduced for competitive neural networks. Then based on the fixed point theorem and theory of strict diagonal dominance matrix, it is shown that under some conditions, such n -neuron competitive neural networks can have 5(n) equilibria, among which 3(n) equilibria are locally stable and the others are unstable. More importantly, it is revealed that the neural networks with the discontinuous activation functions introduced in this paper can have both more total equilibria and locally stable equilibria than the ones with other activation functions, such as the continuous Mexican-hat-type activation function and discontinuous two-level activation function. Furthermore, the 3(n) locally stable equilibria given in this paper are located in not only saturated regions, but also unsaturated regions, which is different from the existing results on multistability of neural networks with multiple level activation functions. A simulation example is provided to illustrate and validate the theoretical findings.

2. Hierarchical structure in sharply divided phase space for the piecewise linear map

Akaishi, Akira; Aoki, Kazuki; Shudo, Akira

2017-05-01

We have studied a two-dimensional piecewise linear map to examine how the hierarchical structure of stable regions affects the slow dynamics in Hamiltonian systems. In the phase space there are infinitely many stable regions, each of which is polygonal-shaped, and the rest is occupied by chaotic orbits. By using symbolic representation of stable regions, a procedure to compute the edges of the polygons is presented. The stable regions are hierarchically distributed in phase space and the edges of the stable regions show the marginal instability. The cumulative distribution of the recurrence time obeys a power law as ˜t-2 , the same as the one for the system with phase space, which is composed of a single stable region and chaotic components. By studying the symbol sequence of recurrence trajectories, we show that the hierarchical structure of stable regions has no significant effect on the power-law exponent and that only the marginal instability on the boundary of stable regions is responsible for determining the exponent. We also discuss the relevance of the hierarchical structure to those in more generic chaotic systems.

3. Modified SNOW 3G: Stream cipher algorithm using piecewise linear chaotic map

Wasi, Muhammad Arif Ali; Windarta, Susila

2016-02-01

SNOW 3G is a synchronous stream cipher developed by Thomas Johansson and Patrik Ekhdal at Lund University. In 2006, it was chosen as the main part of the second set of Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) confidentiality and integrity algorithms [2]. In 2008, Patrik Böhm published a report entitled "Statistical Evaluation of Stream Cipher SNOW 3G". He tested the randomness properties of SNOW 3G key stream generator. Böhm using NIST statistical test suite as randomness test tool with three kinds of test, i.e. long key stream data set, short key stream data set, and initialization vector data set. The result of the report shows that from three kind of tests, only short key stream data set has not passed eight randomness tests. He state that the suggests SNOW 3G fail because there is a weakness in the initialization of the cipher. In this paper we modify SNOW 3G algorithm using piecewise linear chaotic map (PLCM) on the key initialization mode and keystream generation mode. We use the same statistical test that have been used by Böhm [5]. The experiment shows that modified SNOW 3G stream cipher algorithm has passed all the statistical test. The results prove that PLCM impact on algorithm's randomness.

4. Vibrational resonance and implementation of dynamic logic gate in a piecewise-linear Murali-Lakshmanan-Chua circuit

Venkatesh, P. R.; Venkatesan, A.

2016-10-01

We report the occurrence of vibrational resonance in piecewise-linear non-autonomous system. Especially, we show that an optimal amplitude of the high frequency second harmonic driving enhances the response of a piece-wise linear non-autonomous Murali-Lakshmanan-Chua (MLC) system to a low frequency first harmonic signal. This phenomenon is illustrated with the analytical solutions of circuit equations characterising the system and finally compared with the numerical method. Further, it has been enunciated explicitly, the implementation of the fundamental NOR/NAND gate via vibrational resonance, both by numerical and analytical solutions. In addition, these logical behaviours (AND/NAND/OR/NOR) can be decided by the amplitude of the input square waves without altering the system parameters.

5. Application of piecewise hierarchical linear growth modeling to the study of continuity in behavioral development of baboons (Papio hamadryas).

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Hernández-Lloreda, María Victoria; Colmenares, Fernando; Martínez-Arias, Rosario

2004-09-01

In behavioral science, developmental discontinuities are thought to arise when the association between an outcome measure and the underlying process changes over time. Sudden changes in behavior across time are often taken to indicate that a reorganization in the outcome-process relationship may have occurred. The authors proposed in this article the use of piecewise hierarchical linear growth modeling as a statistical methodology to search for discontinuities in behavioral development and illustrated its possibilities by applying 2-piece hierarchical linear models to the study of developmental trajectories of baboon (Papio hamadryas) mothers' behavior during their infants' 1st year of life. The authors provided empirical evidence that piecewise growth modeling can be used to determine whether abrupt changes in development trajectories are tied to changes in the underlying process. ((c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).

6. Design of external forces for eliminating traveling wave in a piecewise linear FitzHugh-Nagumo model.

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Konishi, Keiji; Takeuchi, Masashi; Shimizu, Tsuyoshi

2011-06-01

Elimination and control of nonlinear phenomena in excitable media are important for academic interests and practical applications. This paper provides a systematic procedure to design external forces for eliminating a traveling wave in a one-dimensional piecewise linear FitzHugh-Nagumo model. This procedure allows us to design nonfeedback and feedback control systems. The feedback control systems are designed using classical control theory. Furthermore, this procedure is extended to a two-dimensional model and verified using numerical simulation.

7. Analysis of unstable periodic orbits and chaotic orbits in the one-dimensional linear piecewise-smooth discontinuous map

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Rajpathak, Bhooshan Pillai, Harish K.; Bandyopadhyay, Santanu

2015-10-15

In this paper, we analytically examine the unstable periodic orbits and chaotic orbits of the 1-D linear piecewise-smooth discontinuous map. We explore the existence of unstable orbits and the effect of variation in parameters on the coexistence of unstable orbits. Further, we show that this structuring is different from the well known period adding cascade structure associated with the stable periodic orbits of the same map. Further, we analytically prove the existence of chaotic orbit for this map.

8. A sequential method for spline approximation with variable knots. [recursive piecewise polynomial signal processing

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Mier Muth, A. M.; Willsky, A. S.

1978-01-01

In this paper we describe a method for approximating a waveform by a spline. The method is quite efficient, as the data are processed sequentially. The basis of the approach is to view the approximation problem as a question of estimation of a polynomial in noise, with the possibility of abrupt changes in the highest derivative. This allows us to bring several powerful statistical signal processing tools into play. We also present some initial results on the application of our technique to the processing of electrocardiograms, where the knot locations themselves may be some of the most important pieces of diagnostic information.

9. Robust Unidirectional Airflow through Avian Lungs: New Insights from a Piecewise Linear Mathematical Model

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Harvey, Emily P.; Ben-Tal, Alona

2016-01-01

Avian lungs are remarkably different from mammalian lungs in that air flows unidirectionally through rigid tubes in which gas exchange occurs. Experimental observations have been able to determine the pattern of gas flow in the respiratory system, but understanding how the flow pattern is generated and determining the factors contributing to the observed dynamics remains elusive. It has been hypothesized that the unidirectional flow is due to aerodynamic valving during inspiration and expiration, resulting from the anatomical structure and the fluid dynamics involved, however, theoretical studies to back up this hypothesis are lacking. We have constructed a novel mathematical model of the airflow in the avian respiratory system that can produce unidirectional flow which is robust to changes in model parameters, breathing frequency and breathing amplitude. The model consists of two piecewise linear ordinary differential equations with lumped parameters and discontinuous, flow-dependent resistances that mimic the experimental observations. Using dynamical systems techniques and numerical analysis, we show that unidirectional flow can be produced by either effective inspiratory or effective expiratory valving, but that both inspiratory and expiratory valving are required to produce the high efficiencies of flows observed in avian lungs. We further show that the efficacy of the inspiratory and expiratory valving depends on airsac compliances and airflow resistances that may not be located in the immediate area of the valving. Our model provides additional novel insights; for example, we show that physiologically realistic resistance values lead to efficiencies that are close to maximum, and that when the relative lumped compliances of the caudal and cranial airsacs vary, it affects the timing of the airflow across the gas exchange area. These and other insights obtained by our study significantly enhance our understanding of the operation of the avian respiratory

10. The quartic piecewise-linear criterion for the multiaxial yield behavior of human trabecular bone.

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Sanyal, Arnav; Scheffelin, Joanna; Keaveny, Tony M

2015-01-01

Prior multiaxial strength studies on trabecular bone have either not addressed large variations in bone volume fraction and microarchitecture, or have not addressed the full range of multiaxial stress states. Addressing these limitations, we utilized micro-computed tomography (lCT) based nonlinear finite element analysis to investigate the complete 3D multiaxial failure behavior of ten specimens (5mm cube) of human trabecular bone, taken from three anatomic sites and spanning a wide range of bone volume fraction (0.09–0.36),mechanical anisotropy (range of E3/E1¼3.0–12.0), and microarchitecture. We found that most of the observed variation in multiaxial strength behavior could be accounted for by normalizing the multiaxial strength by specimen-specific values of uniaxial strength (tension,compression in the longitudinal and transverse directions). Scatter between specimens was reduced further when the normalized multiaxial strength was described in strain space.The resulting multiaxial failure envelope in this normalized-strain space had a rectangular boxlike shape for normal–normal loading and either a rhomboidal box like shape or a triangular shape for normal-shear loading, depending on the loading direction. The finite element data were well described by a single quartic yield criterion in the 6D normalized strain space combined with a piecewise linear yield criterion in two planes for normalshear loading (mean error SD: 4.660.8% for the finite element data versus the criterion).This multiaxial yield criterion in normalized-strain space can be used to describe the complete 3D multiaxial failure behavior of human trabecular bone across a wide range of bone volume fraction, mechanical anisotropy, and microarchitecture.

11. Continuous piecewise-linear, reduced-order electrochemical model for lithium-ion batteries in real-time applications

Farag, Mohammed; Fleckenstein, Matthias; Habibi, Saeid

2017-02-01

Model-order reduction and minimization of the CPU run-time while maintaining the model accuracy are critical requirements for real-time implementation of lithium-ion electrochemical battery models. In this paper, an isothermal, continuous, piecewise-linear, electrode-average model is developed by using an optimal knot placement technique. The proposed model reduces the univariate nonlinear function of the electrode's open circuit potential dependence on the state of charge to continuous piecewise regions. The parameterization experiments were chosen to provide a trade-off between extensive experimental characterization techniques and purely identifying all parameters using optimization techniques. The model is then parameterized in each continuous, piecewise-linear, region. Applying the proposed technique cuts down the CPU run-time by around 20%, compared to the reduced-order, electrode-average model. Finally, the model validation against real-time driving profiles (FTP-72, WLTP) demonstrates the ability of the model to predict the cell voltage accurately with less than 2% error.

12. A Piecewise Linear Discontinuous Finite Element Spatial Discretization of the Transport Equation in 2D Cylindrical Geometry

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Bailey, T S; Adams, M L; Chang, J H

2008-10-01

We present a new spatial discretization of the discrete-ordinates transport equation in two-dimensional cylindrical (RZ) geometry for arbitrary polygonal meshes. This discretization is a discontinuous finite element method that utilizes the piecewise linear basis functions developed by Stone and Adams. We describe an asymptotic analysis that shows this method to be accurate for many problems in the thick diffusion limit on arbitrary polygons, allowing this method to be applied to radiative transfer problems with these types of meshes. We also present numerical results for multiple problems on quadrilateral grids and compare these results to the well-known bi-linear discontinuous finite element method.

13. A quantitative comparison of numerical methods for the compressible Euler equations: fifth-order WENO and piecewise-linear Godunov

Greenough, J. A.; Rider, W. J.

2004-05-01

A numerical study is undertaken comparing a fifth-order version of the weighted essentially non-oscillatory numerical (WENO5) method to a modern piecewise-linear, second-order, version of Godunov's (PLMDE) method for the compressible Euler equations. A series of one-dimensional test problems are examined beginning with classical linear problems and ending with complex shock interactions. The problems considered are: (1) linear advection of a Gaussian pulse in density, (2) Sod's shock tube problem, (3) the "peak" shock tube problem, (4) a version of the Shu and Osher shock entropy wave interaction and (5) the Woodward and Colella interacting shock wave problem. For each problem and method, run times, density error norms and convergence rates are reported for each method as produced from a common code test-bed. The linear problem exhibits the advertised convergence rate for both methods as well as the expected large disparity in overall error levels; WENO5 has the smaller errors and an enormous advantage in overall efficiency (in accuracy per unit CPU time). For the nonlinear problems with discontinuities, however, we generally see both first-order self-convergence of error as compared to an exact solution, or when an analytic solution is not available, a converged solution generated on an extremely fine grid. The overall comparison of error levels shows some variation from problem to problem. For Sod's shock tube, PLMDE has nearly half the error, while on the peak problem the errors are nearly the same. For the interacting blast wave problem the two methods again produce a similar level of error with a slight edge for the PLMDE. On the other hand, for the Shu-Osher problem, the errors are similar on the coarser grids, but favors WENO by a factor of nearly 1.5 on the finer grids used. In all cases holding mesh resolution constant though, PLMDE is less costly in terms of CPU time by approximately a factor of 6. If the CPU cost is taken as fixed, that is run times are

14. A state space approach for piecewise-linear recurrent neural networks for identifying computational dynamics from neural measurements.

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Durstewitz, Daniel

2017-06-01

The computational and cognitive properties of neural systems are often thought to be implemented in terms of their (stochastic) network dynamics. Hence, recovering the system dynamics from experimentally observed neuronal time series, like multiple single-unit recordings or neuroimaging data, is an important step toward understanding its computations. Ideally, one would not only seek a (lower-dimensional) state space representation of the dynamics, but would wish to have access to its statistical properties and their generative equations for in-depth analysis. Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) are a computationally powerful and dynamically universal formal framework which has been extensively studied from both the computational and the dynamical systems perspective. Here we develop a semi-analytical maximum-likelihood estimation scheme for piecewise-linear RNNs (PLRNNs) within the statistical framework of state space models, which accounts for noise in both the underlying latent dynamics and the observation process. The Expectation-Maximization algorithm is used to infer the latent state distribution, through a global Laplace approximation, and the PLRNN parameters iteratively. After validating the procedure on toy examples, and using inference through particle filters for comparison, the approach is applied to multiple single-unit recordings from the rodent anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) obtained during performance of a classical working memory task, delayed alternation. Models estimated from kernel-smoothed spike time data were able to capture the essential computational dynamics underlying task performance, including stimulus-selective delay activity. The estimated models were rarely multi-stable, however, but rather were tuned to exhibit slow dynamics in the vicinity of a bifurcation point. In summary, the present work advances a semi-analytical (thus reasonably fast) maximum-likelihood estimation framework for PLRNNs that may enable to recover relevant aspects

15. A state space approach for piecewise-linear recurrent neural networks for identifying computational dynamics from neural measurements

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2017-01-01

The computational and cognitive properties of neural systems are often thought to be implemented in terms of their (stochastic) network dynamics. Hence, recovering the system dynamics from experimentally observed neuronal time series, like multiple single-unit recordings or neuroimaging data, is an important step toward understanding its computations. Ideally, one would not only seek a (lower-dimensional) state space representation of the dynamics, but would wish to have access to its statistical properties and their generative equations for in-depth analysis. Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) are a computationally powerful and dynamically universal formal framework which has been extensively studied from both the computational and the dynamical systems perspective. Here we develop a semi-analytical maximum-likelihood estimation scheme for piecewise-linear RNNs (PLRNNs) within the statistical framework of state space models, which accounts for noise in both the underlying latent dynamics and the observation process. The Expectation-Maximization algorithm is used to infer the latent state distribution, through a global Laplace approximation, and the PLRNN parameters iteratively. After validating the procedure on toy examples, and using inference through particle filters for comparison, the approach is applied to multiple single-unit recordings from the rodent anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) obtained during performance of a classical working memory task, delayed alternation. Models estimated from kernel-smoothed spike time data were able to capture the essential computational dynamics underlying task performance, including stimulus-selective delay activity. The estimated models were rarely multi-stable, however, but rather were tuned to exhibit slow dynamics in the vicinity of a bifurcation point. In summary, the present work advances a semi-analytical (thus reasonably fast) maximum-likelihood estimation framework for PLRNNs that may enable to recover relevant aspects

16. Effective Estimation of Dynamic Metabolic Fluxes Using 13C Labeling and Piecewise Affine Approximation: From Theory to Practical Applicability

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Schumacher, Robin; Wahl, S. Aljoscha

2015-01-01

The design of microbial production processes relies on rational choices for metabolic engineering of the production host and the process conditions. These require a systematic and quantitative understanding of cellular regulation. Therefore, a novel method for dynamic flux identification using quantitative metabolomics and 13C labeling to identify piecewise-affine (PWA) flux functions has been described recently. Obtaining flux estimates nevertheless still required frequent manual reinitalization to obtain a good reproduction of the experimental data and, moreover, did not optimize on all observables simultaneously (metabolites and isotopomer concentrations). In our contribution we focus on measures to achieve faster and robust dynamic flux estimation which leads to a high dimensional parameter estimation problem. Specifically, we address the following challenges within the PWA problem formulation: (1) Fast selection of sufficient domains for the PWA flux functions, (2) Control of over-fitting in the concentration space using shape-prescriptive modeling and (3) robust and efficient implementation of the parameter estimation using the hybrid implicit filtering algorithm. With the improvements we significantly speed up the convergence by efficiently exploiting that the optimization problem is partly linear. This allows application to larger-scale metabolic networks and demonstrates that the proposed approach is not purely theoretical, but also applicable in practice. PMID:26690237

17. Longitudinal mathematics development of students with learning disabilities and students without disabilities: a comparison of linear, quadratic, and piecewise linear mixed effects models.

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Kohli, Nidhi; Sullivan, Amanda L; Sadeh, Shanna; Zopluoglu, Cengiz

2015-04-01

Effective instructional planning and intervening rely heavily on accurate understanding of students' growth, but relatively few researchers have examined mathematics achievement trajectories, particularly for students with special needs. We applied linear, quadratic, and piecewise linear mixed-effects models to identify the best-fitting model for mathematics development over elementary and middle school and to ascertain differences in growth trajectories of children with learning disabilities relative to their typically developing peers. The analytic sample of 2150 students was drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Kindergarten Cohort, a nationally representative sample of United States children who entered kindergarten in 1998. We first modeled students' mathematics growth via multiple mixed-effects models to determine the best fitting model of 9-year growth and then compared the trajectories of students with and without learning disabilities. Results indicate that the piecewise linear mixed-effects model captured best the functional form of students' mathematics trajectories. In addition, there were substantial achievement gaps between students with learning disabilities and students with no disabilities, and their trajectories differed such that students without disabilities progressed at a higher rate than their peers who had learning disabilities. The results underscore the need for further research to understand how to appropriately model students' mathematics trajectories and the need for attention to mathematics achievement gaps in policy.

18. Implicit Monte Carlo with a linear discontinuous finite element material solution and piecewise non-constant opacity

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Wollaeger, Ryan T.; Wollaber, Allan B.; Urbatsch, Todd J.; ...

2016-02-23

Here, the non-linear thermal radiative-transfer equations can be solved in various ways. One popular way is the Fleck and Cummings Implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) method. The IMC method was originally formulated with piecewise-constant material properties. For domains with a coarse spatial grid and large temperature gradients, an error known as numerical teleportation may cause artificially non-causal energy propagation and consequently an inaccurate material temperature. Source tilting is a technique to reduce teleportation error by constructing sub-spatial-cell (or sub-cell) emission profiles from which IMC particles are sampled. Several source tilting schemes exist, but some allow teleportation error to persist. We examinemore » the effect of source tilting in problems with a temperature-dependent opacity. Within each cell, the opacity is evaluated continuously from a temperature profile implied by the source tilt. For IMC, this is a new approach to modeling the opacity. We find that applying both source tilting along with a source tilt-dependent opacity can introduce another dominant error that overly inhibits thermal wavefronts. We show that we can mitigate both teleportation and under-propagation errors if we discretize the temperature equation with a linear discontinuous (LD) trial space. Our method is for opacities ~ 1/T3, but we formulate and test a slight extension for opacities ~ 1/T3.5, where T is temperature. We find our method avoids errors that can be incurred by IMC with continuous source tilt constructions and piecewise-constant material temperature updates.« less

19. Implicit Monte Carlo with a linear discontinuous finite element material solution and piecewise non-constant opacity

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Wollaeger, Ryan T.; Wollaber, Allan B.; Urbatsch, Todd J.; Densmore, Jeffery D.

2016-02-23

Here, the non-linear thermal radiative-transfer equations can be solved in various ways. One popular way is the Fleck and Cummings Implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) method. The IMC method was originally formulated with piecewise-constant material properties. For domains with a coarse spatial grid and large temperature gradients, an error known as numerical teleportation may cause artificially non-causal energy propagation and consequently an inaccurate material temperature. Source tilting is a technique to reduce teleportation error by constructing sub-spatial-cell (or sub-cell) emission profiles from which IMC particles are sampled. Several source tilting schemes exist, but some allow teleportation error to persist. We examine the effect of source tilting in problems with a temperature-dependent opacity. Within each cell, the opacity is evaluated continuously from a temperature profile implied by the source tilt. For IMC, this is a new approach to modeling the opacity. We find that applying both source tilting along with a source tilt-dependent opacity can introduce another dominant error that overly inhibits thermal wavefronts. We show that we can mitigate both teleportation and under-propagation errors if we discretize the temperature equation with a linear discontinuous (LD) trial space. Our method is for opacities ~ 1/T3, but we formulate and test a slight extension for opacities ~ 1/T3.5, where T is temperature. We find our method avoids errors that can be incurred by IMC with continuous source tilt constructions and piecewise-constant material temperature updates.

20. Automatic Qualitative Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations Using Piecewise Linear Approximations

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University of Texas, 1983. [7] Daniel G. Bobrow, editor. Qualitative Reasoning about Physical Systems. M. I. T. Press, 1985. [8] Fred Brauer and John A...justify my informal discussion of the pendulum’s asymptotic behavior. The proofs appear in Brauer and Nohel [8, Ch. 5]. PLR applies these

1. On the piecewise convex or concave nature of ground state energy as a function of fractional number of electrons for approximate density functionals.

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Li, Chen; Yang, Weitao

2017-02-21

We provide a rigorous proof that the Hartree Fock energy, as a function of the fractional electron number, E(N), is piecewise concave. Moreover, for semi-local density functionals, we show that the piecewise convexity of the E(N) curve, as stated in the literature, is not generally true for all fractions. By an analysis based on exchange-only local density approximation and careful examination of the E(N) curve, we find for some systems, there exists a very small concave region, corresponding to adding a small fraction of electrons to the integer system, while the remaining E(N) curve is convex. Several numerical examples are provided as verification. Although the E(N) curve is not convex everywhere in these systems, the previous conclusions on the consequence of the delocalization error in the commonly used density functional approximations, in particular, the underestimation of ionization potential, and the overestimation of electron affinity, and other related issues, remain unchanged. This suggests that instead of using the term convexity, a modified and more rigorous description for the delocalization error is that the E(N) curve lies below the straight line segment across the neighboring integer points for these approximate functionals.

2. Testing approximations for non-linear gravitational clustering

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Coles, Peter; Melott, Adrian L.; Shandarin, Sergei F.

1993-01-01

The accuracy of various analytic approximations for following the evolution of cosmological density fluctuations into the nonlinear regime is investigated. The Zel'dovich approximation is found to be consistently the best approximation scheme. It is extremely accurate for power spectra characterized by n = -1 or less; when the approximation is 'enhanced' by truncating highly nonlinear Fourier modes the approximation is excellent even for n = +1. The performance of linear theory is less spectrum-dependent, but this approximation is less accurate than the Zel'dovich one for all cases because of the failure to treat dynamics. The lognormal approximation generally provides a very poor fit to the spatial pattern.

3. Pure gravitational radiation with twisting rays in the linear approximation

Nita, Bogdan G.; MacAlevey, Paul; Downes, Phillip T.

2005-11-01

Solutions of types N and III with twisting rays are derived in the linear approximation by means of complex coordinate transformations. Some solutions are shown to have Riemann tensors which vanish asymptotically and are everywhere regular.

4. An approximation theory for the identification of linear thermoelastic systems

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Rosen, I. G.; Su, Chien-Hua Frank

1990-01-01

An abstract approximation framework and convergence theory for the identification of thermoelastic systems is developed. Starting from an abstract operator formulation consisting of a coupled second order hyperbolic equation of elasticity and first order parabolic equation for heat conduction, well-posedness is established using linear semigroup theory in Hilbert space, and a class of parameter estimation problems is then defined involving mild solutions. The approximation framework is based upon generic Galerkin approximation of the mild solutions, and convergence of solutions of the resulting sequence of approximating finite dimensional parameter identification problems to a solution of the original infinite dimensional inverse problem is established using approximation results for operator semigroups. An example involving the basic equations of one dimensional linear thermoelasticity and a linear spline based scheme are discussed. Numerical results indicate how the approach might be used in a study of damping mechanisms in flexible structures.

5. Polynomial compensation, inversion, and approximation of discrete time linear systems

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Baram, Yoram

1987-01-01

The least-squares transformation of a discrete-time multivariable linear system into a desired one by convolving the first with a polynomial system yields optimal polynomial solutions to the problems of system compensation, inversion, and approximation. The polynomial coefficients are obtained from the solution to a so-called normal linear matrix equation, whose coefficients are shown to be the weighting patterns of certain linear systems. These, in turn, can be used in the recursive solution of the normal equation.

6. Approximately Integrable Linear Statistical Models in Non-Parametric Estimation

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1990-08-01

OTIC I EL COPY Lfl 0n Cf) NAPPROXIMATELY INTEGRABLE LINEAR STATISTICAL MODELS IN NON- PARAMETRIC ESTIMATION by B. Ya. Levit University of Maryland...Integrable Linear Statistical Models in Non- Parametric Estimation B. Ya. Levit Sumnmary / The notion of approximately integrable linear statistical models...models related to the study of the "next" order optimality in non- parametric estimation . It appears consistent to keep the exposition at present at the

7. Multistability of neural networks with discontinuous non-monotonic piecewise linear activation functions and time-varying delays.

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Nie, Xiaobing; Zheng, Wei Xing

2015-05-01

This paper is concerned with the problem of coexistence and dynamical behaviors of multiple equilibrium points for neural networks with discontinuous non-monotonic piecewise linear activation functions and time-varying delays. The fixed point theorem and other analytical tools are used to develop certain sufficient conditions that ensure that the n-dimensional discontinuous neural networks with time-varying delays can have at least 5(n) equilibrium points, 3(n) of which are locally stable and the others are unstable. The importance of the derived results is that it reveals that the discontinuous neural networks can have greater storage capacity than the continuous ones. Moreover, different from the existing results on multistability of neural networks with discontinuous activation functions, the 3(n) locally stable equilibrium points obtained in this paper are located in not only saturated regions, but also unsaturated regions, due to the non-monotonic structure of discontinuous activation functions. A numerical simulation study is conducted to illustrate and support the derived theoretical results. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

8. Finite element approximation of the radiative transport equation in a medium with piece-wise constant refractive index

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Lehtikangas, O.; Tarvainen, T.; Kim, A.D.; Arridge, S.R.

2015-02-01

The radiative transport equation can be used as a light transport model in a medium with scattering particles, such as biological tissues. In the radiative transport equation, the refractive index is assumed to be constant within the medium. However, in biomedical media, changes in the refractive index can occur between different tissue types. In this work, light propagation in a medium with piece-wise constant refractive index is considered. Light propagation in each sub-domain with a constant refractive index is modeled using the radiative transport equation and the equations are coupled using boundary conditions describing Fresnel reflection and refraction phenomena on the interfaces between the sub-domains. The resulting coupled system of radiative transport equations is numerically solved using a finite element method. The approach is tested with simulations. The results show that this coupled system describes light propagation accurately through comparison with the Monte Carlo method. It is also shown that neglecting the internal changes of the refractive index can lead to erroneous boundary measurements of scattered light.

9. Bayesian Piecewise Linear Mixed Models With a Random Change Point: An Application to BMI Rebound in Childhood.

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Brilleman, Samuel L; Howe, Laura D; Wolfe, Rory; Tilling, Kate

2017-11-01

Body mass index (BMI) rebound refers to the beginning of the second rise in BMI during childhood. Accurate estimation of an individual's timing of BMI rebound is important because it is associated with health outcomes in later life. We estimated BMI trajectories for 6545 children from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. We used a novel Bayesian two-phase piecewise linear mixed model where the "change point" was an individual-level random effect corresponding to the individual-specific timing of BMI rebound. The model's individual-level random effects (intercept, prechange slope, postchange slope, change point) were multivariate normally distributed with an unstructured variance-covariance matrix, thereby, allowing for correlation between all random effects. Average age at BMI rebound (mean change point) was 6.5 (95% credible interval: 6.4 to 6.6) years. The standard deviation of the individual-specific timing of BMI rebound (random effects) was 2.0 years for females and 1.6 years for males. Correlation between the prechange slope and change point was 0.57, suggesting that faster rates of decline in BMI prior to rebound were associated with rebound occurring at an earlier age. Simulations showed that estimates from the model were less biased than those from models, assuming a common change point for all individuals or a nonlinear trajectory based on fractional polynomials. Our model flexibly estimated the individual-specific timing of BMI rebound, while retaining parameters that are meaningful and easy to interpret. It is applicable in any situation where one wishes to estimate a change-point process which varies between individuals.

10. Tell a Piecewise Story

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Sinclair, Nathalie; Armstrong, Alayne

2011-01-01

Piecewise linear functions and story graphs are concepts usually associated with algebra, but in the authors' classroom, they found success teaching this topic in a distinctly geometrical manner. The focus of the approach was less on learning geometric concepts and more on using spatial and kinetic reasoning. It not only supports the learning of…

11. How to Solve Schroedinger Problems by Approximating the Potential Function

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Ledoux, Veerle; Van Daele, Marnix

2010-09-30

We give a survey over the efforts in the direction of solving the Schroedinger equation by using piecewise approximations of the potential function. Two types of approximating potentials have been considered in the literature, that is piecewise constant and piecewise linear functions. For polynomials of higher degree the approximating problem is not so easy to integrate analytically. This obstacle can be circumvented by using a perturbative approach to construct the solution of the approximating problem, leading to the so-called piecewise perturbation methods (PPM). We discuss the construction of a PPM in its most convenient form for applications and show that different PPM versions (CPM,LPM) are in fact equivalent.

12. Approximation schemes to dispersion and linear problems for 3D systems on shear current of arbitrary direction and depth dependence

Ådnøy Ellingsen, Simen; Li, Yan; Smeltzer, Benjamin K.

2017-04-01

We compare different methods of approximating the dispersion relation for waves on top of currents whose direction and magnitude may vary arbitrarily with depth. Two fundamentally different approximation philosophies are in use: analytical approximation schemes, and what we term the N-layer procedure in which the velocity profile is approximated by a continuous, piecewise linear function of depth. The relative virtues of both schemes are reviewed. The N-layer procedure yields the dispersion relation with arbitrary accuracy. We present the details and subtleties of implementing this procedure in practice. We find with a good choice of layer boundaries, 4-5 layers are sufficient for accuracy of about 1%. For inhomogeneous systems with a specified source, implementation is straightforward and most complications are eschewed. Analytical approximation schemes are reviewed, and criteria of applicability are derived for the first time. In particular the much used approximation by Kirby & Chen (1989) (KCA) is compared with a new approximation which we propose. The two give similar predictions when the KCA is applicable, but our new scheme is more robust and can handle several special but realistic cases where the KCA fails. Once the dispersion relation is calculated, 3D linear problems such as initial value problems, or problems with stationary or periodic time dependence can be readily solved.

13. Approximate Controllability for Linear Stochastic Differential Equations in Infinite Dimensions

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Goreac, D.

2009-08-15

The objective of the paper is to investigate the approximate controllability property of a linear stochastic control system with values in a separable real Hilbert space. In a first step we prove the existence and uniqueness for the solution of the dual linear backward stochastic differential equation. This equation has the particularity that in addition to an unbounded operator acting on the Y-component of the solution there is still another one acting on the Z-component. With the help of this dual equation we then deduce the duality between approximate controllability and observability. Finally, under the assumption that the unbounded operator acting on the state process of the forward equation is an infinitesimal generator of an exponentially stable semigroup, we show that the generalized Hautus test provides a necessary condition for the approximate controllability. The paper generalizes former results by Buckdahn, Quincampoix and Tessitore (Stochastic Partial Differential Equations and Applications, Series of Lecture Notes in Pure and Appl. Math., vol. 245, pp. 253-260, Chapman and Hall, London, 2006) and Goreac (Applied Analysis and Differential Equations, pp. 153-164, World Scientific, Singapore, 2007) from the finite dimensional to the infinite dimensional case.

14. Use of a linearization approximation facilitating stochastic model building.

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Svensson, Elin M; Karlsson, Mats O

2014-04-01

The objective of this work was to facilitate the development of nonlinear mixed effects models by establishing a diagnostic method for evaluation of stochastic model components. The random effects investigated were between subject, between occasion and residual variability. The method was based on a first-order conditional estimates linear approximation and evaluated on three real datasets with previously developed population pharmacokinetic models. The results were assessed based on the agreement in difference in objective function value between a basic model and extended models for the standard nonlinear and linearized approach respectively. The linearization was found to accurately identify significant extensions of the model's stochastic components with notably decreased runtimes as compared to the standard nonlinear analysis. The observed gain in runtimes varied between four to more than 50-fold and the largest gains were seen for models with originally long runtimes. This method may be especially useful as a screening tool to detect correlations between random effects since it substantially quickens the estimation of large variance-covariance blocks. To expedite the application of this diagnostic tool, the linearization procedure has been automated and implemented in the software package PsN.

15. Stochastic analysis of Chemical Reaction Networks using Linear Noise Approximation.

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Cardelli, Luca; Kwiatkowska, Marta; Laurenti, Luca

2016-11-01

Stochastic evolution of Chemical Reactions Networks (CRNs) over time is usually analyzed through solving the Chemical Master Equation (CME) or performing extensive simulations. Analysing stochasticity is often needed, particularly when some molecules occur in low numbers. Unfortunately, both approaches become infeasible if the system is complex and/or it cannot be ensured that initial populations are small. We develop a probabilistic logic for CRNs that enables stochastic analysis of the evolution of populations of molecular species. We present an approximate model checking algorithm based on the Linear Noise Approximation (LNA) of the CME, whose computational complexity is independent of the population size of each species and polynomial in the number of different species. The algorithm requires the solution of first order polynomial differential equations. We prove that our approach is valid for any CRN close enough to the thermodynamical limit. However, we show on four case studies that it can still provide good approximation even for low molecule counts. Our approach enables rigorous analysis of CRNs that are not analyzable by solving the CME, but are far from the deterministic limit. Moreover, it can be used for a fast approximate stochastic characterization of a CRN.

16. When is approximation by Gaussian networks necessarily a linear process?

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2004-09-01

Let s > or = 1 be an integer. A Gaussian network is a function on Rs of the form [Formula: see text]. The minimal separation among the centers, defined by (1/2) min(1 < or = j not = k < or = N) [Formula: see text], is an important characteristic of the network that determines the stability of interpolation by Gaussian networks, the degree of approximation by such networks, etc. Let (within this abstract only) the set of all Gaussian networks with minimal separation exceeding 1/m be denoted by Gm. We prove that for functions [Formula: see text] such that [Formula: see text], if the degree of L2(nonlinear) approximation of [Formula: see text] from Gm is [Formula: see text] then necessarily the degree of approximation of [Formula: see text] by (rectangular) partial sums of degree m2 of the Hermite expansion of [Formula: see text] is also [Formula: see text]. Moreover, Gaussian networks in Gm having fixed centers in a ball of radius [Formula: see text] and coefficients being linear functionals of [Formula: see text] can be constructed to yield the same degree of approximation. Similar results are proved for the Lp norms, 1 < or = p < or =[Formula: see text] but with the condition that the number of neurons N, should satisfy logN = [Formula: see text](m2).

17. Stochastic Analysis of Chemical Reaction Networks Using Linear Noise Approximation.

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Cardelli, Luca; Kwiatkowska, Marta; Laurenti, Luca

2016-10-28

Stochastic evolution of Chemical Reactions Networks (CRNs) over time is usually analysed through solving the Chemical Master Equation (CME) or performing extensive simulations. Analysing stochasticity is often needed, particularly when some molecules occur in low numbers. Unfortunately, both approaches become infeasible if the system is complex and/or it cannot be ensured that initial populations are small. We develop a probabilistic logic for CRNs that enables stochastic analysis of the evolution of populations of molecular species. We present an approximate model checking algorithm based on the Linear Noise Approximation (LNA) of the CME, whose computational complexity is independent of the population size of each species and polynomial in the number of different species. The algorithm requires the solution of first order polynomial differential equations. We prove that our approach is valid for any CRN close enough to the thermodynamical limit. However, we show on four case studies that it can still provide good approximation even for low molecule counts. Our approach enables rigorous analysis of CRNs that are not analyzable by solving the CME, but are far from the deterministic limit. Moreover, it can be used for a fast approximate stochastic characterization of a CRN. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

18. Dynamic and stability analysis of the linear guide with time-varying, piecewise-nonlinear stiffness by multi-term incremental harmonic balance method

Kong, Xiangxi; Sun, Wei; Wang, Bo; Wen, Bangchun

2015-06-01

The dynamic behaviors and stability of the linear guide considering contact actions are studied by multi-term incremental harmonic balance method (IHBM). Based on fully considering the parameters of the linear guide, a static model is developed and the contact stiffness is calculated according to Hertz contact theory. A generalized time-varying and piecewise-nonlinear dynamic model of the linear guide is formulated to perform an accurate investigation on its dynamic behaviors and stability. The numerical simulation is used to confirm the feasibility of the approach. The effects of excitation force and mean load on the system are analyzed in low-order nonlinearity. Multi-term IHBM and numerical simulation are employed to the effect of high-order nonlinearity and show the transition to chaos. Additionally, the effects of preload, initial contact angle, the number and diameter of balls are discussed.

19. On approximating hereditary dynamics by systems of ordinary differential equations

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Cliff, E. M.; Burns, J. A.

1978-01-01

The paper deals with methods of obtaining approximate solutions to linear retarded functional differential equations (hereditary systems). The basic notion is to project the infinite dimensional space of initial functions for the hereditary system onto a finite dimensional subspace. Within this framework, two particular schemes are discussed. The first uses well-known piecewise constant approximations, while the second is a new method based on piecewise linear approximating functions. Numerical results are given.

20. On approximating hereditary dynamics by systems of ordinary differential equations

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Cliff, E. M.; Burns, J. A.

1978-01-01

The paper deals with methods of obtaining approximate solutions to linear retarded functional differential equations (hereditary systems). The basic notion is to project the infinite dimensional space of initial functions for the hereditary system onto a finite dimensional subspace. Within this framework, two particular schemes are discussed. The first uses well-known piecewise constant approximations, while the second is a new method based on piecewise linear approximating functions. Numerical results are given.

1. RATE OF APPROXIMATION OF PIECEWISE-ANALYTIC FUNCTIONS BY RATIONAL FRACTIONS IN THE L_p-METRICS, 0 < p\\leq\\infty

Vjačeslavov, N. S.

1980-02-01

In this paper estimates are found for L_pR_n(f) - the least deviation in the L_p-metric, 0 < p\\leq\\infty, of a piecewise analytic function f from the rational functions of degree at most n. It is shown that these estimates are sharp in a well-defined sense.Bibliography: 12 titles.

2. Biochemical fluctuations, optimisation and the linear noise approximation.

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Pahle, Jürgen; Challenger, Joseph D; Mendes, Pedro; McKane, Alan J

2012-07-17

Stochastic fluctuations in molecular numbers have been in many cases shown to be crucial for the understanding of biochemical systems. However, the systematic study of these fluctuations is severely hindered by the high computational demand of stochastic simulation algorithms. This is particularly problematic when, as is often the case, some or many model parameters are not well known. Here, we propose a solution to this problem, namely a combination of the linear noise approximation with optimisation methods. The linear noise approximation is used to efficiently estimate the covariances of particle numbers in the system. Combining it with optimisation methods in a closed-loop to find extrema of covariances within a possibly high-dimensional parameter space allows us to answer various questions. Examples are, what is the lowest amplitude of stochastic fluctuations possible within given parameter ranges? Or, which specific changes of parameter values lead to the increase of the correlation between certain chemical species? Unlike stochastic simulation methods, this has no requirement for small numbers of molecules and thus can be applied to cases where stochastic simulation is prohibitive. We implemented our strategy in the software COPASI and show its applicability on two different models of mitogen-activated kinases (MAPK) signalling -- one generic model of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) and one model of signalling via p38 MAPK. Using our method we were able to quickly find local maxima of covariances between particle numbers in the ERK model depending on the activities of phospho-MKKK and its corresponding phosphatase. With the p38 MAPK model our method was able to efficiently find conditions under which the coefficient of variation of the output of the signalling system, namely the particle number of Hsp27, could be minimised. We also investigated correlations between the two parallel signalling branches (MKK3 and MKK6) in this model. Our strategy

3. Biochemical fluctuations, optimisation and the linear noise approximation

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2012-01-01

Background Stochastic fluctuations in molecular numbers have been in many cases shown to be crucial for the understanding of biochemical systems. However, the systematic study of these fluctuations is severely hindered by the high computational demand of stochastic simulation algorithms. This is particularly problematic when, as is often the case, some or many model parameters are not well known. Here, we propose a solution to this problem, namely a combination of the linear noise approximation with optimisation methods. The linear noise approximation is used to efficiently estimate the covariances of particle numbers in the system. Combining it with optimisation methods in a closed-loop to find extrema of covariances within a possibly high-dimensional parameter space allows us to answer various questions. Examples are, what is the lowest amplitude of stochastic fluctuations possible within given parameter ranges? Or, which specific changes of parameter values lead to the increase of the correlation between certain chemical species? Unlike stochastic simulation methods, this has no requirement for small numbers of molecules and thus can be applied to cases where stochastic simulation is prohibitive. Results We implemented our strategy in the software COPASI and show its applicability on two different models of mitogen-activated kinases (MAPK) signalling -- one generic model of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) and one model of signalling via p38 MAPK. Using our method we were able to quickly find local maxima of covariances between particle numbers in the ERK model depending on the activities of phospho-MKKK and its corresponding phosphatase. With the p38 MAPK model our method was able to efficiently find conditions under which the coefficient of variation of the output of the signalling system, namely the particle number of Hsp27, could be minimised. We also investigated correlations between the two parallel signalling branches (MKK3 and MKK6) in this

4. Approximate simulation of entanglement with a linear cost of communication

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Montina, A.

2011-10-15

Bell's theorem implies that the outcomes of local measurements on two maximally entangled systems cannot be simulated without classical communication between the parties. The communication cost is finite for n Bell states, but it grows exponentially in n. Three simple protocols are presented that provide approximate simulations for low-dimensional entangled systems and require a linearly growing amount of communication. We have tested them by performing some simulations for a family of measurements. The maximal error is less than 1% in three dimensions and grows sublinearly with the number of entangled bits in the range numerically tested. One protocol is the multidimensional generalization of the exact Toner-Bacon [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 187904 (2003)] model for a single Bell state. The other two protocols are generalizations of an alternative exact model, which we derive from the Kochen-Specker [J. Math. Mech. 17, 59 (1967)] scheme for simulating single-qubit measurements. These protocols can give some indication for finding optimal one-way communication protocols that classically simulate entanglement and quantum channels. Furthermore they can be useful for deciding if a quantum communication protocol provides an advantage on classical protocols.

5. Approximate simulation of entanglement with a linear cost of communication

Montina, A.

2011-10-01

Bell’s theorem implies that the outcomes of local measurements on two maximally entangled systems cannot be simulated without classical communication between the parties. The communication cost is finite for n Bell states, but it grows exponentially in n. Three simple protocols are presented that provide approximate simulations for low-dimensional entangled systems and require a linearly growing amount of communication. We have tested them by performing some simulations for a family of measurements. The maximal error is less than 1% in three dimensions and grows sublinearly with the number of entangled bits in the range numerically tested. One protocol is the multidimensional generalization of the exact Toner-Bacon [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.91.187904 91, 187904 (2003)] model for a single Bell state. The other two protocols are generalizations of an alternative exact model, which we derive from the Kochen-Specker [J. Math. Mech. 17, 59 (1967)] scheme for simulating single-qubit measurements. These protocols can give some indication for finding optimal one-way communication protocols that classically simulate entanglement and quantum channels. Furthermore they can be useful for deciding if a quantum communication protocol provides an advantage on classical protocols.

6. The structure of mode-locking regions of piecewise-linear continuous maps: I. Nearby mode-locking regions and shrinking points

Simpson, D. J. W.

2017-01-01

The mode-locking regions of a dynamical system are subsets of parameter space within which there exists an attracting periodic solution. For piecewise-linear continuous maps, these regions have a distinctive chain structure with points of zero width called shrinking points. In this paper a local analysis about an arbitrary shrinking point is performed. This is achieved by studying the symbolic itineraries of periodic solutions in nearby mode-locking regions and performing an asymptotic analysis on one-dimensional centre manifolds in order to build a comprehensive theoretical framework for the local dynamics. The main results are universal quantitative descriptions for the shape of nearby mode-locking regions, the location of nearby shrinking points, and the key properties of these shrinking points. The results are applied to the three-dimensional border-collision normal form, a model of an oscillator subject to dry friction, and a model of a DC/DC power converter.

7. Coexistence and local μ-stability of multiple equilibrium points for memristive neural networks with nonmonotonic piecewise linear activation functions and unbounded time-varying delays.

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Nie, Xiaobing; Zheng, Wei Xing; Cao, Jinde

2016-12-01

In this paper, the coexistence and dynamical behaviors of multiple equilibrium points are discussed for a class of memristive neural networks (MNNs) with unbounded time-varying delays and nonmonotonic piecewise linear activation functions. By means of the fixed point theorem, nonsmooth analysis theory and rigorous mathematical analysis, it is proven that under some conditions, such n-neuron MNNs can have 5(n) equilibrium points located in ℜ(n), and 3(n) of them are locally μ-stable. As a direct application, some criteria are also obtained on the multiple exponential stability, multiple power stability, multiple log-stability and multiple log-log-stability. All these results reveal that the addressed neural networks with activation functions introduced in this paper can generate greater storage capacity than the ones with Mexican-hat-type activation function. Numerical simulations are presented to substantiate the theoretical results. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

8. Surface plasmon-polariton propagation in piecewise linear chains of composite nanospheres: the role of optical gain and chain layout.

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Udagedara, Indika B; Rukhlenko, Ivan D; Premaratne, Malin

2011-10-10

The energy transport properties of plasmonic waveguides can be analyzed by solving the dispersion relation for surface plasmon-polaritons (SPPs). We use this approach to derive an approximate analytical expression for SPP propagation length when the waveguide is composed of linearly arranged metallic nanoparticles, while assuming that metal losses are small or partially compensated by gain. Applied to metal-dielectric (composite) nanospheres, the obtained expression allows us to optimize the performance of the waveguide and arrive at a number of practical design rules. Specifically, we show that SPP attenuation can be minimized at a certain interparticle distance for transverse modes, but gradually grows for both longitudinal and transverse modes with the increase of particle separation. We also show that the two basic methods of supplying gain to the system, i.e., embedding the particles into a gain medium or having a metal-gain composition for the particles, do not perform equally well and the former method is more efficient, but the way the two methods affect depends on the polarization of SPPs. To investigate the role of the nanoparticles' arrangement in determining SPP characteristics, we follow a purely numerical approach and consider a two-segment bent waveguide as an example. Analyzing the waveguide's transmission shows that it behaves in an oscillatory manner with respect to the angle between the two segments and is therefore higher for certain angles than for the others. This suggests that, in the design of waveguides with bends, careful attention needs to be paid in order to avoid bend angles that yield low transmission and to choose angles that give maximum transmission.

9. A Free-Knot Spline Modeling Framework for Piecewise Linear Logistic Regression in Complex Samples with Body Mass Index and Mortality as an Example

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Keith, Scott W.; Allison, David B.

2014-01-01

This paper details the design, evaluation, and implementation of a framework for detecting and modeling non-linearity between a binary outcome and a continuous predictor variable adjusted for covariates in complex samples. The framework provides familiar-looking parameterizations of output in terms of linear slope coefficients and odds ratios. Estimation methods focus on maximum likelihood optimization of piecewise linear free-knot splines formulated as B-splines. Correctly specifying the optimal number and positions of the knots improves the model, but is marked by computational intensity and numerical instability. Our inference methods utilize both parametric and non-parametric bootstrapping. Unlike other non-linear modeling packages, this framework is designed to incorporate multistage survey sample designs common to nationally representative datasets. We illustrate the approach and evaluate its performance in specifying the correct number of knots under various conditions with an example using body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) and the complex multistage sampling design from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to simulate binary mortality outcomes data having realistic non-linear sample-weighted risk associations with BMI. BMI and mortality data provide a particularly apt example and area of application since BMI is commonly recorded in large health surveys with complex designs, often categorized for modeling, and non-linearly related to mortality. When complex sample design considerations were ignored, our method was generally similar to or more accurate than two common model selection procedures, Schwarz’s Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) and Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC), in terms of correctly selecting the correct number of knots. Our approach provided accurate knot selections when complex sampling weights were incorporated, while AIC and BIC were not effective under these conditions. PMID:25610831

10. On CP, LP and other piecewise perturbation methods for the numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation

Ledoux, Veerle; van Daele, Marnix

2011-12-01

The piecewise perturbation methods (PPM) have proven to be very efficient for the numerical solution of the linear time-independent Schrödinger equation. The underlying idea is to replace the potential function piecewisely by simpler approximations and then to solve the approximating problem. The accuracy is improved by adding some perturbation corrections. Two types of approximating potentials were considered in the literature, that is piecewise constant and piecewise linear functions, giving rise to the so-called CP methods (CPM) and LP methods (LPM). Piecewise polynomials of higher degree have not been used since the approximating problem is not easy to integrate analytically. As suggested by Ixaru (Comput Phys Commun 177:897-907, 2007), this problem can be circumvented using another perturbative approach to construct an expression for the solution of the approximating problem. In this paper, we show that there is, however, no need to consider PPM based on higher-order polynomials, since these methods are equivalent to the CPM. Also, LPM is equivalent to CPM, although it was sometimes suggested in the literature that an LP method is more suited for problems with strongly varying potentials. We advocate that CP schemes can (and should) be used in all cases, since it forms the most straightforward way of devising PPM and there is no advantage in considering other piecewise polynomial perturbation methods.

11. Approximate inverse preconditioning of iterative methods for nonsymmetric linear systems

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Benzi, M.; Tuma, M.

1996-12-31

A method for computing an incomplete factorization of the inverse of a nonsymmetric matrix A is presented. The resulting factorized sparse approximate inverse is used as a preconditioner in the iterative solution of Ax = b by Krylov subspace methods.

12. A Study of Linear Approximation Techniques for SAR Azimuth Processing

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Martinson, L. W.; Perry, R. P.; Liu, B.

1979-01-01

The application of the step transform subarray processing techniques to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) was studied. The subarray technique permits the application of efficient digital transform computational techniques such as the fast Fourier transform to be applied while offering an effective tool for range migration compensation. Range migration compensation is applied at the subarray level, and with the subarray size based on worst case range migration conditions, a minimum control system is achieved. A baseline processor was designed for a four-look SAR system covering approximately 4096 by 4096 SAR sample field every 2.5 seconds. Implementation of the baseline system was projected using advanced low power technologies. A 20 swath is implemented with approximately 1000 circuits having a power dissipation of from 70 to 195 watts. The baseline batch step transform processor is compared to a continuous strip processor, and variations of the baseline are developed for a wide range of SAR parameters.

13. Multistability of memristive Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with non-monotonic piecewise linear activation functions and time-varying delays.

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Nie, Xiaobing; Zheng, Wei Xing; Cao, Jinde

2015-11-01

The problem of coexistence and dynamical behaviors of multiple equilibrium points is addressed for a class of memristive Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with non-monotonic piecewise linear activation functions and time-varying delays. By virtue of the fixed point theorem, nonsmooth analysis theory and other analytical tools, some sufficient conditions are established to guarantee that such n-dimensional memristive Cohen-Grossberg neural networks can have 5(n) equilibrium points, among which 3(n) equilibrium points are locally exponentially stable. It is shown that greater storage capacity can be achieved by neural networks with the non-monotonic activation functions introduced herein than the ones with Mexican-hat-type activation function. In addition, unlike most existing multistability results of neural networks with monotonic activation functions, those obtained 3(n) locally stable equilibrium points are located both in saturated regions and unsaturated regions. The theoretical findings are verified by an illustrative example with computer simulations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

14. Asymptotic high frequency analysis of the electromagnetic backscattering from an inlet model consisting of piecewise linearly tapered sections

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Altintas, A.; Pathak, P. H.

1985-01-01

Electromagnetic backscattering from an open ended three dimensional inlet model is analyzed and computed patterns are compared with results of experimental measurements. The model is comprised of two sections. The first section consists of a linearly tapered waveguide with a rectangular opening at one end and the other end is connected to the second section which is a uniform rectangular waveguide with a planar perfectly conducting termination. The model is electrically large so that many propagating modes are excited. The method of analysis contains conventional aperture integration and modal techniques combined with high frequency techniques, which employ concepts such as modal rays, geometrical theory of diffraction and equivalent currents. For the cases considered, it is shown that only a few of the many propagating modes contribute appreciably to the backscattered field. These modes are selected according to their modal ray angle directions.

15. A free-knot spline modeling framework for piecewise linear logistic regression in complex samples with body mass index and mortality as an example.

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Keith, Scott W; Allison, David B

2014-09-29

This paper details the design, evaluation, and implementation of a framework for detecting and modeling nonlinearity between a binary outcome and a continuous predictor variable adjusted for covariates in complex samples. The framework provides familiar-looking parameterizations of output in terms of linear slope coefficients and odds ratios. Estimation methods focus on maximum likelihood optimization of piecewise linear free-knot splines formulated as B-splines. Correctly specifying the optimal number and positions of the knots improves the model, but is marked by computational intensity and numerical instability. Our inference methods utilize both parametric and nonparametric bootstrapping. Unlike other nonlinear modeling packages, this framework is designed to incorporate multistage survey sample designs common to nationally representative datasets. We illustrate the approach and evaluate its performance in specifying the correct number of knots under various conditions with an example using body mass index (BMI; kg/m(2)) and the complex multi-stage sampling design from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to simulate binary mortality outcomes data having realistic nonlinear sample-weighted risk associations with BMI. BMI and mortality data provide a particularly apt example and area of application since BMI is commonly recorded in large health surveys with complex designs, often categorized for modeling, and nonlinearly related to mortality. When complex sample design considerations were ignored, our method was generally similar to or more accurate than two common model selection procedures, Schwarz's Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) and Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC), in terms of correctly selecting the correct number of knots. Our approach provided accurate knot selections when complex sampling weights were incorporated, while AIC and BIC were not effective under these conditions.

16. A piecewise linear modeling approach for testing competing theories of habitat selection: an example with mule deer in northern winter ranges.

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Manning, Jeffrey A; Garton, Edward O

2013-07-01

Habitat selection fundamentally drives the distribution of organisms across landscapes; density-dependent habitat selection (DDHS) is considered a central component of ecological theories explaining habitat use and population regulation. A preponderance of DDHS theories is based on ideal distributions, such that organisms select habitat according to either the ideal free, despotic, or pre-emptive distributions. Models that can be used to simultaneously test competing DDHS theories are desirable to help improve our understanding of habitat selection. We developed hierarchical, piecewise linear models that allow for simultaneous testing of DDHS theories and accommodate densities from multiple habitats and regional populations, environmental covariates, and random effects. We demonstrate the use of these models with data on mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) abundance and net energy costs in different snow depths within winter ranges of five regional populations in western Idaho, USA. Regional population density explained 40% of the variation in population growth, and we found that deer were ideal free in winter ranges. Deer occupied habitats with lowest net energy costs at higher densities and at a higher rate than compared to habitats with intermediate and high energy costs. The proportion of a regional population in low energy cost habitat the previous year accounted for a significant amount of variation in population growth (17%), demonstrating the importance of winter habitat selection in regulating deer populations. These linear models are most appropriate for empirical data collected from centralized habitat patches within the local range of a species where individuals are either year-round residents or migratory (but have already arrived from migration).

17. Comparison of interpolation and approximation methods for optical freeform synthesis

Voznesenskaya, Anna; Krizskiy, Pavel

2017-06-01

Interpolation and approximation methods for freeform surface synthesis are analyzed using the developed software tool. Special computer tool is developed and results of freeform surface modeling with piecewise linear interpolation, piecewise quadratic interpolation, cubic spline interpolation, Lagrange polynomial interpolation are considered. The most accurate interpolation method is recommended. Surface profiles are approximated with the square least method. The freeform systems are generated in optical design software.

18. Legendre-tau approximation for functional differential equations. II - The linear quadratic optimal control problem

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Ito, Kazufumi; Teglas, Russell

1987-01-01

The numerical scheme based on the Legendre-tau approximation is proposed to approximate the feedback solution to the linear quadratic optimal control problem for hereditary differential systems. The convergence property is established using Trotter ideas. The method yields very good approximations at low orders and provides an approximation technique for computing closed-loop eigenvalues of the feedback system. A comparison with existing methods (based on averaging and spline approximations) is made.

19. Legendre-tau approximation for functional differential equations. Part 2: The linear quadratic optimal control problem

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Ito, K.; Teglas, R.

1984-01-01

The numerical scheme based on the Legendre-tau approximation is proposed to approximate the feedback solution to the linear quadratic optimal control problem for hereditary differential systems. The convergence property is established using Trotter ideas. The method yields very good approximations at low orders and provides an approximation technique for computing closed-loop eigenvalues of the feedback system. A comparison with existing methods (based on averaging and spline approximations) is made.

20. RKH space approximations for the feedback operator in a linear hereditary control system

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Reneke, J. A.; Fennell, R. E.

1987-01-01

Computational implementation of feedback control laws for linear hereditary systems requires the approximation of infinite dimensional feedback operators with finite dimensional operators. The dense subspaces of K-polygonal functions in reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, RKH spaces, suggest finite dimensional approximations of the matrix representations of the control operators. A convergence theorem is developed for the approximations and the numerical implementation of the approximations is discussed.

1. Mechanical System Reliability and Cost Integration Using a Sequential Linear Approximation Method

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Kowal, Michael T.

1997-01-01

The development of new products is dependent on product designs that incorporate high levels of reliability along with a design that meets predetermined levels of system cost. Additional constraints on the product include explicit and implicit performance requirements. Existing reliability and cost prediction methods result in no direct linkage between variables affecting these two dominant product attributes. A methodology to integrate reliability and cost estimates using a sequential linear approximation method is proposed. The sequential linear approximation method utilizes probability of failure sensitivities determined from probabilistic reliability methods as well a manufacturing cost sensitivities. The application of the sequential linear approximation method to a mechanical system is demonstrated.

2. Numerical approximation for the infinite-dimensional discrete-time optimal linear-quadratic regulator problem

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Gibson, J. S.; Rosen, I. G.

1986-01-01

An abstract approximation framework is developed for the finite and infinite time horizon discrete-time linear-quadratic regulator problem for systems whose state dynamics are described by a linear semigroup of operators on an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. The schemes included the framework yield finite dimensional approximations to the linear state feedback gains which determine the optimal control law. Convergence arguments are given. Examples involving hereditary and parabolic systems and the vibration of a flexible beam are considered. Spline-based finite element schemes for these classes of problems, together with numerical results, are presented and discussed.

3. Numerical approximation for the infinite-dimensional discrete-time optimal linear-quadratic regulator problem

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Gibson, J. S.; Rosen, I. G.

1988-01-01

An abstract approximation framework is developed for the finite and infinite time horizon discrete-time linear-quadratic regulator problem for systems whose state dynamics are described by a linear semigroup of operators on an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. The schemes included the framework yield finite dimensional approximations to the linear state feedback gains which determine the optimal control law. Convergence arguments are given. Examples involving hereditary and parabolic systems and the vibration of a flexible beam are considered. Spline-based finite element schemes for these classes of problems, together with numerical results, are presented and discussed.

4. Linear-phase approximation in the triangular facet near-field physical optics computer program

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Imbriale, W. A.; Hodges, R. E.

1990-01-01

Analyses of reflector antenna surfaces use a computer program based on a discrete approximation of the radiation integral. The calculation replaces the actual surface with a triangular facet representation; the physical optics current is assumed to be constant over each facet. Described here is a method of calculation using linear-phase approximation of the surface currents of parabolas, ellipses, and shaped subreflectors and compares results with a previous program that used a constant-phase approximation of the triangular facets. The results show that the linear-phase approximation is a significant improvement over the constant-phase approximation, and enables computation of 100 to 1,000 lambda reflectors within a reasonable time on a Cray computer.

5. Approximation theory for LQG (Linear-Quadratic-Gaussian) optimal control of flexible structures

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1988-01-01

An approximation theory is presented for the LQG (Linear-Quadratic-Gaussian) optimal control problem for flexible structures whose distributed models have bounded input and output operators. The main purpose of the theory is to guide the design of finite dimensional compensators that approximate closely the optimal compensator. The optimal LQG problem separates into an optimal linear-quadratic regulator problem and an optimal state estimation problem. The solution of the former problem lies in the solution to an infinite dimensional Riccati operator equation. The approximation scheme approximates the infinite dimensional LQG problem with a sequence of finite dimensional LQG problems defined for a sequence of finite dimensional, usually finite element or modal, approximations of the distributed model of the structure. Two Riccati matrix equations determine the solution to each approximating problem. The finite dimensional equations for numerical approximation are developed, including formulas for converting matrix control and estimator gains to their functional representation to allow comparison of gains based on different orders of approximation. Convergence of the approximating control and estimator gains and of the corresponding finite dimensional compensators is studied. Also, convergence and stability of the closed-loop systems produced with the finite dimensional compensators are discussed. The convergence theory is based on the convergence of the solutions of the finite dimensional Riccati equations to the solutions of the infinite dimensional Riccati equations. A numerical example with a flexible beam, a rotating rigid body, and a lumped mass is given.

6. Modeling of crossbred cattle growth, comparison between cubic and piecewise random regression models.

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Mirzaei, H R; Pitchford, W S; Verbyla, A P

2011-09-27

Two analyses, cubic and piecewise random regression, were conducted to model growth of crossbred cattle from birth to about two years of age, investigating the ability of a piecewise procedure to fit growth traits without the complications of the cubic model. During a four-year period (1994-1997) of the Australian "Southern Crossbreeding Project", mature Hereford cows (N = 581) were mated to 97 sires of Angus, Belgian Blue, Hereford, Jersey, Limousin, South Devon, and Wagyu breeds, resulting in 1141 steers and heifers born over four years. Data included 13 (for steers) and eight (for heifers) live body weight measurements, made approximately every 50 days from birth until slaughter. The mixed model included fixed effects of sex, sire breed, age (linear, quadratic and cubic), and their interactions between sex and sire breed with age. Random effects were sire, dam, management (birth location, year, post-weaning groups), and permanent environmental effects and for each of these when possible, their interactions with linear, quadratic and cubic growth. In both models, body weights of all breeds increased over pre-weaning period, held fairly steady (slightly flattening) over the dry season then increased again towards the end of the feedlot period. The number of estimated parameters for the cubic model was 22 while for the piecewise model it was 32. It was concluded that the piecewise model was very similar to the cubic model in the fit to the data; with the piecewise model being marginally better. The piecewise model seems to fit the data better at the end of the growth period.

7. Linear Time-Variant Space-Variant Filters and the WKB Approximation.

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1983-10-01

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8. Piecewise Cubic Interpolation Package

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Fritsch, F. N.; LLNL,

1982-04-23

PCHIP (Piecewise Cubic Interpolation Package) is a set of subroutines for piecewise cubic Hermite interpolation of data. It features software to produce a monotone and "visually pleasing" interpolant to monotone data. Such an interpolant may be more reasonable than a cubic spline if the data contain both 'steep' and 'flat' sections. Interpolation of cumulative probability distribution functions is another application. In PCHIP, all piecewise cubic functions are represented in cubic Hermite form; that is, f(x) is determined by its values f(i) and derivatives d(i) at the breakpoints x(i), i=1(1)N. PCHIP contains three routines - PCHIM, PCHIC, and PCHSP to determine derivative values, six routines - CHFEV, PCHFE, CHFDV, PCHFD, PCHID, and PCHIA to evaluate, differentiate, or integrate the resulting cubic Hermite function, and one routine to check for monotonicity. A FORTRAN 77 version and SLATEC version of PCHIP are included.

9. Error estimates for approximate dynamic systems. [linear and nonlinear control systems of different dimensions

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Gunderson, R. W.; George, J. H.

1974-01-01

Two approaches are investigated for obtaining estimates on the error between approximate and exact solutions of dynamic systems. The first method is primarily useful if the system is nonlinear and of low dimension. The second requires construction of a system of v-functions but is useful for higher dimensional systems, either linear or nonlinear.

10. Linear Vlasov theory in the shearing sheet approximation with application to the magneto-rotational instability

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Heinemann, Tobias; Quataert, Eliot E-mail: eliot@berkeley.edu

2014-09-01

We derive the conductivity tensor for axisymmetric perturbations of a hot, collisionless, and charge-neutral plasma in the shearing sheet approximation. Our results generalize the well-known linear Vlasov theory for uniform plasmas to differentially rotating plasmas and can be used for wide range of kinetic stability calculations. We apply these results to the linear theory of the magneto-rotational instability (MRI) in collisionless plasmas. We show analytically and numerically how the general kinetic theory results derived here reduce in appropriate limits to previous results in the literature, including the low-frequency guiding center (or 'kinetic MHD') approximation, Hall magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and the gyro-viscous approximation. We revisit the cold plasma model of the MRI and show that, contrary to previous results, an initially unmagnetized collisionless plasma is linearly stable to axisymmetric perturbations in the cold plasma approximation. In addition to their application to astrophysical plasmas, our results provide a useful framework for assessing the linear stability of differentially rotating plasmas in laboratory experiments.

11. Fall with Linear Drag and Wien's Displacement Law: Approximate Solution and Lambert Function

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Vial, Alexandre

2012-01-01

We present an approximate solution for the downward time of travel in the case of a mass falling with a linear drag force. We show how a quasi-analytical solution implying the Lambert function can be found. We also show that solving the previous problem is equivalent to the search for Wien's displacement law. These results can be of interest for…

12. Fall with Linear Drag and Wien's Displacement Law: Approximate Solution and Lambert Function

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Vial, Alexandre

2012-01-01

We present an approximate solution for the downward time of travel in the case of a mass falling with a linear drag force. We show how a quasi-analytical solution implying the Lambert function can be found. We also show that solving the previous problem is equivalent to the search for Wien's displacement law. These results can be of interest for…

13. Error estimates for approximate dynamic systems. [linear and nonlinear control systems of different dimensions

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Gunderson, R. W.; George, J. H.

1974-01-01

Two approaches are investigated for obtaining estimates on the error between approximate and exact solutions of dynamic systems. The first method is primarily useful if the system is nonlinear and of low dimension. The second requires construction of a system of v-functions but is useful for higher dimensional systems, either linear or nonlinear.

14. The algebra of linear functionals on polynomials, with applications to Padé approximation

Brezinski, C.; Maroni, P.

1996-12-01

Some results about the algebra of linear functionals on the vector space of complex polynomials are given. These results have applications to Padé-type and Padé approximation. In particular an expression for the relative error is obtained.

15. Approximate solutions of non-linear circular orbit relative motion in curvilinear coordinates

Bombardelli, Claudio; Gonzalo, Juan Luis; Roa, Javier

2017-01-01

A compact, time-explicit, approximate solution of the highly non-linear relative motion in curvilinear coordinates is provided under the assumption of circular orbit for the chief spacecraft. The rather compact, three-dimensional solution is obtained by algebraic manipulation of the individual Keplerian motions in curvilinear, rather than Cartesian coordinates, and provides analytical expressions for the secular, constant and periodic terms of each coordinate as a function of the initial relative motion conditions or relative orbital elements. Numerical test cases are conducted to show that the approximate solution can be effectively employed to extend the classical linear Clohessy-Wiltshire solution to include non-linear relative motion without significant loss of accuracy up to a limit of 0.4-0.45 in eccentricity and 40-45° in relative inclination for the follower. A very simple, quadratic extension of the classical Clohessy-Wiltshire solution in curvilinear coordinates is also presented.

16. Linear Approximation to Optimal Control Allocation for Rocket Nozzles with Elliptical Constraints

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Orr, Jeb S.; Wall, Johnm W.

2011-01-01

In this paper we present a straightforward technique for assessing and realizing the maximum control moment effectiveness for a launch vehicle with multiple constrained rocket nozzles, where elliptical deflection limits in gimbal axes are expressed as an ensemble of independent quadratic constraints. A direct method of determining an approximating ellipsoid that inscribes the set of attainable angular accelerations is derived. In the case of a parameterized linear generalized inverse, the geometry of the attainable set is computationally expensive to obtain but can be approximated to a high degree of accuracy with the proposed method. A linear inverse can then be optimized to maximize the volume of the true attainable set by maximizing the volume of the approximating ellipsoid. The use of a linear inverse does not preclude the use of linear methods for stability analysis and control design, preferred in practice for assessing the stability characteristics of the inertial and servoelastic coupling appearing in large boosters. The present techniques are demonstrated via application to the control allocation scheme for a concept heavy-lift launch vehicle.

17. Approximate non-linear multiparameter inversion with single and double scattering seismic wavefields in acoustic media

Ouyang, Wei; Mao, Weijian; Li, Wuqun; Zhang, Pan

2017-02-01

An approach for approximate direct quadratic non-linear inversion in two-parameter (density and bulk modulus) heterogeneous acoustic media is being presented and discussed in this paper. The approach consists of two parts: the first is a linear generalized Radon transform (GRT) migration procedure based on the weighted true-amplitude summation of pre-stack seismic scattered data that is adapted to a virtually arbitrary observing system, and the second is a non-iterative quadratic inversion operation, produced from the explicit expression of amplitude radiation pattern that is acting on the migrated data. This ensures the asymptotic inversion can continue to simultaneously locate the discontinuities and reconstruct the size of the discontinuities in the perturbation parameters describing the acoustic media. We identify that the amplitude radiation pattern is the binary quadratic combination of the parameters in the process of formulating non-linear inverse scattering problems based on second-order Born approximation. The coefficients of the quadratic terms are computed by appropriately handling the double scattering effects. These added quadratic terms provide a better amplitude correction for the parameters inversion. Through numerical tests, we show that for strong perturbations, the errors of the linear inversion are significant and unacceptable. In contrast, the quadratic non-linear inversion can give fairly accurate inversion results and keep almost the same computational complexity as conventional GRT liner inversion.

18. Persistent Spins in the Linear Diffusion Approximation of Phase Ordering and Zeros of Stationary Gaussian Processes

Derrida, Bernard; Hakim, Vincent; Zeitak, Reuven

1996-09-01

The fraction r\$$t\$$ of spins which have never flipped up to time t is studied within a linear diffusion approximation to phase ordering. Numerical simulations show that r\$$t\$$ decays with time like a power law with a nontrivial exponent θ which depends on the space dimension. The dynamics is a special case of a stationary Gaussian process of known correlation function. The exponent θ is given by the asymptotic decay of the probability distribution of intervals between consecutive zero crossings. An approximation based on the assumption that successive zero crossings are independent random variables gives values of θ in close agreement with the results of simulations.

19. Comparison of dynamical approximation schemes for non-linear gravitational clustering

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1994-01-01

We have recently conducted a controlled comparison of a number of approximations for gravitational clustering against the same n-body simulations. These include ordinary linear perturbation theory (Eulerian), the adhesion approximation, the frozen-flow approximation, the Zel'dovich approximation (describable as first-order Lagrangian perturbation theory), and its second-order generalization. In the last two cases we also created new versions of approximation by truncation, i.e., smoothing the initial conditions by various smoothing window shapes and varying their sizes. The primary tool for comparing simulations to approximation schemes was crosscorrelation of the evolved mass density fields, testing the extent to which mass was moved to the right place. The Zel'dovich approximation, with initial convolution with a Gaussian e(exp -k(exp 2)/k(exp 2, sub G)) where k(sub G) is adjusted to be just into the nonlinear regime of the evolved model (details in text) worked extremely well. Its second-order generalization worked slightly better. All other schemes, including those proposed as generalizations of the Zel'dovich approximation created by adding forces, were in fact generally worse by this measure. By explicitly checking, we verified that the success of our best-choice was a result of the best treatment of the phases of nonlinear Fourier components. Of all schemes tested, the adhesion approximation produced the most accurate nonlinear power spectrum and density distribution, but its phase errors suggest mass condensations were moved to slightly the wrong location. Due to its better reproduction of the mass density distribution function and power spectrum, it might be preferred for some uses. We recommend either n-body simulations or our modified versions of the Zel'dovich approximation, depending upon the purpose. The theoretical implication is that pancaking is implicit in all cosmological gravitational clustering, at least from Gaussian initial conditions, even

20. Assessment of Tuning Methods for Enforcing Approximate Energy Linearity in Range-Separated Hybrid Functionals.

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Gledhill, Jonathan D; Peach, Michael J G; Tozer, David J

2013-10-08

A range of tuning methods, for enforcing approximate energy linearity through a system-by-system optimization of a range-separated hybrid functional, are assessed. For a series of atoms, the accuracy of the frontier orbital energies, ionization potentials, electron affinities, and orbital energy gaps is quantified, and particular attention is paid to the extent to which approximate energy linearity is actually achieved. The tuning methods can yield significantly improved orbital energies and orbital energy gaps, compared to those from conventional functionals. For systems with integer M electrons, optimal results are obtained using a tuning norm based on the highest occupied orbital energy of the M and M + 1 electron systems, with deviations of just 0.1-0.2 eV in these quantities, compared to exact values. However, detailed examination for the carbon atom illustrates a subtle cancellation between errors arising from nonlinearity and errors in the computed ionization potentials and electron affinities used in the tuning.

1. Challenges within the linear response approximation when studying enzyme catalysis and effects of mutations.

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Sharir-Ivry, Avital; Varatharaj, Rajapandian; Shurki, Avital

2015-01-13

Various aspects of the linear response approximation (LRA) approach were examined when calculating reaction barriers within an enzyme and its different mutants. Scaling the electrostatic interactions is shown to slightly affect the absolute values of the barriers but not the overall trend when comparing wild-type and mutants. Convergence of the overall energetics was shown to depend on the sampling. Finally, the contribution of particular residues was shown to be significant, despite its small value.

2. Dielectric function beyond the random-phase approximation: kinetic theory versus linear response theory.

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Reinholz, H; Röpke, G

2012-03-01

Calculating the frequency-dependent dielectric function for strongly coupled plasmas, the relations within kinetic theory and linear response theory are derived and discussed in comparison. In this context, we give a proof that the Kohler variational principle can be extended to arbitrary frequencies. It is shown to be a special case of the Zubarev method for the construction of a nonequilibrium statistical operator from the principle of the extremum of entropy production. Within kinetic theory, the commonly used energy-dependent relaxation time approach is strictly valid only for the Lorentz plasma in the static case. It is compared with the result from linear response theory that includes electron-electron interactions and applies for arbitrary frequencies, including bremsstrahlung emission. It is shown how a general approach to linear response encompasses the different approximations and opens options for systematic improvements.

3. Approximating the linear quadratic optimal control law for hereditary systems with delays in the control

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Milman, Mark H.

1988-01-01

The fundamental control synthesis issue of establishing a priori convergence rates of approximation schemes for feedback controllers for a class of distributed parameter systems is addressed within the context of hereditary schemes. Specifically, a factorization approach is presented for deriving approximations to the optimal feedback gains for the linear regulator-quadratic cost problem associated with time-varying functional differential equations with control delays. The approach is based on a discretization of the state penalty which leads to a simple structure for the feedback control law. General properties of the Volterra factors of Hilbert-Schmidt operators are then used to obtain convergence results for the controls, trajectories and feedback kernels. Two algorithms are derived from the basic approximation scheme, including a fast algorithm, in the time-invariant case. A numerical example is also considered.

4. Approximating the linear quadratic optimal control law for hereditary systems with delays in the control

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Milman, Mark H.

1987-01-01

The fundamental control synthesis issue of establishing a priori convergence rates of approximation schemes for feedback controllers for a class of distributed parameter systems is addressed within the context of hereditary systems. Specifically, a factorization approach is presented for deriving approximations to the optimal feedback gains for the linear regulator-quadratic cost problem associated with time-varying functional differential equations with control delays. The approach is based on a discretization of the state penalty which leads to a simple structure for the feedback control law. General properties of the Volterra factors of Hilbert-Schmidt operators are then used to obtain convergence results for the controls, trajectories and feedback kernels. Two algorithms are derived from the basic approximation scheme, including a fast algorithm, in the time-invariant case. A numerical example is also considered.

5. Approximating the linear quadratic optimal control law for hereditary systems with delays in the control

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Milman, Mark H.

1988-01-01

The fundamental control synthesis issue of establishing a priori convergence rates of approximation schemes for feedback controllers for a class of distributed parameter systems is addressed within the context of hereditary schemes. Specifically, a factorization approach is presented for deriving approximations to the optimal feedback gains for the linear regulator-quadratic cost problem associated with time-varying functional differential equations with control delays. The approach is based on a discretization of the state penalty which leads to a simple structure for the feedback control law. General properties of the Volterra factors of Hilbert-Schmidt operators are then used to obtain convergence results for the controls, trajectories and feedback kernels. Two algorithms are derived from the basic approximation scheme, including a fast algorithm, in the time-invariant case. A numerical example is also considered.

6. Non-linear global optimization via parameterization and inverse function approximation: an artificial neural networks approach.

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Mayorga, René V; Arriaga, Mariano

2007-10-01

In this article, a novel technique for non-linear global optimization is presented. The main goal is to find the optimal global solution of non-linear problems avoiding sub-optimal local solutions or inflection points. The proposed technique is based on a two steps concept: properly keep decreasing the value of the objective function, and calculating the corresponding independent variables by approximating its inverse function. The decreasing process can continue even after reaching local minima and, in general, the algorithm stops when converging to solutions near the global minimum. The implementation of the proposed technique by conventional numerical methods may require a considerable computational effort on the approximation of the inverse function. Thus, here a novel Artificial Neural Network (ANN) approach is implemented to reduce the computational requirements of the proposed optimization technique. This approach is successfully tested on some highly non-linear functions possessing several local minima. The results obtained demonstrate that the proposed approach compares favorably over some current conventional numerical (Matlab functions) methods, and other non-conventional (Evolutionary Algorithms, Simulated Annealing) optimization methods.

7. Dynamics of a spinning particle in a linear in spin Hamiltonian approximation

Lukes-Gerakopoulos, Georgios; Katsanikas, Matthaios; Patsis, Panos A.; Seyrich, Jonathan

2016-07-01

We investigate for order and chaos the dynamical system of a spinning test particle of mass m moving in the spacetime background of a Kerr black hole of mass M . This system is approximated in our investigation by the linear in spin Hamiltonian function [E. Barausse and A. Buonanno, Phys. Rev. D 81, 084024 (2010)]. We study the corresponding phase space by using 2D projections on a surface of section and the method of color and rotation on a 4D Poincaré section. Various topological structures coming from the nonintegrability of the linear in spin Hamiltonian are found and discussed. Moreover, an interesting result is that from the value of the dimensionless spin S /(m M )=10-4 of the particle and below, the impact of the nonintegrability of the system on the motion of the particle seems to be negligible.

8. Linearization of a heat-transfer system model with approximation of transport time delay

Shilin, A. A.; Bukreev, V. G.

2014-10-01

A method is proposed for linearizing the nonlinear model of a heat-transfer facility the state variables of which at equilibrium points are determined by numerically solving the initial bilinear system of differential equations for a stationary position of the control valve equipped with a constant-speed electric drive. The considerable transport time delay resulting from the distributed design of the heat-transfer system secondary circuit is approximated by a limited number of first-order inertial sections for obtaining a mathematical model in the Cauchy form. The proposed linearization method is tested on an operating hot-water supply heat-transfer system, and the study results are presented in the form of transient curves.

9. On vague logics and approximate reasoning based on vague linear transformation

Feng, Zhi-Qiang; Liu, Cun-Gen

2012-09-01

As a generalisation of the Fuzzy Sets theory, vague set has been proven to be a new tool in dealing with vague information. In this article, we attempt to generalise the techniques of fuzzy inference in a vague environment. In the rule-based inference system, an 'if … then …' rule can be considered a transformer that implements information conversion between input-output ends. Thus, according to the logical operations of vague linguistic variables, we introduce an approach to approximation inference based on linear transformation, and then discuss the representations for several inference structures regarding single rule, multi-rules and compound rules. By defining the inclusion function of vague sets, we provide vague rough approximation based on measure of inclusion, and then present a method on rule creation from a decision system. A case study on the prediction for welding deformation is used to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approaches.

10. Linear decomposition method for approximating arbitrary magnetic field profiles by optimization of discrete electromagnet currents

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Tejero, E. M.; Gatling, G.

2009-03-15

A method for approximating arbitrary axial magnetic field profiles for a given solenoidal electromagnet coil array is described. The method casts the individual contributions from each coil as a truncated orthonormal basis for the space within the array. This truncated basis allows for the linear decomposition of an arbitrary profile function, which returns the appropriate currents for each coil to best reproduce the desired profile. We present the mathematical details of the method along with a detailed example of its use. The results from the method are used in a simulation and compared with magnetic field measuremen0008.

11. Stochastic processes with distributed delays: chemical Langevin equation and linear-noise approximation.

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Brett, Tobias; Galla, Tobias

2013-06-21

We develop a systematic approach to the linear-noise approximation for stochastic reaction systems with distributed delays. Unlike most existing work our formalism does not rely on a master equation; instead it is based upon a dynamical generating functional describing the probability measure over all possible paths of the dynamics. We derive general expressions for the chemical Langevin equation for a broad class of non-Markovian systems with distributed delay. Exemplars of a model of gene regulation with delayed autoinhibition and a model of epidemic spread with delayed recovery provide evidence of the applicability of our results.

12. A novel impact identification algorithm based on a linear approximation with maximum entropy

Sanchez, N.; Meruane, V.; Ortiz-Bernardin, A.

2016-09-01

This article presents a novel impact identification algorithm that uses a linear approximation handled by a statistical inference model based on the maximum-entropy principle, termed linear approximation with maximum entropy (LME). Unlike other regression algorithms as artificial neural networks (ANNs) and support vector machines, the proposed algorithm requires only parameter to be selected and the impact is identified after solving a convex optimization problem that has a unique solution. In addition, with LME data is processed in a period of time that is comparable to the one of other algorithms. The performance of the proposed methodology is validated by considering an experimental aluminum plate. Time varying strain data is measured using four piezoceramic sensors bonded to the plate. To demonstrate the potential of the proposed approach over existing ones, results obtained via LME are compared with those of ANN and least square support vector machines. The results demonstrate that with a low number of sensors it is possible to accurately locate and quantify impacts on a structure and that LME outperforms other impact identification algorithms.

13. Structural damage assessment using linear approximation with maximum entropy and transmissibility data

Meruane, V.; Ortiz-Bernardin, A.

2015-03-01

Supervised learning algorithms have been proposed as a suitable alternative to model updating methods in structural damage assessment, being Artificial Neural Networks the most frequently used. Notwithstanding, the slow learning speed and the large number of parameters that need to be tuned within the training stage have been a major bottleneck in their application. This article presents a new algorithm for real-time damage assessment that uses a linear approximation method in conjunction with antiresonant frequencies that are identified from transmissibility functions. The linear approximation is handled by a statistical inference model based on the maximum-entropy principle. The merits of this new approach are twofold: training is avoided and data is processed in a period of time that is comparable to the one of Neural Networks. The performance of the proposed methodology is validated by considering three experimental structures: an eight-degree-of-freedom (DOF) mass-spring system, a beam, and an exhaust system of a car. To demonstrate the potential of the proposed algorithm over existing ones, the obtained results are compared with those of a model updating method based on parallel genetic algorithms and a multilayer feedforward neural network approach.

14. Boundary Control of Linear Uncertain 1-D Parabolic PDE Using Approximate Dynamic Programming.

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Talaei, Behzad; Jagannathan, Sarangapani; Singler, John

2017-03-02

This paper develops a near optimal boundary control method for distributed parameter systems governed by uncertain linear 1-D parabolic partial differential equations (PDE) by using approximate dynamic programming. A quadratic surface integral is proposed to express the optimal cost functional for the infinite-dimensional state space. Accordingly, the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation is formulated in the infinite-dimensional domain without using any model reduction. Subsequently, a neural network identifier is developed to estimate the unknown spatially varying coefficient in PDE dynamics. Novel tuning law is proposed to guarantee the boundedness of identifier approximation error in the PDE domain. A radial basis network (RBN) is subsequently proposed to generate an approximate solution for the optimal surface kernel function online. The tuning law for near optimal RBN weights is created, such that the HJB equation error is minimized while the dynamics are identified and closed-loop system remains stable. Ultimate boundedness (UB) of the closed-loop system is verified by using the Lyapunov theory. The performance of the proposed controller is successfully confirmed by simulation on an unstable diffusion-reaction process.

15. A linearly approximated iterative Gaussian decomposition method for waveform LiDAR processing

Mountrakis, Giorgos; Li, Yuguang

2017-07-01

Full-waveform LiDAR (FWL) decomposition results often act as the basis for key LiDAR-derived products, for example canopy height, biomass and carbon pool estimation, leaf area index calculation and under canopy detection. To date, the prevailing method for FWL product creation is the Gaussian Decomposition (GD) based on a non-linear Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) optimization for Gaussian node parameter estimation. GD follows a ;greedy; approach that may leave weak nodes undetected, merge multiple nodes into one or separate a noisy single node into multiple ones. In this manuscript, we propose an alternative decomposition method called Linearly Approximated Iterative Gaussian Decomposition (LAIGD method). The novelty of the LAIGD method is that it follows a multi-step ;slow-and-steady; iterative structure, where new Gaussian nodes are quickly discovered and adjusted using a linear fitting technique before they are forwarded for a non-linear optimization. Two experiments were conducted, one using real full-waveform data from NASA's land, vegetation, and ice sensor (LVIS) and another using synthetic data containing different number of nodes and degrees of overlap to assess performance in variable signal complexity. LVIS data revealed considerable improvements in RMSE (44.8% lower), RSE (56.3% lower) and rRMSE (74.3% lower) values compared to the benchmark GD method. These results were further confirmed with the synthetic data. Furthermore, the proposed multi-step method reduces execution times in half, an important consideration as there are plans for global coverage with the upcoming Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation LiDAR sensor on the International Space Station.

16. Approximating high-dimensional dynamics by barycentric coordinates with linear programming

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Hirata, Yoshito Aihara, Kazuyuki; Suzuki, Hideyuki; Shiro, Masanori; Takahashi, Nozomu; Mas, Paloma

2015-01-15

The increasing development of novel methods and techniques facilitates the measurement of high-dimensional time series but challenges our ability for accurate modeling and predictions. The use of a general mathematical model requires the inclusion of many parameters, which are difficult to be fitted for relatively short high-dimensional time series observed. Here, we propose a novel method to accurately model a high-dimensional time series. Our method extends the barycentric coordinates to high-dimensional phase space by employing linear programming, and allowing the approximation errors explicitly. The extension helps to produce free-running time-series predictions that preserve typical topological, dynamical, and/or geometric characteristics of the underlying attractors more accurately than the radial basis function model that is widely used. The method can be broadly applied, from helping to improve weather forecasting, to creating electronic instruments that sound more natural, and to comprehensively understanding complex biological data.

17. Approximating high-dimensional dynamics by barycentric coordinates with linear programming.

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Hirata, Yoshito; Shiro, Masanori; Takahashi, Nozomu; Aihara, Kazuyuki; Suzuki, Hideyuki; Mas, Paloma

2015-01-01

The increasing development of novel methods and techniques facilitates the measurement of high-dimensional time series but challenges our ability for accurate modeling and predictions. The use of a general mathematical model requires the inclusion of many parameters, which are difficult to be fitted for relatively short high-dimensional time series observed. Here, we propose a novel method to accurately model a high-dimensional time series. Our method extends the barycentric coordinates to high-dimensional phase space by employing linear programming, and allowing the approximation errors explicitly. The extension helps to produce free-running time-series predictions that preserve typical topological, dynamical, and/or geometric characteristics of the underlying attractors more accurately than the radial basis function model that is widely used. The method can be broadly applied, from helping to improve weather forecasting, to creating electronic instruments that sound more natural, and to comprehensively understanding complex biological data.

18. Fast Evaluation of Fluctuations in Biochemical Networks With the Linear Noise Approximation

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Elf, Johan; Ehrenberg, Måns

2003-01-01

Biochemical networks in single cells can display large fluctuations in molecule numbers, making mesoscopic approaches necessary for correct system descriptions. We present a general method that allows rapid characterization of the stochastic properties of intracellular networks. The starting point is a macroscopic description that identifies the system's elementary reactions in terms of rate laws and stoichiometries. From this formulation follows directly the stationary solution of the linear noise approximation (LNA) of the Master equation for all the components in the network. The method complements bifurcation studies of the system's parameter dependence by providing estimates of sizes, correlations, and time scales of stochastic fluctuations. We describe how the LNA can give precise system descriptions also near macroscopic instabilities by suitable variable changes and elimination of fast variables. PMID:14597656

19. Density functional theory beyond the linear regime: Validating an adiabatic local density approximation

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Helbig, N.; Fuks, J. I.; Verstraete, M. J.; Marques, M. A. L.; Tokatly, I. V.; Rubio, A.

2011-03-15

We present a local density approximation (LDA) for one-dimensional (1D) systems interacting via the soft-Coulomb interaction based on quantum Monte Carlo calculations. Results for the ground-state energies and ionization potentials of finite 1D systems show excellent agreement with exact calculations obtained by exploiting the mapping of an N-electron system in d dimensions onto a single electron in Nxd dimensions, properly symmetrized by the Young diagrams. We conclude that 1D LDA is of the same quality as its three-dimensional (3D) counterpart, and we infer conclusions about 3D LDA. The linear and nonlinear time-dependent responses of 1D model systems using LDA, exact exchange, and the exact solution are investigated and show very good agreement in both cases, except for the well-known problem of missing double excitations. Consequently, the 3D LDA is expected to be of good quality beyond the linear response. In addition, the 1D LDA should prove useful in modeling the interaction of atoms with strong laser fields, where this specific 1D model is often used.

20. Linear-scaling implementation of the direct random-phase approximation

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Kállay, Mihály

2015-05-28

We report the linear-scaling implementation of the direct random-phase approximation (dRPA) for closed-shell molecular systems. As a bonus, linear-scaling algorithms are also presented for the second-order screened exchange extension of dRPA as well as for the second-order Møller–Plesset (MP2) method and its spin-scaled variants. Our approach is based on an incremental scheme which is an extension of our previous local correlation method [Rolik et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 094105 (2013)]. The approach extensively uses local natural orbitals to reduce the size of the molecular orbital basis of local correlation domains. In addition, we also demonstrate that using natural auxiliary functions [M. Kállay, J. Chem. Phys. 141, 244113 (2014)], the size of the auxiliary basis of the domains and thus that of the three-center Coulomb integral lists can be reduced by an order of magnitude, which results in significant savings in computation time. The new approach is validated by extensive test calculations for energies and energy differences. Our benchmark calculations also demonstrate that the new method enables dRPA calculations for molecules with more than 1000 atoms and 10 000 basis functions on a single processor.

1. A deterministic annealing algorithm for approximating a solution of the linearly constrained nonconvex quadratic minimization problem.

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Dang, Chuangyin; Liang, Jianqing; Yang, Yang

2013-03-01

A deterministic annealing algorithm is proposed for approximating a solution of the linearly constrained nonconvex quadratic minimization problem. The algorithm is derived from applications of a Hopfield-type barrier function in dealing with box constraints and Lagrange multipliers in handling linear equality constraints, and attempts to obtain a solution of good quality by generating a minimum point of a barrier problem for a sequence of descending values of the barrier parameter. For any given value of the barrier parameter, the algorithm searches for a minimum point of the barrier problem in a feasible descent direction, which has a desired property that the box constraints are always satisfied automatically if the step length is a number between zero and one. At each iteration, the feasible descent direction is found by updating Lagrange multipliers with a globally convergent iterative procedure. For any given value of the barrier parameter, the algorithm converges to a stationary point of the barrier problem. Preliminary numerical results show that the algorithm seems effective and efficient. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

2. Gaussian functional approximation to 't Hooft's extension of the linear Σ model

Nakamura, Issei; Dmitrašinović, V.

2012-03-01

We apply a self-consistent relativistic mean-field variational “Gaussian functional” (or optimized one-loop perturbation theory, or Hartree+RPA) approximation to the extended Nf=2 linear σ model with spontaneously and explicitly broken chiral SUR(2)×SUL(2)×UA(1)≡O(4)×O(2) symmetry. We set up the self-consistency, or gap equations that dress up the bare fields with “cactus tree” loop diagrams, and the Bethe-Salpeter equations that provide further dressing with one-loop irreducible diagrams. In a previous publication [V. Dmitrašinović and I. Nakamura, J. Math. Phys. (N.Y.)JMAPAQ0022-2488 44, 2839 (2003).10.1063/1.1576907] we have already shown the ability of this approximation to create composite (i.e., bound and/or resonance) states. With explicit SUR(2)×SUL(2)×UA(1) chiral symmetry breaking first we consider how the UA(1) symmetry induced scalar-pseudoscalar meson mass relation that is known to hold in fermionic chiral models is modified by the bosonic gap equations. Then we solve the gap and Bethe-Salpeter equations numerically and discuss the solutions’ properties and the particle content of the theory. We show that in the strong-coupling regime two, sometimes even three solutions to the η meson channel Bethe-Salpeter equation may coexist.

3. Assessment of solutions from the consistently linearized eigenproblem by means of finite difference approximations

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Jia, X.; Mang, H.A.

2015-01-01

The consistently linearized eigenproblem (CLE) plays an important role in stability analysis of structures. Solution of the CLE requires computation of the tangent stiffness matrix K∼T and of its first derivative with respect to a dimensionless load parameter λ, denoted as K∼˙T. In this paper, three approaches of computation of K∼˙T are discussed. They are based on (a) an analytical expression for the derivative of the element tangent stiffness matrix K∼Te, (b) a load-based finite difference approximation (LBFDA), and (c) a displacement-based finite difference approximation (DBFDA). The convergence rate, the accuracy, and the computing time of the LBFDA and the DBFDA are compared, using the analytical solution as the benchmark result. The numerical investigation consists of the analysis of a circular arch subjected to a vertical point load at the vertex, and of a thrust-line arch under a uniformly distributed load. The main conclusion drawn from this work is that the DBFDA is superior to the LBFDA. PMID:25892827

4. Nonlinear magnitude and linear phase behaviors of T2* imaging: theoretical approximation and Monte Carlo simulation.

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Chen, Zikuan; Calhoun, Vince

2015-05-01

The underlying source of brain imaging by T2*-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (T2*MRI) is the intracranial inhomogeneous tissue magnetic susceptibility (denoted by χ) that causes an inhomogeneous field map (via magnetization) in a main field. By decomposing T2*MRI into two steps, we understand that the 1st step from a χ source to a field map is a linear but non-isomorphic spatial mapping, and the 2nd step from the field map to a T2* image is a nonlinear mapping due to the trigonometric behavior of spin precession signals. The magnitude and phase calculations from a complex T2* image introduce additional nonlinearities. In this report, we look into the magnitude and phase behaviors of a T2* image (signal) by theoretical approximation and Monte Carlo simulation. We perform the 1st-order Taylor expansion on intravoxel dephasing formula of a T2* signal and show that the T2* magnitude is a quadratic mapping of the field map and T2* phase is a linear isomorphic mapping. By Monte Carlo simulation of T2*MRI for a span of echo times (with B0=3T and TE=[0,120] ms), we first confirm the quadratic magnitude and linear phase behaviors in small phase angle regime (via TE <30ms), and then provide more general magnitude and phase nonlinear behaviors in large phase angle scenarios (via TE >30ms). By solving the inverse problem of T2*MRI, we demonstrate χ tomography and conclude that the χ source can be reliably reconstructed from a T2* phase image in a small phase angle regime.

5. Linear noise approximation is valid over limited times for any chemical system that is sufficiently large.

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Wallace, E W J; Gillespie, D T; Sanft, K R; Petzold, L R

2012-08-01

The linear noise approximation (LNA) is a way of approximating the stochastic time evolution of a well-stirred chemically reacting system. It can be obtained either as the lowest order correction to the deterministic chemical reaction rate equation (RRE) in van Kampen's system-size expansion of the chemical master equation (CME), or by linearising the two-term-truncated chemical Kramers-Moyal equation. However, neither of those derivations sheds much light on the validity of the LNA. The problematic character of the system-size expansion of the CME for some chemical systems, the arbitrariness of truncating the chemical Kramers-Moyal equation at two terms, and the sometimes poor agreement of the LNA with the solution of the CME, have all raised concerns about the validity and usefulness of the LNA. Here, the authors argue that these concerns can be resolved by viewing the LNA as an approximation of the chemical Langevin equation (CLE). This view is already implicit in Gardiner's derivation of the LNA from the truncated Kramers-Moyal equation, as that equation is mathematically equivalent to the CLE. However, the CLE can be more convincingly derived in a way that does not involve either the truncated Kramers-Moyal equation or the system-size expansion. This derivation shows that the CLE will be valid, at least for a limited span of time, for any system that is sufficiently close to the thermodynamic (large-system) limit. The relatively easy derivation of the LNA from the CLE shows that the LNA shares the CLE's conditions of validity, and it also suggests that what the LNA really gives us is a description of the initial departure of the CLE from the RRE as we back away from the thermodynamic limit to a large but finite system. The authors show that this approach to the LNA simplifies its derivation, clarifies its limitations, and affords an easier path to its solution.

6. Piecewise flat embeddings for hyperspectral image analysis

Hayes, Tyler L.; Meinhold, Renee T.; Hamilton, John F.; Cahill, Nathan D.

2017-05-01

Graph-based dimensionality reduction techniques such as Laplacian Eigenmaps (LE), Local Linear Embedding (LLE), Isometric Feature Mapping (ISOMAP), and Kernel Principal Components Analysis (KPCA) have been used in a variety of hyperspectral image analysis applications for generating smooth data embeddings. Recently, Piecewise Flat Embeddings (PFE) were introduced in the computer vision community as a technique for generating piecewise constant embeddings that make data clustering / image segmentation a straightforward process. In this paper, we show how PFE arises by modifying LE, yielding a constrained ℓ1-minimization problem that can be solved iteratively. Using publicly available data, we carry out experiments to illustrate the implications of applying PFE to pixel-based hyperspectral image clustering and classification.

7. Are Bilinear Quadrilaterals Better Than Linear Triangles?

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D'Azevedo, E.F.

1993-01-01

This paper compares the theoretical effectiveness of bilinear approximation over quadrilaterals with linear approximation over triangles. Anisotropic mesh transformation is used to generate asymptotically optimally efficient meshes for piecewise linear interpolation over triangles and bilinear interpolation over quadrilaterals. For approximating a convex function, although bilinear quadrilaterals are more efficient, linear triangles are more accurate and may be preferred in finite element computations; whereas for saddle-shaped functions, quadrilaterals may offer a higher order approximation on a well-designed mesh. A surprising finding is different grid orientations may yield an order of magnitude improvement in approximation accuracy.

8. Three-dimensional forward modelling and inversion of complex resistivity based on the improved quasi-linear approximation

Liu, Y.; Li, T.; Zhu, C.; Zhang, R.; Wu, Y.

2015-12-01

Three-dimensional (3-D) electromagnetic (EM) forward modelling and inversion continues to be an important issue for the correct interpretation of EM data.To this end,approximate solutions have been developed that allow the construction of relatively fast forward modelling and inversion schemes.We have developed an improved quasi-linear approximation which is more appropriate in solving the linear equation for greatly shortening calculation time.We achieved this by using green's function properties.Then we introduced the improved quasi-linear approximation to spectral induced polarization (SIP) to tackle the problem of the resolution and the efficiency.The localized quasi-linear (LQL) approximation theory is appropriate for multisource array-type surveys assuming that the normal field is slowly varying within the inhomogeneity domain.However,the normal field of attenuates severely which dose not satisfy the assumption of the LQL approximation.As a consenquence,the imaginary part is not accurate when LQL approximation is adopted for the simulation.The improved quasi-linear approximation provide a new approach with the same resolution of QL approximation and much less calculation time.We have also constructed three-dimensional SIP forward modeling based on improved quasi-linear approximation method.It only takes 0.8s for forward modeling when inhomogeneity domain is divided into 2000 blocks.Beyond that, we have introduced the Cole-Cole model to the algorithm and complete the three-dimensional complex resistivity conjugate gradient inversion with parameter restraint.The model trial results show that this method can obtain good inversion results in physical parameters such as zero frequency resistivity, polarization.The results demonstrate the stability and the efficiency of the improved quasi-linear approximation and the method may be a practical solution for3-D EM forward modelling and inversion of SIP.

9. Piecewise polynomial control in mechanical systems

Alesova, Irina M.; Babadzanjanz, Levon K.; Pototskaya, Irina Yu.; Pupysheva, Yulia Yu.; Saakyan, Artur T.

2017-07-01

The controlled motion of a mechanical system is represented by the linear ODE system with constant coefficients. The admissible control is a piecewise polynomial function that blanks selected frequency components of the solution of linear equations at the moment T. As "the expenditure" functional we use the integral of the sum of the modules of coordinates of the control along the interval [0, T]. The problem under consideration is to construct an admissible control which minimizes the Expenditure. To solve this problem the method that consists of analytical and numerical parts is proposed. All results of research are formulated as the theorem.

10. Linear noise approximation for oscillations in a stochastic inhibitory network with delay

Dumont, Grégory; Northoff, Georg; Longtin, André

2014-07-01

Understanding neural variability is currently one of the biggest challenges in neuroscience. Using theory and computational modeling, we study the behavior of a globally coupled inhibitory neural network, in which each neuron follows a purely stochastic two-state spiking process. We investigate the role of both this intrinsic randomness and the conduction delay on the emergence of fast (e.g., gamma) oscillations. Toward that end, we expand the recently proposed linear noise approximation (LNA) technique to this non-Markovian "delay" case. The analysis first leads to a nonlinear delay-differential equation (DDE) with multiplicative noise for the mean activity. The LNA then yields two coupled DDEs, one of which is driven by additive Gaussian white noise. These equations on their own provide an excellent approximation to the full network dynamics, which are much longer to integrate. They further allow us to compute a theoretical expression for the power spectrum of the population activity. Our analytical result is in good agreement with the power spectrum obtained via numerical simulations of the full network dynamics, for the large range of parameters where both the intrinsic stochasticity and the conduction delay are necessary for the occurrence of oscillations. The intrinsic noise arises from the probabilistic description of each neuron, yet it is expressed at the system activity level, and it can only be controlled by the system size. In fact, its effect on the fluctuations in system activity disappears in the infinite network size limit, but the characteristics of the oscillatory activity depend on all model parameters including the system size. Using the Hilbert transform, we further show that the intrinsic noise causes sporadic strong fluctuations in the phase of the gamma rhythm.

11. Boundary parametric approximation to the linearized scalar potential magnetostatic field problem

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Bramble, J.H.; Pasciak, J.E.

1984-01-01

We consider the linearized scalar potential formulation of the magnetostatic field problem in this paper. Our approach involves a reformulation of the continuous problem as a parametric boundary problem. By the introduction of a spherical interface and the use of spherical harmonics, the infinite boundary conditions can also be satisfied in the parametric framework. That is, the field in the exterior of a sphere is expanded in a harmonic series of eigenfunctions for the exterior harmonic problem. The approach is essentially a finite element method coupled with a spectral method via a boundary parametric procedure. The reformulated problem is discretized by finite element techniques which lead to a discrete parametric problem which can be solved by well conditioned iteration involving only the solution of decoupled Neumann type elliptic finite element systems and L/sup 2/ projection onto subspaces of spherical harmonics. Error and stability estimates given show exponential convergence in the degree of the spherical harmonics and optimal order convergence with respect to the finite element approximation for the resulting fields in L/sup 2/. 24 references.

12. Validation of an approximate approach to compute genetic correlations between longevity and linear traits

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Tarrés, Joaquim; Piedrafita, Jesús; Ducrocq, Vincent

2006-01-01

The estimation of genetic correlations between a nonlinear trait such as longevity and linear traits is computationally difficult on large datasets. A two-step approach was proposed and was checked via simulation. First, univariate analyses were performed to get genetic variance estimates and to compute pseudo-records and their associated weights. These pseudo-records were virtual performances free of all environmental effects that can be used in a BLUP animal model, leading to the same breeding values as in the (possibly nonlinear) initial analyses. By combining these pseudo-records in a multiple trait model and fixing the genetic and residual variances to their values computed during the first step, we obtained correlation estimates by AI-REML and approximate MT-BLUP predicted breeding values that blend direct and indirect information on longevity. Mean genetic correlations and reliabilities obtained on simulated data confirmed the suitability of this approach in a wide range of situations. When nonzero residual correlations exist between traits, a sire model gave nearly unbiased estimates of genetic correlations, while the animal model estimates were biased upwards. Finally, when an incorrect genetic trend was simulated to lead to biased pseudo-records, a joint analysis including a time effect could adequately correct for this bias. PMID:16451792

13. MAP estimators for piecewise continuous inversion

Dunlop, M. M.; Stuart, A. M.

2016-10-01

We study the inverse problem of estimating a field u a from data comprising a finite set of nonlinear functionals of u a , subject to additive noise; we denote this observed data by y. Our interest is in the reconstruction of piecewise continuous fields u a in which the discontinuity set is described by a finite number of geometric parameters a. Natural applications include groundwater flow and electrical impedance tomography. We take a Bayesian approach, placing a prior distribution on u a and determining the conditional distribution on u a given the data y. It is then natural to study maximum a posterior (MAP) estimators. Recently (Dashti et al 2013 Inverse Problems 29 095017) it has been shown that MAP estimators can be characterised as minimisers of a generalised Onsager-Machlup functional, in the case where the prior measure is a Gaussian random field. We extend this theory to a more general class of prior distributions which allows for piecewise continuous fields. Specifically, the prior field is assumed to be piecewise Gaussian with random interfaces between the different Gaussians defined by a finite number of parameters. We also make connections with recent work on MAP estimators for linear problems and possibly non-Gaussian priors (Helin and Burger 2015 Inverse Problems 31 085009) which employs the notion of Fomin derivative. In showing applicability of our theory we focus on the groundwater flow and EIT models, though the theory holds more generally. Numerical experiments are implemented for the groundwater flow model, demonstrating the feasibility of determining MAP estimators for these piecewise continuous models, but also that the geometric formulation can lead to multiple nearby (local) MAP estimators. We relate these MAP estimators to the behaviour of output from MCMC samples of the posterior, obtained using a state-of-the-art function space Metropolis-Hastings method.

14. Evaluation of A Linearized Approximative Radiative Transfer Model Applied To The Sciamachy Limb Measurements Retrieval

Rozanov, A.; Rozanov, V.; Burrows, J. P.

The Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) which will be launched on board the European Environment Satellite (ENVISAT-1) in 2002 is one of the newest space-borne instruments intended to im- prove our knowledge of the atmospheric physics and chemistry. The SCIAMACHY instrument will measure the scattered and reflected spectral radiance in nadir and limb geometry and the spectral radiance transmitted through the atmosphere in solar/lunar occultation geometry in the spectral region 240 - 2380 nm. In order to use maximum information contained in measured spectra, as many as pos- sible spectral points in appropriate spectral intervals should be involved in retrieval. For the SCIAMACHY instrument this leads to unacceptable long computing time when a fully spherical radiative transfer model is used to calculate both synthetic ra- diance spectra and weighting functions. In this work, a linearized approximative radiative transfer model based on the re- cently developed Combined Differential-Integral (CDI) approach is employed to re- trieve ozone vertical distribution from SCIAMACHY limb measurements. The mea- surements are simulated using a fully spherical radiative transfer model. Employing the CDI model to calculate both radiance and weighting functions the cal- culation time can be substantially reduced. In case of ozone profile retrieval this leads, however, to an underestimation of the ozone concentration around the ozone profile maximum and to an overestimation of the ozone content in the troposphere. This can be avoided either using a fully spherical model to simulate the radiance spectra and the CDI model to obtain the weighting functions (increases computation time) or re- ducing systematic errors in the simulated radiance using differential spectra for the retrieval (information about trace gas vertical distributions gets partially lost). Sensitivity of the theoretical precision of ozone vertical profile retrieval to the

15. Gain in stochastic resonance: precise numerics versus linear response theory beyond the two-mode approximation.

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Casado-Pascual, Jesús; Denk, Claus; Gómez-Ordóñez, José; Morillo, Manuel; Hänggi, Peter

2003-03-01

In the context of the phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR), we study the correlation function, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and the ratio of output over input SNR, i.e., the gain, which is associated to the nonlinear response of a bistable system driven by time-periodic forces and white Gaussian noise. These quantifiers for SR are evaluated using the techniques of linear response theory (LRT) beyond the usually employed two-mode approximation scheme. We analytically demonstrate within such an extended LRT description that the gain can indeed not exceed unity. We implement an efficient algorithm, based on work by Greenside and Helfand (detailed in the Appendix), to integrate the driven Langevin equation over a wide range of parameter values. The predictions of LRT are carefully tested against the results obtained from numerical solutions of the corresponding Langevin equation over a wide range of parameter values. We further present an accurate procedure to evaluate the distinct contributions of the coherent and incoherent parts of the correlation function to the SNR and the gain. As a main result we show for subthreshold driving that both the correlation function and the SNR can deviate substantially from the predictions of LRT and yet the gain can be either larger or smaller than unity. In particular, we find that the gain can exceed unity in the strongly nonlinear regime which is characterized by weak noise and very slow multifrequency subthreshold input signals with a small duty cycle. This latter result is in agreement with recent analog simulation results by Gingl et al. [ICNF 2001, edited by G. Bosman (World Scientific, Singapore, 2002), pp. 545-548; Fluct. Noise Lett. 1, L181 (2001)].

16. A robust SN-DG-approximation for radiation transport in optically thick and diffusive regimes

Ragusa, J. C.; Guermond, J.-L.; Kanschat, G.

2012-02-01

We introduce a new discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method with reduced upwind stabilization for the linear Boltzmann equation applied to particle transport. The asymptotic analysis demonstrates that the new formulation does not suffer from the limitations of standard upwind methods in the thick diffusive regime; in particular, the new method yields the correct diffusion limit for any approximation order, including piecewise constant discontinuous finite elements. Numerical tests on well-established benchmark problems demonstrate the superiority of the new method. The improvement is particularly significant when employing piecewise constant DG approximation for which standard upwinding is known to perform poorly in the thick diffusion limit.

17. Fractional approximations for linear first-order differential equations with polynomial coefficients—application to E1(x)

Martin, Pablo; Zamudio-Cristi, Jorge

1982-12-01

A method is described to obtain fractional approximations for linear first-order differential equations with polynomial coefficients. This approximation can give good accuracy in a large region of the complex variable plane that may include all of the real axis. The parameters of the approximation are solutions of algebraic equations obtained through the coefficients of the higher and lower powers of the variable after the substitution of the fractional approximation in the differential equation. The method is more general than the asymptotical Padé method, and it is not required to determine the power series or asymptotical expansion. A simple approximation for the exponential integral is found, which gives three exact digits for most of the real values of the variable. Approximations of higher accuracy than those of other authors are also obtained.

18. Piecewise-Planar Parabolic Reflectarray Antenna

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

2009-01-01

The figure shows a dual-beam, dualpolarization Ku-band antenna, the reflector of which comprises an assembly of small reflectarrays arranged in a piecewise- planar approximation of a parabolic reflector surface. The specific antenna design is intended to satisfy requirements for a wide-swath spaceborne radar altimeter, but the general principle of piecewise-planar reflectarray approximation of a parabolic reflector also offers advantages for other applications in which there are requirements for wideswath antennas that can be stowed compactly and that perform equally in both horizontal and vertical polarizations. The main advantages of using flat (e.g., reflectarray) antenna surfaces instead of paraboloidal or parabolic surfaces is that the flat ones can be fabricated at lower cost and can be stowed and deployed more easily. Heretofore, reflectarray antennas have typically been designed to reside on single planar surfaces and to emulate the focusing properties of, variously, paraboloidal (dish) or parabolic antennas. In the present case, one approximates the nominal parabolic shape by concatenating several flat pieces, while still exploiting the principles of the planar reflectarray for each piece. Prior to the conception of the present design, the use of a single large reflectarray was considered, but then abandoned when it was found that the directional and gain properties of the antenna would be noticeably different for the horizontal and vertical polarizations.

19. Numerical simulations of piecewise deterministic Markov processes with an application to the stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley model.

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Ding, Shaojie; Qian, Min; Qian, Hong; Zhang, Xuejuan

2016-12-28

The stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley model is one of the best-known examples of piecewise deterministic Markov processes (PDMPs), in which the electrical potential across a cell membrane, V(t), is coupled with a mesoscopic Markov jump process representing the stochastic opening and closing of ion channels embedded in the membrane. The rates of the channel kinetics, in turn, are voltage-dependent. Due to this interdependence, an accurate and efficient sampling of the time evolution of the hybrid stochastic systems has been challenging. The current exact simulation methods require solving a voltage-dependent hitting time problem for multiple path-dependent intensity functions with random thresholds. This paper proposes a simulation algorithm that approximates an alternative representation of the exact solution by fitting the log-survival function of the inter-jump dwell time, H(t), with a piecewise linear one. The latter uses interpolation points that are chosen according to the time evolution of the H(t), as the numerical solution to the coupled ordinary differential equations of V(t) and H(t). This computational method can be applied to all PDMPs. Pathwise convergence of the approximated sample trajectories to the exact solution is proven, and error estimates are provided. Comparison with a previous algorithm that is based on piecewise constant approximation is also presented.

20. Numerical simulations of piecewise deterministic Markov processes with an application to the stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley model

Ding, Shaojie; Qian, Min; Qian, Hong; Zhang, Xuejuan

2016-12-01

The stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley model is one of the best-known examples of piecewise deterministic Markov processes (PDMPs), in which the electrical potential across a cell membrane, V(t), is coupled with a mesoscopic Markov jump process representing the stochastic opening and closing of ion channels embedded in the membrane. The rates of the channel kinetics, in turn, are voltage-dependent. Due to this interdependence, an accurate and efficient sampling of the time evolution of the hybrid stochastic systems has been challenging. The current exact simulation methods require solving a voltage-dependent hitting time problem for multiple path-dependent intensity functions with random thresholds. This paper proposes a simulation algorithm that approximates an alternative representation of the exact solution by fitting the log-survival function of the inter-jump dwell time, H(t), with a piecewise linear one. The latter uses interpolation points that are chosen according to the time evolution of the H(t), as the numerical solution to the coupled ordinary differential equations of V(t) and H(t). This computational method can be applied to all PDMPs. Pathwise convergence of the approximated sample trajectories to the exact solution is proven, and error estimates are provided. Comparison with a previous algorithm that is based on piecewise constant approximation is also presented.

1. Thermal Density Functional Theory: Time-Dependent Linear Response and Approximate Functionals from the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem

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Pribram-Jones, Aurora; Grabowski, Paul E.; Burke, Kieron

2016-06-08

We present that the van Leeuwen proof of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is generalized to thermal ensembles. This allows generalization to finite temperatures of the Gross-Kohn relation, the exchange-correlation kernel of TDDFT, and fluctuation dissipation theorem for DFT. Finally, this produces a natural method for generating new thermal exchange-correlation approximations.

2. Linear response approximation in effective field theory for the calculation of elastically mediated interactions in one dimension.

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Koleski, Goce; Fournier, Jean-Baptiste

2016-05-01

The linear response approximation, used within effective field theory to calculate mediated interactions between inclusions, is studied for an exactly solvable one-dimensional model. We show that it works poorly in the case of inclusions imposing absolute deformations to the field, while it works well for massless theories in the case of inclusions imposing relative deformations to the field.

3. Thermal Density Functional Theory: Time-Dependent Linear Response and Approximate Functionals from the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem

Pribram-Jones, Aurora; Grabowski, Paul E.; Burke, Kieron

2016-06-01

The van Leeuwen proof of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is generalized to thermal ensembles. This allows generalization to finite temperatures of the Gross-Kohn relation, the exchange-correlation kernel of TDDFT, and fluctuation dissipation theorem for DFT. This produces a natural method for generating new thermal exchange-correlation approximations.

4. Improvement of the recursive projection method for linear iterative scheme stabilization based on an approximate eigenvalue problem

Renac, Florent

2011-06-01

An algorithm for stabilizing linear iterative schemes is developed in this study. The recursive projection method is applied in order to stabilize divergent numerical algorithms. A criterion for selecting the divergent subspace of the iteration matrix with an approximate eigenvalue problem is introduced. The performance of the present algorithm is investigated in terms of storage requirements and CPU costs and is compared to the original Krylov criterion. Theoretical results on the divergent subspace selection accuracy are established. The method is then applied to the resolution of the linear advection-diffusion equation and to a sensitivity analysis for a turbulent transonic flow in the context of aerodynamic shape optimization. Numerical experiments demonstrate better robustness and faster convergence properties of the stabilization algorithm with the new criterion based on the approximate eigenvalue problem. This criterion requires only slight additional operations and memory which vanish in the limit of large linear systems.

5. A linear discretization of the volume conductor boundary integral equation using analytically integrated elements.

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de Munck, J C

1992-09-01

A method is presented to compute the potential distribution on the surface of a homogeneous isolated conductor of arbitrary shape. The method is based on an approximation of a boundary integral equation as a set linear algebraic equations. The potential is described as a piecewise linear or quadratic function. The matrix elements of the discretized equation are expressed as analytical formulas.

6. Ergodic theory and Diophantine approximation for translation surfaces and linear forms

Athreya, Jayadev; Parrish, Andrew; Tseng, Jimmy

2016-08-01

We derive results on the distribution of directions of saddle connections on translation surfaces using only the Birkhoff ergodic theorem applied to the geodesic flow on the moduli space of translation surfaces. Our techniques, together with an approximation argument, also give an alternative proof of a weak version of a classical theorem in multi-dimensional Diophantine approximation due to Schmidt (1960 Can. J. Math. 12 619-31, 1964 Trans. Am. Math. Soc. 110 493-518). The approximation argument allows us to deduce the Birkhoff genericity of almost all lattices in a certain submanifold of the space of unimodular lattices from the Birkhoff genericity of almost all lattices in the whole space and similarly for the space of affine unimodular lattices.

7. Are bilinear quadrilaterals better than linear triangles?

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DAzevedo, E.F.

1993-08-01

This paper compares the theoretical effectiveness of bilinear approximation over quadrilaterals with linear approximation over triangles. Anisotropic mesh transformation is used to generate asymptotically optimally efficient meshes for piecewise linear interpolation over triangles and bilinear interpolation over quadrilaterals. The theory and numerical results suggest triangles may have a slight advantage over quadrilaterals for interpolating convex data function but bilinear approximation may offer a higher order approximation for saddle-shaped functions on a well-designed mesh. This work is a basic study on optimal meshes with the intention of gaining insight into the more complex meshing problems in finite element analysis.

8. The lens effect of a big spherical inhomogeneity in the linear approximation

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Moreno, J.; Portilla, M. )

1990-04-01

The paper addresses a large gravitational lens, of dimensions comparable with observer-lens-source distances, for arbitrary lens-observer-source angles. The lens is approximated by a small, pressureless, spsherically symmetric perturbation in a Einstein-de Sitter universe. The deflection angle contains essential terms which do not appear when the lens is approximated by an isolated body in a Minkowskian space. These terms should be considered to study the optical appearance of the inhomogeneity. The lens equation explicitly conserves brightness over the whole celestial sphere of the observer. 8 refs.

9. Calculation of static and dynamic linear magnetic response in approximate time-dependent density functional theory.

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Krykunov, Mykhaylo; Autschbach, Jochen

2007-01-14

We report implementations and results of time-dependent density functional calculations (i) of the frequency-dependent magnetic dipole-magnetic dipole polarizability, (ii) of the (observable) translationally invariant linear magnetic response, and (iii) of a linear intensity differential (LID) which includes the dynamic dipole magnetizability. The density functional calculations utilized density fitting. For achieving gauge-origin independence we have employed time-periodic magnetic-field-dependent basis functions as well as the dipole velocity gauge, and have included explicit density-fit related derivatives of the Coulomb potential. We present the results of calculations of static and dynamic magnetic dipole-magnetic dipole polarizabilities for a set of small molecules, the LID for the SF6 molecule, and dispersion curves for M-hexahelicene of the origin invariant linear magnetic response as well as of three dynamic polarizabilities: magnetic dipole-magnetic dipole, electric dipole-electric dipole, and electric dipole-magnetic dipole. We have also performed comparison of the linear magnetic response and magnetic dipole-magnetic dipole polarizability over a wide range of frequencies for H2O and SF6.

10. Analysis of the linear approximation of seismic inversions for various structural pairs

Buldgen, G.; Reese, D. R.; Dupret, M. A.

2017-01-01

Context. Thanks to the space-based photometry missions CoRoT and Kepler, we now benefit from a wealth of seismic data for stars other than the sun. In the future, K2, Tess, and Plato will complement this data and provide observations in addition to those already at hand. The availability of this data leads to questions on how it is feasible to extend kernel-based, linear structural inversion techniques to stars other than the sun. Linked to the inversion problem is the question of the validity of the linear assumption. In this study, we analyse the limitations of this assumption with respect to changes of structural variables. Aims: We wish to provide a more extended theoretical background to structural linear inversions by doing a study of the validity of the linear assumption for various structural variables. We thus point towards limitations in inversion techniques in the asteroseismic and helioseismic cases. Methods: First, we recall the origins of the linear assumption for structural stellar inversions and explain its importance for asteroseismic studies. We also briefly recall the impact of unknown structural quantities such as the mass and the radius of the star on structural inversion results. We then explain how kernels for new structural variables can be derived using two methods, one suited to asteroseismic targets, the other to helioseismic targets. For this second method, we present a new structural pair, namely the (A,Y) structural kernels. The kernels are then tested in various numerical experiments that enable us to evaluate the weaknesses of different structural pairs and the domains of validity of their respective linear regime. Results: The numerical tests we carry out allow us to disentangle the impact of various uncertainties in stellar models on the verification of the linear integral relations. We show the importance of metallicity, the impact of the equation of state, extra-mixing, and inaccuracies in the microphysics on the verification of

11. Approximating electronically excited states with equation-of-motion linear coupled-cluster theory

Byrd, Jason N.; Rishi, Varun; Perera, Ajith; Bartlett, Rodney J.

2015-10-01

A new perturbative approach to canonical equation-of-motion coupled-cluster theory is presented using coupled-cluster perturbation theory. A second-order Møller-Plesset partitioning of the Hamiltonian is used to obtain the well known equation-of-motion many-body perturbation theory equations and two new equation-of-motion methods based on the linear coupled-cluster doubles and linear coupled-cluster singles and doubles wavefunctions. These new methods are benchmarked against very accurate theoretical and experimental spectra from 25 small organic molecules. It is found that the proposed methods have excellent agreement with canonical equation-of-motion coupled-cluster singles and doubles state for state orderings and relative excited state energies as well as acceptable quantitative agreement for absolute excitation energies compared with the best estimate theory and experimental spectra.

12. Approximating electronically excited states with equation-of-motion linear coupled-cluster theory

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Byrd, Jason N. Rishi, Varun; Perera, Ajith; Bartlett, Rodney J.

2015-10-28

A new perturbative approach to canonical equation-of-motion coupled-cluster theory is presented using coupled-cluster perturbation theory. A second-order Møller-Plesset partitioning of the Hamiltonian is used to obtain the well known equation-of-motion many-body perturbation theory equations and two new equation-of-motion methods based on the linear coupled-cluster doubles and linear coupled-cluster singles and doubles wavefunctions. These new methods are benchmarked against very accurate theoretical and experimental spectra from 25 small organic molecules. It is found that the proposed methods have excellent agreement with canonical equation-of-motion coupled-cluster singles and doubles state for state orderings and relative excited state energies as well as acceptable quantitative agreement for absolute excitation energies compared with the best estimate theory and experimental spectra.

13. Approximation functions for airblast environments from buried charges

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Reichenbach, H.; Behrens, K.; Kuhl, A.L.

1993-11-01

In EMI report E 1/93, Airblast Environments from Buried HE-Charges,` fit functions were used for the compact description of blastwave parameters. The coefficients of these functions were approximated by means of second order polynomials versus DOB. In most cases, the agreement with the measured data was satisfactory; to reduce remaining noticeable deviations, an approximation by polygons (i.e., piecewise-linear approximation) was used instead of polynomials. The present report describes the results of the polygon approximation and compares them to previous data. We conclude that the polygon representation leads to a better agreement with the measured data.

14. Multivariate test power approximations for balanced linear mixed models in studies with missing data.

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Ringham, Brandy M; Kreidler, Sarah M; Muller, Keith E; Glueck, Deborah H

2016-07-30

Multilevel and longitudinal studies are frequently subject to missing data. For example, biomarker studies for oral cancer may involve multiple assays for each participant. Assays may fail, resulting in missing data values that can be assumed to be missing completely at random. Catellier and Muller proposed a data analytic technique to account for data missing at random in multilevel and longitudinal studies. They suggested modifying the degrees of freedom for both the Hotelling-Lawley trace F statistic and its null case reference distribution. We propose parallel adjustments to approximate power for this multivariate test in studies with missing data. The power approximations use a modified non-central F statistic, which is a function of (i) the expected number of complete cases, (ii) the expected number of non-missing pairs of responses, or (iii) the trimmed sample size, which is the planned sample size reduced by the anticipated proportion of missing data. The accuracy of the method is assessed by comparing the theoretical results to the Monte Carlo simulated power for the Catellier and Muller multivariate test. Over all experimental conditions, the closest approximation to the empirical power of the Catellier and Muller multivariate test is obtained by adjusting power calculations with the expected number of complete cases. The utility of the method is demonstrated with a multivariate power analysis for a hypothetical oral cancer biomarkers study. We describe how to implement the method using standard, commercially available software products and give example code. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

15. Computational test of the infinite order sudden approximation for excitation of linear rigid rotors by collisions with atoms

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Green, S.

1978-01-01

The infinite order sudden approximation for excitation of linear rigid rotors by collisions with atom is tested by comparing integral state-to-state cross sections with accurate close coupling and coupled states results. The systems studied are HCl-Ar, HCl-He, CO-He, HCN-He, CS-H2 and OCS-H2. With the exception of diatomic hydrides (e.g., HCl) which have atypically large rotational constants the method is found to be very accurate to remarkably low collision energies. This approximation should generally be extremely useful for thermal energy collisions.

16. Approximation of periodic functions in the classes H{sub q}{sup {Omega}} by linear methods

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Pustovoitov, Nikolai N

2012-01-31

The following result is proved: if approximations in the norm of L{sub {infinity}} (of H{sub 1}) of functions in the classes H{sub {infinity}}{sup {Omega}} (in H{sub 1}{sup {Omega}}, respectively) by some linear operators have the same order of magnitude as the best approximations, then the set of norms of these operators is unbounded. Also Bernstein's and the Jackson-Nikol'skii inequalities are proved for trigonometric polynomials with spectra in the sets Q(N) (in {Gamma}(N,{Omega})). Bibliography: 15 titles.

17. A new approach to approximating the linear quadratic optimal control law for hereditary systems with control delays

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Milman, M. H.

1985-01-01

A factorization approach is presented for deriving approximations to the optimal feedback gain for the linear regulator-quadratic cost problem associated with time-varying functional differential equations with control delays. The approach is based on a discretization of the state penalty which leads to a simple structure for the feedback control law. General properties of the Volterra factors of Hilbert-Schmidt operators are then used to obtain convergence results for the feedback kernels.

18. Boundary conditions for simulations of oscillating bubbles using the non-linear acoustic approximation

King, J. R. C.; Ziolkowski, A. M.; Ruffert, M.

2015-03-01

We have developed a new boundary condition for finite volume simulations of oscillating bubbles. Our method uses an approximation to the motion outside the domain, based on the solution at the domain boundary. We then use this approximation to apply boundary conditions by defining incoming characteristic waves at the domain boundary. Our boundary condition is applicable in regions where the motion is close to spherically symmetric. We have tested our method on a range of one- and two-dimensional test cases. Results show good agreement with previous studies. The method allows simulations of oscillating bubbles for long run times (5 ×105 time steps with a CFL number of 0.8) on highly truncated domains, in which the boundary condition may be applied within 0.1% of the maximum bubble radius. Conservation errors due to the boundary conditions are found to be of the order of 0.1% after 105 time steps. The method significantly reduces the computational cost of fixed grid finite volume simulations of oscillating bubbles. Two-dimensional results demonstrate that highly asymmetric bubble features, such as surface instabilities and the formation of jets, may be captured on a small domain using this boundary condition.

19. Polynomial approximation of functions of matrices and its application to the solution of a general system of linear equations

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Tal-Ezer, Hillel

1987-01-01

During the process of solving a mathematical model numerically, there is often a need to operate on a vector v by an operator which can be expressed as f(A) while A is NxN matrix (ex: exp(A), sin(A), A sup -1). Except for very simple matrices, it is impractical to construct the matrix f(A) explicitly. Usually an approximation to it is used. In the present research, an algorithm is developed which uses a polynomial approximation to f(A). It is reduced to a problem of approximating f(z) by a polynomial in z while z belongs to the domain D in the complex plane which includes all the eigenvalues of A. This problem of approximation is approached by interpolating the function f(z) in a certain set of points which is known to have some maximal properties. The approximation thus achieved is almost best. Implementing the algorithm to some practical problem is described. Since a solution to a linear system Ax = b is x= A sup -1 b, an iterative solution to it can be regarded as a polynomial approximation to f(A) = A sup -1. Implementing the algorithm in this case is also described.

20. Linear response of light deformed nuclei investigated by self-consistent quasiparticle random-phase approximation

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Losa, C.; Doessing, T.; Pastore, A.; Vigezzi, E.; Broglia, R. A.

2010-06-15

We present a calculation of the properties of vibrational states in deformed, axially-symmetric even-even nuclei, within the framework of a fully self-consistent quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA). The same Skyrme energy density and density-dependent pairing functionals are used to calculate the mean field and the residual interaction in the particle-hole and particle-particle channels. We have tested our software in the case of spherical nuclei against fully self-consistent calculations published in the literature, finding excellent agreement. We investigate the consequences of neglecting the spin-orbit and Coulomb residual interactions in QRPA. Furthermore we discuss the improvement obtained in the QRPA result associated with the removal of spurious modes. Isoscalar and isovector responses in the deformed {sup 24-26}Mg, {sup 34}Mg isotopes are presented and compared to experimental findings.

1. Markov chain Monte Carlo inference for Markov jump processes via the linear noise approximation.

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Stathopoulos, Vassilios; Girolami, Mark A

2013-02-13

Bayesian analysis for Markov jump processes (MJPs) is a non-trivial and challenging problem. Although exact inference is theoretically possible, it is computationally demanding, thus its applicability is limited to a small class of problems. In this paper, we describe the application of Riemann manifold Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods using an approximation to the likelihood of the MJP that is valid when the system modelled is near its thermodynamic limit. The proposed approach is both statistically and computationally efficient whereas the convergence rate and mixing of the chains allow for fast MCMC inference. The methodology is evaluated using numerical simulations on two problems from chemical kinetics and one from systems biology.

2. An improved approximation for the analytical treatment of the local linear gyro-kinetic plasma dispersion relation in toroidal geometry

Migliano, P.; Zarzoso, D.; Artola, F. J.; Camenen, Y.; Garbet, X.

2017-09-01

The analytical treatment of plasma kinetic linear instabilities in toroidal geometry is commonly tackled employing a power series expansion of the resonant part of the dispersion relation. This expansion is valid under the assumption that the modulus of the mode frequency is smaller than the magnitude of the frequencies characterising the system (the drift, bounce and transit frequencies for example). We will refer to this approximation as high frequency approximation (HFA). In this paper the linear plasma dispersion relation is derived in the framework of the gyro-kinetic model, for the electrostatic case, in the local limit, in the absence of collisions, for a non rotating plasma, considering adiabatic electrons, in toroidal circular geometry, neglecting the parallel dynamics effect. A systematic analysis of the meaning and limitations of the HFA is performed. As already known, the HFA is not valid for tokamak relevant parameters. A new way to approximate the resonant part of the dispersion relation, called here Improved high frequency approximation (IHFA), is therefore proposed. A quantitative analysis of the ion temperature gradient (ITG) instability is presented. The IHFA is shown to be applicable to the treatment of the ITG instability in tokamaks.

3. Application of Heisenberg's S matrix program to the angular scattering of the H + D2(v(i) = 0, j(i) = 0) → HD(v(f) = 3, j(f) = 0) + D reaction: piecewise S matrix elements using linear, quadratic, step-function, and top-hat parametrizations.

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Shan, Xiao; Connor, J N L

2012-11-26

A previous paper by Shan and Connor (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 8392) reported the surprising result that four simple parametrized S matrices can reproduce the forward-angle glory scattering of the H + D(2)(v(i)=0,j(i)=0) → HD(v(f)=3,j(f)=0) + D reaction, whose differential cross section (DCS) had been computed in a state-of-the-art scattering calculation for a state-of-the-art potential energy surface. Here, v and j are vibrational and rotational quantum numbers, respectively, and the translational energy is 1.81 eV. This paper asks the question: Can we replace the analytic functions (of class C(ω)) used by Shan-Connor with simpler mathematical functions and still reproduce the forward-angle glory scattering? We first construct S matrix elements (of class C(0)) using a quadratic phase and a piecewise-continuous pre-exponential factor consisting of three pieces. Two of the pieces are constants, with one taking the value N (a real normalization constant) at small values of the total angular momentum number, J; the other piece has the value 0 at large J. These two pieces are joined at intermediate values of J by either a straight line, giving rise to the linear parametrization (denoted param L), or a quadratic curve, which defines the quadratic parametrization (param Q). We find that both param L and param Q can reproduce the glory scattering for center-of-mass reactive scattering angles, θ(R) ≲ 30°. Second, we use a piecewise-discontinuous pre-exponential factor and a quadratic phase, giving rise to a step-function parametrization (param SF) and a top-hat parametrization (param TH). We find that both param SF and param TH can reproduce the forward-angle scattering, even though these class C(-1) parametrizations are usually considered too simplistic to be useful for calculations of DCSs. We find that an ultrasimplistic param THz, which is param TH with a phase of zero, can also reproduce the glory scattering at forward angles. The S matrix elements for

4. Validity of the kink approximation to the tunneling action

Dutta, Koushik; Hector, Cecelie; Konstandin, Thomas; Vaudrevange, Pascal M.; Westphal, Alexander

2012-12-01

Coleman tunneling in a general scalar potential with two nondegenerate minima is known to have an approximation in terms of a piecewise linear triangular-shaped potential with sharp “kinks” at the place of the local minima. This approximate potential has a regime where the existence of the bounce solution needs the scalar field to “wait” for some amount of Euclidean time at one of the kinks. We discuss under which conditions a kink approximation of locally smooth “cap” regions provides a good estimate for the bounce action.

5. Comparing the full time-dependent Bogoliubov-de-Gennes equations to their linear approximation: a numerical investigation

Hainzl, Christian; Seyrich, Jonathan

2016-05-01

In this paper we report on the results of a numerical study of the nonlinear time-dependent Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) equations, often also denoted as Bogoliubov-de-Gennes (BdG) equations, for a one-dimensional system of fermions with contact interaction. We show that, even above the critical temperature, the full equations and their linear approximation give rise to completely different evolutions. In contrast to its linearization, the full nonlinear equation does not show any diffusive behavior in the order parameter. This means that the order parameter does not follow a Ginzburg-Landau-type of equation, in accordance with a recent theoretical result in [R.L. Frank, C. Hainzl, B. Schlein, R. Seiringer, to appear in Lett. Math. Phys., arXiv:1504.05885 (2016)]. We include a full description on the numerical implementation of the partial differential BCS/BdG equations.

6. TH-E-BRE-02: A Forward Scattering Approximation to Dose Calculation Using the Linear Boltzmann Transport Equation

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Catt, B; Snyder, M

2014-06-15

Purpose: To investigate the use of the linear Boltzmann transport equation as a dose calculation tool which can account for interface effects, while still having faster computation times than Monte Carlo methods. In particular, we introduce a forward scattering approximation, in hopes of improving calculation time without a significant hindrance to accuracy. Methods: Two coupled Boltzmann transport equations were constructed, one representing the fluence of photons within the medium, and the other, the fluence of electrons. We neglect the scattering term within the electron transport equation, resulting in an extreme forward scattering approximation to reduce computational complexity. These equations were then solved using a numerical technique for solving partial differential equations, known as a finite difference scheme, where the fluence at each discrete point in space is calculated based on the fluence at the previous point in the particle's path. Using this scheme, it is possible to develop a solution to the Boltzmann transport equations by beginning with boundary conditions and iterating across the entire medium. The fluence of electrons can then be used to find the dose at any point within the medium. Results: Comparisons with Monte Carlo simulations indicate that even simplistic techniques for solving the linear Boltzmann transport equation yield expected interface effects, which many popular dose calculation algorithms are not capable of predicting. Implementation of a forward scattering approximation does not appear to drastically reduce the accuracy of this algorithm. Conclusion: Optimized implementations of this algorithm have been shown to be very accurate when compared with Monte Carlo simulations, even in build up regions where many models fail. Use of a forward scattering approximation could potentially give a reasonably accurate dose distribution in a shorter amount of time for situations where a completely accurate dose distribution is not

7. Nonlinear amplitude approximation for bilinear systems

Jung, Chulwoo; D'Souza, Kiran; Epureanu, Bogdan I.

2014-06-01

An efficient method to predict vibration amplitudes at the resonant frequencies of dynamical systems with piecewise-linear nonlinearity is developed. This technique is referred to as bilinear amplitude approximation (BAA). BAA constructs a single vibration cycle at each resonant frequency to approximate the periodic steady-state response of the system. It is postulated that the steady-state response is piece-wise linear and can be approximated by analyzing the response over two time intervals during which the system behaves linearly. Overall the dynamics is nonlinear, but the system is in a distinct linear state during each of the two time intervals. Thus, the approximated vibration cycle is constructed using linear analyses. The equation of motion for analyzing the vibration of each state is projected along the overlapping space spanned by the linear mode shapes active in each of the states. This overlapping space is where the vibratory energy is transferred from one state to the other when the system switches from one state to the other. The overlapping space can be obtained using singular value decomposition. The space where the energy is transferred is used together with transition conditions of displacement and velocity compatibility to construct a single vibration cycle and to compute the amplitude of the dynamics. Since the BAA method does not require numerical integration of nonlinear models, computational costs are very low. In this paper, the BAA method is first applied to a single-degree-of-freedom system. Then, a three-degree-of-freedom system is introduced to demonstrate a more general application of BAA. Finally, the BAA method is applied to a full bladed disk with a crack. Results comparing numerical solutions from full-order nonlinear analysis and results obtained using BAA are presented for all systems.

8. Non-Linear Control Allocation Using Piecewise Linear Functions

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2003-08-01

within the same framework. A detailed dis- cussion can be found in Reklaitis , et.al.16 Without a loss of generality, we begin by consid- ering a...Engineers, Inc., 2003 . [16] Reklaitis , G., Ravindran, A., and Ragsdell, K., Engineering Optimization: Methods and Ap- plication, Wiley-Interscience, New

9. Piecewise quartic polynomial curves with a local shape parameter

Han, Xuli

2006-10-01

Piecewise quartic polynomial curves with a local shape parameter are presented in this paper. The given blending function is an extension of the cubic uniform B-splines. The changes of a local shape parameter will only change two curve segments. With the increase of the value of a shape parameter, the curves approach a corresponding control point. The given curves possess satisfying shape-preserving properties. The given curve can also be used to interpolate locally the control points with GC2 continuity. Thus, the given curves unify the representation of the curves for interpolating and approximating the control polygon. As an application, the piecewise polynomial curves can intersect an ellipse at different knot values by choosing the value of the shape parameter. The given curve can approximate an ellipse from the both sides and can then yield a tight envelope for an ellipse. Some computing examples for curve design are given.

10. An approximate projection method for incompressible flow

Stevens, David E.; Chan, Stevens T.; Gresho, Phil

2002-12-01

This paper presents an approximate projection method for incompressible flows. This method is derived from Galerkin orthogonality conditions using equal-order piecewise linear elements for both velocity and pressure, hereafter Q1Q1. By combining an approximate projection for the velocities with a variational discretization of the continuum pressure Poisson equation, one eliminates the need to filter either the velocity or pressure fields as is often needed with equal-order element formulations. This variational approach extends to multiple types of elements; examples and results for triangular and quadrilateral elements are provided. This method is related to the method of Almgren et al. (SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 2000; 22: 1139-1159) and the PISO method of Issa (J. Comput. Phys. 1985; 62: 40-65). These methods use a combination of two elliptic solves, one to reduce the divergence of the velocities and another to approximate the pressure Poisson equation. Both Q1Q1 and the method of Almgren et al. solve the second Poisson equation with a weak error tolerance to achieve more computational efficiency.A Fourier analysis of Q1Q1 shows that a consistent mass matrix has a positive effect on both accuracy and mass conservation. A numerical comparison with the widely used Q1Q0 (piecewise linear velocities, piecewise constant pressures) on a periodic test case with an analytic solution verifies this analysis. Q1Q1 is shown to have comparable accuracy as Q1Q0 and good agreement with experiment for flow over an isolated cubic obstacle and dispersion of a point source in its wake.

11. Discontinuous Galerkin method for piecewise regular solutions to the nonlinear age-structured population model.

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Krzyzanowski, Piotr; Wrzosek, Dariusz; Wit, Dominik

2006-10-01

A discontinuous Galerkin approximation of the nonlinear Lotka-McKendrick equation is considered in the frequent case when the solution is only piecewise regular. An O(h(r+1/2)) error estimate for rth order polynomial finite elements is proved, as well as piecewise H(1)-regularity of the exact solution which guarantees the error estimate for r=0. Certain implementational details which improve the robustness of the method are also addressed.

12. Vibrational energy relaxation rates via the linearized semiclassical approximation: applications to neat diatomic liquids and atomic-diatomic liquid mixtures.

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Ka, Being J; Shi, Qiang; Geva, Eitan

2005-06-30

We report the results obtained from the application of our previously proposed linearized semiclassical method for computing vibrational energy relaxation (VER) rates (J. Phys. Chem. A 2003, 107, 9059, 9070) to neat liquid oxygen, neat liquid nitrogen, and liquid mixtures of oxygen and argon. Our calculations are based on a semiclassical approximation for the quantum-mechanical force-force correlation function, which puts it in terms of the Wigner transforms of the force and the product of the Boltzmann operator and the force. The calculation of the multidimensional Wigner integrals is made feasible by the introduction of a local harmonic approximation. A systematic analysis has been performed of the temperature and mole-fraction dependences of the VER rate constant, as well as the relative contributions of centrifugal and potential forces, and of different types of quantum effects. The results were found to be in very good quantitative agreement with experiment, and they suggest that this semiclassical approximation can capture the quantum enhancement, by many orders of magnitude, of the experimentally observed VER rate constants over the corresponding classical predictions.

13. Difference equation state approximations for nonlinear hereditary control problems

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Rosen, I. G.

1984-01-01

Discrete approximation schemes for the solution of nonlinear hereditary control problems are constructed. The methods involve approximation by a sequence of optimal control problems in which the original infinite dimensional state equation has been approximated by a finite dimensional discrete difference equation. Convergence of the state approximations is argued using linear semigroup theory and is then used to demonstrate that solutions to the approximating optimal control problems in some sense approximate solutions to the original control problem. Two schemes, one based upon piecewise constant approximation, and the other involving spline functions are discussed. Numerical results are presented, analyzed and used to compare the schemes to other available approximation methods for the solution of hereditary control problems. Previously announced in STAR as N83-33589

14. Difference equation state approximations for nonlinear hereditary control problems

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Rosen, I. G.

1982-01-01

Discrete approximation schemes for the solution of nonlinear hereditary control problems are constructed. The methods involve approximation by a sequence of optimal control problems in which the original infinite dimensional state equation has been approximated by a finite dimensional discrete difference equation. Convergence of the state approximations is argued using linear semigroup theory and is then used to demonstrate that solutions to the approximating optimal control problems in some sense approximate solutions to the original control problem. Two schemes, one based upon piecewise constant approximation, and the other involving spline functions are discussed. Numerical results are presented, analyzed and used to compare the schemes to other available approximation methods for the solution of hereditary control problems.

15. Difference equation state approximations for nonlinear hereditary control problems

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Rosen, I. G.

1984-01-01

Discrete approximation schemes for the solution of nonlinear hereditary control problems are constructed. The methods involve approximation by a sequence of optimal control problems in which the original infinite dimensional state equation has been approximated by a finite dimensional discrete difference equation. Convergence of the state approximations is argued using linear semigroup theory and is then used to demonstrate that solutions to the approximating optimal control problems in some sense approximate solutions to the original control problem. Two schemes, one based upon piecewise constant approximation, and the other involving spline functions are discussed. Numerical results are presented, analyzed and used to compare the schemes to other available approximation methods for the solution of hereditary control problems. Previously announced in STAR as N83-33589

16. Laplacian versus topography in the solution of the linear gravimetric boundary value problem by means of successive approximations

2017-04-01

The aim of this paper is to discuss the solution of the linearized gravimetric boundary value problem by means of the method of successive approximations. We start with the relation between the geometry of the solution domain and the structure of Laplace's operator. Similarly as in other branches of engineering and mathematical physics a transformation of coordinates is used that offers a possibility to solve an alternative between the boundary complexity and the complexity of the coefficients of the partial differential equation governing the solution. Laplace's operator has a relatively simple structure in terms of ellipsoidal coordinates which are frequently used in geodesy. However, the physical surface of the Earth substantially differs from an oblate ellipsoid of revolution, even if it is optimally fitted. Therefore, an alternative is discussed. A system of general curvilinear coordinates such that the physical surface of the Earth is imbedded in the family of coordinate surfaces is used. Clearly, the structure of Laplace's operator is more complicated in this case. It was deduced by means of tensor calculus and in a sense it represents the topography of the physical surface of the Earth. Nevertheless, the construction of the respective Green's function is more simple, if the solution domain is transformed. This enables the use of the classical Green's function method together with the method of successive approximations for the solution of the linear gravimetric boundary value problem expressed in terms of new coordinates. The structure of iteration steps is analyzed and where useful also modified by means of the integration by parts. Comparison with other methods is discussed.

17. Approximate solutions of the hyperbolic Kepler equation

Avendano, Martín; Martín-Molina, Verónica; Ortigas-Galindo, Jorge

2015-12-01

We provide an approximate zero widetilde{S}(g,L) for the hyperbolic Kepler's equation S-g {{arcsinh}}(S)-L=0 for gin (0,1) and Lin [0,∞ ). We prove, by using Smale's α -theory, that Newton's method starting at our approximate zero produces a sequence that converges to the actual solution S( g, L) at quadratic speed, i.e. if S_n is the value obtained after n iterations, then |S_n-S|≤ 0.5^{2^n-1}|widetilde{S}-S|. The approximate zero widetilde{S}(g,L) is a piecewise-defined function involving several linear expressions and one with cubic and square roots. In bounded regions of (0,1) × [0,∞ ) that exclude a small neighborhood of g=1, L=0, we also provide a method to construct simpler starters involving only constants.

18. An insight into the behaviour of oscillators with a periodically piecewise-defined time-varying mass

Zukovic, Miodrag; Kovacic, Ivana

2017-01-01

Free vibrations of a linear, single-degree-of-freedom oscillator with a periodic piecewise-defined time-varying mass are studied. Two different cases of this variation are investigated: first, the mass increases and then decreases linearly in time, i.e. it changes triangularly, and the second, when the mass changes trapezoidically, which, unlike the previous case, includes the period when it remains constant. Exact solutions for motion are obtained analytically directly from the equations of motion, and the criteria of stability are derived and used to plot stability charts for different system parameters. In addition, the transformed equation of motion is utilized in conjunction with harmonic balancing to derive approximate analytical expressions for the boundaries of the first and second instability region.

19. The slow-scale linear noise approximation: an accurate, reduced stochastic description of biochemical networks under timescale separation conditions

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2012-01-01

Background It is well known that the deterministic dynamics of biochemical reaction networks can be more easily studied if timescale separation conditions are invoked (the quasi-steady-state assumption). In this case the deterministic dynamics of a large network of elementary reactions are well described by the dynamics of a smaller network of effective reactions. Each of the latter represents a group of elementary reactions in the large network and has associated with it an effective macroscopic rate law. A popular method to achieve model reduction in the presence of intrinsic noise consists of using the effective macroscopic rate laws to heuristically deduce effective probabilities for the effective reactions which then enables simulation via the stochastic simulation algorithm (SSA). The validity of this heuristic SSA method is a priori doubtful because the reaction probabilities for the SSA have only been rigorously derived from microscopic physics arguments for elementary reactions. Results We here obtain, by rigorous means and in closed-form, a reduced linear Langevin equation description of the stochastic dynamics of monostable biochemical networks in conditions characterized by small intrinsic noise and timescale separation. The slow-scale linear noise approximation (ssLNA), as the new method is called, is used to calculate the intrinsic noise statistics of enzyme and gene networks. The results agree very well with SSA simulations of the non-reduced network of elementary reactions. In contrast the conventional heuristic SSA is shown to overestimate the size of noise for Michaelis-Menten kinetics, considerably under-estimate the size of noise for Hill-type kinetics and in some cases even miss the prediction of noise-induced oscillations. Conclusions A new general method, the ssLNA, is derived and shown to correctly describe the statistics of intrinsic noise about the macroscopic concentrations under timescale separation conditions. The ssLNA provides a

20. Estimation of demo-genetic model probabilities with Approximate Bayesian Computation using linear discriminant analysis on summary statistics.

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Estoup, Arnaud; Lombaert, Eric; Marin, Jean-Michel; Guillemaud, Thomas; Pudlo, Pierre; Robert, Christian P; Cornuet, Jean-Marie

2012-09-01

Comparison of demo-genetic models using Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) is an active research field. Although large numbers of populations and models (i.e. scenarios) can be analysed with ABC using molecular data obtained from various marker types, methodological and computational issues arise when these numbers become too large. Moreover, Robert et al. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2011, 108, 15112) have shown that the conclusions drawn on ABC model comparison cannot be trusted per se and required additional simulation analyses. Monte Carlo inferential techniques to empirically evaluate confidence in scenario choice are very time-consuming, however, when the numbers of summary statistics (Ss) and scenarios are large. We here describe a methodological innovation to process efficient ABC scenario probability computation using linear discriminant analysis (LDA) on Ss before computing logistic regression. We used simulated pseudo-observed data sets (pods) to assess the main features of the method (precision and computation time) in comparison with traditional probability estimation using raw (i.e. not LDA transformed) Ss. We also illustrate the method on real microsatellite data sets produced to make inferences about the invasion routes of the coccinelid Harmonia axyridis. We found that scenario probabilities computed from LDA-transformed and raw Ss were strongly correlated. Type I and II errors were similar for both methods. The faster probability computation that we observed (speed gain around a factor of 100 for LDA-transformed Ss) substantially increases the ability of ABC practitioners to analyse large numbers of pods and hence provides a manageable way to empirically evaluate the power available to discriminate among a large set of complex scenarios. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

1. Guidance law based on piecewise constant control for hypersonic gliders

Hull, David G.; Seguin, Jean-Marie

A midcourse guidance law is developed for the descent of a hypersonic glider to a fixed target on the ground. It is based on an optimal piecewise constant control (N intervals) obtained from an approximate physical model (flat earth, exponential atmosphere, parabolic drag polar, etc). The resulting optimal control equations can be integrated either analytically or by quadrature, and the guidance algorithm requires the solution of 2N+1 nonlinear algebraic equations. The guidance law is implemented in a realistic glider simulation, the intercept is achieved, and final velocities within 14 percent of the true values are obtained for the downrange and crossranges considered.

2. Fast and local non-linear evolution of steep wave-groups on deep water: A comparison of approximate models to fully non-linear simulations

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Adcock, T. A. A.; Taylor, P. H.

2016-01-15

The non-linear Schrödinger equation and its higher order extensions are routinely used for analysis of extreme ocean waves. This paper compares the evolution of individual wave-packets modelled using non-linear Schrödinger type equations with packets modelled using fully non-linear potential flow models. The modified non-linear Schrödinger Equation accurately models the relatively large scale non-linear changes to the shape of wave-groups, with a dramatic contraction of the group along the mean propagation direction and a corresponding extension of the width of the wave-crests. In addition, as extreme wave form, there is a local non-linear contraction of the wave-group around the crest which leads to a localised broadening of the wave spectrum which the bandwidth limited non-linear Schrödinger Equations struggle to capture. This limitation occurs for waves of moderate steepness and a narrow underlying spectrum.

3. Polynomial approximation of Poincare maps for Hamiltonian system

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Froeschle, Claude; Petit, Jean-Marc

1992-01-01

Different methods are proposed and tested for transforming a non-linear differential system, and more particularly a Hamiltonian one, into a map without integrating the whole orbit as in the well-known Poincare return map technique. We construct piecewise polynomial maps by coarse-graining the phase-space surface of section into parallelograms and using either only values of the Poincare maps at the vertices or also the gradient information at the nearest neighbors to define a polynomial approximation within each cell. The numerical experiments are in good agreement with both the real symplectic and Poincare maps.

4. Global Exponential Stability of Cohen-Grossberg Neural Networks with Piecewise Constant Argument of Generalized Type and Impulses.

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Xi, Qiang

2016-01-01

In this letter, we consider a model of Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with piecewise constant argument of generalized type and impulses. Sufficient conditions ensuring the existence and uniqueness of solutions are obtained. Based on constructing a new differential inequality with piecewise constant argument and impulse and using the Lyapunov function method, we derive sufficient conditions ensuring the global exponential stability of equilibrium point, with approximate exponential convergence rate. An example is given to illustrate the validity and advantage of the theoretical results.

5. Calculating the derivative of piecewise functions

Tomas Johansson, B.

2016-01-01

Exercises involving the calculation of the derivative of piecewise defined functions are common in calculus, with the aim of consolidating beginners' knowledge of applying the definition of the derivative. In such exercises, the piecewise function is commonly made up of two smooth pieces joined together at one point. A strategy which avoids using the definition of the derivative is to find the derivative function of each smooth piece and check whether these functions agree at the chosen point. Showing that this strategy works together with investigating discontinuities of the derivative is usually beyond a calculus course. However, we shall show that elementary arguments can be used to clarify the calculation and behaviour of the derivative for piecewise functions.

6. Optical spectroscopies of materials from orbital-dependent approximations

Dabo, Ismaila; Ferretti, Andrea; Cococcioni, Matteo; Marzari, Nicola

2013-03-01

Electronic-structure calculations based upon density-functional theory (DFT) have been fruitful in diverse areas of materials science. Despite their exceptional success and widespread use, a range of spectroscopic properties fall beyond the scope of existing DFT approximations. Failures of DFT calculations in describing electronic and optical phenomena take root in the lack of piecewise linearity of approximate functionals. This known deficiency reverberates negatively on the spectroscopic description of systems involving fractionally occupied or spatially delocalized electronic states, such as donor-acceptor organic heterojunctions and heavy-metal organometallic complexes. In this talk, I will present a class of orbital-dependent density-functional theory (OD-DFT) methods that are derived from a multidensity formulation of the electronic-structure problem and that restore the piecewise linearity of the total energy via Koopmans' theorem. Such OD-DFT electronic-structure approximations are apt at describing full orbital spectra within a few tenths of an electron-volt relative to experimental photoemission spectroscopies and with the additional benefit of providing appreciably improved total energies for molecular systems with fractional occupations.

7. Regular and chaotic dynamics of a piecewise smooth bouncer

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Langer, Cameron K. Miller, Bruce N.

2015-07-15

The dynamical properties of a particle in a gravitational field colliding with a rigid wall moving with piecewise constant velocity are studied. The linear nature of the wall's motion permits further analytical investigation than is possible for the system's sinusoidal counterpart. We consider three distinct approaches to modeling collisions: (i) elastic, (ii) inelastic with constant restitution coefficient, and (iii) inelastic with a velocity-dependent restitution function. We confirm the existence of distinct unbounded orbits (Fermi acceleration) in the elastic model, and investigate regular and chaotic behavior in the inelastic cases. We also examine in the constant restitution model trajectories wherein the particle experiences an infinite number of collisions in a finite time, i.e., the phenomenon of inelastic collapse. We address these so-called “sticking solutions” and their relation to both the overall dynamics and the phenomenon of self-reanimating chaos. Additionally, we investigate the long-term behavior of the system as a function of both initial conditions and parameter values. We find the non-smooth nature of the system produces novel bifurcation phenomena not seen in the sinusoidal model, including border-collision bifurcations. The analytical and numerical investigations reveal that although our piecewise linear bouncer is a simplified version of the sinusoidal model, the former not only captures essential features of the latter but also exhibits behavior unique to the discontinuous dynamics.

8. Piecewise smooth dynamical systems: Persistence of periodic solutions and normal forms

Gouveia, Márcio R. A.; Llibre, Jaume; Novaes, Douglas D.; Pessoa, Claudio

2016-04-01

We consider an n-dimensional piecewise smooth vector field with two zones separated by a hyperplane Σ which admits an invariant hyperplane Ω transversal to Σ containing a period annulus A fulfilled by crossing periodic solutions. For small discontinuous perturbations of these systems we develop a Melnikov-like function to control the persistence of periodic solutions contained in A. When n = 3 we provide normal forms for the piecewise linear case. Finally we apply the Melnikov-like function to study discontinuous perturbations of the given normal forms.

9. Slow-roll, acceleration, the big rip and the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin approximation in the non-linear Schroedinger-type formulation of scalar field cosmology

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Gumjudpai, Burin E-mail: buring@nu.ac.th

2008-09-15

Aspects of the non-linear Schroedinger (NLS) type of formulation of scalar (phantom) field cosmology for slow-roll, acceleration, the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation and the big rip singularity are presented. Slow-roll parameters for the curvature and barotropic density terms are introduced. We re-express all slow-roll parameters, slow-roll conditions and the acceleration condition in NLS form. The WKB approximation in the NLS formulation is also discussed while simplifying to the linear case. Most of the Schroedinger potentials in the NLS formulation are very slowly varying; hence the WKB approximation is valid in some ranges. In the NLS form of the big rip singularity, two quantities are infinite instead of three. We also found that approaching the big rip, w{sub eff}{yields}-1+2/3q (q<0), which is the same as the effective phantom equation of state in the flat case.

10. Canard-like phenomena in piecewise-smooth Van der Pol systems

Roberts, Andrew; Gendinning, Paul

2014-06-01

We show that a nonlinear, piecewise-smooth, planar dynamical system can exhibit canard phenomena. Canard phenomena in nonlinear, piecewise-smooth systems can be qualitatively more similar to the phenomena in smooth systems than piecewise-linear systems, since the nonlinearity allows for canards to transition from small cycles to canards "with heads." The canards are born of a bifurcation that occurs as the slow-nullcline coincides with the splitting manifold. However, there are conditions under which this bifurcation leads to a phenomenon called super-explosion, the instantaneous transition from a globally attracting periodic orbit to relaxations oscillations. Also, we demonstrate that the bifurcation—whether leading to canards or super-explosion—can be subcritical.

11. Calculation of the microscopic and macroscopic linear and nonlinear optical properties of liquid acetonitrile. II. Local fields and linear and nonlinear susceptibilities in quadrupolar approximation.

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Avramopoulos, A; Papadopoulos, M G; Reis, H

2007-03-15

A discrete model based on the multipolar expansion including terms up to hexadecapoles was employed to describe the electrostatic interactions in liquid acetonitrile. Liquid structures obtained form molecular dynamics simulations with different classical, nonpolarizable potentials were used to analyze the electrostatic interactions. The computed average local field was employed for the determination of the environmental effects on the linear and nonlinear electrical molecular properties. Dipole-dipole interactions yield the dominant contribution to the local field, whereas higher multipolar contributions are small but not negligible. Using the effective in-phase properties, macroscopic linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of the liquid were computed. Depending on the partial charges describing the Coulomb interactions of the force field employed, either the linear properties (refractive index and dielectric constant) were reproduced in good agreement with experiment or the nonlinear properties [third-harmonic generation (THG) and electric field induced second-harmonic (EFISH) generation] and the bulk density but never both sets of properties together. It is concluded that the partial charges of the force fields investigated are not suitable for reliable dielectric properties. New methods are probably necessary for the determination of partial charges, which should take into account the collective and long-range nature of electrostatic interactions more precisely.

12. Stability analysis and H infinity controller design of fuzzy large-scale systems based on piecewise Lyapunov functions.

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Zhang, Hongbin; Li, Chunguang; Liao, Xiaofeng

2006-06-01

This paper presents a novel approach to stability analysis of a fuzzy large-scale system in which the system is composed of a number of Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy subsystems with interconnections. The stability analysis is based on Lyapunov functions that are continuous and piecewise quadratic. It is shown that the stability of the fuzzy large-scale systems can be established if a piecewise Lyapunov function can be constructed, and, moreover, the function can be obtained by solving a set of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) that are numerically feasible. It is also demonstrated via a numerical example that the stability result based on the piecewise quadratic Lyapunov functions is less conservative than that based on the common quadratic Lyapunov functions. The H infinity controllers can also be designed by solving a set of LMIs based on these powerful piecewise quadratic Lyapunov functions.

13. Trajectory piecewise quadratic reduced-order model for subsurface flow, with application to PDE-constrained optimization

Trehan, Sumeet; Durlofsky, Louis J.

2016-12-01

A new reduced-order model based on trajectory piecewise quadratic (TPWQ) approximations and proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) is introduced and applied for subsurface oil-water flow simulation. The method extends existing techniques based on trajectory piecewise linear (TPWL) approximations by incorporating second-derivative terms into the reduced-order treatment. Both the linear and quadratic reduced-order methods, referred to as POD-TPWL and POD-TPWQ, entail the representation of new solutions as expansions around previously simulated high-fidelity (full-order) training solutions, along with POD-based projection into a low-dimensional space. POD-TPWQ entails significantly more offline preprocessing than POD-TPWL as it requires generating and projecting several third-order (Hessian-type) terms. The POD-TPWQ method is implemented for two-dimensional systems. Extensive numerical results demonstrate that it provides consistently better accuracy than POD-TPWL, with speedups of about two orders of magnitude relative to high-fidelity simulations for the problems considered. We demonstrate that POD-TPWQ can be used as an error estimator for POD-TPWL, which motivates the development of a trust-region-based optimization framework. This procedure uses POD-TPWL for fast function evaluations and a POD-TPWQ error estimator to determine when retraining, which entails a high-fidelity simulation, is required. Optimization results for an oil-water problem demonstrate the substantial speedups that can be achieved relative to optimizations based on high-fidelity simulation.

14. Overshooting thunderstorm cloud top dynamics as approximated by a linear Lagrangian parcel model with analytic exact solutions

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Schlesinger, Robert E.

1990-01-01

Results are presented from a linear Lagrangian entraining parcel model of an overshooting thunderstorm cloud top. The model, which is similar to that of Adler and Mack (1986), gives analytic exact solutions for vertical velocity and temperature by representing mixing with Rayleigh damping instead of nonlinearly. Model results are presented for various combinations of stratospheric lapse rate, drag intensity, and mixing strength. The results are compared to those of Adler and Mack.

15. Overshooting thunderstorm cloud top dynamics as approximated by a linear Lagrangian parcel model with analytic exact solutions

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Schlesinger, Robert E.

1990-01-01

Results are presented from a linear Lagrangian entraining parcel model of an overshooting thunderstorm cloud top. The model, which is similar to that of Adler and Mack (1986), gives analytic exact solutions for vertical velocity and temperature by representing mixing with Rayleigh damping instead of nonlinearly. Model results are presented for various combinations of stratospheric lapse rate, drag intensity, and mixing strength. The results are compared to those of Adler and Mack.

16. On-site approximation for spin orbit coupling in linear combination of atomic orbitals density functional methods

Fernández-Seivane, L.; Oliveira, M. A.; Sanvito, S.; Ferrer, J.

2006-08-01

We propose a computational method that drastically simplifies the inclusion of the spin-orbit interaction in density functional theory when implemented over localized basis sets. Our method is based on a well-known procedure for obtaining pseudopotentials from atomic relativistic ab initio calculations and on an on-site approximation for the spin-orbit matrix elements. We have implemented the technique in the SIESTA (Soler J M et al 2002 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14 2745-79) code, and show that it provides accurate results for the overall band-structure and splittings of group IV and III-IV semiconductors as well as for 5d metals.

17. Stability analysis and H(infinity) controller design of discrete-time fuzzy large-scale systems based on piecewise Lyapunov functions.

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Zhang, Hongbin; Feng, Gang

2008-10-01

This paper is concerned with stability analysis and H(infinity) decentralized control of discrete-time fuzzy large-scale systems based on piecewise Lyapunov functions. The fuzzy large-scale systems consist of J interconnected discrete-time Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy subsystems, and the stability analysis is based on Lyapunov functions that are piecewise quadratic. It is shown that the stability of the discrete-time fuzzy large-scale systems can be established if a piecewise quadratic Lyapunov function can be constructed, and moreover, the function can be obtained by solving a set of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) that are numerically feasible. The H(infinity) controllers are also designed by solving a set of LMIs based on these powerful piecewise quadratic Lyapunov functions. It is demonstrated via numerical examples that the stability and controller synthesis results based on the piecewise quadratic Lyapunov functions are less conservative than those based on the common quadratic Lyapunov functions.

18. Approximation techniques for neuromimetic calculus.

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Vigneron, V; Barret, C

1999-06-01

Approximation Theory plays a central part in modern statistical methods, in particular in Neural Network modeling. These models are able to approximate a large amount of metric data structures in their entire range of definition or at least piecewise. We survey most of the known results for networks of neurone-like units. The connections to classical statistical ideas such as ordinary least squares (LS) are emphasized.

19. Linear-noise approximation and the chemical master equation agree up to second-order moments for a class of chemical systems.

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Grima, Ramon

2015-10-01

It is well known that the linear-noise approximation (LNA) agrees with the chemical master equation, up to second-order moments, for chemical systems composed of zero and first-order reactions. Here we show that this is also a property of the LNA for a subset of chemical systems with second-order reactions. This agreement is independent of the number of interacting molecules.

20. An approximate global solution of Einstein's equation for a rotating compact source with linear equation of state

Cuchí, J. E.; Gil-Rivero, A.; Molina, A.; Ruiz, E.

2013-07-01

We use analytic perturbation theory to present a new approximate metric for a rigidly rotating perfect fluid source with equation of state (EOS) ɛ +(1-n)p=ɛ _0. This EOS includes the interesting cases of strange matter, constant density and the fluid of the Wahlquist metric. It is fully matched to its approximate asymptotically flat exterior using Lichnerowicz junction conditions and it is shown to be a totally general matching using Darmois-Israel conditions and properties of the harmonic coordinates. Then we analyse the Petrov type of the interior metric and show first that, in accordance with previous results, in the case corresponding to Wahlquist's metric it can not be matched to the asymptotically flat exterior. Next, that this kind of interior can only be of Petrov types I, D or (in the static case) O and also that the non-static constant density case can only be of type I. Finally, we check that it can not be a source of Kerr's metric.

1. One-dimensional breakdown voltage model of SOI RESURF lateral power device based on lateral linearly graded approximation

Zhang, Jun; Guo, Yu-Feng; Xu, Yue; Lin, Hong; Yang, Hui; Hong, Yang; Yao, Jia-Fei

2015-02-01

A novel one-dimensional (1D) analytical model is proposed for quantifying the breakdown voltage of a reduced surface field (RESURF) lateral power device fabricated on silicon on an insulator (SOI) substrate. We assume that the charges in the depletion region contribute to the lateral PN junctions along the diagonal of the area shared by the lateral and vertical depletion regions. Based on the assumption, the lateral PN junction behaves as a linearly graded junction, thus resulting in a reduced surface electric field and high breakdown voltage. Using the proposed model, the breakdown voltage as a function of device parameters is investigated and compared with the numerical simulation by the TCAD tools. The analytical results are shown to be in fair agreement with the numerical results. Finally, a new RESURF criterion is derived which offers a useful scheme to optimize the structure parameters. This simple 1D model provides a clear physical insight into the RESURF effect and a new explanation on the improvement in breakdown voltage in an SOI RESURF device. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61076073) and the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20133223110003).

2. A modified WKB formulation for linear eigenmodes of a collisionless self-gravitating disc in the epicyclic approximation

Gulati, Mamta; Saini, Tarun Deep

2016-07-01

The short-wave asymptotics (WKB) of spiral density waves in self-gravitating stellar discs is well suited for the study of the dynamics of tightly-wound wavepackets. But the textbook WKB theory is not well adapted to the study of the linear eigenmodes in a collisionless self-gravitating disc because of the transcendental nature of the dispersion relation. We present a modified WKB theory of spiral density waves, for collisionless discs in the epicyclic limit, in which the perturbed gravitational potential is related to the perturbed surface density by the Poisson integral in Kalnaj's logarithmic spiral form. An integral equation is obtained for the surface density perturbation, which is seen to also reduce to the standard WKB dispersion relation. Although our formulation is general and applies to all discs, we present our analysis only for nearly Keplerian, low-mass, self-gravitating discs revolving around massive central objects, and derive an integral equation governing the slow precessional modes of such discs. For a prograde disc, the integral kernel turns out be real and symmetric, implying that all slow modes are stable. We apply the slow mode integral equation to two unperturbed disc profiles, the Jalali-Tremaine annular discs, and the Kuzmin disc. We determine eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for both m = 1 and m = 2 slow modes for these profiles and discuss their properties. Our results compare well with those of Jalali-Tremaine.

3. Piecewise Linear Membership Function Generator-Divider Approach

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Hart, Ron; Martinez, Gene; Yuan, Bo; Zrilic, Djuro; Ramirez, Jaime

1997-01-01

In this paper a simple, inexpensive, membership function circuit for fuzzy controllers is presented. The proposed circuit may be used to generate a general trapezoidal membership function. The slope and horizontal shift are fully programmable parameters.

4. A piecewise linear approach to volume tracking a triple point

Choi, Benjamin Y.; Bussmann, Markus

2007-02-01

An approach to volume tracking three materials is presented that, in contrast with the so-called onion-skin methodology, assumes the existence of a triple point at which two interfaces between three materials intersect. The reconstruction of any cell that contains three materials is iterative: the approach is to locate a point of intersection between two interfaces that minimizes a given error expression. The advantages and limitations of the algorithm are presented via a series of advection tests that demonstrate that triple points can be reconstructed and advected just as well as simpler interfaces in typical applications.

5. LINEAR INVERSION OF TRANSMITTED ACOUSTIC WAVE FIELDS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODULUS AND DENSITY PERTURBATIONS USING A BORN-TYPE APPROXIMATION.

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Stauber, Douglas A.

1985-01-01

A Born approximation is used to linearize the relationship, in the horizontal-wavenumber and frequency domains, between lateral perturbations of modulus and density in a layered half-space and the acoustic wave field observed at the surface when a plane wave is incident from below. The resulting equations can be used to perform a linear inversion of observed acoustic wave fields to obtain lateral perturbations in modulus and density. Since modulus and density effects are separated, gravity observations can be included in the inversion procedure without any assumptions about the relationship between density and acoustic velocity. Tests with synthetic data sets reveal that the inversion method gives useful results when the spatial scales of the inhomogeneities are smaller than several acoustic wavelengths. Refs.

6. A local identification method for linear parameter-varying systems based on interpolation of state-space matrices and least-squares approximation

Ferranti, Francesco; Rolain, Yves

2017-01-01

This paper proposes a novel state-space matrix interpolation technique to generate linear parameter-varying (LPV) models starting from a set of local linear time-invariant (LTI) models estimated at fixed operating conditions. Since the state-space representation of LTI models is unique up to a similarity transformation, the state-space matrices need to be represented in a common state-space form. This is needed to avoid potentially large variations as a function of the scheduling parameters of the state-space matrices to be interpolated due to underlying similarity transformations, which might degrade the accuracy of the interpolation significantly. Underlying linear state coordinate transformations for a set of local LTI models are extracted by the computation of similarity transformation matrices by means of linear least-squares approximations. These matrices are then used to transform the local LTI state-space matrices into a form suitable to achieve accurate interpolation results. The proposed LPV modeling technique is validated by pertinent numerical results.

7. Near constant-time optimal piecewise LDR to HDR inverse tone mapping

Chen, Qian; Su, Guan-Ming; Yin, Peng

2015-02-01

In a backward compatible HDR image/video compression, it is a general approach to reconstruct HDR from compressed LDR as a prediction to original HDR, which is referred to as inverse tone mapping. Experimental results show that 2- piecewise 2nd order polynomial has the best mapping accuracy than 1 piece high order or 2-piecewise linear, but it is also the most time-consuming method because to find the optimal pivot point to split LDR range to 2 pieces requires exhaustive search. In this paper, we propose a fast algorithm that completes optimal 2-piecewise 2nd order polynomial inverse tone mapping in near constant time without quality degradation. We observe that in least square solution, each entry in the intermediate matrix can be written as the sum of some basic terms, which can be pre-calculated into look-up tables. Since solving the matrix becomes looking up values in tables, computation time barely differs regardless of the number of points searched. Hence, we can carry out the most thorough pivot point search to find the optimal pivot that minimizes MSE in near constant time. Experiment shows that our proposed method achieves the same PSNR performance while saving 60 times computation time compared to the traditional exhaustive search in 2-piecewise 2nd order polynomial inverse tone mapping with continuous constraint.

8. Communication: An effective linear-scaling atomic-orbital reformulation of the random-phase approximation using a contracted double-Laplace transformation

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Schurkus, Henry F.; Ochsenfeld, Christian

2016-01-21

An atomic-orbital (AO) reformulation of the random-phase approximation (RPA) correlation energy is presented allowing to reduce the steep computational scaling to linear, so that large systems can be studied on simple desktop computers with fully numerically controlled accuracy. Our AO-RPA formulation introduces a contracted double-Laplace transform and employs the overlap-metric resolution-of-the-identity. First timings of our pilot code illustrate the reduced scaling with systems comprising up to 1262 atoms and 10 090 basis functions. .

9. Fast alogorithms for Bayesian uncertainty quantification in large-scale linear inverse problems based on low-rank partial Hessian approximations

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Akcelik, Volkan; Flath, Pearl; Ghattas, Omar; Hill, Judith C; Van Bloemen Waanders, Bart; Wilcox, Lucas

2011-01-01

We consider the problem of estimating the uncertainty in large-scale linear statistical inverse problems with high-dimensional parameter spaces within the framework of Bayesian inference. When the noise and prior probability densities are Gaussian, the solution to the inverse problem is also Gaussian, and is thus characterized by the mean and covariance matrix of the posterior probability density. Unfortunately, explicitly computing the posterior covariance matrix requires as many forward solutions as there are parameters, and is thus prohibitive when the forward problem is expensive and the parameter dimension is large. However, for many ill-posed inverse problems, the Hessian matrix of the data misfit term has a spectrum that collapses rapidly to zero. We present a fast method for computation of an approximation to the posterior covariance that exploits the lowrank structure of the preconditioned (by the prior covariance) Hessian of the data misfit. Analysis of an infinite-dimensional model convection-diffusion problem, and numerical experiments on large-scale 3D convection-diffusion inverse problems with up to 1.5 million parameters, demonstrate that the number of forward PDE solves required for an accurate low-rank approximation is independent of the problem dimension. This permits scalable estimation of the uncertainty in large-scale ill-posed linear inverse problems at a small multiple (independent of the problem dimension) of the cost of solving the forward problem.

10. Piecewise Integration of Differential Variational Inequality

Wang, Zhengyu; Wu, Xinyuan

2009-09-01

Differential variational inequality (DVI) is a new mathematical paradigm consisting of a system of ordinary differential equations and a parametric variational inequality problem as the constraints. The solution of DVI was shown at best piecewise differentiable, for which the existing integrators possess only convergence of order one. In this paper we present an algorithm of finding the pieces where the solution is differentiable, and propose applying the methods in the pieces for a moderate stepsize, while for smaller stepsize around the boundary of the pieces for achieving high accuracy. Numerical example of bridge collapse is given to illustrate the efficiency of our algorithms.

11. Regularization for Continuously Observed Ordinal Response Variables with Piecewise-Constant Functional Predictors

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2016-01-01

I N S T I T U T E F O R D E F E N S E A N A L Y S E S Regularization for Continuously Observed Ordinal Response Variables with Piecewise...About This Publication This paper investigates regularization for continuously observed covariates that resemble step functions. The motivating...approximates the covariates as step functions and then treats each “step” as a uniquely observed data point. Data sets resulting from both approaches are

12. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

Zuehlsdorff, T. J.; Hine, N. D. M.; Payne, M. C.; Haynes, P. D.

2015-11-01

We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

13. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

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Zuehlsdorff, T. J. Payne, M. C.; Hine, N. D. M.; Haynes, P. D.

2015-11-28

We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

14. Piecewise power laws in individual learning curves.

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Donner, Yoni; Hardy, Joseph L

2015-10-01

The notion that human learning follows a smooth power law (PL) of diminishing gains is well-established in psychology. This characteristic is observed when multiple curves are averaged, potentially masking more complex dynamics underpinning the curves of individual learners. Here, we analyzed 25,280 individual learning curves, each comprising 500 measurements of cognitive performance taken from four cognitive tasks. A piecewise PL (PPL) model explained the individual learning curves significantly better than a single PL, controlling for model complexity. The PPL model allows for multiple PLs connected at different points in the learning process. We also explored the transition dynamics between PL curve component pieces. Performance in later pieces typically surpassed that in earlier pieces, after a brief drop in performance at the transition point. The transition rate was negatively associated with age, even after controlling for overall performance. Our results suggest at least two processes at work in individual learning curves: locally, a gradual, smooth improvement, with diminishing gains within a specific strategy, which is modeled well as a PL; and globally, a discrete sequence of strategy shifts, in which each strategy is better in the long term than the ones preceding it. The piecewise extension of the classic PL of practice has implications for both individual skill acquisition and theories of learning.

15. Renormalizable two-parameter piecewise isometries.

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Lowenstein, J H; Vivaldi, F

2016-06-01

We exhibit two distinct renormalization scenarios for two-parameter piecewise isometries, based on 2π/5 rotations of a rhombus and parameter-dependent translations. Both scenarios rely on the recently established renormalizability of a one-parameter triangle map, which takes place if and only if the parameter belongs to the algebraic number field K=Q(5) associated with the rotation matrix. With two parameters, features emerge which have no counterpart in the single-parameter model. In the first scenario, we show that renormalizability is no longer rigid: whereas one of the two parameters is restricted to K, the second parameter can vary continuously over a real interval without destroying self-similarity. The mechanism involves neighbouring atoms which recombine after traversing distinct return paths. We show that this phenomenon also occurs in the simpler context of Rauzy-Veech renormalization of interval exchange transformations, here regarded as parametric piecewise isometries on a real interval. We explore this analogy in some detail. In the second scenario, which involves two-parameter deformations of a three-parameter rhombus map, we exhibit a weak form of rigidity. The phase space splits into several (non-convex) invariant components, on each of which the renormalization still has a free parameter. However, the foliations of the different components are transversal in parameter space; as a result, simultaneous self-similarity of the component maps requires that both of the original parameters belong to the field K.

16. A Galerkin method for linear PDE systems in circular geometries with structural acoustic applications

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Smith, Ralph C.

1994-01-01

A Galerkin method for systems of PDE's in circular geometries is presented with motivating problems being drawn from structural, acoustic, and structural acoustic applications. Depending upon the application under consideration, piecewise splines or Legendre polynomials are used when approximating the system dynamics with modifications included to incorporate the analytic solution decay near the coordinate singularity. This provides an efficient method which retains its accuracy throughout the circular domain without degradation at singularity. Because the problems under consideration are linear or weakly nonlinear with constant or piecewise constant coefficients, transform methods for the problems are not investigated. While the specific method is developed for the two dimensional wave equations on a circular domain and the equation of transverse motion for a thin circular plate, examples demonstrating the extension of the techniques to a fully coupled structural acoustic system are used to illustrate the flexibility of the method when approximating the dynamics of more complex systems.

17. Output-Feedback Control of Unknown Linear Discrete-Time Systems With Stochastic Measurement and Process Noise via Approximate Dynamic Programming.

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Wang, Jun-Sheng; Yang, Guang-Hong

2017-07-25

This paper studies the optimal output-feedback control problem for unknown linear discrete-time systems with stochastic measurement and process noise. A dithered Bellman equation with the innovation covariance matrix is constructed via the expectation operator given in the form of a finite summation. On this basis, an output-feedback-based approximate dynamic programming method is developed, where the terms depending on the innovation covariance matrix are available with the aid of the innovation covariance matrix identified beforehand. Therefore, by iterating the Bellman equation, the resulting value function can converge to the optimal one in the presence of the aforementioned noise, and the nearly optimal control laws are delivered. To show the effectiveness and the advantages of the proposed approach, a simulation example and a velocity control experiment on a dc machine are employed.

18. Generalizing Fisher's “reproductive value”: “Incipient” and “penultimate” reproductive-value functions when environment limits growth; linear approximants for nonlinear Mendelian mating models†

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Samuelson, Paul A.

1978-01-01

In the usual Darwinian case in which struggle for existence leads to density limitations on the environment's carrying capacity, R. A. Fisher's reproductive-value concept reduces to zero for every initial age group. To salvage some meaning for Fisher's notion, two variant reproductive-value concepts are defined here: an “incipient reproductive-value function,” applicable to a system's early dilute stage when density effects are still ignorable; and a “second-order penultimate reproductive-value function,” linking to a system's initial conditions near equilibrium its much later small deviations from carrying-capacity equilibrium. Also, slowly changing age-structured mortality and fertility parameters of Lotka and Mendelian mating systems are shown to suggest linear reproductive-value surrogates that provide approximations for truly nonlinear diploid and haploid models. PMID:16592600

19. Linear-scaling self-consistent field calculations based on divide-and-conquer method using resolution-of-identity approximation on graphical processing units.

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Yoshikawa, Takeshi; Nakai, Hiromi

2015-01-30

Graphical processing units (GPUs) are emerging in computational chemistry to include Hartree-Fock (HF) methods and electron-correlation theories. However, ab initio calculations of large molecules face technical difficulties such as slow memory access between central processing unit and GPU and other shortfalls of GPU memory. The divide-and-conquer (DC) method, which is a linear-scaling scheme that divides a total system into several fragments, could avoid these bottlenecks by separately solving local equations in individual fragments. In addition, the resolution-of-the-identity (RI) approximation enables an effective reduction in computational cost with respect to the GPU memory. The present study implemented the DC-RI-HF code on GPUs using math libraries, which guarantee compatibility with future development of the GPU architecture. Numerical applications confirmed that the present code using GPUs significantly accelerated the HF calculations while maintaining accuracy. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

20. Frozen Gaussian approximation based domain decomposition methods for the linear Schrödinger equation beyond the semi-classical regime

Lorin, E.; Yang, X.; Antoine, X.

2016-06-01

The paper is devoted to develop efficient domain decomposition methods for the linear Schrödinger equation beyond the semiclassical regime, which does not carry a small enough rescaled Planck constant for asymptotic methods (e.g. geometric optics) to produce a good accuracy, but which is too computationally expensive if direct methods (e.g. finite difference) are applied. This belongs to the category of computing middle-frequency wave propagation, where neither asymptotic nor direct methods can be directly used with both efficiency and accuracy. Motivated by recent works of the authors on absorbing boundary conditions (Antoine et al. (2014) [13] and Yang and Zhang (2014) [43]), we introduce Semiclassical Schwarz Waveform Relaxation methods (SSWR), which are seamless integrations of semiclassical approximation to Schwarz Waveform Relaxation methods. Two versions are proposed respectively based on Herman-Kluk propagation and geometric optics, and we prove the convergence and provide numerical evidence of efficiency and accuracy of these methods.

1. COMPARISON OF IMPLICIT SCHEMES TO SOLVE EQUATIONS OF RADIATION HYDRODYNAMICS WITH A FLUX-LIMITED DIFFUSION APPROXIMATION: NEWTON–RAPHSON, OPERATOR SPLITTING, AND LINEARIZATION

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Tetsu, Hiroyuki; Nakamoto, Taishi

2016-03-15

Radiation is an important process of energy transport, a force, and a basis for synthetic observations, so radiation hydrodynamics (RHD) calculations have occupied an important place in astrophysics. However, although the progress in computational technology is remarkable, their high numerical cost is still a persistent problem. In this work, we compare the following schemes used to solve the nonlinear simultaneous equations of an RHD algorithm with the flux-limited diffusion approximation: the Newton–Raphson (NR) method, operator splitting, and linearization (LIN), from the perspective of the computational cost involved. For operator splitting, in addition to the traditional simple operator splitting (SOS) scheme, we examined the scheme developed by Douglas and Rachford (DROS). We solve three test problems (the thermal relaxation mode, the relaxation and the propagation of linear waves, and radiating shock) using these schemes and then compare their dependence on the time step size. As a result, we find the conditions of the time step size necessary for adopting each scheme. The LIN scheme is superior to other schemes if the ratio of radiation pressure to gas pressure is sufficiently low. On the other hand, DROS can be the most efficient scheme if the ratio is high. Although the NR scheme can be adopted independently of the regime, especially in a problem that involves optically thin regions, the convergence tends to be worse. In all cases, SOS is not practical.

2. Comparison of Implicit Schemes to Solve Equations of Radiation Hydrodynamics with a Flux-limited Diffusion Approximation: Newton--Raphson, Operator Splitting, and Linearization

Tetsu, Hiroyuki; Nakamoto, Taishi

2016-03-01

Radiation is an important process of energy transport, a force, and a basis for synthetic observations, so radiation hydrodynamics (RHD) calculations have occupied an important place in astrophysics. However, although the progress in computational technology is remarkable, their high numerical cost is still a persistent problem. In this work, we compare the following schemes used to solve the nonlinear simultaneous equations of an RHD algorithm with the flux-limited diffusion approximation: the Newton-Raphson (NR) method, operator splitting, and linearization (LIN), from the perspective of the computational cost involved. For operator splitting, in addition to the traditional simple operator splitting (SOS) scheme, we examined the scheme developed by Douglas & Rachford (DROS). We solve three test problems (the thermal relaxation mode, the relaxation and the propagation of linear waves, and radiating shock) using these schemes and then compare their dependence on the time step size. As a result, we find the conditions of the time step size necessary for adopting each scheme. The LIN scheme is superior to other schemes if the ratio of radiation pressure to gas pressure is sufficiently low. On the other hand, DROS can be the most efficient scheme if the ratio is high. Although the NR scheme can be adopted independently of the regime, especially in a problem that involves optically thin regions, the convergence tends to be worse. In all cases, SOS is not practical.

3. A linear gradient line source facilitates the use of diffusion models with high order approximation for efficient, accurate turbid sample optical properties recovery.

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Lee, Ming-Wei; Hung, Cheng-Hung; Liao, Jung-Li; Cheng, Nan-Yu; Hou, Ming-Feng; Tseng, Sheng-Hao

2014-10-01

In this paper, we demonstrate that a scanning MEMS mirror can be employed to create a linear gradient line source that is equivalent to a planar source. This light source setup facilitates the use of diffusion models of increased orders of approximation having closed form solution, and thus enhance the efficiency and accuracy in sample optical properties recovery. In addition, compared with a regular planar light source, the linear gradient line source occupies much less source area and has an elevated measurement efficiency. We employed a δ-P1 diffusion equation with a closed form solution and carried out a phantom study to understand the performance of this new method in determining the absorption and scattering properties of turbid samples. Moreover, our Monte Carlo simulation results indicated that this geometry had probing depths comparable to those of the conventional diffuse reflectance measurement geometry with a source-detector separation of 3 mm. We expect that this new source setup would facilitate the investigating of superficial volumes of turbid samples in the wavelength regions where tissue absorption coefficients are comparable to scattering coefficients.

4. Piecewise nonlinear regression: a statistical look at lamp performance

Halverson, Galen D.; Hamilton, M. Guyene

1996-09-01

Ultraviolet (UV) thickness measurement equipment has little room for variation when determining ultra thin films which are 70 angstroms or less. High lamp performance is critical for measurement validity. A quality conscious semiconductor must have data to verify a vendor claim of 'The lamp performance will perform with no degradation for up to (xxx) hours of normal operation.' In this article we review a real case where data was collected and examined to answer important questions about lamp performance in UV measurement equipment. How long could a lamp be used before performance degraded enough to necessitate a lamp replacement? This article will illustrate how we used standards and actual measurements to collect data for this study. Plots are included showing actual collected data followed by a discussion of alternative methods for statistical examination of the data. This discussion will include an illustration of an original and useful statistical approach for determining the point in time when degradation is noticeable. The method for examining data begins with a well known but not too frequency used concept known as piecewise linear regression with a fixed point of join. Then we enhance the method by turning the join point into a variable that is 'floated' using an iterative non-linear regression approach.

5. Comparing denominator degrees of freedom approximations for the generalized linear mixed model in analyzing binary outcome in small sample cluster-randomized trials.

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Li, Peng; Redden, David T

2015-04-23

Small number of clusters and large variation of cluster sizes commonly exist in cluster-randomized trials (CRTs) and are often the critical factors affecting the validity and efficiency of statistical analyses. F tests are commonly used in the generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) to test intervention effects in CRTs. The most challenging issue for the approximate Wald F test is the estimation of the denominator degrees of freedom (DDF). Some DDF approximation methods have been proposed, but their small sample performances in analysing binary outcomes in CRTs with few heterogeneous clusters are not well studied. The small sample performances of five DDF approximations for the F test are compared and contrasted under CRT frameworks with simulations. Specifically, we illustrate how the intraclass correlation (ICC), sample size, and the variation of cluster sizes affect the type I error and statistical power when different DDF approximation methods in GLMM are used to test intervention effect in CRTs with binary outcomes. The results are also illustrated using a real CRT dataset. Our simulation results suggest that the Between-Within method maintains the nominal type I error rates even when the total number of clusters is as low as 10 and is robust to the variation of the cluster sizes. The Residual and Containment methods have inflated type I error rates when the cluster number is small (<30) and the inflation becomes more severe with increased variation in cluster sizes. In contrast, the Satterthwaite and Kenward-Roger methods can provide tests with very conservative type I error rates when the total cluster number is small (<30) and the conservativeness becomes more severe as variation in cluster sizes increases. Our simulations also suggest that the Between-Within method is statistically more powerful than the Satterthwaite or Kenward-Roger method in analysing CRTs with heterogeneous cluster sizes, especially when the cluster number is small. We conclude that the

6. A Lyapunov method for stability analysis of piecewise-affine systems over non-invariant domains

Rubagotti, Matteo; Zaccarian, Luca; Bemporad, Alberto

2016-05-01

This paper analyses stability of discrete-time piecewise-affine systems, defined on possibly non-invariant domains, taking into account the possible presence of multiple dynamics in each of the polytopic regions of the system. An algorithm based on linear programming is proposed, in order to prove exponential stability of the origin and to find a positively invariant estimate of its region of attraction. The results are based on the definition of a piecewise-affine Lyapunov function, which is in general discontinuous on the boundaries of the regions. The proposed method is proven to lead to feasible solutions in a broader range of cases as compared to a previously proposed approach. Two numerical examples are shown, among which a case where the proposed method is applied to a closed-loop system, to which model predictive control was applied without a-priori guarantee of stability.

7. Weak-noise limit of a piecewise-smooth stochastic differential equation.

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Chen, Yaming; Baule, Adrian; Touchette, Hugo; Just, Wolfram

2013-11-01

We investigate the validity and accuracy of weak-noise (saddle-point or instanton) approximations for piecewise-smooth stochastic differential equations (SDEs), taking as an illustrative example a piecewise-constant SDE, which serves as a simple model of Brownian motion with solid friction. For this model, we show that the weak-noise approximation of the path integral correctly reproduces the known propagator of the SDE at lowest order in the noise power, as well as the main features of the exact propagator with higher-order corrections, provided the singularity of the path integral associated with the nonsmooth SDE is treated with some heuristics. We also show that, as in the case of smooth SDEs, the deterministic paths of the noiseless system correctly describe the behavior of the nonsmooth SDE in the low-noise limit. Finally, we consider a smooth regularization of the piecewise-constant SDE and study to what extent this regularization can rectify some of the problems encountered when dealing with discontinuous drifts and singularities in SDEs.

8. Zero-order ultrasensitivity: a study of criticality and fluctuations under the total quasi-steady state approximation in the linear noise regime.

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Jithinraj, P K; Roy, Ushasi; Gopalakrishnan, Manoj

2014-03-07

Zero-order ultrasensitivity (ZOU) is a long known and interesting phenomenon in enzyme networks. Here, a substrate is reversibly modified by two antagonistic enzymes (a 'push-pull' system) and the fraction in modified state undergoes a sharp switching from near-zero to near-unity at a critical value of the ratio of the enzyme concentrations, under saturation conditions. ZOU and its extensions have been studied for several decades now, ever since the seminal paper of Goldbeter and Koshland (1981); however, a complete probabilistic treatment, important for the study of fluctuations in finite populations, is still lacking. In this paper, we study ZOU using a modular approach, akin to the total quasi-steady state approximation (tQSSA). This approach leads to a set of Fokker-Planck (drift-diffusion) equations for the probability distributions of the intermediate enzyme-bound complexes, as well as the modified/unmodified fractions of substrate molecules. We obtain explicit expressions for various average fractions and their fluctuations in the linear noise approximation (LNA). The emergence of a 'critical point' for the switching transition is rigorously established. New analytical results are derived for the average and variance of the fractional substrate concentration in various chemical states in the near-critical regime. For the total fraction in the modified state, the variance is shown to be a maximum near the critical point and decays algebraically away from it, similar to a second-order phase transition. The new analytical results are compared with existing ones as well as detailed numerical simulations using a Gillespie algorithm.

9. Generalized Vibrational Perturbation Theory for Rotovibrational Energies of Linear, Symmetric and Asymmetric Tops: Theory, Approximations, and Automated Approaches to Deal with Medium-to-Large Molecular Systems.

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Piccardo, Matteo; Bloino, Julien; Barone, Vincenzo

2015-08-05

Models going beyond the rigid-rotor and the harmonic oscillator levels are mandatory for providing accurate theoretical predictions for several spectroscopic properties. Different strategies have been devised for this purpose. Among them, the treatment by perturbation theory of the molecular Hamiltonian after its expansion in power series of products of vibrational and rotational operators, also referred to as vibrational perturbation theory (VPT), is particularly appealing for its computational efficiency to treat medium-to-large systems. Moreover, generalized (GVPT) strategies combining the use of perturbative and variational formalisms can be adopted to further improve the accuracy of the results, with the first approach used for weakly coupled terms, and the second one to handle tightly coupled ones. In this context, the GVPT formulation for asymmetric, symmetric, and linear tops is revisited and fully generalized to both minima and first-order saddle points of the molecular potential energy surface. The computational strategies and approximations that can be adopted in dealing with GVPT computations are pointed out, with a particular attention devoted to the treatment of symmetry and degeneracies. A number of tests and applications are discussed, to show the possibilities of the developments, as regards both the variety of treatable systems and eligible methods.

10. Generalized Vibrational Perturbation Theory for Rotovibrational Energies of Linear, Symmetric and Asymmetric Tops: Theory, Approximations, and Automated Approaches to Deal with Medium-to-Large Molecular Systems

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Piccardo, Matteo; Bloino, Julien; Barone, Vincenzo

2015-01-01

Models going beyond the rigid-rotor and the harmonic oscillator levels are mandatory for providing accurate theoretical predictions for several spectroscopic properties. Different strategies have been devised for this purpose. Among them, the treatment by perturbation theory of the molecular Hamiltonian after its expansion in power series of products of vibrational and rotational operators, also referred to as vibrational perturbation theory (VPT), is particularly appealing for its computational efficiency to treat medium-to-large systems. Moreover, generalized (GVPT) strategies combining the use of perturbative and variational formalisms can be adopted to further improve the accuracy of the results, with the first approach used for weakly coupled terms, and the second one to handle tightly coupled ones. In this context, the GVPT formulation for asymmetric, symmetric, and linear tops is revisited and fully generalized to both minima and first-order saddle points of the molecular potential energy surface. The computational strategies and approximations that can be adopted in dealing with GVPT computations are pointed out, with a particular attention devoted to the treatment of symmetry and degeneracies. A number of tests and applications are discussed, to show the possibilities of the developments, as regards both the variety of treatable systems and eligible methods. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26345131

11. Geometric constrained variational calculus I: Piecewise smooth extremals

Massa, Enrico; Bruno, Danilo; Luria, Gianvittorio; Pagani, Enrico

2015-05-01

A geometric setup for constrained variational calculus is presented. The analysis deals with the study of the extremals of an action functional defined on piecewise differentiable curves, subject to differentiable, non-holonomic constraints. Special attention is paid to the tensorial aspects of the theory. As far as the kinematical foundations are concerned, a fully covariant scheme is developed through the introduction of the concept of infinitesimal control. The standard classification of the extremals into normal and abnormal ones is discussed, pointing out the existence of an algebraic algorithm assigning to each admissible curve a corresponding abnormality index, related to the co-rank of a suitable linear map. Attention is then shifted to the study of the first variation of the action functional. The analysis includes a revisitation of Pontryagin's equations and of the Lagrange multipliers method, as well as a reformulation of Pontryagin's algorithm in Hamiltonian terms. The analysis is completed by a general result, concerning the existence of finite deformations with fixed endpoints.

12. Periodic plasmonic nanoantennas in a piecewise homogeneous background.

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Mousavi, Saba Siadat; Berini, Pierre; McNamara, Derek

2012-07-30

Periodic rectangular gold nanomonopoles and nanodipoles in a piecewise inhomogeneous background, consisting of a silicon substrate and a dielectric (aqueous) cover, have been investigated extensively via 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations. The transmittance, reflectance and absorptance response of the nanoantennas were studied as a function of their geometry (length, width, thickness, gap) and found to vary very strongly. The nanoantennas were found to resonate in a single surface plasmon mode supported by the corresponding rectangular cross-section nanowire waveguide, identified as the sa(b)(0) mode [Phys. Rev. B 63, 125417 (2001)]. We determine the propagation characteristics of this mode as a function of nanowire cross-section and wavelength, and we relate the modal results to the performance of the nanoantennas. An approximate expression resting on modal results is proposed for the resonant length of nanomonopoles, and a simple equivalent circuit, also resting on modal results, but involving transmission lines and a capacitor (modelling the gap) is proposed to determine the resonant wavelength of nanodipoles. The expression and the circuit yield results that are in good agreement with the full computations, and thus will prove useful in the design of nanoantennas.

13. Supports of invariant measures for piecewise deterministic Markov processes

Benaïm, M.; Colonius, F.; Lettau, R.

2017-09-01

For a class of piecewise deterministic Markov processes, the supports of the invariant measures are characterized. This is based on the analysis of controllability properties of an associated deterministic control system. Its invariant control sets determine the supports.

14. A piecewise lookup table for calculating nonbonded pairwise atomic interactions.

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Luo, Jinping; Liu, Lijun; Su, Peng; Duan, Pengbo; Lu, Daihui

2015-11-01

A critical challenge for molecular dynamics simulations of chemical or biological systems is to improve the calculation efficiency while retaining sufficient accuracy. The main bottleneck in improving the efficiency is the evaluation of nonbonded pairwise interactions. We propose a new piecewise lookup table method for rapid and accurate calculation of interatomic nonbonded pairwise interactions. The piecewise lookup table allows nonuniform assignment of table nodes according to the slope of the potential function and the pair interaction distribution. The proposed method assigns the nodes more reasonably than in general lookup tables, and thus improves the accuracy while requiring fewer nodes. To obtain the same level of accuracy, our piecewise lookup table accelerates the calculation via the efficient usage of cache memory. This new method is straightforward to implement and should be broadly applicable. Graphical Abstract Illustration of piecewise lookup table method.

15. Contractivity for nonautonomous logistic equation with piecewise constant delays

Nakata, Yukihiko; Kuroda, Masataka; Muroya, Yoshiaki

2009-05-01

In this paper, we extend the result in [Y. Muroya, Persistence, contractivity and global stability in logistic equations with piecewise constant delays, J. Math. Anal. Appl. 270 (2002) 602-635] to nonautonomous logistic equations with piecewise constant arguments and establish two sufficient conditions for contractivity-like property, from which the global asymptotic stability of the solutions of this equation is derived, even if the effect of delays dominates over the instantaneous feedback. We offer two examples to illustrate our results.

16. On Languages Piecewise Testable in the Strict Sense

Rogers, James; Heinz, Jeffrey; Bailey, Gil; Edlefsen, Matt; Visscher, Molly; Wellcome, David; Wibel, Sean

In this paper we explore the class of Strictly Piecewise languages, originally introduced to characterize long-distance phonotactic patterns by Heinz [7] as the Precedence Languages. We provide a series of equivalent abstract characterizations, discuss their basic properties, locate them relative to other well-known subregular classes and provide algorithms for translating between the grammars defined here and finite state automata as well as an algorithm for deciding whether a regular language is Strictly Piecewise.

17. How accurate is the strongly orthogonal geminal theory in predicting excitation energies? Comparison of the extended random phase approximation and the linear response theory approaches

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Pernal, Katarzyna; Chatterjee, Koushik; Kowalski, Piotr H.

2014-01-07

Performance of the antisymmetrized product of strongly orthogonal geminal (APSG) ansatz in describing ground states of molecules has been extensively explored in the recent years. Not much is known, however, about possibilities of obtaining excitation energies from methods that would rely on the APSG ansatz. In the paper we investigate the recently proposed extended random phase approximations, ERPA and ERPA2, that employ APSG reduced density matrices. We also propose a time-dependent linear response APSG method (TD-APSG). Its relation to the recently proposed phase including natural orbital theory is elucidated. The methods are applied to Li{sub 2}, BH, H{sub 2}O, and CH{sub 2}O molecules at equilibrium geometries and in the dissociating limits. It is shown that ERPA2 and TD-APSG perform better in describing double excitations than ERPA due to inclusion of the so-called diagonal double elements. Analysis of the potential energy curves of Li{sub 2}, BH, and H{sub 2}O reveals that ERPA2 and TD-APSG describe correctly excitation energies of dissociating molecules if orbitals involved in breaking bonds are involved. For single excitations of molecules at equilibrium geometries the accuracy of the APSG-based methods approaches that of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock method with the increase of the system size. A possibility of improving the accuracy of the TD-APSG method for single excitations by splitting the electron-electron interaction operator into the long- and short-range terms and employing density functionals to treat the latter is presented.

18. 3D linear dispersion relation for arbitrary shear currents

Ellingsen, Simen; Smeltzer, Benjamin

2016-11-01

Dispesion properties of waves can be strongly affected by the presence of a sub-surface shear current. A number of approximation techniques exist to calculate dispersion properties of waves on shear currents, most relying on assumptions such as long wavelength, weak vorticity or near-potentiality. Another approach has been to approximate the shear current by a piecewise linear function, corresponding to dividing the fluid phase into a sequence of layers with constant vorticity in each layer. We discuss the practical implementation of this scheme in 3D for arbitrary wavelengths, and how how it may be applied to 3D linear surface waves problems where the full Fourier spectrum in the horizontal plane is required. Solutions to particular implementation challenges such as optimal choice of layer distribution and the nature and removal of spurious solutions are presented, as are several validation cases and tests of convergence. Applications to ring waves and ship waves are provided as examples. Norwegian Research Council (FRINATEK).

19. Numerical time-dependent solutions of the Schrödinger equation with piecewise continuous potentials.

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van Dijk, Wytse

2016-06-01

We consider accurate numerical solutions of the one-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation when the potential is piecewise continuous. Spatial step sizes are defined for each of the regions between the discontinuities and a matching condition at the boundaries of the regions is employed. The Numerov method for spatial integration is particularly appropriate to this approach. By employing Padé approximants for the time-evolution operator, we obtain solutions with significantly improved precision without increased CPU time. This approach is also appropriate for adaptive changes in spatial step size even when there is no discontinuity of the potential.

20. Run-Up of Long Waves in Piecewise Sloping U-Shaped Bays

Anderson, Dalton; Harris, Matthew; Hartle, Harrison; Nicolsky, Dmitry; Pelinovsky, Efim; Raz, Amir; Rybkin, Alexei

2017-02-01

We present an analytical study of the propagation and run-up of long waves in piecewise sloping, U-shaped bays using the cross-sectionally averaged shallow water equations. The nonlinear equations are transformed into a linear equation by utilizing the generalized Carrier-Greenspan transform (Rybkin et al. J Fluid Mech 748:416-432, 2014). The solution of the linear wave propagation is taken as the boundary condition at the toe of the last sloping segment, as in Synolakis (J Fluid Mech 185:523-545, 1987). We then consider a piecewise sloping bathymetry, and as in Kanoglu and Synolakis (J Fluid Mech 374:1-28, 1998), find the linear solution in the near shore region, which can be used as the boundary condition for the nonlinear problem. Our primary results are an analytical run-up law for narrow channels and breaking criteria for both monochromatic waves and solitary waves. The derived analytical solutions reduce to well-known solutions for parabolic bays and plane beaches. Our analytical predictions are verified in narrow bays via a comparison to direct numerical simulation of the 2-D shallow water equations.

1. Run-Up of Long Waves in Piecewise Sloping U-Shaped Bays

Anderson, Dalton; Harris, Matthew; Hartle, Harrison; Nicolsky, Dmitry; Pelinovsky, Efim; Raz, Amir; Rybkin, Alexei

2017-08-01

We present an analytical study of the propagation and run-up of long waves in piecewise sloping, U-shaped bays using the cross-sectionally averaged shallow water equations. The nonlinear equations are transformed into a linear equation by utilizing the generalized Carrier-Greenspan transform (Rybkin et al. J Fluid Mech 748:416-432, 2014). The solution of the linear wave propagation is taken as the boundary condition at the toe of the last sloping segment, as in Synolakis (J Fluid Mech 185:523-545, 1987). We then consider a piecewise sloping bathymetry, and as in Kanoglu and Synolakis (J Fluid Mech 374:1-28, 1998), find the linear solution in the near shore region, which can be used as the boundary condition for the nonlinear problem. Our primary results are an analytical run-up law for narrow channels and breaking criteria for both monochromatic waves and solitary waves. The derived analytical solutions reduce to well-known solutions for parabolic bays and plane beaches. Our analytical predictions are verified in narrow bays via a comparison to direct numerical simulation of the 2-D shallow water equations.

2. A patchy approximation of explicit model predictive control

Nguyen, Hoai-Nam; Olaru, Sorin; Hovd, Morten

2012-12-01

The explicit solution of multi-parametric optimisation problems (MPOP) has been used to construct an off-line solution to relatively small- and medium-sized constrained control problems. The control design principles are based on receding horizon optimisation and generally use linear prediction models for the system dynamics. In this context, it can be shown that the optimal control law is a piecewise linear (PWL) state feedback defined over polytopic cells of the state space. However, as the complexity of the related optimisation problems increases, the memory footprint and implementation of such explicit optimal solution may be burdensome for the available hardware, principally due to the high number of polytopic cells in the state-space partition. In this article we provide a solution to this problem by proposing a patchy PWL feedback control law, which intend to approximate the optimal control law. The construction is based on the linear interpolation of the exact solution at the vertices of a feasible set and the solution of an unconstrained linear quadratic regulator (LQR) problem. With a hybrid patchy control implementation, we show that closed-loop stability is preserved in the presence of additive measurement noise despite the existence of discontinuities at the switch between the overlapping regions in the state-space partition.

3. On uniform approximation of elliptic functions by Padé approximants

Khristoforov, Denis V.

2009-06-01

Diagonal Padé approximants of elliptic functions are studied. It is known that the absence of uniform convergence of such approximants is related to them having spurious poles that do not correspond to any singularities of the function being approximated. A sequence of piecewise rational functions is proposed, which is constructed from two neighbouring Padé approximants and approximates an elliptic function locally uniformly in the Stahl domain. The proof of the convergence of this sequence is based on deriving strong asymptotic formulae for the remainder function and Padé polynomials and on the analysis of the behaviour of a spurious pole. Bibliography: 23 titles.

4. A piecewise-focused high DQE detector for MV imaging.

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Star-Lack, Josh; Shedlock, Daniel; Swahn, Dennis; Humber, Dave; Wang, Adam; Hirsh, Hayley; Zentai, George; Sawkey, Daren; Kruger, Isaac; Sun, Mingshan; Abel, Eric; Virshup, Gary; Shin, Mihye; Fahrig, Rebecca

2015-09-01

Electronic portal imagers (EPIDs) with high detective quantum efficiencies (DQEs) are sought to facilitate the use of the megavoltage (MV) radiotherapy treatment beam for image guidance. Potential advantages include high quality (treatment) beam's eye view imaging, and improved cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) generating images with more accurate electron density maps with immunity to metal artifacts. One approach to increasing detector sensitivity is to couple a thick pixelated scintillator array to an active matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI) incorporating amorphous silicon thin film electronics. Cadmium tungstate (CWO) has many desirable scintillation properties including good light output, a high index of refraction, high optical transparency, and reasonable cost. However, due to the 0 1 0 cleave plane inherent in its crystalline structure, the difficulty of cutting and polishing CWO has, in part, limited its study relative to other scintillators such as cesium iodide and bismuth germanate (BGO). The goal of this work was to build and test a focused large-area pixelated "strip" CWO detector. A 361 × 52 mm scintillator assembly that contained a total of 28 072 pixels was constructed. The assembly comprised seven subarrays, each 15 mm thick. Six of the subarrays were fabricated from CWO with a pixel pitch of 0.784 mm, while one array was constructed from BGO for comparison. Focusing was achieved by coupling the arrays to the Varian AS1000 AMFPI through a piecewise linear arc-shaped fiber optic plate. Simulation and experimental studies of modulation transfer function (MTF) and DQE were undertaken using a 6 MV beam, and comparisons were made between the performance of the pixelated strip assembly and the most common EPID configuration comprising a 1 mm-thick copper build-up plate attached to a 133 mg/cm(2) gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator screen (Cu-GOS). Projection radiographs and CBCT images of phantoms were acquired. The work also introduces the use of a

5. A piecewise-focused high DQE detector for MV imaging

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Star-Lack, Josh; Shedlock, Daniel; Swahn, Dennis; Humber, Dave; Wang, Adam; Hirsh, Hayley; Zentai, George; Sawkey, Daren; Kruger, Isaac; Sun, Mingshan; Abel, Eric; Virshup, Gary; Shin, Mihye; Fahrig, Rebecca

2015-01-01

Purpose: Electronic portal imagers (EPIDs) with high detective quantum efficiencies (DQEs) are sought to facilitate the use of the megavoltage (MV) radiotherapy treatment beam for image guidance. Potential advantages include high quality (treatment) beam’s eye view imaging, and improved cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) generating images with more accurate electron density maps with immunity to metal artifacts. One approach to increasing detector sensitivity is to couple a thick pixelated scintillator array to an active matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI) incorporating amorphous silicon thin film electronics. Cadmium tungstate (CWO) has many desirable scintillation properties including good light output, a high index of refraction, high optical transparency, and reasonable cost. However, due to the 0 1 0 cleave plane inherent in its crystalline structure, the difficulty of cutting and polishing CWO has, in part, limited its study relative to other scintillators such as cesium iodide and bismuth germanate (BGO). The goal of this work was to build and test a focused large-area pixelated “strip” CWO detector. Methods: A 361  ×  52 mm scintillator assembly that contained a total of 28 072 pixels was constructed. The assembly comprised seven subarrays, each 15 mm thick. Six of the subarrays were fabricated from CWO with a pixel pitch of 0.784 mm, while one array was constructed from BGO for comparison. Focusing was achieved by coupling the arrays to the Varian AS1000 AMFPI through a piecewise linear arc-shaped fiber optic plate. Simulation and experimental studies of modulation transfer function (MTF) and DQE were undertaken using a 6 MV beam, and comparisons were made between the performance of the pixelated strip assembly and the most common EPID configuration comprising a 1 mm-thick copper build-up plate attached to a 133 mg/cm2 gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator screen (Cu-GOS). Projection radiographs and CBCT images of phantoms were acquired. The work

6. Structural properties of fluids interacting via piece-wise constant potentials with a hard core.

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Santos, Andrés; Yuste, Santos B; de Haro, Mariano López; Bárcenas, Mariana; Orea, Pedro

2013-08-21

The structural properties of fluids whose molecules interact via potentials with a hard core plus two piece-wise constant sections of different widths and heights are presented. These follow from the more general development previously introduced for potentials with a hard core plus n piece-wise constant sections [A. Santos, S. B. Yuste, and M. Lopez de Haro, Condens. Matter Phys. 15, 23602 (2012)] in which use was made of a semi-analytic rational-function approximation method. The results of illustrative cases comprising eight different combinations of wells and shoulders are compared both with simulation data and with those that follow from the numerical solution of the Percus-Yevick and hypernetted-chain integral equations. It is found that the rational-function approximation generally predicts a more accurate radial distribution function than the Percus-Yevick theory and is comparable or even superior to the hypernetted-chain theory. This superiority over both integral equation theories is lost, however, at high densities, especially as the widths of the wells and/or the barriers increase.

7. Non-Linear Vibration Problems Treated by the Averaging Method of W. Ritz. Part 2. Single Degree of Freedom Systems Single Term Approximations

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1951-06-01

qulvaltet:Wnter »rtoNq; eoefficie^.,- t; ..„*hieh ls *ha -.5 „Is, •£ H5 coefficient of tte displaceAenS jTä- a lineal differential...34 _ ._ section 1) were treated. Signer order approximations generally lead to a set of two or more {coupled) algebraic equations for_ the two G~-acr

8. Specifying Piecewise Latent Trajectory Models for Longitudinal Data

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Flora, David B.

2008-01-01

Piecewise latent trajectory models for longitudinal data are useful in a wide variety of situations, such as when a simple model is needed to describe nonlinear change, or when the purpose of the analysis is to evaluate hypotheses about change occurring during a particular period of time within a model for a longer overall time frame, such as…

9. Calderón's problem for Lipschitz piecewise smooth conductivities

Eun Kim, Sung

2008-10-01

We consider Lipschitz conductivities which are piecewise smooth across polyhedral boundaries in {\\bb R}^3 . Using complex geometrical optics solutions for Schrödinger operators with certain δ-function potentials, we obtain global uniqueness for Calderón's inverse conductivity problem.

10. Computation of the anharmonic orbits in two piecewise monotonic maps with a single discontinuity

Li, Yurong; Du, Zhengdong

2017-02-01

In this paper, the bifurcation values for two typical piecewise monotonic maps with a single discontinuity are computed. The variation of the parameter of those maps leads to a sequence of border-collision and period-doubling bifurcations, generating a sequence of anharmonic orbits on the boundary of chaos. The border-collision and period-doubling bifurcation values are computed by the word-lifting technique and the Maple fsolve function or the Newton-Raphson method, respectively. The scaling factors which measure the convergent rates of the bifurcation values and the width of the stable periodic windows, respectively, are investigated. We found that these scaling factors depend on the parameters of the maps, implying that they are not universal. Moreover, if one side of the maps is linear, our numerical results suggest that those quantities converge increasingly. In particular, for the linear-quadratic case, they converge to one of the Feigenbaum constants δ _F= 4.66920160\\cdots.

11. General Boundary-Value Problems for the Heat Conduction Equation with Piecewise-Continuous Coefficients

Tatsii, R. M.; Pazen, O. Yu.

2016-03-01

A constructive scheme for the construction of a solution of a mixed problem for the heat conduction equation with piecewise-continuous coefficients coordinate-dependent in the final interval is suggested and validated in the present work. The boundary conditions are assumed to be most general. The scheme is based on: the reduction method, the concept of quasi-derivatives, the currently accepted theory of the systems of linear differential equations, the Fourier method, and the modified method of eigenfunctions. The method based on this scheme should be related to direct exact methods of solving mixed problems that do not employ the procedures of constructing Green's functions or integral transformations. Here the theorem of eigenfunction expansion is adapted for the case of coefficients that have discontinuity points of the 1st kind. The results obtained can be used, for example, in investigating the process of heat transfer in a multilayer slab under conditions of ideal thermal contact between the layers. A particular case of piecewise-continuous coefficients is considered. A numerical example of calculation of a temperature field in a real four-layer building slab under boundary conditions of the 3rd kind (conditions of convective heat transfer) that model the phenomenon of fire near one of the external surfaces is given.

12. Border collision bifurcations in a two-dimensional piecewise smooth map from a simple switching circuit.

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Gardini, Laura; Fournier-Prunaret, Danièle; Chargé, Pascal

2011-06-01

In recent years, the study of chaotic and complex phenomena in electronic circuits has been widely developed due to the increasing number of applications. In these studies, associated with the use of chaotic sequences, chaos is required to be robust (not occurring only in a set of zero measure and persistent to perturbations of the system). These properties are not easy to be proved, and numerical simulations are often used. In this work, we consider a simple electronic switching circuit, proposed as chaos generator. The object of our study is to determine the ranges of the parameters at which the dynamics are chaotic, rigorously proving that chaos is robust. This is obtained showing that the model can be studied via a two-dimensional piecewise smooth map in triangular form and associated with a one-dimensional piecewise linear map. The bifurcations in the parameter space are determined analytically. These are the border collision bifurcation curves, the degenerate flip bifurcations, which only are allowed to occur to destabilize the stable cycles, and the homoclinic bifurcations occurring in cyclical chaotic regions leading to chaos in 1-piece.

13. Implementation of nonlinear registration of brain atlas based on piecewise grid system

Liu, Rong; Gu, Lixu; Xu, Jianrong

2007-12-01

In this paper, a multi-step registration method of brain atlas and clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data based on Thin-Plate Splines (TPS) and Piecewise Grid System (PGS) is presented. The method can help doctors to determine the corresponding anatomical structure between patient image and the brain atlas by piecewise nonlinear registration. Since doctors mostly pay attention to particular Region of Interest (ROI), and a global nonlinear registration is quite time-consuming which is not suitable for real-time clinical application, we propose a novel method to conduct linear registration in global area before nonlinear registration is performed in selected ROI. The homogenous feature points are defined to calculate the transform matrix between patient data and the brain atlas to conclude the mapping function. Finally, we integrate the proposed approach into an application of neurosurgical planning and guidance system which lends great efficiency in both neuro-anatomical education and guiding of neurosurgical operations. The experimental results reveal that the proposed approach can keep an average registration error of 0.25mm in near real-time manner.

14. Existence of almost periodic solutions for forced perturbed systems with piecewise constant argument

Xia, Yonghui; Huang, Zhenkun; Han, Maoan

2007-09-01

Certain almost periodic forced perturbed systems with piecewise argument are considered in this paper. By using the contraction mapping principle and some new analysis technique, some sufficient conditions are obtained for the existence and uniqueness of almost periodic solution of these systems. Furthermore, we study the harmonic and subharmonic solutions of these systems. The obtained results generalize the previous known results such as [A.M. Fink, Almost Periodic Differential Equation, Lecture Notes in Math., volE 377, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1974; C.Y. He, Almost Periodic Differential Equations, Higher Education Press, Beijing, 1992 (in Chinese); Z.S. Lin, The existence of almost periodic solution of linear system, Acta Math. Sinica 22 (5) (1979) 515-528 (in Chinese); C.Y. He, Existence of almost periodic solutions of perturbation systems, Ann. Differential Equations 9 (2) (1992) 173-181; Y.H. Xia, M. Lin, J. Cao, The existence of almost periodic solutions of certain perturbation system, J. Math. Anal. Appl. 310 (1) (2005) 81-96]. Finally, a tangible example and its numeric simulations show the feasibility of our results, the comparison between non-perturbed system and perturbed system, the relation between systems with and without piecewise argument.

15. Observables of a test mass along an inclined orbit in a post-Newtonian-approximated Kerr spacetime including the linear and quadratic spin terms.

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Hergt, Steven; Shah, Abhay; Schäfer, Gerhard

2013-07-12

The orbital motion is derived for a nonspinning test mass in the relativistic, gravitational field of a rotationally deformed body not restricted to the equatorial plane or spherical orbit. The gravitational field of the central body is represented by the Kerr metric, expanded to second post-Newtonian order including the linear and quadratic spin terms. The orbital period, the intrinsic periastron advance, and the precession of the orbital plane are derived with the aid of novel canonical variables and action-based methods.

16. Longest-Wavelength Electronic Excitations of Linear Cyanines: The Role of Electron Delocalization and of Approximations in Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory.

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Ii, Barry Moore; Autschbach, Jochen

2013-11-12

The lowest-energy/longest-wavelength electronic singlet excitation energies of linear cyanine dyes are examined, using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and selected wave function methods in comparison with literature data. Variations of the bond-length alternation obtained with different optimized structures produce small differences of the excitation energy in the limit of an infinite chain. Hybrid functionals with range-separated exchange are optimally 'tuned', which is shown to minimize the delocalization error (DE) in the cyanine π systems. Much unlike the case of charge-transfer excitations, small DEs are not strongly correlated with better performance. A representative cyanine is analyzed in detail. Compared with accurate benchmark data, TDDFT with 'pure' local functionals gives too high singlet excitation energies for all systems, but DFT-based ΔSCF calculations with a local functional severely underestimates the energies. TDDFT strongly overestimates the difference between singlet and triplet excitation energies. An analysis points to systematically much too small magnitudes of integrals from the DFT components of the exchange-correlation response kernel as the likely culprit. The findings support previous suggestions that the differential correlation energy between the ground and excited state is not correctly produced by TDDFT with most functionals.

17. Toda Equations and Piecewise Polynomiality for Mixed Double Hurwitz Numbers

Goulden, I. P.; Guay-Paquet, Mathieu; Novak, Jonathan

2016-04-01

This article introduces mixed double Hurwitz numbers, which interpolate combinatorially between the classical double Hurwitz numbers studied by Okounkov and the monotone double Hurwitz numbers introduced recently by Goulden, Guay-Paquet and Novak. Generalizing a result of Okounkov, we prove that a certain generating series for the mixed double Hurwitz numbers solves the 2-Toda hierarchy of partial differential equations. We also prove that the mixed double Hurwitz numbers are piecewise polynomial, thereby generalizing a result of Goulden, Jackson and Vakil.

18. Stochastic Schrödinger evolution over piecewise enlarged filtrations

Mengütürk, Levent Ali

2016-03-01

This paper constructs a nonlinear filtering framework that admits appearances of new information processes at random times by introducing piecewise enlargements of filtrations and proposes a new energy-based Schrodinger evolution expressed as a stochastic differential equation on a complex Hilbert space. Each information process is modeled as the sum of a random variable taking the eigenvalues of a Hamiltonian and an independent Brownian bridge noise. It is shown that under a piecewise enlarged filtration, the wave function is a jump-diffusion process until it collapses at some terminal time. In between discontinuities, the dynamics of the state vector are governed by different Wiener processes and diffusion coefficients. This motivates the introduction of an inclusive chain of Kolmogorov probability spaces or a *-isomorphic chain of commutative von Neumann probability spaces, on which the quantum system evolves differently based on the number of active information processes. The expectation of the Hamiltonian at a given state is the solution of a second-order nonlinear differential equation determined by one of the possible regimes that the quantum system belongs to. It is shown that the collapse rate is a submartingale with positive jumps and the Shannon entropy process is a supermartingale with expected negative jumps when passing to higher-order probability spaces. The framework is extended to the case when the Hamiltonian is modeled as a function of a set of commutative operators, where each operator is associated with a different piecewise enlarged filtration.

19. Stochastic Schrödinger evolution over piecewise enlarged filtrations

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Mengütürk, Levent Ali

2016-03-15

This paper constructs a nonlinear filtering framework that admits appearances of new information processes at random times by introducing piecewise enlargements of filtrations and proposes a new energy-based Schrodinger evolution expressed as a stochastic differential equation on a complex Hilbert space. Each information process is modeled as the sum of a random variable taking the eigenvalues of a Hamiltonian and an independent Brownian bridge noise. It is shown that under a piecewise enlarged filtration, the wave function is a jump-diffusion process until it collapses at some terminal time. In between discontinuities, the dynamics of the state vector are governed by different Wiener processes and diffusion coefficients. This motivates the introduction of an inclusive chain of Kolmogorov probability spaces or a *-isomorphic chain of commutative von Neumann probability spaces, on which the quantum system evolves differently based on the number of active information processes. The expectation of the Hamiltonian at a given state is the solution of a second-order nonlinear differential equation determined by one of the possible regimes that the quantum system belongs to. It is shown that the collapse rate is a submartingale with positive jumps and the Shannon entropy process is a supermartingale with expected negative jumps when passing to higher-order probability spaces. The framework is extended to the case when the Hamiltonian is modeled as a function of a set of commutative operators, where each operator is associated with a different piecewise enlarged filtration.

20. New stability criterion of neural networks with leakage delays and impulses: a piecewise delay method.

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Kumar, R Suresh; Sugumaran, G; Raja, R; Zhu, Quanxin; Raja, U Karthik

2016-02-01

This paper analyzes the global asymptotic stability of a class of neural networks with time delay in the leakage term and time-varying delays under impulsive perturbations. Here the time-varying delays are assumed to be piecewise. In this method, the interval of the variation is divided into two subintervals by its central point. By developing a new Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and checking its variation in between the two subintervals, respectively, and then we present some sufficient conditions to guarantee the global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for the considered neural network. The proposed results which do not require the boundedness, differentiability and monotonicity of the activation functions, can be easily verified via the linear matrix inequality (LMI) control toolbox in MATLAB. Finally, a numerical example and its simulation are given to show the conditions obtained are new and less conservative than some existing ones in the literature.

1. Periodic solutions for nonlinear integro-differential systems with piecewise constant argument.

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Chiu, Kuo-Shou

2014-01-01

We investigate the existence of the periodic solutions of a nonlinear integro-differential system with piecewise alternately advanced and retarded argument of generalized type, in short DEPCAG; that is, the argument is a general step function. We consider the critical case, when associated linear homogeneous system admits nontrivial periodic solutions. Criteria of existence of periodic solutions of such equations are obtained. In the process we use Green's function for periodic solutions and convert the given DEPCAG into an equivalent integral equation. Then we construct appropriate mappings and employ Krasnoselskii's fixed point theorem to show the existence of a periodic solution of this type of nonlinear differential equations. We also use the contraction mapping principle to show the existence of a unique periodic solution. Appropriate examples are given to show the feasibility of our results.

2. Wavelet Sparse Approximate Inverse Preconditioners

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Chan, Tony F.; Tang, W.-P.; Wan, W. L.

1996-01-01

There is an increasing interest in using sparse approximate inverses as preconditioners for Krylov subspace iterative methods. Recent studies of Grote and Huckle and Chow and Saad also show that sparse approximate inverse preconditioner can be effective for a variety of matrices, e.g. Harwell-Boeing collections. Nonetheless a drawback is that it requires rapid decay of the inverse entries so that sparse approximate inverse is possible. However, for the class of matrices that, come from elliptic PDE problems, this assumption may not necessarily hold. Our main idea is to look for a basis, other than the standard one, such that a sparse representation of the inverse is feasible. A crucial observation is that the kind of matrices we are interested in typically have a piecewise smooth inverse. We exploit this fact, by applying wavelet techniques to construct a better sparse approximate inverse in the wavelet basis. We shall justify theoretically and numerically that our approach is effective for matrices with smooth inverse. We emphasize that in this paper we have only presented the idea of wavelet approximate inverses and demonstrated its potential but have not yet developed a highly refined and efficient algorithm.

3. Robust vehicle lateral stabilisation via set-based methods for uncertain piecewise affine systems

Palmieri, Giovanni; Barić, Miroslav; Glielmo, Luigi; Borrelli, Francesco

2012-06-01

The paper presents the design of a lateral stability controller for ground vehicles based on front steering and four wheels independent braking. The control objective is to track yaw rate and lateral velocity reference signals while avoiding front and rear wheel traction force saturation. Control design is based on an approximate piecewise-affine nonlinear dynamical model of the vehicle. Vehicle longitudinal velocity and drivers steering input are modelled as measured disturbances taking values in a compact set. A time-optimal control strategy which ensures convergence into a maximal robust control invariant (RCI) set is proposed. This paper presents the uncertain model, the RCI computation, and the control algorithm. Experimental tests at high-speed on ice with aggressive driver manoeuvres show the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.

4. Efficient approximation of the Struve functions Hn occurring in the calculation of sound radiation quantities.

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Aarts, Ronald M; Janssen, Augustus J E M

2016-12-01

The Struve functions Hn(z), n=0, 1, ...  are approximated in a simple, accurate form that is valid for all z≥0. The authors previously treated the case n = 1 that arises in impedance calculations for the rigid-piston circular radiator mounted in an infinite planar baffle [Aarts and Janssen, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 113, 2635-2637 (2003)]. The more general Struve functions occur when other acoustical quantities and/or non-rigid pistons are considered. The key step in the paper just cited is to express H1(z) as (2/π)-J0(z)+(2/π) I(z), where J0 is the Bessel function of order zero and the first kind and I(z) is the Fourier cosine transform of [(1-t)/(1+t)](1/2), 0≤t≤1. The square-root function is optimally approximated by a linear function ĉt+d̂, 0≤t≤1, and the resulting approximated Fourier integral is readily computed explicitly in terms of sin z/z and (1-cos z)/z(2). The same approach has been used by Maurel, Pagneux, Barra, and Lund [Phys. Rev. B 75, 224112 (2007)] to approximate H0(z) for all z≥0. In the present paper, the square-root function is optimally approximated by a piecewise linear function consisting of two linear functions supported by [0,t̂0] and [t̂0,1] with t̂0 the optimal take-over point. It is shown that the optimal two-piece linear function is actually continuous at the take-over point, causing a reduction of the additional complexity in the resulting approximations of H0 and H1. Furthermore, this allows analytic computation of the optimal two-piece linear function. By using the two-piece instead of the one-piece linear approximation, the root mean square approximation error is reduced by roughly a factor of 3 while the maximum approximation error is reduced by a factor of 4.5 for H0 and of 2.6 for H1. Recursion relations satisfied by Struve functions, initialized with the approximations of H0 and H1, yield approximations for higher order Struve functions.

5. Complicated quasiperiodic oscillations and chaos from driven piecewise-constant circuit: Chenciner bubbles do not necessarily occur via simple phase-locking

Truong, Tri Quoc; Tsubone, Tadashi; Sekikawa, Munehisa; Inaba, Naohiko

2017-02-01

We analyze the complex quasiperiodic oscillations and chaos generated by two coupled piecewise-constant hysteresis oscillators driven by a rectangular wave force. Oscillations generate Arnol'd resonance webs wherein lower dimensional resonance tongues extend such as that of a web in numerous directions. We provide the fundamental tools for bifurcation analysis of nonautonomous piecewise-constant oscillators. To optimize the outstanding simplicity of piecewise-constant circuits, we formulate a generalized procedure for calculating the Lyapunov exponents in nonautonomous piecewise-constant dynamics. The Lyapunov exponents in these dynamics can be calculated with a precision approximately similar to that of maps. We observe two-parameter Lyapunov diagrams near the fundamental resonance region called Chenciner bubbles, wherein the oscillation frequencies of the two oscillators and the force are synchronized with a ratio of 1:1:1. Inevitably, the hysteresis considerably distorts the Chenciner bubbles. This result suggests that the Chenciner bubbles do not necessarily occur due to simple phase-locking of two-dimensional tori that can be explained by homeomorphism on the circle. Furthermore, we observe the Farey sequence in the experimental measurements.

6. Valence excitation energies of alkenes, carbonyl compounds, and azabenzenes by time-dependent density functional theory: linear response of the ground state compared to collinear and noncollinear spin-flip TDDFT with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation.

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Isegawa, Miho; Truhlar, Donald G

2013-04-07

Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) holds great promise for studying photochemistry because of its affordable cost for large systems and for repeated calculations as required for direct dynamics. The chief obstacle is uncertain accuracy. There have been many validation studies, but there are also many formulations, and there have been few studies where several formulations were applied systematically to the same problems. Another issue, when TDDFT is applied with only a single exchange-correlation functional, is that errors in the functional may mask successes or failures of the formulation. Here, to try to sort out some of the issues, we apply eight formulations of adiabatic TDDFT to the first valence excitations of ten molecules with 18 density functionals of diverse types. The formulations examined are linear response from the ground state (LR-TDDFT), linear response from the ground state with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDDFT-TDA), the original collinear spin-flip approximation with the Tamm-Dancoff (TD) approximation (SF1-TDDFT-TDA), the original noncollinear spin-flip approximation with the TDA approximation (SF1-NC-TDDFT-TDA), combined self-consistent-field (SCF) and collinear spin-flip calculations in the original spin-projected form (SF2-TDDFT-TDA) or non-spin-projected (NSF2-TDDFT-TDA), and combined SCF and noncollinear spin-flip calculations (SF2-NC-TDDFT-TDA and NSF2-NC-TDDFT-TDA). Comparing LR-TDDFT to TDDFT-TDA, we observed that the excitation energy is raised by the TDA; this brings the excitation energies underestimated by full linear response closer to experiment, but sometimes it makes the results worse. For ethylene and butadiene, the excitation energies are underestimated by LR-TDDFT, and the error becomes smaller making the TDA. Neither SF1-TDDFT-TDA nor SF2-TDDFT-TDA provides a lower mean unsigned error than LR-TDDFT or TDDFT-TDA. The comparison between collinear and noncollinear kernels shows that the noncollinear kernel

7. Valence excitation energies of alkenes, carbonyl compounds, and azabenzenes by time-dependent density functional theory: Linear response of the ground state compared to collinear and noncollinear spin-flip TDDFT with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation

Isegawa, Miho; Truhlar, Donald G.

2013-04-01

Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) holds great promise for studying photochemistry because of its affordable cost for large systems and for repeated calculations as required for direct dynamics. The chief obstacle is uncertain accuracy. There have been many validation studies, but there are also many formulations, and there have been few studies where several formulations were applied systematically to the same problems. Another issue, when TDDFT is applied with only a single exchange-correlation functional, is that errors in the functional may mask successes or failures of the formulation. Here, to try to sort out some of the issues, we apply eight formulations of adiabatic TDDFT to the first valence excitations of ten molecules with 18 density functionals of diverse types. The formulations examined are linear response from the ground state (LR-TDDFT), linear response from the ground state with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDDFT-TDA), the original collinear spin-flip approximation with the Tamm-Dancoff (TD) approximation (SF1-TDDFT-TDA), the original noncollinear spin-flip approximation with the TDA approximation (SF1-NC-TDDFT-TDA), combined self-consistent-field (SCF) and collinear spin-flip calculations in the original spin-projected form (SF2-TDDFT-TDA) or non-spin-projected (NSF2-TDDFT-TDA), and combined SCF and noncollinear spin-flip calculations (SF2-NC-TDDFT-TDA and NSF2-NC-TDDFT-TDA). Comparing LR-TDDFT to TDDFT-TDA, we observed that the excitation energy is raised by the TDA; this brings the excitation energies underestimated by full linear response closer to experiment, but sometimes it makes the results worse. For ethylene and butadiene, the excitation energies are underestimated by LR-TDDFT, and the error becomes smaller making the TDA. Neither SF1-TDDFT-TDA nor SF2-TDDFT-TDA provides a lower mean unsigned error than LR-TDDFT or TDDFT-TDA. The comparison between collinear and noncollinear kernels shows that the noncollinear kernel

8. Optimal approximation method to characterize the resource trade-off functions for media servers

Chang, Ray-I.

1999-08-01

We have proposed an algorithm to smooth the transmission of the pre-recorded VBR media stream. It takes O(n) time complexity, where n is large, this algorithm is not suitable for online resource management and admission control in media servers. To resolve this drawback, we have explored the optimal tradeoff among resources by an O(nlogn) algorithm. Based on the pre-computed resource tradeoff function, the resource management and admission control procedure is as simple as table hashing. However, this approach requires O(n) space to store and maintain the resource tradeoff function. In this paper, while giving some extra resources, a linear-time algorithm is proposed to approximate the resource tradeoff function by piecewise line segments. We can prove that the number of line segments in the obtained approximation function is minimized for the given extra resources. The proposed algorithm has been applied to approximate the bandwidth-buffer-tradeoff function of the real-world Star War movie. While an extra 0.1 Mbps bandwidth is given, the storage space required for the approximation function is over 2000 times smaller than that required for the original function. While an extra 10 KB buffer is given, the storage space for the approximation function is over 2200 over times smaller than that required for the original function. The proposed algorithm is really useful for resource management and admission control in real-world media servers.

9. An algorithm for the numerical solution of linear differential games

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Polovinkin, E S; Ivanov, G E; Balashov, M V; Konstantinov, R V; Khorev, A V

2001-10-31

A numerical algorithm for the construction of stable Krasovskii bridges, Pontryagin alternating sets, and also of piecewise program strategies solving two-person linear differential (pursuit or evasion) games on a fixed time interval is developed on the basis of a general theory. The aim of the first player (the pursuer) is to hit a prescribed target (terminal) set by the phase vector of the control system at the prescribed time. The aim of the second player (the evader) is the opposite. A description of numerical algorithms used in the solution of differential games of the type under consideration is presented and estimates of the errors resulting from the approximation of the game sets by polyhedra are presented.

10. Approximating Functions with Exponential Functions

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Gordon, Sheldon P.

2005-01-01

The possibility of approximating a function with a linear combination of exponential functions of the form e[superscript x], e[superscript 2x], ... is considered as a parallel development to the notion of Taylor polynomials which approximate a function with a linear combination of power function terms. The sinusoidal functions sin "x" and cos "x"…

11. Ultrasonic linear measurement system

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Marshall, Scot H. (Inventor)

1991-01-01

An ultrasonic linear measurement system uses the travel time of surface waves along the perimeter of a three-dimensional curvilinear body to determine the perimeter of the curvilinear body. The system can also be used piece-wise to measure distances along plane surfaces. The system can be used to measure perimeters where use of laser light, optical means or steel tape would be extremely difficult, time consuming or impossible. It can also be used to determine discontinuities in surfaces of known perimeter or dimension.

12. Noise elimination by piecewise cross correlation of photometer outputs

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Krause, F. R.; Hablutzel, B. C.

1969-01-01

A piecewise cross correlation technique has been developed to analyze the outputs of remote detection devices. The purpose of this technique is to eliminate the noise from optical background fluctuations, from transmission fluctuations and from detectors by calculating the instantaneous product of the detector output and a reference signal. Each noise component causes positive and negative oscillations of the instantaneous product and may thus be cancelled by an integration of the instantaneous product. The resultant product mean values will then contain the desired information on the spatial and temporal variation of emission, absorption and scattering processes in the atmosphere.

13. Approximate Linear Regulator and Kalman Filter

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1980-09-01

of Equivalent Dominant Poles and Zeros Using Industrial Specifications," IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics and Control Instrumentation, Vol. IECI...true. In recent years, the rapid development of powerful minicomputers and microprocessors makes the industrial applications of optimal control...1976, pp. 677-687. [21] Y. Takahashi, M. Tomizuka and D. I. Auslander, Simple discrete control of industrial processes, Trans. on ASME J. of Dynamic

14. Numerical solution of Volterra integral and integro-differential equations of convolution type by using operational matrices of piecewise constant orthogonal functions

Babolian, E.; Shamloo, A. Salimi

2008-05-01

In this paper, we use operational matrices of piecewise constant orthogonal functions on the interval [0,1) to solve Volterra integral and integro-differential equations of convolution type without solving any system. We first obtain Laplace transform of the problem and then we find numerical inversion of Laplace transform by operational matrices. Numerical examples show that the approximate solutions have a good degree of accuracy.

15. Interior region-of-interest reconstruction using a small, nearly piecewise constant subregion.

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Taguchi, Katsuyuki; Xu, Jingyan; Srivastava, Somesh; Tsui, Benjamin M W; Cammin, Jochen; Tang, Qiulin

2011-03-01

To develop a method to reconstruct an interior region-of-interest (ROI) image with sufficient accuracy that uses differentiated backprojection (DBP) projection onto convex sets (POCS) [H. Kudo et al., "Tiny a priori knowledge solves the interior problem in computed tomography," Phys. Med. Biol. 53, 2207-2231 (2008)] and a tiny knowledge that there exists a nearly piecewise constant subregion. The proposed method first employs filtered backprojection to reconstruct an image on which a tiny region P with a small variation in the pixel values is identified inside the ROI. Total variation minimization [H. Yu and G. Wang, "Compressed sensing based interior tomography," Phys. Med. Biol. 54, 2791-2805 (2009); W. Han et al., "A general total variation minimization theorem for compressed sensing based interior tomography," Int. J. Biomed. Imaging 2009, Article 125871 (2009)] is then employed to obtain pixel values in the subregion P, which serve as a priori knowledge in the next step. Finally, DBP-POCS is performed to reconstruct f(x,y) inside the ROI. Clinical data and the reconstructed image obtained by an x-ray computed tomography system (SOMATOM Definition; Siemens Healthcare) were used to validate the proposed method. The detector covers an object with a diameter of approximately 500 mm. The projection data were truncated either moderately to limit the detector coverage to Ø 350 mm of the object or severely to cover Ø199 mm. Images were reconstructed using the proposed method. The proposed method provided ROI images with correct pixel values in all areas except near the edge of the ROI. The coefficient of variation, i.e., the root mean square error divided by the mean pixel values, was less than 2.0% or 4.5% with the moderate or severe truncation cases, respectively, except near the boundary of the ROI. The proposed method allows for reconstructing interior ROI images with sufficient accuracy with a tiny knowledge that there exists a nearly piecewise constant

16. Towards a Theory of Sampled-Data Piecewise-Deterministic Markov Processes

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Herencia-Zapana, Heber; Gonzalez, Oscar R.; Gray, W. Steven

2006-01-01

The analysis and design of practical control systems requires that stochastic models be employed. Analysis and design tools have been developed, for example, for Markovian jump linear continuous and discrete-time systems, piecewise-deterministic processes (PDP's), and general stochastic hybrid systems (GSHS's). These model classes have been used in many applications, including fault tolerant control and networked control systems. This paper presents initial results on the analysis of a sampled-data PDP representation of a nonlinear sampled-data system with a jump linear controller. In particular, it is shown that the state of the sampled-data PDP satisfies the strong Markov property. In addition, a relation between the invariant measures of a sampled-data system driven by a stochastic process and its associated discrete-time representation are presented. As an application, when the plant is linear with no external input, a sufficient testable condition for the convergence in distribution to the invariant delta Dirac measure is given.

17. Combining global and local approximations

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Haftka, Raphael T.

1991-01-01

A method based on a linear approximation to a scaling factor, designated the 'global-local approximation' (GLA) method, is presented and shown capable of extending the range of usefulness of derivative-based approximations to a more refined model. The GLA approach refines the conventional scaling factor by means of a linearly varying, rather than constant, scaling factor. The capabilities of the method are demonstrated for a simple beam example with a crude and more refined FEM model.

18. Combining global and local approximations

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Haftka, R.T. )

1991-09-01

A method based on a linear approximation to a scaling factor, designated the 'global-local approximation' (GLA) method, is presented and shown capable of extending the range of usefulness of derivative-based approximations to a more refined model. The GLA approach refines the conventional scaling factor by means of a linearly varying, rather than constant, scaling factor. The capabilities of the method are demonstrated for a simple beam example with a crude and more refined FEM model. 6 refs.

19. Approximation algorithms

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Schulz, Andreas S.; Shmoys, David B.; Williamson, David P.

1997-01-01

Increasing global competition, rapidly changing markets, and greater consumer awareness have altered the way in which corporations do business. To become more efficient, many industries have sought to model some operational aspects by gigantic optimization problems. It is not atypical to encounter models that capture 106 separate “yes” or “no” decisions to be made. Although one could, in principle, try all 2106 possible solutions to find the optimal one, such a method would be impractically slow. Unfortunately, for most of these models, no algorithms are known that find optimal solutions with reasonable computation times. Typically, industry must rely on solutions of unguaranteed quality that are constructed in an ad hoc manner. Fortunately, for some of these models there are good approximation algorithms: algorithms that produce solutions quickly that are provably close to optimal. Over the past 6 years, there has been a sequence of major breakthroughs in our understanding of the design of approximation algorithms and of limits to obtaining such performance guarantees; this area has been one of the most flourishing areas of discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science. PMID:9370525

20. L1PMA: A Fortran 77 package for best L1 piecewise monotonic data smoothing

Demetriou, I. C.

2003-04-01

Fortran 77 software is presented for the calculation of a best L1 approximation to n measurements that include random errors by requiring k-1 sign changes in the first divided differences of the approximation or equivalently k monotonic sections, alternately increasing and decreasing. A dynamic programming algorithm separates the measurements into optimal disjoint sections of adjacent data and applies to each section a single L1 monotonic calculation. The most distinctive feature of the algorithm is that it terminates at a global minimum in at most n3+O( kn2) computer operations, although this calculation can exhibit O( nk) local minima, because the optimal positions of the turning points are also unknowns of the optimization process. The arithmetic operations involved in this calculation are comparisons mainly spent in finding the medians of subranges of data during the monotonic calculations. The package employs techniques for median and for best L1 monotonic approximation, while full details of these techniques are specified. The package has been applied and tested on a variety of data that have substantial differences and showed quadratic behaviour in n. Some numerical results demonstrate the performance of the method. Further, there is a commentary on the division of the code into subroutines. Driver programs and numerical examples with output are provided to help new users of the method. Besides that piecewise monotonicity is a property of a wide range of functions, an important application of the method is in estimating turning points of a function from some noisy measurements of its values.

1. Probabilistic space-time video modeling via piecewise GMM.

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Greenspan, Hayit; Goldberger, Jacob; Mayer, Arnaldo

2004-03-01

In this paper, we describe a statistical video representation and modeling scheme. Video representation schemes are needed to segment a video stream into meaningful video-objects, useful for later indexing and retrieval applications. In the proposed methodology, unsupervised clustering via Gaussian mixture modeling extracts coherent space-time regions in feature space, and corresponding coherent segments (video-regions) in the video content. A key feature of the system is the analysis of video input as a single entity as opposed to a sequence of separate frames. Space and time are treated uniformly. The probabilistic space-time video representation scheme is extended to a piecewise GMM framework in which a succession of GMMs are extracted for the video sequence, instead of a single global model for the entire sequence. The piecewise GMM framework allows for the analysis of extended video sequences and the description of nonlinear, nonconvex motion patterns. The extracted space-time regions allow for the detection and recognition of video events. Results of segmenting video content into static versus dynamic video regions and video content editing are presented.

2. Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics of Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes

Faggionato, A.; Gabrielli, D.; Ribezzi Crivellari, M.

2009-10-01

We consider a class of stochastic dynamical systems, called piecewise deterministic Markov processes, with states ( x, σ)∈Ω×Γ, Ω being a region in ℝ d or the d-dimensional torus, Γ being a finite set. The continuous variable x follows a piecewise deterministic dynamics, the discrete variable σ evolves by a stochastic jump dynamics and the two resulting evolutions are fully-coupled. We study stationarity, reversibility and time-reversal symmetries of the process. Increasing the frequency of the σ-jumps, the system behaves asymptotically as deterministic and we investigate the structure of its fluctuations (i.e. deviations from the asymptotic behavior), recovering in a non Markovian frame results obtained by Bertini et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 87(4):040601, 2001; J. Stat. Phys. 107(3-4):635-675, 2002; J. Stat. Mech. P07014, 2007; Preprint available online at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/0807.4457, 2008), in the context of Markovian stochastic interacting particle systems. Finally, we discuss a Gallavotti-Cohen-type symmetry relation with involution map different from time-reversal.

3. A tutorial on the piecewise regression approach applied to bedload transport data

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Sandra E. Ryan; Laurie S. Porth

2007-01-01

This tutorial demonstrates the application of piecewise regression to bedload data to define a shift in phase of transport so that the reader may perform similar analyses on available data. The use of piecewise regression analysis implicitly recognizes different functions fit to bedload data over varying ranges of flow. The transition from primarily low rates of sand...

4. High resolution A/D conversion based on piecewise conversion at lower resolution

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Terwilliger, Steve [Albuquerque, NM

2012-06-05

Piecewise conversion of an analog input signal is performed utilizing a plurality of relatively lower bit resolution A/D conversions. The results of this piecewise conversion are interpreted to achieve a relatively higher bit resolution A/D conversion without sampling frequency penalty.

5. Limit Cycle Bifurcations Near a Piecewise Smooth Generalized Homoclinic Loop with a Saddle-Fold Point

Liang, Feng; Wang, Dechang

In this paper, we suppose that a planar piecewise Hamiltonian system, with a straight line of separation, has a piecewise generalized homoclinic loop passing through a Saddle-Fold point, and assume that there exists a family of piecewise smooth periodic orbits near the loop. By studying the asymptotic expansion of the first order Melnikov function corresponding to the period annulus, we obtain the formulas of the first six coefficients in the expansion, based on which, we provide a lower bound for the maximal number of limit cycles bifurcated from the period annulus. As applications, two concrete systems are considered. Especially, the first one reveals that a quadratic piecewise Hamiltonian system can have five limit cycles near a generalized homoclinic loop under a quadratic piecewise smooth perturbation. Compared with the smooth case [Horozov & Iliev, 1994; Han et al., 1999], three more limit cycles are found.

6. Fast wavelet based sparse approximate inverse preconditioner

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Wan, W.L.

1996-12-31

Incomplete LU factorization is a robust preconditioner for both general and PDE problems but unfortunately not easy to parallelize. Recent study of Huckle and Grote and Chow and Saad showed that sparse approximate inverse could be a potential alternative while readily parallelizable. However, for special class of matrix A that comes from elliptic PDE problems, their preconditioners are not optimal in the sense that independent of mesh size. A reason may be that no good sparse approximate inverse exists for the dense inverse matrix. Our observation is that for this kind of matrices, its inverse entries typically have piecewise smooth changes. We can take advantage of this fact and use wavelet compression techniques to construct a better sparse approximate inverse preconditioner. We shall show numerically that our approach is effective for this kind of matrices.

7. Regularization of hidden dynamics in piecewise smooth flows

Novaes, Douglas D.; Jeffrey, Mike R.

2015-11-01

This paper studies the equivalence between differentiable and non-differentiable dynamics in Rn. Filippov's theory of discontinuous differential equations allows us to find flow solutions of dynamical systems whose vector fields undergo switches at thresholds in phase space. The canonical convex combination at the discontinuity is only the linear part of a nonlinear combination that more fully explores Filippov's most general problem: the differential inclusion. Here we show how recent work relating discontinuous systems to singular limits of continuous (or regularized) systems extends to nonlinear combinations. We show that if sliding occurs in a discontinuous systems, there exists a differentiable slow-fast system with equivalent slow invariant dynamics. We also show the corresponding result for the pinching method, a converse to regularization which approximates a smooth system by a discontinuous one.

8. Exponential Approximations Using Fourier Series Partial Sums

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Banerjee, Nana S.; Geer, James F.

1997-01-01

The problem of accurately reconstructing a piece-wise smooth, 2(pi)-periodic function f and its first few derivatives, given only a truncated Fourier series representation of f, is studied and solved. The reconstruction process is divided into two steps. In the first step, the first 2N + 1 Fourier coefficients of f are used to approximate the locations and magnitudes of the discontinuities in f and its first M derivatives. This is accomplished by first finding initial estimates of these quantities based on certain properties of Gibbs phenomenon, and then refining these estimates by fitting the asymptotic form of the Fourier coefficients to the given coefficients using a least-squares approach. It is conjectured that the locations of the singularities are approximated to within O(N(sup -M-2), and the associated jump of the k(sup th) derivative of f is approximated to within O(N(sup -M-l+k), as N approaches infinity, and the method is robust. These estimates are then used with a class of singular basis functions, which have certain 'built-in' singularities, to construct a new sequence of approximations to f. Each of these new approximations is the sum of a piecewise smooth function and a new Fourier series partial sum. When N is proportional to M, it is shown that these new approximations, and their derivatives, converge exponentially in the maximum norm to f, and its corresponding derivatives, except in the union of a finite number of small open intervals containing the points of singularity of f. The total measure of these intervals decreases exponentially to zero as M approaches infinity. The technique is illustrated with several examples.

9. Duality in parameter space and approximation of measures for mixing repellers

Abenda, S.; Turchetti, G.

1990-10-01

For one-dimensional expanding maps T with an invariant measure μ we consider, in a parameter space, the envelope ℰ n of the real lines associated to any couple of points of the orbit, connected by n iterations of T. If the map has s inverses and is piecewise linear, then the sets ℰ n are just the union of s n points and converge to the invariant Cantor set of T. A correspondence between all the sets and their measures is established and allows one to associate the atomic measure on ℰ1 to the completly continuous measure on the Cantor set. If the map is nonlinear, hyperbolic, and has s inverses, the sets ℰ n are homeomorphic to the Cantor set; they converge to the Cantor set of T and their measures converge to the measure of the Cantor set when n→∞. The correspondence between the sets ℰ n allows one to define converging approximation schemes for the map an its measure: one replaces each of the s n disjoint sets with a point in a convenient neighborhood and a probability equal to its measure and transforms it back to the original set ℰ1. All the approximations with linear Cantor systems previously proposed are recovered, the converging proprties being straightforward in the present scheme. Moreover, extensions to higher dimensionality and to nondisconnected repellers arte possible and are briefly examined.

10. Circular piecewise regression with applications to cell-cycle data.

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Rueda, Cristina; Fernández, Miguel A; Barragán, Sandra; Mardia, Kanti V; Peddada, Shyamal D

2016-12-01

Applications of circular regression models appear in many different fields such as evolutionary psychology, motor behavior, biology, and, in particular, in the analysis of gene expressions in oscillatory systems. Specifically, for the gene expression problem, a researcher may be interested in modeling the relationship among the phases of cell-cycle genes in two species with differing periods. This challenging problem reduces to the problem of constructing a piecewise circular regression model and, with this objective in mind, we propose a flexible circular regression model which allows different parameter values depending on sectors along the circle. We give a detailed interpretation of the parameters in the model and provide maximum likelihood estimators. We also provide a model selection procedure based on the concept of generalized degrees of freedom. The model is then applied to the analysis of two different cell-cycle data sets and through these examples we highlight the power of our new methodology.

11. Transformations based on continuous piecewise-affine velocity fields

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Freifeld, Oren; Hauberg, Soren; Batmanghelich, Kayhan; ...

2017-01-11

Here, we propose novel finite-dimensional spaces of well-behaved Rn → Rn transformations. The latter are obtained by (fast and highly-accurate) integration of continuous piecewise-affine velocity fields. The proposed method is simple yet highly expressive, effortlessly handles optional constraints (e.g., volume preservation and/or boundary conditions), and supports convenient modeling choices such as smoothing priors and coarse-to-fine analysis. Importantly, the proposed approach, partly due to its rapid likelihood evaluations and partly due to its other properties, facilitates tractable inference over rich transformation spaces, including using Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo methods. Its applications include, but are not limited to: monotonic regression (more generally, optimization overmore » monotonic functions); modeling cumulative distribution functions or histograms; time-warping; image warping; image registration; real-time diffeomorphic image editing; data augmentation for image classifiers. Our GPU-based code is publicly available.« less

12. Autocatalytic genetic networks modeled by piecewise-deterministic Markov processes.

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Zeiser, Stefan; Franz, Uwe; Liebscher, Volkmar

2010-02-01

In the present work we propose an alternative approach to model autocatalytic networks, called piecewise-deterministic Markov processes. These were originally introduced by Davis in 1984. Such a model allows for random transitions between the active and inactive state of a gene, whereas subsequent transcription and translation processes are modeled in a deterministic manner. We consider three types of autoregulated networks, each based on a positive feedback loop. It is shown that if the densities of the stationary distributions exist, they are the solutions of a system of equations for a one-dimensional correlated random walk. These stationary distributions are determined analytically. Further, the distributions are analyzed for different simulation periods and different initial concentration values by numerical means. We show that, depending on the network structure, beside a binary response also a graded response is observable.

13. The inverse electromagnetic scattering problem in a piecewise homogeneous medium

Liu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Bo; Yang, Jiaqing

2010-12-01

This paper is concerned with the problem of scattering of time-harmonic electromagnetic waves from an impenetrable obstacle in a piecewise homogeneous medium. The well-posedness of the direct problem is established, employing the integral equation method. In Liu and Zhang (2009 Appl. Anal. 88 1339-55) it was proved, under the condition that the wave numbers in the innermost and outermost homogeneous layers coincide and S0 is known in advance, that the obstacle with its physical property can be uniquely determined from knowledge of the electric far-field pattern for incident plane waves. In this paper, we will remove this restriction by establishing a new mixed reciprocity relation. Furthermore, inspired by Hähner's idea in Hähner (1993 Inverse Problems 9 667-78), we prove that the penetrable interface between layers can also be uniquely determined.

14. The Piecewise Cubic Method (PCM) for computational fluid dynamics

Lee, Dongwook; Faller, Hugues; Reyes, Adam

2017-07-01

We present a new high-order finite volume reconstruction method for hyperbolic conservation laws. The method is based on a piecewise cubic polynomial which provides its solutions a fifth-order accuracy in space. The spatially reconstructed solutions are evolved in time with a fourth-order accuracy by tracing the characteristics of the cubic polynomials. As a result, our temporal update scheme provides a significantly simpler and computationally more efficient approach in achieving fourth order accuracy in time, relative to the comparable fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. We demonstrate that the solutions of PCM converges at fifth-order in solving 1D smooth flows described by hyperbolic conservation laws. We test the new scheme on a range of numerical experiments, including both gas dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics applications in multiple spatial dimensions.

15. Piecewise parametric interpolation for temporal compression of multijoint movement trajectories.

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Foulds, Richard A

2006-01-01

Computer animation of sign language used by deaf individuals has been produced from 51 time-varying trajectories of the fingertips, the centers of rotation of the joints of the hands and arms, and facial landmarks. These trajectories are sampled at 1/5th the National Television Systems Committee (NTSC) video frame rate and interpolated using piecewise sequences of cubic Bezier splines. The resulting trajectories are used to control sparse, stick figure animations of sign language resulting in considerable spatiotemporal compression with intelligibility in the range of 90%. This method introduces an additional 5:1 compression in the temporal domain that has not been previously exploited, and is potentially useful in sign language telecommunication, multimedia presentations, and gesture recognition.

16. Deterministic Direct Aperture Optimization Using Multiphase Piecewise Constant Segmentation

Nguyen, Dan Minh

Purpose: Direct Aperture Optimization (DAO) attempts to incorporate machine constraints in the inverse optimization to eliminate the post-processing steps in fluence map optimization (FMO) that degrade plan quality. Current commercial DAO methods utilize a stochastic or greedy approach to search a small aperture solution space. In this study, we propose a novel deterministic direct aperture optimization that integrates the segmentation of fluence map in the optimization problem using the multiphase piecewise constant Mumford-Shah formulation. Methods: The deterministic DAO problem was formulated to include an L2-norm dose fidelity term to penalize differences between the projected dose and the prescribed dose, an anisotropic total variation term to promote piecewise continuity in the fluence maps, and the multiphase piecewise constant Mumford-Shah function to partition the fluence into pairwise discrete segments. A proximal-class, first-order primal-dual solver was implemented to solve the large scale optimization problem, and an alternating module strategy was implemented to update fluence and delivery segments. Three patients of varying complexity-one glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patient, one lung (LNG) patient, and one bilateral head and neck (H&N) patient with 3 PTVs-were selected to test the new DAO method. For comparison, a popular and successful approach to DAO known as simulated annealing-a stochastic approach-was replicated. Each patient was planned using the Mumford-Shah based DAO (DAOMS) and the simulated annealing based DAO (DAOSA). PTV coverage, PTV homogeneity (D95/D5), and OAR sparing were assessed for each plan. In addition, high dose spillage, defined as the 50% isodose volume divided by the tumor volume, as well as conformity, defined as the van't Riet conformation number, were evaluated. Results: DAOMS achieved essentially the same OAR doses compared with the DAOSA plans for the GBM case. The average difference of OAR Dmax and Dmean between the

17. Integral equations and boundary-element solution for static potential in a general piece-wise homogeneous volume conductor.

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Stenroos, Matti

2016-11-21

Boundary element methods (BEM) are used for forward computation of bioelectromagnetic fields in multi-compartment volume conductor models. Most BEM approaches assume that each compartment is in contact with at most one external compartment. In this work, I present a general surface integral equation and BEM discretization that remove this limitation and allow BEM modeling of general piecewise-homogeneous medium. The new integral equation allows positioning of field points at junctioned boundary of more than two compartments, enabling the use of linear collocation BEM in such a complex geometry. A modular BEM implementation is presented for linear collocation and Galerkin approaches, starting from the standard formulation. The approach and resulting solver are verified in four ways, including comparisons of volume and surface potentials to those obtained using the finite element method (FEM), and the effect of a hole in skull on electroencephalographic scalp potentials is demonstrated.

18. Integral equations and boundary-element solution for static potential in a general piece-wise homogeneous volume conductor

Stenroos, Matti

2016-11-01

Boundary element methods (BEM) are used for forward computation of bioelectromagnetic fields in multi-compartment volume conductor models. Most BEM approaches assume that each compartment is in contact with at most one external compartment. In this work, I present a general surface integral equation and BEM discretization that remove this limitation and allow BEM modeling of general piecewise-homogeneous medium. The new integral equation allows positioning of field points at junctioned boundary of more than two compartments, enabling the use of linear collocation BEM in such a complex geometry. A modular BEM implementation is presented for linear collocation and Galerkin approaches, starting from the standard formulation. The approach and resulting solver are verified in four ways, including comparisons of volume and surface potentials to those obtained using the finite element method (FEM), and the effect of a hole in skull on electroencephalographic scalp potentials is demonstrated.

19. Autocalibrating Tiled Projectors on Piecewise Smooth Vertically Extruded Surfaces.

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2011-09-01

In this paper, we present a novel technique to calibrate multiple casually aligned projectors on fiducial-free piecewise smooth vertically extruded surfaces using a single camera. Such surfaces include cylindrical displays and CAVEs, common in immersive virtual reality systems. We impose two priors to the display surface. We assume the surface is a piecewise smooth vertically extruded surface for which the aspect ratio of the rectangle formed by the four corners of the surface is known and the boundary is visible and segmentable. Using these priors, we can estimate the display's 3D geometry and camera extrinsic parameters using a nonlinear optimization technique from a single image without any explicit display to camera correspondences. Using the estimated camera and display properties, the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of each projector are recovered using a single projected pattern seen by the camera. This in turn is used to register the images on the display from any arbitrary viewpoint making it appropriate for virtual reality systems. The fast convergence and robustness of this method is achieved via a novel dimension reduction technique for camera parameter estimation and a novel deterministic technique for projector property estimation. This simplicity, efficiency, and robustness of our method enable several coveted features for nonplanar projection-based displays. First, it allows fast recalibration in the face of projector, display or camera movements and even change in display shape. Second, this opens up, for the first time, the possibility of allowing multiple projectors to overlap on the corners of the CAVE-a popular immersive VR display system. Finally, this opens up the possibility of easily deploying multiprojector displays on aesthetic novel shapes for edutainment and digital signage applications.

20. Piecewise Mapping in HEVC Lossless Intra-prediction Coding.

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Sanchez, Victor; Auli-Llinas, Francesc; Serra-Sagrista, Joan

2016-05-19

The lossless intra-prediction coding modality of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard provides high coding performance while allowing frame-by-frame basis access to the coded data. This is of interest in many professional applications such as medical imaging, automotive vision and digital preservation in libraries and archives. Various improvements to lossless intra-prediction coding have been proposed recently, most of them based on sample-wise prediction using Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM). Other recent proposals aim at further reducing the energy of intra-predicted residual blocks. However, the energy reduction achieved is frequently minimal due to the difficulty of correctly predicting the sign and magnitude of residual values. In this paper, we pursue a novel approach to this energy-reduction problem using piecewise mapping (pwm) functions. Specifically, we analyze the range of values in residual blocks and apply accordingly a pwm function to map specific residual values to unique lower values. We encode appropriate parameters associated with the pwm functions at the encoder, so that the corresponding inverse pwm functions at the decoder can map values back to the same residual values. These residual values are then used to reconstruct the original signal. This mapping is, therefore, reversible and introduces no losses. We evaluate the pwm functions on 4×4 residual blocks computed after DPCM-based prediction for lossless coding of a variety of camera-captured and screen content sequences. Evaluation results show that the pwm functions can attain maximum bit-rate reductions of 5.54% and 28.33% for screen content material compared to DPCM-based and block-wise intra-prediction, respectively. Compared to Intra- Block Copy, piecewise mapping can attain maximum bit-rate reductions of 11.48% for camera-captured material.

1. A Derivation of Linearized Griffith Energies from Nonlinear Models

Friedrich, Manuel

2017-07-01

We derive Griffith functionals in the framework of linearized elasticity from nonlinear and frame indifferent energies in a brittle fracture via {Γ}-convergence. The convergence is given in terms of rescaled displacement fields measuring the distance of deformations from piecewise rigid motions. The configurations of the limiting model consist of partitions of the material, corresponding piecewise rigid deformations and displacement fields which are defined separately on each component of the cracked body. Apart from the linearized Griffith energy the limiting functional also comprises the segmentation energy, which is necessary to disconnect the parts of the specimen.

2. Estimation of missing values in solar radiation data using piecewise interpolation methods: Case study at Penang city

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Zainudin, Mohd Lutfi; Saaban, Azizan; Bakar, Mohd Nazari Abu

2015-12-11

The solar radiation values have been composed by automatic weather station using the device that namely pyranometer. The device is functions to records all the radiation values that have been dispersed, and these data are very useful for it experimental works and solar device’s development. In addition, for modeling and designing on solar radiation system application is needed for complete data observation. Unfortunately, lack for obtained the complete solar radiation data frequently occur due to several technical problems, which mainly contributed by monitoring device. Into encountering this matter, estimation missing values in an effort to substitute absent values with imputed data. This paper aimed to evaluate several piecewise interpolation techniques likes linear, splines, cubic, and nearest neighbor into dealing missing values in hourly solar radiation data. Then, proposed an extendable work into investigating the potential used of cubic Bezier technique and cubic Said-ball method as estimator tools. As result, methods for cubic Bezier and Said-ball perform the best compare to another piecewise imputation technique.

3. Estimation of missing values in solar radiation data using piecewise interpolation methods: Case study at Penang city

Zainudin, Mohd Lutfi; Saaban, Azizan; Bakar, Mohd Nazari Abu

2015-12-01

The solar radiation values have been composed by automatic weather station using the device that namely pyranometer. The device is functions to records all the radiation values that have been dispersed, and these data are very useful for it experimental works and solar device's development. In addition, for modeling and designing on solar radiation system application is needed for complete data observation. Unfortunately, lack for obtained the complete solar radiation data frequently occur due to several technical problems, which mainly contributed by monitoring device. Into encountering this matter, estimation missing values in an effort to substitute absent values with imputed data. This paper aimed to evaluate several piecewise interpolation techniques likes linear, splines, cubic, and nearest neighbor into dealing missing values in hourly solar radiation data. Then, proposed an extendable work into investigating the potential used of cubic Bezier technique and cubic Said-ball method as estimator tools. As result, methods for cubic Bezier and Said-ball perform the best compare to another piecewise imputation technique.

4. A piecewise regression approach for determining biologically relevant hydraulic thresholds for the protection of fish at river infrastructure

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Boys, Craig A.; Robinson, Wayne; Miller, Brett; Pflugrath, Brett D.; Baumgartner, Lee J.; Navarro, Anna; Brown, Richard S.; Deng, Zhiqun

2016-05-13

Barotrauma injury can occur when fish are exposed to rapid decompression during downstream passage through river infrastructure. A piecewise regression approach was used to objectively quantify barotrauma injury thresholds in two physoclistous species (Murray cod Maccullochella peelii and silver perch Bidyanus bidyanus) following simulated infrastructure passage in barometric chambers. The probability of injuries such as swim bladder rupture; exophthalmia; and haemorrhage and emphysema in various organs increased as the ratio between the lowest exposure pressure and the acclimation pressure (ratio of pressure change RPCE/A) fell. The relationship was typically non-linear and piecewise regression was able to quantify thresholds in RPCE/A that once exceeded resulted in a substantial increase in barotrauma injury. Thresholds differed among injury types and between species but by applying a multi-species precautionary principle, the maintenance of exposure pressures at river infrastructure above 70% of acclimation pressure (RPCE/A of 0.7) should sufficiently protect downstream migrating juveniles of these two physoclistous species. These findings have important implications for determining the risk posed by current infrastructures and informing the design and operation of new ones.

5. A piecewise regression approach for determining biologically relevant hydraulic thresholds for the protection of fishes at river infrastructure.

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Boys, C A; Robinson, W; Miller, B; Pflugrath, B; Baumgartner, L J; Navarro, A; Brown, R; Deng, Z

2016-05-01

A piecewise regression approach was used to objectively quantify barotrauma injury thresholds in two physoclistous species, Murray cod Maccullochella peelii and silver perch Bidyanus bidyanus, following simulated infrastructure passage in a barometric chamber. The probability of injuries such as swimbladder rupture, exophthalmia and haemorrhage, and emphysema in various organs increased as the ratio between the lowest exposure pressure and the acclimation pressure (ratio of pressure change, R(NE:A) ) reduced. The relationship was typically non-linear and piecewise regression was able to quantify thresholds in R(NE:A) that once exceeded resulted in a substantial increase in barotrauma injury. Thresholds differed among injury types and between species but by applying a multispecies precautionary principle, the maintenance of exposure pressures at river infrastructure above 70% of acclimation pressure (R(NE:A) of 0·7) should protect downstream migrating juveniles of these two physoclistous species sufficiently. These findings have important implications for determining the risk posed by current infrastructures and informing the design and operation of new ones.

6. An optimal method to segment piecewise poisson distributed signals with application to sequencing data.

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Duan, Junbo; Soussen, Charles; Brie, David; Idier, Jerome; Wang, Yu-Ping; Wan, Mingxi

2015-01-01

To analyze the next generation sequencing data, the so-called read depth signal is often segmented with standard segmentation tools. However, these tools usually assume the signal to be a piecewise constant signal and contaminated with zero mean Gaussian noise, and therefore modeling error occurs. This paper models the read depth signal with piecewise Poisson distribution, which is more appropriate to the next generation sequencing mechanism. Based on the proposed model, an opti- mal dynamic programming algorithm with parallel computing is proposed to segment the piecewise signal, and furthermore detect the copy number variation.

7. Energy Balance for Random Vibrations of Piecewise-Conservative Systems

IOURTCHENKO, D. V.; DIMENTBERG, M. F.

2001-12-01

Vibrations of systems with instantaneous or stepwise energy losses, e.g., due to impacts with imperfect rebounds, dry friction forces(s) (in which case the losses may be treated as instantaneous ones by appropriate introduction of the response energy) and/or active feedback “bang-bang” control of the systems' response are considered. Response of such (non-linear) systems to a white-noise random excitation is considered for the case where there are no other response energy losses. Thus, a simple linear energy growth with time between “jumps” is observed. Explicit expressions for the expected response energy are derived by direct application of the stochastic differential equations calculus, which contains the expected time interval between two consecutive jumps. The latter may be predicted as a solution to the relevant first-passage problem. Perturbational analysis of the relevant PDE for this problem for a certain vibroimpact system demonstrated the possibility for using the solution to the corresponding free vibration problem as a zero order approximation. The method is applied to an s.d.o.f. system with a feedback inertia control, designed according to a certain previously introduced “generalized reversed swings law”. Extensive Monte-Carlo simulation results are presented for this system as well as for several previously analyzed ones: system with impacts; system with dry friction; system with stiffness control; pendulum with controlled length. The results are compared with those due to the asymptotic stochastic averaging approach. Both methods are shown to provide adequate accuracy far beyond the expected applicability range of the asymptotic approach (which requires both excitation intensity and losses to be small), with direct energy balance being generally superior.

8. Regularization and Approximation of a Class of Evolution Problems in Applied Mathematics

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1991-01-01

32, 663,(1978). -12. P. Lesaint and M. Zlmal, "Superconvergence of the gradient of finite element solutions, ’ RAIRO :-Anal., _13, 139-(1979). :13...problems," - RAIRO -Anal:, 2, 47 (1974). 1. -M.F. Wheeler and J. Whiteman, "Superconvergent recovery of- gradients on subdomains from -piecewise linear

9. Discrete extrinsic curvatures and approximation of surfaces by polar polyhedra

Garanzha, V. A.

2010-01-01

Duality principle for approximation of geometrical objects (also known as Eu-doxus exhaustion method) was extended and perfected by Archimedes in his famous tractate “Measurement of circle”. The main idea of the approximation method by Archimedes is to construct a sequence of pairs of inscribed and circumscribed polygons (polyhedra) which approximate curvilinear convex body. This sequence allows to approximate length of curve, as well as area and volume of the bodies and to obtain error estimates for approximation. In this work it is shown that a sequence of pairs of locally polar polyhedra allows to construct piecewise-affine approximation to spherical Gauss map, to construct convergent point-wise approximations to mean and Gauss curvature, as well as to obtain natural discretizations of bending energies. The Suggested approach can be applied to nonconvex surfaces and in the case of multiple dimensions.

10. Generalized methods and solvers for noise removal from piecewise constant signals. I. Background theory.

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Little, Max A; Jones, Nick S

2011-11-08

Removing noise from piecewise constant (PWC) signals is a challenging signal processing problem arising in many practical contexts. For example, in exploration geosciences, noisy drill hole records need to be separated into stratigraphic zones, and in biophysics, jumps between molecular dwell states have to be extracted from noisy fluorescence microscopy signals. Many PWC denoising methods exist, including total variation regularization, mean shift clustering, stepwise jump placement, running medians, convex clustering shrinkage and bilateral filtering; conventional linear signal processing methods are fundamentally unsuited. This paper (part I, the first of two) shows that most of these methods are associated with a special case of a generalized functional, minimized to achieve PWC denoising. The minimizer can be obtained by diverse solver algorithms, including stepwise jump placement, convex programming, finite differences, iterated running medians, least angle regression, regularization path following and coordinate descent. In the second paper, part II, we introduce novel PWC denoising methods, and comparisons between these methods performed on synthetic and real signals, showing that the new understanding of the problem gained in part I leads to new methods that have a useful role to play.

11. Breaking of Ergodicity in Expanding Systems of Globally Coupled Piecewise Affine Circle Maps

Fernandez, Bastien

2014-02-01

To identify and to explain coupling-induced phase transitions in coupled map lattices (CML) has been a lingering enigma for about two decades. In numerical simulations, this phenomenon has always been observed preceded by a lowering of the Lyapunov dimension, suggesting that the transition might require changes of linear stability. Yet, recent proofs of co-existence of several phases in specially designed models work in the expanding regime where all Lyapunov exponents remain positive. In this paper, we consider a family of CML composed by piecewise expanding individual map, global interaction and finite number of sites, in the weak coupling regime where the CML is uniformly expanding. We show, mathematically for and numerically for , that a transition in the asymptotic dynamics occurs as the coupling strength increases. The transition breaks the (Milnor) attractor into several chaotic pieces of positive Lebesgue measure, with distinct empiric averages. It goes along with various symmetry breaking, quantified by means of magnetization-type characteristics. Despite that it only addresses finite-dimensional systems, to some extend, this result reconciles the previous ones as it shows that loss of ergodicity/symmetry breaking can occur in basic CML, independently of any decay in the Lyapunov dimension.

12. An embedded mesh method using piecewise constant multipliers with stabilization: mathematical and numerical aspects

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Puso, M. A.; Kokko, E.; Settgast, R.; ...

2014-10-22

An embedded mesh method using piecewise constant multipliers originally proposed by Puso et al. (CMAME, 2012) is analyzed here to determine effects of the pressure stabilization term and small cut cells. The approach is implemented for transient dynamics using the central difference scheme for the time discretization. It is shown that the resulting equations of motion are a stable linear system with a condition number independent of mesh size. Furthermore, we show that the constraints and the stabilization terms can be recast as non-proportional damping such that the time integration of the scheme is provably stable with a critical timemore » step computed from the undamped equations of motion. Effects of small cuts are discussed throughout the presentation. A mesh study is conducted to evaluate the effects of the stabilization on the discretization error and conditioning and is used to recommend an optimal value for stabilization scaling parameter. Several nonlinear problems are also analyzed and compared with comparable conforming mesh results. Finally, we show several demanding problems highlighting the robustness of the proposed approach.« less

13. Study of structural break points in global and hemispheric temperature series by piecewise regression

Werner, Rolf; Valev, Dimitar; Danov, Dimitar; Guineva, Veneta

2015-12-01

The study of climate trends taking into consideration possible structural changes is important for understanding climate development characterized by a stochastic trend or by a determined one. In the paper global and hemisphere temperature anomalies are modeled by piecewise linear regression and break points in the temperature evolution are found. It was demonstrated that the used method allowed finding of breaks characterized by long time trends (low frequency processes) as well as abrupt changes (fast frequency processes). The obtained break points for slow temperature change are close to the ones found by other authors however additional conditions (as segment length, gradient and others) are not used here. The results for higher break point numbers are like the ones of step slope models. It was demonstrated that the successive phases of warming and cooling and most of the break points subdividing these periods in the Northern Hemisphere are introduced by the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation. Because the strong quasi periodicity of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation the authors recommend the removal of its influence on the temperature from the temperature series before studies of trends or structural changes. The Northern Hemisphere temperature data after the removal of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation influence show structures like the Southern Hemisphere temperatures. Model selection by the Schwarz-Bayesian Information Criterion developed by Liu, Wu and Zidek (LWZ criterion) shows that models with only one break point are to be preferred.

14. Generalized methods and solvers for noise removal from piecewise constant signals. I. Background theory

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Little, Max A.; Jones, Nick S.

2011-01-01

Removing noise from piecewise constant (PWC) signals is a challenging signal processing problem arising in many practical contexts. For example, in exploration geosciences, noisy drill hole records need to be separated into stratigraphic zones, and in biophysics, jumps between molecular dwell states have to be extracted from noisy fluorescence microscopy signals. Many PWC denoising methods exist, including total variation regularization, mean shift clustering, stepwise jump placement, running medians, convex clustering shrinkage and bilateral filtering; conventional linear signal processing methods are fundamentally unsuited. This paper (part I, the first of two) shows that most of these methods are associated with a special case of a generalized functional, minimized to achieve PWC denoising. The minimizer can be obtained by diverse solver algorithms, including stepwise jump placement, convex programming, finite differences, iterated running medians, least angle regression, regularization path following and coordinate descent. In the second paper, part II, we introduce novel PWC denoising methods, and comparisons between these methods performed on synthetic and real signals, showing that the new understanding of the problem gained in part I leads to new methods that have a useful role to play. PMID:22003312

15. Solving Inverse Problems with Piecewise Linear Estimators: From Gaussian Mixture Models to Structured Sparsity

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2010-06-15

of-the-art inpainting [31]. Portilla et al. have shown image denoising impressive results June 15, 2010 DRAFT 2 by assuming Gaussian scale mixture...beta and Dirichlet processes, which leads to excellent results in denoising and inpainting [71]. The now popular sparse signal models, on the other...b) (c) (d) Fig. 2. (a) Some typical dictionary atoms learned from the image Lena (Figure 3-(a)) with K- SVD [2]. (b)-(d) A numerical procedure to

16. A Friedland-Like Filtering Technique for Estimating Piecewise Constant Controls in Discrete Linear Stochastic Systems.

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1981-09-01

measurement vector and H is the measurement matrix. 6 The noise sequences w and u are zero- mean , independent, white Gaussian sequences with covariances defined...The initial state x(O) is normally distributed with mean x(O) and covariance P (0). The initialx control u(0) is normally distributed with mean u(O...mxl R(k) Measurement noise covariance matrix mxm x(0) Mean value of x(O) nxl u(0) Mean value of u(0) pxl P (0) Covariance of x(0) nxn Pxu(0) Cross

17. The piecewise-linear predictor-corrector code - A Lagrangian-remap method for astrophysical flows

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Lufkin, Eric A.; Hawley, John F.

1993-01-01

We describe a time-explicit finite-difference algorithm for solving the nonlinear fluid equations. The method is similar to existing Eulerian schemes in its use of operator-splitting and artificial viscosity, except that we solve the Lagrangian equations of motion with a predictor-corrector and then remap onto a fixed Eulerian grid. The remap is formulated to eliminate errors associated with coordinate singularities, with a general prescription for remaps of arbitrary order. We perform a comprehensive series of tests on standard problems. Self-convergence tests show that the code has a second-order rate of convergence in smooth, two-dimensional flow, with pressure forces, gravity, and curvilinear geometry included. While not as accurate on idealized problems as high-order Riemann-solving schemes, the predictor-corrector Lagrangian-remap code has great flexibility for application to a variety of astrophysical problems.

18. The piecewise-linear predictor-corrector code - A Lagrangian-remap method for astrophysical flows

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Lufkin, Eric A.; Hawley, John F.

1993-01-01

We describe a time-explicit finite-difference algorithm for solving the nonlinear fluid equations. The method is similar to existing Eulerian schemes in its use of operator-splitting and artificial viscosity, except that we solve the Lagrangian equations of motion with a predictor-corrector and then remap onto a fixed Eulerian grid. The remap is formulated to eliminate errors associated with coordinate singularities, with a general prescription for remaps of arbitrary order. We perform a comprehensive series of tests on standard problems. Self-convergence tests show that the code has a second-order rate of convergence in smooth, two-dimensional flow, with pressure forces, gravity, and curvilinear geometry included. While not as accurate on idealized problems as high-order Riemann-solving schemes, the predictor-corrector Lagrangian-remap code has great flexibility for application to a variety of astrophysical problems.

19. Describing high-dimensional dynamics with low-dimensional piecewise affine models: applications to renewable energy.

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Hirata, Yoshito; Aihara, Kazuyuki

2012-06-01

We introduce a low-dimensional description for a high-dimensional system, which is a piecewise affine model whose state space is divided by permutations. We show that the proposed model tends to predict wind speeds and photovoltaic outputs for the time scales from seconds to 100 s better than by global affine models. In addition, computations using the piecewise affine model are much faster than those of usual nonlinear models such as radial basis function models.

20. A new fractional numerical differentiation formula to approximate the Caputo fractional derivative and its applications

Gao, Guang-hua; Sun, Zhi-zhong; Zhang, Hong-wei

2014-02-01

In the present work, first, a new fractional numerical differentiation formula (called the L1-2 formula) to approximate the Caputo fractional derivative of order α (0<α<1) is developed. It is established by means of the quadratic interpolation approximation using three points (tj-2,f(tj-2)),(tj-1,f(tj-1)) and (tj,f(tj)) for the integrand f(t) on each small interval [tj-1,tj] (j⩾2), while the linear interpolation approximation is applied on the first small interval [t0,t1]. As a result, the new formula can be formally viewed as a modification of the classical L1 formula, which is obtained by the piecewise linear approximation for f(t). Both the computational efficiency and numerical accuracy of the new formula are superior to that of the L1 formula. The coefficients and truncation errors of this formula are discussed in detail. Two test examples show the numerical accuracy of L1-2 formula. Second, by the new formula, two improved finite difference schemes with high order accuracy in time for solving the time-fractional sub-diffusion equations on a bounded spatial domain and on an unbounded spatial domain are constructed, respectively. In addition, the application of the new formula into solving fractional ordinary differential equations is also presented. Several numerical examples are computed. The comparison with the corresponding results of finite difference methods by the L1 formula demonstrates that the new L1-2 formula is much more effective and more accurate than the L1 formula when solving time-fractional differential equations numerically.

1. Robust Morse decompositions of piecewise constant vector fields.

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Szymczak, Andrzej; Zhang, Eugene

2012-06-01

In this paper, we introduce a new approach to computing a Morse decomposition of a vector field on a triangulated manifold surface. The basic idea is to convert the input vector field to a piecewise constant (PC) vector field, whose trajectories can be computed using simple geometric rules. To overcome the intrinsic difficulty in PC vector fields (in particular, discontinuity along mesh edges), we borrow results from the theory of differential inclusions. The input vector field and its PC variant have similar Morse decompositions. We introduce a robust and efficient algorithm to compute Morse decompositions of a PC vector field. Our approach provides subtriangle precision for Morse sets. In addition, we describe a Morse set classification framework which we use to color code the Morse sets in order to enhance the visualization. We demonstrate the benefits of our approach with three well-known simulation data sets, for which our method has produced Morse decompositions that are similar to or finer than those obtained using existing techniques, and is over an order of magnitude faster.

2. Mixing and the fractal geometry of piecewise isometries

Park, Paul P.; Lynn, Thomas F.; Umbanhowar, Paul B.; Ottino, Julio M.; Lueptow, Richard M.

2017-04-01

Mathematical concepts often have applicability in areas that may have surprised their original developers. This is the case with piecewise isometries (PWIs), which transform an object by cutting it into pieces that are then rearranged to reconstruct the original object, and which also provide a paradigm to study mixing via cutting and shuffling in physical sciences and engineering. Every PWI is characterized by a geometric structure called the exceptional set, E , whose complement comprises nonmixing regions in the domain. Varying the parameters that define the PWI changes both the structure of E as well as the degree of mixing the PWI produces, which begs the question of how to determine which parameters produce the best mixing. Motivated by mixing of yield stress materials, for example granular media, in physical systems, we use numerical simulations of PWIs on a hemispherical shell and examine how the fat fractal properties of E relate to the degree of mixing for any particular PWI. We present numerical evidence that the fractional coverage of E negatively correlates with the intensity of segregation, a standard measure for the degree of mixing, which suggests that fundamental properties of E such as fractional coverage can be used to predict the effectiveness of a particular PWI as a mixing mechanism.

3. Rytov approximation in electron scattering

Krehl, Jonas; Lubk, Axel

2017-06-01

In this work we introduce the Rytov approximation in the scope of high-energy electron scattering with the motivation of developing better linear models for electron scattering. Such linear models play an important role in tomography and similar reconstruction techniques. Conventional linear models, such as the phase grating approximation, have reached their limits in current and foreseeable applications, most importantly in achieving three-dimensional atomic resolution using electron holographic tomography. The Rytov approximation incorporates propagation effects which are the most pressing limitation of conventional models. While predominately used in the weak-scattering regime of light microscopy, we show that the Rytov approximation can give reasonable results in the inherently strong-scattering regime of transmission electron microscopy.

4. A Piecewise Deterministic Markov Toy Model for Traffic/Maintenance and Associated Hamilton–Jacobi Integrodifferential Systems on Networks

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Goreac, Dan Kobylanski, Magdalena Martinez, Miguel

2016-10-15

We study optimal control problems in infinite horizon whxen the dynamics belong to a specific class of piecewise deterministic Markov processes constrained to star-shaped networks (corresponding to a toy traffic model). We adapt the results in Soner (SIAM J Control Optim 24(6):1110–1122, 1986) to prove the regularity of the value function and the dynamic programming principle. Extending the networks and Krylov’s “shaking the coefficients” method, we prove that the value function can be seen as the solution to a linearized optimization problem set on a convenient set of probability measures. The approach relies entirely on viscosity arguments. As a by-product, the dual formulation guarantees that the value function is the pointwise supremum over regular subsolutions of the associated Hamilton–Jacobi integrodifferential system. This ensures that the value function satisfies Perron’s preconization for the (unique) candidate to viscosity solution.

5. Stresses and deformations in cross-ply composite tubes subjected to a uniform temperature change: Elasticity and Approximate Solutions

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Hyer, M. W.; Cooper, D. E.; Cohen, D.

1985-01-01

The effects of a uniform temperature change on the stresses and deformations of composite tubes are investigated. The accuracy of an approximate solution based on the principle of complementary virtual work is determined. Interest centers on tube response away from the ends and so a planar elasticity approach is used. For the approximate solution a piecewise linear variation of stresses with the radial coordinate is assumed. The results from the approximate solution are compared with the elasticity solution. The stress predictions agree well, particularly peak interlaminar stresses. Surprisingly, the axial deformations also agree well. This, despite the fact that the deformations predicted by the approximate solution do not satisfy the interface displacement continuity conditions required by the elasticity solution. The study shows that the axial thermal expansion coefficient of tubes with a specific number of axial and circumferential layers depends on the stacking sequence. This is in contrast to classical lamination theory which predicts the expansion to be independent of the stacking arrangement. As expected, the sign and magnitude of the peak interlaminar stresses depends on stacking sequence.

6. Multicriteria approximation through decomposition

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Burch, C.; Krumke, S.; Marathe, M.; Phillips, C.; Sundberg, E.

1998-06-01

The authors propose a general technique called solution decomposition to devise approximation algorithms with provable performance guarantees. The technique is applicable to a large class of combinatorial optimization problems that can be formulated as integer linear programs. Two key ingredients of their technique involve finding a decomposition of a fractional solution into a convex combination of feasible integral solutions and devising generic approximation algorithms based on calls to such decompositions as oracles. The technique is closely related to randomized rounding. Their method yields as corollaries unified solutions to a number of well studied problems and it provides the first approximation algorithms with provable guarantees for a number of new problems. The particular results obtained in this paper include the following: (1) the authors demonstrate how the technique can be used to provide more understanding of previous results and new algorithms for classical problems such as Multicriteria Spanning Trees, and Suitcase Packing; (2) they also show how the ideas can be extended to apply to multicriteria optimization problems, in which they wish to minimize a certain objective function subject to one or more budget constraints. As corollaries they obtain first non-trivial multicriteria approximation algorithms for problems including the k-Hurdle and the Network Inhibition problems.

7. Multicriteria approximation through decomposition

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Burch, C. |; Krumke, S.; Marathe, M.; Phillips, C.; Sundberg, E. |

1997-12-01

The authors propose a general technique called solution decomposition to devise approximation algorithms with provable performance guarantees. The technique is applicable to a large class of combinatorial optimization problems that can be formulated as integer linear programs. Two key ingredients of the technique involve finding a decomposition of a fractional solution into a convex combination of feasible integral solutions and devising generic approximation algorithms based on calls to such decompositions as oracles. The technique is closely related to randomized rounding. The method yields as corollaries unified solutions to a number of well studied problems and it provides the first approximation algorithms with provable guarantees for a number of new problems. The particular results obtained in this paper include the following: (1) The authors demonstrate how the technique can be used to provide more understanding of previous results and new algorithms for classical problems such as Multicriteria Spanning Trees, and Suitcase Packing. (2) They show how the ideas can be extended to apply to multicriteria optimization problems, in which they wish to minimize a certain objective function subject to one or more budget constraints. As corollaries they obtain first non-trivial multicriteria approximation algorithms for problems including the k-Hurdle and the Network Inhibition problems.

8. A simple, stable, and accurate linear tetrahedral finite element for transient, nearly, and fully incompressible solid dynamics: A dynamic variational multiscale approach [A simple, stable, and accurate tetrahedral finite element for transient, nearly incompressible, linear and nonlinear elasticity: A dynamic variational multiscale approach

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Scovazzi, Guglielmo; Carnes, Brian; Zeng, Xianyi; Rossi, Simone

2015-11-12

Here, we propose a new approach for the stabilization of linear tetrahedral finite elements in the case of nearly incompressible transient solid dynamics computations. Our method is based on a mixed formulation, in which the momentum equation is complemented by a rate equation for the evolution of the pressure field, approximated with piece-wise linear, continuous finite element functions. The pressure equation is stabilized to prevent spurious pressure oscillations in computations. Incidentally, it is also shown that many stabilized methods previously developed for the static case do not generalize easily to transient dynamics. Extensive tests in the context of linear and nonlinear elasticity are used to corroborate the claim that the proposed method is robust, stable, and accurate.

9. A simple, stable, and accurate linear tetrahedral finite element for transient, nearly, and fully incompressible solid dynamics: A dynamic variational multiscale approach [A simple, stable, and accurate tetrahedral finite element for transient, nearly incompressible, linear and nonlinear elasticity: A dynamic variational multiscale approach

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Scovazzi, Guglielmo; Carnes, Brian; Zeng, Xianyi; ...

2015-11-12

Here, we propose a new approach for the stabilization of linear tetrahedral finite elements in the case of nearly incompressible transient solid dynamics computations. Our method is based on a mixed formulation, in which the momentum equation is complemented by a rate equation for the evolution of the pressure field, approximated with piece-wise linear, continuous finite element functions. The pressure equation is stabilized to prevent spurious pressure oscillations in computations. Incidentally, it is also shown that many stabilized methods previously developed for the static case do not generalize easily to transient dynamics. Extensive tests in the context of linear andmore » nonlinear elasticity are used to corroborate the claim that the proposed method is robust, stable, and accurate.« less

10. On the Gibbs phenomenon 3: Recovering exponential accuracy in a sub-interval from a spectral partial sum of a piecewise analytic function

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Gottlieb, David; Shu, Chi-Wang

1993-01-01

The investigation of overcoming Gibbs phenomenon was continued, i.e., obtaining exponential accuracy at all points including at the discontinuities themselves, from the knowledge of a spectral partial sum of a discontinuous but piecewise analytic function. It was shown that if we are given the first N expansion coefficients of an L(sub 2) function f(x) in terms of either the trigonometrical polynomials or the Chebyshev or Legendre polynomials, an exponentially convergent approximation to the point values of f(x) in any sub-interval in which it is analytic can be constructed.

11. An approximation technique for jet impingement flow

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Najafi, Mahmoud; Fincher, Donald; Rahni, Taeibi; Javadi, KH.; Massah, H.

2015-03-10

The analytical approximate solution of a non-linear jet impingement flow model will be demonstrated. We will show that this is an improvement over the series approximation obtained via the Adomian decomposition method, which is itself, a powerful method for analysing non-linear differential equations. The results of these approximations will be compared to the Runge-Kutta approximation in order to demonstrate their validity.

12. Exponential approximations in optimal design

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Belegundu, A. D.; Rajan, S. D.; Rajgopal, J.

1990-01-01

One-point and two-point exponential functions have been developed and proved to be very effective approximations of structural response. The exponential has been compared to the linear, reciprocal and quadratic fit methods. Four test problems in structural analysis have been selected. The use of such approximations is attractive in structural optimization to reduce the numbers of exact analyses which involve computationally expensive finite element analysis.

13. Examining developmental trajectories in adolescent alcohol use using piecewise growth mixture modeling analysis.

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Li, F; Duncan, T E; Hops, H

2001-03-01

This study examined issues of heterogeneity in multiple stage development as it corresponds to qualitatively different developmental trajectories in alcohol use during adolescence. Using a piecewise growth mixture modeling methodology, a two-piece growth model capturing growth trajectories in adolescent alcohol use from middle school (Grades 6 through 8) to high school (Grades 9 through 12) was examined (N = 179; 54% male). It was hypothesized that (1) two stages of alcohol use development with varying trajectories would exist in these data (the first corresponding to development during middle school, followed by a second stage of continuing growth during high school) and (2) there would be multiple growth trajectories (subgroups) of alcohol use in the stage-wise development, with varying effects in initial alcohol use and growth rates of alcohol use. Results indicated the tenability of the two-piece growth model of alcohol use with heterogeneity in the population comprising two distinct latent developmental trajectory classes. Class 1, with a high initial status of alcohol use at Grade 6, showed an upward increase in trajectory only during high school. Class 2, with a low initial status of alcohol use at Grade 6, showed a linear increase in middle school with a second growth spurt at high school entry and continuity in growth throughout the high school years. Analyses, incorporating time-invariate covariates, indicated varying influences of gender, early levels of deviant behavior, family structure (single vs two parent), peer encouragement and parent disapproval of alcohol use, and adolescent deviant behavior upon high school entry, on the two trajectory classes. Results also showed effects of the identified trajectories, with varying magnitudes, on later substance use in young adulthood, with Class 1 showing the strongest continuity in later substance use. Findings suggest heterogenous development of alcohol use in the adolescent population, associated with

14. Theater-Level Stochastic Air-to-Air Engagement Modeling via Event Occurrence Networks Using Piecewise Polynomial Approximation

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2001-09-01

Coniglio Sergio The Sukhoi Su Combat Aircraft Family Military Tech nology Special Supplement Conte SD and de Boor Carl ...Technical Report CF RAND Santa Monica CA deBoor Carl A Practical Guide to Splines SpringerVerlag New York Decision...Sigal C E Pritsker AAB and Solberg JJ The Use of Cutsets in Monte Carlo Analysis of Stochastic Networks Mathematics and Computers in Simu

15. NoRMCorre: An online algorithm for piecewise rigid motion correction of calcium imaging data.

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Pnevmatikakis, Eftychios A; Giovannucci, Andrea

2017-11-01

Motion correction is a challenging pre-processing problem that arises early in the analysis pipeline of calcium imaging data sequences. The motion artifacts in two-photon microscopy recordings can be non-rigid, arising from the finite time of raster scanning and non-uniform deformations of the brain medium. We introduce an algorithm for fast Non-Rigid Motion Correction (NoRMCorre) based on template matching. NoRMCorre operates by splitting the field of view (FOV) into overlapping spatial patches along all directions. The patches are registered at a sub-pixel resolution for rigid translation against a regularly updated template. The estimated alignments are subsequently up-sampled to create a smooth motion field for each frame that can efficiently approximate non-rigid artifacts in a piecewise-rigid manner. Existing approaches either do not scale well in terms of computational performance or are targeted to non-rigid artifacts arising just from the finite speed of raster scanning, and thus cannot correct for non-rigid motion observable in datasets from a large FOV. NoRMCorre can be run in an online mode resulting in comparable to or even faster than real time motion registration of streaming data. We evaluate its performance with simple yet intuitive metrics and compare against other non-rigid registration methods on simulated data and in vivo two-photon calcium imaging datasets. Open source Matlab and Python code is also made available. The proposed method and accompanying code can be useful for solving large scale image registration problems in calcium imaging, especially in the presence of non-rigid deformations. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

16. Removal of bone in CT angiography of the cervical arteries by piecewise matched mask bone elimination

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Straten, Marcel van; Venema, Henk W.; Streekstra, Geert J.; Majoie, Charles B.L.M.; Heeten, Gerard J. den; Grimbergen, Cornelis A.

2004-10-01

In maximum intensity projection (MIP) images of CT angiography (CTA) scans, the arteries are often obscured by bone. A bone removal method is presented that uses an additional, nonenhanced scan to create a mask of the bone by thresholding and dilation. After registration of the CTA scan and the additional scan, the bone in the CTA scan is masked. As the cervical area contains bones that can move with respect to each other, these bones are separated first using a watershed algorithm, and then registered individually. A phantom study was performed to evaluate and quantify the tradeoff between the removal of the bone and the preservation of the arteries contiguous to the bone. The influence of algorithm parameters and scan parameters was studied. The method was clinically evaluated with data sets of 35 patients. Best results were obtained with a threshold of 150 HU and a dilation of 8 in-plane voxels and two out-of-plane voxels. The mean width of the soft tissue layer, which is also masked, was approximately 1 mm. The mAs value of the nonenhanced scan could be reduced from 250 mAs to 65 mAs without a loss of quality. In 32 cases the bones were registered correctly and removed completely. In three cases the bone separation was not completely successful, and consequently the bone was not completely removed. The piecewise matched mask bone elimination method proved to be able to obtain MIP images of the cervical arteries free from overprojecting bone in a fully automatic way and with only a slight increase of radiation dose.

17. Optimizing the Zeldovich approximation

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Melott, Adrian L.; Pellman, Todd F.; Shandarin, Sergei F.

1994-01-01

We have recently learned that the Zeldovich approximation can be successfully used for a far wider range of gravitational instability scenarios than formerly proposed; we study here how to extend this range. In previous work (Coles, Melott and Shandarin 1993, hereafter CMS) we studied the accuracy of several analytic approximations to gravitational clustering in the mildly nonlinear regime. We found that what we called the 'truncated Zeldovich approximation' (TZA) was better than any other (except in one case the ordinary Zeldovich approximation) over a wide range from linear to mildly nonlinear (sigma approximately 3) regimes. TZA was specified by setting Fourier amplitudes equal to zero for all wavenumbers greater than k(sub nl), where k(sub nl) marks the transition to the nonlinear regime. Here, we study the cross correlation of generalized TZA with a group of n-body simulations for three shapes of window function: sharp k-truncation (as in CMS), a tophat in coordinate space, or a Gaussian. We also study the variation in the crosscorrelation as a function of initial truncation scale within each type. We find that k-truncation, which was so much better than other things tried in CMS, is the worst of these three window shapes. We find that a Gaussian window e(exp(-k(exp 2)/2k(exp 2, sub G))) applied to the initial Fourier amplitudes is the best choice. It produces a greatly improved crosscorrelation in those cases which most needed improvement, e.g. those with more small-scale power in the initial conditions. The optimum choice of kG for the Gaussian window is (a somewhat spectrum-dependent) 1 to 1.5 times k(sub nl). Although all three windows produce similar power spectra and density distribution functions after application of the Zeldovich approximation, the agreement of the phases of the Fourier components with the n-body simulation is better for the Gaussian window. We therefore ascribe the success of the best-choice Gaussian window to its superior treatment

18. Approximating subtree distances between phylogenies.

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Bonet, Maria Luisa; St John, Katherine; Mahindru, Ruchi; Amenta, Nina

2006-10-01

We give a 5-approximation algorithm to the rooted Subtree-Prune-and-Regraft (rSPR) distance between two phylogenies, which was recently shown to be NP-complete. This paper presents the first approximation result for this important tree distance. The algorithm follows a standard format for tree distances. The novel ideas are in the analysis. In the analysis, the cost of the algorithm uses a "cascading" scheme that accounts for possible wrong moves. This accounting is missing from previous analysis of tree distance approximation algorithms. Further, we show how all algorithms of this type can be implemented in linear time and give experimental results.

19. Hybrid Approximate Message Passing

Rangan, Sundeep; Fletcher, Alyson K.; Goyal, Vivek K.; Byrne, Evan; Schniter, Philip

2017-09-01

The standard linear regression (SLR) problem is to recover a vector $\\mathbf{x}^0$ from noisy linear observations $\\mathbf{y}=\\mathbf{Ax}^0+\\mathbf{w}$. The approximate message passing (AMP) algorithm recently proposed by Donoho, Maleki, and Montanari is a computationally efficient iterative approach to SLR that has a remarkable property: for large i.i.d.\\ sub-Gaussian matrices $\\mathbf{A}$, its per-iteration behavior is rigorously characterized by a scalar state-evolution whose fixed points, when unique, are Bayes optimal. AMP, however, is fragile in that even small deviations from the i.i.d.\\ sub-Gaussian model can cause the algorithm to diverge. This paper considers a "vector AMP" (VAMP) algorithm and shows that VAMP has a rigorous scalar state-evolution that holds under a much broader class of large random matrices $\\mathbf{A}$: those that are right-rotationally invariant. After performing an initial singular value decomposition (SVD) of $\\mathbf{A}$, the per-iteration complexity of VAMP can be made similar to that of AMP. In addition, the fixed points of VAMP's state evolution are consistent with the replica prediction of the minimum mean-squared error recently derived by Tulino, Caire, Verd\\'u, and Shamai. The effectiveness and state evolution predictions of VAMP are confirmed in numerical experiments.

20. Structural optimization with approximate sensitivities

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Patnaik, S. N.; Hopkins, D. A.; Coroneos, R.

1994-01-01

Computational efficiency in structural optimization can be enhanced if the intensive computations associated with the calculation of the sensitivities, that is, gradients of the behavior constraints, are reduced. Approximation to gradients of the behavior constraints that can be generated with small amount of numerical calculations is proposed. Structural optimization with these approximate sensitivities produced correct optimum solution. Approximate gradients performed well for different nonlinear programming methods, such as the sequence of unconstrained minimization technique, method of feasible directions, sequence of quadratic programming, and sequence of linear programming. Structural optimization with approximate gradients can reduce by one third the CPU time that would otherwise be required to solve the problem with explicit closed-form gradients. The proposed gradient approximation shows potential to reduce intensive computation that has been associated with traditional structural optimization.

1. Global behaviour of a predator-prey like model with piecewise constant arguments.

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Kartal, Senol; Gurcan, Fuat

2015-01-01

The present study deals with the analysis of a predator-prey like model consisting of system of differential equations with piecewise constant arguments. A solution of the system with piecewise constant arguments leads to a system of difference equations which is examined to study boundedness, local and global asymptotic behaviour of the positive solutions. Using Schur-Cohn criterion and a Lyapunov function, we derive sufficient conditions under which the positive equilibrium point is local and global asymptotically stable. Moreover, we show numerically that periodic solutions arise as a consequence of Neimark-Sacker bifurcation of a limit cycle.

2. Piecewise Adiabatic Population Transfer in a Molecule via a Wave Packet

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Shapiro, Evgeny A.; Peer, Avi; Ye Jun; Shapiro, Moshe

2008-07-11

We propose a class of schemes for robust population transfer between quantum states that utilize trains of coherent pulses, thus forming a generalized adiabatic passage via a wave packet. We study piecewise stimulated Raman adiabatic passage with pulse-to-pulse amplitude variation, and piecewise chirped Raman passage with pulse-to-pulse phase variation, implemented with an optical frequency comb. In the context of production of ultracold ground-state molecules, we show that with almost no knowledge of the excited potential, robust high-efficiency transfer is possible.

3. Calculation of the biological effective dose for piecewise defined dose-rate fits

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Hobbs, Robert F.; Sgouros, George

2009-03-15

An algorithmic solution to the biological effective dose (BED) calculation from the Lea-Catcheside formula for a piecewise defined function is presented. Data from patients treated for metastatic thyroid cancer were used to illustrate the solution. The Lea-Catcheside formula for the G-factor of the BED is integrated numerically using a large number of small trapezoidal fits to each integral. The algorithmically calculated BED is compatible with an analytic calculation for a similarly valued exponentially fitted dose-rate plot and is the only resolution for piecewise defined dose-rate functions.

4. Temporal changes in the cumulative piecewise gradient of a variant of the Gutenberg Richter relationship, and the imminence of extreme events

Latchman, J. L.; Morgan, F. D. O.; Aspinall, W. P.

2008-03-01

It is generally found that the relative frequencies of occurrence of earthquakes of different magnitudes in seismogenic zones have a power law distribution. For a long-term dataset, the overall slope of this logarithmically transformed distribution is usually indicated by a best-fit straight line and expressed as a b-value. This slope is stable and normally lies between 0.8 and 1.2, the actual value depending on the region examined, and the threshold selected for data completeness. The linearity of the distribution can be used to make statistical inferences about the potential for larger events over the long run, and with appropriate reservations, may even be extrapolated to magnitudes that are beyond recent experience. We suggest the same information can also be viewed over shorter intervals in terms of an empirical piecewise distribution, with relative frequencies of occurrence at adjacent magnitude steps controlling the local slope of the distribution. An emergence, through time, of an excess number of lower magnitude earthquakes causes temporal changes to appear in the low-end piecewise gradients of this distribution. A marked excursion away from an overall uniform trend for the particular zone may be indicative of an imminent, larger event. On two separate occasions, in 1982 and 1997, such temporal variations were seen in the magnitude distributions of sequences of events near Tobago, West Indies, and used to anticipate subsequent damaging mainshocks. The recognition of temporal departures from overall linearity of the magnitude-frequency relation, in a suitable dataset, may thus provide an evidential element that can contribute to earthquake forecasting. This phenomenological approach was used in the analysis of the NEIC global dataset of earthquakes of magnitude 6.1 and bigger, for the period 1973-2003, to explore its wider applicability. Trends in the piecewise gradients of the global data were interpreted as pointing to an imminent great earthquake

5. A novel linear programming approach to fluence map optimization for intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning.

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Romeijn, H Edwin; Ahuja, Ravindra K; Dempsey, James F; Kumar, Arvind; Li, Jonathan G

2003-11-07

We present a novel linear programming (LP) based approach for efficiently solving the intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) fluence-map optimization (FMO) problem to global optimality. Our model overcomes the apparent limitations of a linear-programming approach by approximating any convex objective function by a piecewise linear convex function. This approach allows us to retain the flexibility offered by general convex objective functions, while allowing us to formulate the FMO problem as a LP problem. In addition, a novel type of partial-volume constraint that bounds the tail averages of the differential dose-volume histograms of structures is imposed while retaining linearity as an alternative approach to improve dose homogeneity in the target volumes, and to attempt to spare as many critical structures as possible. The goal of this work is to develop a very rapid global optimization approach that finds high quality dose distributions. Implementation of this model has demonstrated excellent results. We found globally optimal solutions for eight 7-beam head-and-neck cases in less than 3 min of computational time on a single processor personal computer without the use of partial-volume constraints. Adding such constraints increased the running times by a factor of 2-3, but improved the sparing of critical structures. All cases demonstrated excellent target coverage (> 95%), target homogeneity (< 10% overdosing and < 7% underdosing) and organ sparing using at least one of the two models.

6. Solving Sturm-Liouville problems by piecewise perturbation methods, revisited

Ledoux, V.; Van Daele, M.

2010-08-01

We present the extension of the successful Constant Perturbation Method (CPM) for Schrödinger problems to the more general class of Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problems. Whereas the original CPM can only be applied to Sturm-Liouville problems after a Liouville transformation, the more general CPM presented here solves the Sturm-Liouville problem directly. This enlarges the range of applicability of the CPM to a wider variety of problems and allows a more efficient solution of many problems. The CPMs are closely related to the second-order coefficient approximation method underlying the SLEDGE software package, but provide for higher order approximations. These higher order approximations can also be obtained by applying a modified Neumann method. The CPM approach, however, leads to simpler formulae in a more convenient form.

7. What Can Tobit-Piecewise Regression Tell Us about the Determinants of Household Educational Debt?

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Thipbharos, Titirut

2014-01-01

Educational debt as part of household debt remains a problem for Thailand. The significant factors of household characteristics with regard to educational debt are shown by constructing a Tobit-piecewise regression for three different clusters, namely poor, middle and affluent households in Thailand. It was found that household debt is likely to…

8. Examining the Earnings Trajectories of Community College Students Using a Piecewise Growth Curve Modeling Approach

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Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Xu, Di

2016-01-01

Policymakers have become increasingly concerned with measuring--and holding colleges accountable for--students' labor market outcomes. In this article we introduce a piecewise growth curve approach to analyzing community college students' labor market outcomes, and we discuss how this approach differs from two popular econometric approaches:…

9. Examining the Earnings Trajectories of Community College Students Using a Piecewise Growth Curve Modeling Approach

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Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Xu, Di

2016-01-01

Policymakers have become increasingly concerned with measuring--and holding colleges accountable for--students' labor market outcomes. In this article we introduce a piecewise growth curve approach to analyzing community college students' labor market outcomes, and we discuss how this approach differs from two popular econometric approaches:…

10. Interpolation and Approximation Theory.

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Kaijser, Sten

1991-01-01

Introduced are the basic ideas of interpolation and approximation theory through a combination of theory and exercises written for extramural education at the university level. Topics treated are spline methods, Lagrange interpolation, trigonometric approximation, Fourier series, and polynomial approximation. (MDH)

11. Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression models: a tool to detect trajectory divergence between groups in long-term observational studies.

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Buscot, Marie-Jeanne; Wotherspoon, Simon S; Magnussen, Costan G; Juonala, Markus; Sabin, Matthew A; Burgner, David P; Lehtimäki, Terho; Viikari, Jorma S A; Hutri-Kähönen, Nina; Raitakari, Olli T; Thomson, Russell J

2017-06-06

Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression (BHPR) modeling has not been previously formulated to detect and characterise the mechanism of trajectory divergence between groups of participants that have longitudinal responses with distinct developmental phases. These models are useful when participants in a prospective cohort study are grouped according to a distal dichotomous health outcome. Indeed, a refined understanding of how deleterious risk factor profiles develop across the life-course may help inform early-life interventions. Previous techniques to determine between-group differences in risk factors at each age may result in biased estimate of the age at divergence. We demonstrate the use of Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression (BHPR) to generate a point estimate and credible interval for the age at which trajectories diverge between groups for continuous outcome measures that exhibit non-linear within-person response profiles over time. We illustrate our approach by modeling the divergence in childhood-to-adulthood body mass index (BMI) trajectories between two groups of adults with/without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (YFS). Using the proposed BHPR approach, we estimated the BMI profiles of participants with T2DM diverged from healthy participants at age 16 years for males (95% credible interval (CI):13.5-18 years) and 21 years for females (95% CI: 19.5-23 years). These data suggest that a critical window for weight management intervention in preventing T2DM might exist before the age when BMI growth rate is naturally expected to decrease. Simulation showed that when using pairwise comparison of least-square means from categorical mixed models, smaller sample sizes tended to conclude a later age of divergence. In contrast, the point estimate of the divergence time is not biased by sample size when using the proposed BHPR method. BHPR is a powerful analytic tool to model long-term non-linear

12. Galerkin approximations for dissipative magnetohydrodynamics

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Chen, Hudong; Shan, Xiaowen; Montgomery, David

1990-01-01

A Galerkin approximation scheme is proposed for voltage-driven, dissipative magnetohydrodynamics. The trial functions are exact eigenfunctions of the linearized continuum equations and represent helical deformations of the axisymmetric, zero-flow, driven steady state. The lowest nontrivial truncation is explored: one axisymmetric trial function and one helical trial function each for the magnetic and velocity fields. The system resembles the Lorenz approximation to Benard convection, but in the region of believed applicability, its dynamical behavior is rather different, including relaxation to a helically deformed state similar to those that have emerged in the much higher resolution computations of Dahlburg et al.

13. Analytic Approximations to the Free Boundary and Multi-dimensional Problems in Financial Derivatives Pricing

Lau, Chun Sing

This thesis studies two types of problems in financial derivatives pricing. The first type is the free boundary problem, which can be formulated as a partial differential equation (PDE) subject to a set of free boundary condition. Although the functional form of the free boundary condition is given explicitly, the location of the free boundary is unknown and can only be determined implicitly by imposing continuity conditions on the solution. Two specific problems are studied in details, namely the valuation of fixed-rate mortgages and CEV American options. The second type is the multi-dimensional problem, which involves multiple correlated stochastic variables and their governing PDE. One typical problem we focus on is the valuation of basket-spread options, whose underlying asset prices are driven by correlated geometric Brownian motions (GBMs). Analytic approximate solutions are derived for each of these three problems. For each of the two free boundary problems, we propose a parametric moving boundary to approximate the unknown free boundary, so that the original problem transforms into a moving boundary problem which can be solved analytically. The governing parameter of the moving boundary is determined by imposing the first derivative continuity condition on the solution. The analytic form of the solution allows the price and the hedging parameters to be computed very efficiently. When compared against the benchmark finite-difference method, the computational time is significantly reduced without compromising the accuracy. The multi-stage scheme further allows the approximate results to systematically converge to the benchmark results as one recasts the moving boundary into a piecewise smooth continuous function. For the multi-dimensional problem, we generalize the Kirk (1995) approximate two-asset spread option formula to the case of multi-asset basket-spread option. Since the final formula is in closed form, all the hedging parameters can also be derived in

14. Binary Classifier Calibration Using an Ensemble of Linear Trend Estimation

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Naeini, Mahdi Pakdaman; Cooper, Gregory F.

2017-01-01

Learning accurate probabilistic models from data is crucial in many practical tasks in data mining. In this paper we present a new non-parametric calibration method called ensemble of linear trend estimation (ELiTE). ELiTE utilizes the recently proposed ℓ1 trend ltering signal approximation method [22] to find the mapping from uncalibrated classification scores to the calibrated probability estimates. ELiTE is designed to address the key limitations of the histogram binning-based calibration methods which are (1) the use of a piecewise constant form of the calibration mapping using bins, and (2) the assumption of independence of predicted probabilities for the instances that are located in different bins. The method post-processes the output of a binary classifier to obtain calibrated probabilities. Thus, it can be applied with many existing classification models. We demonstrate the performance of ELiTE on real datasets for commonly used binary classification models. Experimental results show that the method outperforms several common binary-classifier calibration methods. In particular, ELiTE commonly performs statistically significantly better than the other methods, and never worse. Moreover, it is able to improve the calibration power of classifiers, while retaining their discrimination power. The method is also computationally tractable for large scale datasets, as it is practically O(N log N) time, where N is the number of samples. PMID:28357158

15. Evaluation of Piecewise Polynomial Equations for Two Types of Thermocouples

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Chen, Andrew; Chen, Chiachung

2013-01-01

Thermocouples are the most frequently used sensors for temperature measurement because of their wide applicability, long-term stability and high reliability. However, one of the major utilization problems is the linearization of the transfer relation between temperature and output voltage of thermocouples. The linear calibration equation and its modules could be improved by using regression analysis to help solve this problem. In this study, two types of thermocouple and five temperature ranges were selected to evaluate the fitting agreement of different-order polynomial equations. Two quantitative criteria, the average of the absolute error values |e|ave and the standard deviation of calibration equation estd, were used to evaluate the accuracy and precision of these calibrations equations. The optimal order of polynomial equations differed with the temperature range. The accuracy and precision of the calibration equation could be improved significantly with an adequate higher degree polynomial equation. The technique could be applied with hardware modules to serve as an intelligent sensor for temperature measurement. PMID:24351627

16. More accurate Talairach coordinates for neuroimaging using non-linear registration.

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Lacadie, Cheryl M; Fulbright, Robert K; Rajeevan, Nallakkandi; Constable, R Todd; Papademetris, Xenophon

2008-08-15

While the Talairach atlas remains the most commonly used system for reporting coordinates in neuroimaging studies, the absence of an actual 3-D image of the original brain used in its construction has severely limited the ability of researchers to automatically map locations from 3-D anatomical MRI images to the atlas. Previous work in this area attempted to circumvent this problem by constructing approximate linear and piecewise-linear mappings between standard brain templates (e.g. the MNI template) and Talairach space. These methods are limited in that they can only account for differences in overall brain size and orientation but cannot correct for the actual shape differences between the MNI template and the Talairach brain. In this paper we describe our work to digitize the Talairach atlas and generate a non-linear mapping between the Talairach atlas and the MNI template that attempts to compensate for the actual differences in shape between the two, resulting in more accurate coordinate transformations. We present examples in this paper and note that the method is available freely online as a Java applet.

17. Stochastic resonance in a piecewise nonlinear model driven by multiplicative non-Gaussian noise and additive white noise

Guo, Yongfeng; Shen, Yajun; Tan, Jianguo

2016-09-01

The phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR) in a piecewise nonlinear model driven by a periodic signal and correlated noises for the cases of a multiplicative non-Gaussian noise and an additive Gaussian white noise is investigated. Applying the path integral approach, the unified colored noise approximation and the two-state model theory, the analytical expression of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is derived. It is found that conventional stochastic resonance exists in this system. From numerical computations we obtain that: (i) As a function of the non-Gaussian noise intensity, the SNR is increased when the non-Gaussian noise deviation parameter q is increased. (ii) As a function of the Gaussian noise intensity, the SNR is decreased when q is increased. This demonstrates that the effect of the non-Gaussian noise on SNR is different from that of the Gaussian noise in this system. Moreover, we further discuss the effect of the correlation time of the non-Gaussian noise, cross-correlation strength, the amplitude and frequency of the periodic signal on SR.

18. Nonlinear Stochastic PDEs: Analysis and Approximations

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2016-05-23

3.4.1 Nonlinear Stochastic PDEs: Analysis and Approximations We compare Wiener chaos and stochastic collocation methods for linear advection-reaction...ADDRESS (ES) U.S. Army Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 nonlinear stochastic PDEs (SPDEs), nonlocal SPDEs, Navier...3.4.1 Nonlinear Stochastic PDEs: Analysis and Approximations Report Title We compare Wiener chaos and stochastic collocation methods for linear

19. On piecewise interpolation techniques for estimating solar radiation missing values in Kedah

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Saaban, Azizan; Zainudin, Lutfi; Bakar, Mohd Nazari Abu

2014-12-04

This paper discusses the use of piecewise interpolation method based on cubic Ball and Bézier curves representation to estimate the missing value of solar radiation in Kedah. An hourly solar radiation dataset is collected at Alor Setar Meteorology Station that is taken from Malaysian Meteorology Deparment. The piecewise cubic Ball and Bézier functions that interpolate the data points are defined on each hourly intervals of solar radiation measurement and is obtained by prescribing first order derivatives at the starts and ends of the intervals. We compare the performance of our proposed method with existing methods using Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) and Coefficient of Detemination (CoD) which is based on missing values simulation datasets. The results show that our method is outperformed the other previous methods.

20. Low-complexity piecewise-affine virtual sensors: theory and design

Rubagotti, Matteo; Poggi, Tomaso; Oliveri, Alberto; Pascucci, Carlo Alberto; Bemporad, Alberto; Storace, Marco

2014-03-01

This paper is focused on the theoretical development and the hardware implementation of low-complexity piecewise-affine direct virtual sensors for the estimation of unmeasured variables of interest of nonlinear systems. The direct virtual sensor is designed directly from measured inputs and outputs of the system and does not require a dynamical model. The proposed approach allows one to design estimators which mitigate the effect of the so-called 'curse of dimensionality' of simplicial piecewise-affine functions, and can be therefore applied to relatively high-order systems, enjoying convergence and optimality properties. An automatic toolchain is also presented to generate the VHDL code describing the digital circuit implementing the virtual sensor, starting from the set of measured input and output data. The proposed methodology is applied to generate an FPGA implementation of the virtual sensor for the estimation of vehicle lateral velocity, using a hardware-in-the-loop setting.

1. On the reduction principle for differential equations with piecewise constant argument of generalized type

Akhmet, M. U.

2007-12-01

In this paper we introduce a new type of differential equations with piecewise constant argument (EPCAG), more general than EPCA [K.L. Cooke, J. Wiener, Retarded differential equations with piecewise constant delays, J. Math. Anal. Appl. 99 (1984) 265-297; J. Wiener, Generalized Solutions of Functional Differential Equations, World Scientific, Singapore, 1993]. The Reduction Principle [V.A. Pliss, The reduction principle in the theory of the stability of motion, Izv. Akad. Nauk SSSR Ser. Mat. 27 (1964) 1297-1324 (in Russian); V.A. Pliss, Integral Sets of Periodic Systems of Differential Equations, Nauka, Moskow, 1977 (in Russian)] is proved for EPCAG. The structure of the set of solutions is specified. We establish also the existence of global integral manifolds of quasilinear EPCAG in the so-called critical case and investigate the stability of the zero solution.

2. On piecewise interpolation techniques for estimating solar radiation missing values in Kedah

Saaban, Azizan; Zainudin, Lutfi; Bakar, Mohd Nazari Abu

2014-12-01

This paper discusses the use of piecewise interpolation method based on cubic Ball and Bézier curves representation to estimate the missing value of solar radiation in Kedah. An hourly solar radiation dataset is collected at Alor Setar Meteorology Station that is taken from Malaysian Meteorology Deparment. The piecewise cubic Ball and Bézier functions that interpolate the data points are defined on each hourly intervals of solar radiation measurement and is obtained by prescribing first order derivatives at the starts and ends of the intervals. We compare the performance of our proposed method with existing methods using Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) and Coefficient of Detemination (CoD) which is based on missing values simulation datasets. The results show that our method is outperformed the other previous methods.

3. Approximate flavor symmetries

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Rasin, A.

1994-04-01

We discuss the idea of approximate flavor symmetries. Relations between approximate flavor symmetries and natural flavor conservation and democracy models is explored. Implications for neutrino physics are also discussed.

4. A Safe Cooperative Framework for Atmospheric Science Missions with Multiple Heterogeneous UAS using Piecewise Bezier Curves

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Mehdi, S. Bilal; Puig-Navarro, Javier; Choe, Ronald; Cichella, Venanzio; Hovakimyan, Naira; Chandarana, Meghan; Trujillo, Anna; Rothhaar, Paul M.; Tran, Loc; Neilan, James H.;

2016-01-01

Autonomous operation of UAS holds promise for greater productivity of atmospheric science missions. However, several challenges need to be overcome before such missions can be made autonomous. This paper presents a framework for safe autonomous operations of multiple vehicles, particularly suited for atmospheric science missions. The framework revolves around the use of piecewise Bezier curves for trajectory representation, which in conjunction with path-following and time-coordination algorithms, allows for safe coordinated operations of multiple vehicles.

5. SciTech Connect

Aimi, A.; Diligenti, M.; Guardasoni, C.

2010-09-30

We consider Dirichlet-Neumann problems for two-dimensional wave propagation analysis in piecewise homogeneous media reformulated in terms of boundary integral equations. The related weak problem is based on a space-time energetic formulation recently introduced for single-domain problems. The discretization phase is carried out by means of Galerkin boundary element method. Numerical results obtained with this procedure will be presented and analyzed.

6. Application study of piecewise context-based adaptive binary arithmetic coding combined with modified LZC

Su, Yan; Jun, Xie Cheng

2006-08-01

An algorithm of combining LZC and arithmetic coding algorithm for image compression is presented and both theory deduction and simulation result prove the correctness and feasibility of the algorithm. According to the characteristic of context-based adaptive binary arithmetic coding and entropy, LZC was modified to cooperate the optimized piecewise arithmetic coding, this algorithm improved the compression ratio without any additional time consumption compared to traditional method.

7. Discontinuous Registration Of Industrial Radiographs Using Profile Analysis And Piecewise Correlation Techniques

Davies, David L.; Smith, Peter H.; Liutermoza, John F.

1980-06-01

Profile analysis and piecewise correlation techniques for measuring internal machine part clearances by digital processing of industrial radiographs are described in this paper. These methods were developed at the Image and Pattern Analysis Laboratory of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Group. Profile analysis requires mathematical modeling of the expected optical density of a radiograph as a function of machine part position. Part separations are estimated on the basis of individual image scan lines. A final part separation estimate is produced by fitting a polynominal to the individual estimates and correcting for imaging and processing degradations which are simulated using a mathematical model. Piecewise correlation involves an application of image registration where radiographs are correlated in a piecewise fashion to allow inference of the relative motion of machine parts in a time varying series of images. Each image is divided into segments which are dominated by a small number of features. Segments from one image are cross-correlated with subsequent images to identify machine part motion in image space. Correlation peak magnitude is used in assessing the confidence that a particular motion has occurred between images. The rigid feature motion of machine parts requires image registration by discon-tinuous parts. This method differs from the continuous deformations one encounters in perspective projective transformations characteristic of remote sensing applications.

8. New contractivity condition in a population model with piecewise constant arguments

Muroya, Yoshiaki

2008-10-01

In this paper, we improve contractivity conditions of solutions for the positive equilibrium of the following differential equation with piecewise constant arguments: where r(t) is a nonnegative continuous function on [0,+[infinity]), r(t)[not identical with]0, , bi[greater-or-equal, slanted]0, i=0,1,2,...,m, and . In particular, for the case a=0 and m[greater-or-equal, slanted]1, we really improve the known three type conditions of the contractivity for solutions of this model (see for example, [Y. Muroya, A sufficient condition on global stability in a logistic equation with piecewise constant arguments, Hokkaido Math. J. 32 (2003) 75-83]). For the other case a[not equal to]0 and m[greater-or-equal, slanted]1, under the condition , the obtained result partially improves the known results on the contractivity of solutions for the positive equilibrium of this model given by the author [Y. Muroya, Persistence, contractivity and global stability in logistic equations with piecewise constant delays, J. Math. Anal. Appl. 270 (2002) 602-635] and others.

9. Approximation of Laws

Niiniluoto, Ilkka

2014-03-01

Approximation of laws is an important theme in the philosophy of science. If we can make sense of the idea that two scientific laws are "close" to each other, then we can also analyze such methodological notions as approximate explanation of laws, approximate reduction of theories, approximate empirical success of theories, and approximate truth of laws. Proposals for measuring the distance between quantitative scientific laws were given in Niiniluoto (1982, 1987). In this paper, these definitions are reconsidered as a response to the interesting critical remarks by Liu (1999).

10. Linear Clouds

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2006-01-01

[figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03667 Linear Clouds

These clouds are located near the edge of the south polar region. The cloud tops are the puffy white features in the bottom half of the image.

Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -80.1N, Longitude 52.1E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

11. On the Gibbs phenomenon 4: Recovering exponential accuracy in a sub-interval from a Gegenbauer partial sum of a piecewise analytic function

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Gottlieb, David; Shu, Chi-Wang

1994-01-01

We continue our investigation of overcoming Gibbs phenomenon, i.e., to obtain exponential accuracy at all points (including at the discontinuities themselves), from the knowledge of a spectral partial sum of a discontinuous but piecewise analytic function. We show that if we are given the first N Gegenbauer expansion coefficients, based on the Gegenbauer polynomials C(sub k)(sup mu)(x) with the weight function (1 - x(exp 2))(exp mu - 1/2) for any constant mu is greater than or equal to 0, of an L(sub 1) function f(x), we can construct an exponentially convergent approximation to the point values of f(x) in any subinterval in which the function is analytic. The proof covers the cases of Chebyshev or Legendre partial sums, which are most common in applications.

12. Wavelet Approximation in Data Assimilation

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Tangborn, Andrew; Atlas, Robert (Technical Monitor)

2002-01-01

Estimation of the state of the atmosphere with the Kalman filter remains a distant goal because of high computational cost of evolving the error covariance for both linear and nonlinear systems. Wavelet approximation is presented here as a possible solution that efficiently compresses both global and local covariance information. We demonstrate the compression characteristics on the the error correlation field from a global two-dimensional chemical constituent assimilation, and implement an adaptive wavelet approximation scheme on the assimilation of the one-dimensional Burger's equation. In the former problem, we show that 99%, of the error correlation can be represented by just 3% of the wavelet coefficients, with good representation of localized features. In the Burger's equation assimilation, the discrete linearized equations (tangent linear model) and analysis covariance are projected onto a wavelet basis and truncated to just 6%, of the coefficients. A nearly optimal forecast is achieved and we show that errors due to truncation of the dynamics are no greater than the errors due to covariance truncation.

13. Approximate symmetries of Hamiltonians

Chubb, Christopher T.; Flammia, Steven T.

2017-08-01

We explore the relationship between approximate symmetries of a gapped Hamiltonian and the structure of its ground space. We start by considering approximate symmetry operators, defined as unitary operators whose commutators with the Hamiltonian have norms that are sufficiently small. We show that when approximate symmetry operators can be restricted to the ground space while approximately preserving certain mutual commutation relations. We generalize the Stone-von Neumann theorem to matrices that approximately satisfy the canonical (Heisenberg-Weyl-type) commutation relations and use this to show that approximate symmetry operators can certify the degeneracy of the ground space even though they only approximately form a group. Importantly, the notions of "approximate" and "small" are all independent of the dimension of the ambient Hilbert space and depend only on the degeneracy in the ground space. Our analysis additionally holds for any gapped band of sufficiently small width in the excited spectrum of the Hamiltonian, and we discuss applications of these ideas to topological quantum phases of matter and topological quantum error correcting codes. Finally, in our analysis, we also provide an exponential improvement upon bounds concerning the existence of shared approximate eigenvectors of approximately commuting operators under an added normality constraint, which may be of independent interest.

14. Numerical integration for ab initio many-electron self energy calculations within the GW approximation

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Liu, Fang; Lin, Lin; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Lischner, Johannes; Kemper, Alexander F.; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Jornada, Felipe H. da; Deslippe, Jack; Yang, Chao; and others

2015-04-01

We present a numerical integration scheme for evaluating the convolution of a Green's function with a screened Coulomb potential on the real axis in the GW approximation of the self energy. Our scheme takes the zero broadening limit in Green's function first, replaces the numerator of the integrand with a piecewise polynomial approximation, and performs principal value integration on subintervals analytically. We give the error bound of our numerical integration scheme and show by numerical examples that it is more reliable and accurate than the standard quadrature rules such as the composite trapezoidal rule. We also discuss the benefit of using different self energy expressions to perform the numerical convolution at different frequencies.

15. Topics in Multivariate Approximation Theory.

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1982-05-01

of the Bramble -Hilbert lemma (see Bramble & H𔃻hert (13ŕ). Kergin’s scheme raises some questions. In .ontrast £.t its univar- iate antecedent, it...J. R. Rice (19791# An adaptive algorithm for multivariate approximation giving optimal convergence rates, J.Approx. Theory 25, 337-359. J. H. Bramble ...J.Numer.Anal. 7, 112-124. J. H. Bramble & S. R. Hilbert (19711, BoUnds for a class of linear functionals with applications to Hermite interpolation

16. Approximate transferability in conjugated polyalkenes

Eskandari, Keiamars; Mandado, Marcos; Mosquera, Ricardo A.

2007-03-01

QTAIM computed atomic and bond properties, as well as delocalization indices (obtained from electron densities computed at HF, MP2 and B3LYP levels) of several linear and branched conjugated polyalkenes and O- and N-containing conjugated polyenes have been employed to assess approximate transferable CH groups. The values of these properties indicate the effects of the functional group extend to four CH groups, whereas those of the terminal carbon affect up to three carbons. Ternary carbons also modify significantly the properties of atoms in α, β and γ.

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Perdew, J.P.; Burke, K.; Ernzerhof, M.

1996-10-01

Generalized gradient approximations (GGA{close_quote}s) for the exchange-correlation energy improve upon the local spin density (LSD) description of atoms, molecules, and solids. We present a simple derivation of a simple GGA, in which all parameters (other than those in LSD) are fundamental constants. Only general features of the detailed construction underlying the Perdew-Wang 1991 (PW91) GGA are invoked. Improvements over PW91 include an accurate description of the linear response of the uniform electron gas, correct behavior under uniform scaling, and a smoother potential. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

18. Approximate spatial reasoning

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Dutta, Soumitra

1988-01-01

A model for approximate spatial reasoning using fuzzy logic to represent the uncertainty in the environment is presented. Algorithms are developed which can be used to reason about spatial information expressed in the form of approximate linguistic descriptions similar to the kind of spatial information processed by humans. Particular attention is given to static spatial reasoning.

19. Approximate spatial reasoning

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Dutta, Soumitra

1988-01-01

A model for approximate spatial reasoning using fuzzy logic to represent the uncertainty in the environment is presented. Algorithms are developed which can be used to reason about spatial information expressed in the form of approximate linguistic descriptions similar to the kind of spatial information processed by humans. Particular attention is given to static spatial reasoning.

20. Green Ampt approximations

Barry, D. A.; Parlange, J.-Y.; Li, L.; Jeng, D.-S.; Crapper, M.

2005-10-01

The solution to the Green and Ampt infiltration equation is expressible in terms of the Lambert W-1 function. Approximations for Green and Ampt infiltration are thus derivable from approximations for the W-1 function and vice versa. An infinite family of asymptotic expansions to W-1 is presented. Although these expansions do not converge near the branch point of the W function (corresponds to Green-Ampt infiltration with immediate ponding), a method is presented for approximating W-1 that is exact at the branch point and asymptotically, with interpolation between these limits. Some existing and several new simple and compact yet robust approximations applicable to Green-Ampt infiltration and flux are presented, the most accurate of which has a maximum relative error of 5 × 10 -5%. This error is orders of magnitude lower than any existing analytical approximations.

1. An Approximate Approach to Automatic Kernel Selection.

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Ding, Lizhong; Liao, Shizhong

2016-02-02

Kernel selection is a fundamental problem of kernel-based learning algorithms. In this paper, we propose an approximate approach to automatic kernel selection for regression from the perspective of kernel matrix approximation. We first introduce multilevel circulant matrices into automatic kernel selection, and develop two approximate kernel selection algorithms by exploiting the computational virtues of multilevel circulant matrices. The complexity of the proposed algorithms is quasi-linear in the number of data points. Then, we prove an approximation error bound to measure the effect of the approximation in kernel matrices by multilevel circulant matrices on the hypothesis and further show that the approximate hypothesis produced with multilevel circulant matrices converges to the accurate hypothesis produced with kernel matrices. Experimental evaluations on benchmark datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of approximate kernel selection.

2. Steady induction effects in geomagnetism. Part 1B: Geomagnetic estimation of steady surficial core motions: A non-linear inverse problem

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Voorhies, Coerte V.

1993-01-01

The problem of estimating a steady fluid velocity field near the top of Earth's core which induces the secular variation (SV) indicated by models of the observed geomagnetic field is examined in the source-free mantle/frozen-flux core (SFI/VFFC) approximation. This inverse problem is non-linear because solutions of the forward problem are deterministically chaotic. The SFM/FFC approximation is inexact, and neither the models nor the observations they represent are either complete or perfect. A method is developed for solving the non-linear inverse motional induction problem posed by the hypothesis of (piecewise, statistically) steady core surface flow and the supposition of a complete initial geomagnetic condition. The method features iterative solution of the weighted, linearized least-squares problem and admits optional biases favoring surficially geostrophic flow and/or spatially simple flow. Two types of weights are advanced radial field weights for fitting the evolution of the broad-scale portion of the radial field component near Earth's surface implied by the models, and generalized weights for fitting the evolution of the broad-scale portion of the scalar potential specified by the models.

3. Steering by transient destabilization in piecewise-holonomic models of legged locomotion

Proctor, J.; Holmes, P.

2008-08-01

We study turning strategies in low-dimensional models of legged locomotion in the horizontal plane. Since the constraints due to foot placement switch from stride to stride, these models are piecewise-holonomic, and this can cause stride-to-stride changes in angular momentum and in the ratio of rotational to translational kinetic energy. Using phase plane analyses and parameter studies based on experimental observations of insects, we investigate how these changes can be harnessed to produce rapid turns, and compare the results with dynamical cockroach data. Qualitative similarities between the model and insect data suggest general strategies that could be implemented in legged robots.

4. Piecewise recognition of bone skeleton profiles via an iterative Hough transform approach without re-voting

Ricca, Giorgio; Beltrametti, Mauro C.; Massone, Anna Maria

2015-03-01

Many bone shapes in the human skeleton are characterized by profiles that can be associated to equations of algebraic curves. Fixing the parameters in the curve equation, by means of a classical pattern recognition procedure like the Hough transform technique, it is then possible to associate an equation to a specific bone profile. However, most skeleton districts are more accurately described by piecewise defined curves. This paper utilizes an iterative approach of the Hough transform without re-voting, to provide an efficient procedure for describing the profile of a bone in the human skeleton as a collection of different but continuously attached curves.

5. ON THE PIECEWISE PARABOLIC METHOD FOR COMPRESSIBLE FLOW WITH STELLAR EQUATIONS OF STATE

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Zingale, Michael; Katz, Max P.

2015-02-01

The piecewise parabolic method and related schemes are widely used to model stellar flows. Several different methods for extending the validity of these methods to a general equation of state (EOS) have been proposed over time, but direct comparisons among one-another and exact solutions with stellar EOSs are not widely available. We introduce some simple test problems with exact solutions run with a popular stellar EOS and test how two existing codes with different approaches to incorporating general gases perform. The source code for generating the exact solutions is made available.

6. Regularity of absolutely continuous invariant measures for piecewise expanding unimodal maps

Contreras, Fabián; Dolgopyat, Dmitry

2016-09-01

Let f:[0,1]\\to [0,1] be a piecewise expanding unimodal map of class C  k+1, with k≥slant 1 , and μ =ρ \\text{d}x the (unique) SRB measure associated to it. We study the regularity of ρ. In particular, points N where ρ is not differentiable has zero Hausdorff dimension, but is uncountable if the critical orbit of f is dense. This improves on a work of Szewc (1984). We also obtain results about higher orders of differentiability of ρ in the sense of Whitney.

7. Note on limit cycles for m-piecewise discontinuous polynomial Liénard differential equations

Dong, Guangfeng; Liu, Changjian

2017-08-01

In this paper, we study the limit cycles for m-piecewise discontinuous polynomial Liénard differential systems of degree n with m/2 straight lines passing through the origin whose slopes are tan (α + 2jπ /m) for j = 0, 1, \\ldots , m/2 -1, and prove that for any positive even number m, if sin ( mα /2)≠0, then there always exists such a system possessing at least [ 1/2(n-m-2/2) ] limit cycles. This result verifies a conjecture proposed by Llibre and Teixerira (Z Angew Math Phys 66:51-66, 2015).

8. More exact tunneling solutions in scalar field theory

Dutta, Koushik; Hector, Cecelie; Vaudrevange, Pascal M.; Westphal, Alexander

2012-02-01

We present exact bounce solutions and amplitudes for tunneling in (i) a piecewise linear-quartic potential and (ii) a piecewise quartic-quartic potential, ignoring the effects of gravitation. We cross check their correctness by comparing with results obtained through the thin-wall approximation and with a piecewise linear-linear potential. We briefly comment on applications in cosmology.

9. Intrinsic Nilpotent Approximation.

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1985-06-01

RD-A1II58 265 INTRINSIC NILPOTENT APPROXIMATION(U) MASSACHUSETTS INST 1/2 OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR INFORMATION AND, DECISION UMCLRSSI SYSTEMS C...TYPE OF REPORT & PERIOD COVERED Intrinsic Nilpotent Approximation Technical Report 6. PERFORMING ORG. REPORT NUMBER LIDS-R-1482 7. AUTHOR(.) S...certain infinite-dimensional filtered Lie algebras L by (finite-dimensional) graded nilpotent Lie algebras or g . where x E M, (x,,Z) E T*M/O. It

10. Anomalous diffraction approximation limits

Videen, Gorden; Chýlek, Petr

It has been reported in a recent article [Liu, C., Jonas, P.R., Saunders, C.P.R., 1996. Accuracy of the anomalous diffraction approximation to light scattering by column-like ice crystals. Atmos. Res., 41, pp. 63-69] that the anomalous diffraction approximation (ADA) accuracy does not depend on particle refractive index, but instead is dependent on the particle size parameter. Since this is at odds with previous research, we thought these results warranted further discussion.

11. Piecewise parabolic method for simulating one-dimensional shear shock wave propagation in tissue-mimicking phantoms

Tripathi, B. B.; Espíndola, D.; Pinton, G. F.

2017-06-01

The recent discovery of shear shock wave generation and propagation in the porcine brain suggests that this new shock phenomenology may be responsible for a broad range of traumatic injuries. Blast-induced head movement can indirectly lead to shear wave generation in the brain, which could be a primary mechanism for injury. Shear shock waves amplify the local acceleration deep in the brain by up to a factor of 8.5, which may tear and damage neurons. Currently, there are numerical methods that can model compressional shock waves, such as comparatively well-studied blast waves, but there are no numerical full-wave solvers that can simulate nonlinear shear shock waves in soft solids. Unlike simplified representations, e.g., retarded time, full-wave representations describe fundamental physical behavior such as reflection and heterogeneities. Here we present a piecewise parabolic method-based solver for one-dimensional linearly polarized nonlinear shear wave in a homogeneous medium and with empirical frequency-dependent attenuation. This method has the advantage of being higher order and more directly extendable to multiple dimensions and heterogeneous media. The proposed numerical scheme is validated analytically and experimentally and compared to other shock capturing methods. A Riemann step-shock problem is used to characterize the numerical dissipation. This dissipation is then tuned to be negligible with respect to the physical attenuation by choosing an appropriate grid spacing. The numerical results are compared to ultrasound-based experiments that measure planar polarized shear shock wave propagation in a tissue-mimicking gelatin phantom. Good agreement is found between numerical results and experiment across a 40 mm propagation distance. We anticipate that the proposed method will be a starting point for the development of a two- and three-dimensional full-wave code for the propagation of nonlinear shear waves in heterogeneous media.

12. Approximate spatial reasoning

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Dutta, Soumitra

1988-01-01

Much of human reasoning is approximate in nature. Formal models of reasoning traditionally try to be precise and reject the fuzziness of concepts in natural use and replace them with non-fuzzy scientific explicata by a process of precisiation. As an alternate to this approach, it has been suggested that rather than regard human reasoning processes as themselves approximating to some more refined and exact logical process that can be carried out with mathematical precision, the essence and power of human reasoning is in its capability to grasp and use inexact concepts directly. This view is supported by the widespread fuzziness of simple everyday terms (e.g., near tall) and the complexity of ordinary tasks (e.g., cleaning a room). Spatial reasoning is an area where humans consistently reason approximately with demonstrably good results. Consider the case of crossing a traffic intersection. We have only an approximate idea of the locations and speeds of various obstacles (e.g., persons and vehicles), but we nevertheless manage to cross such traffic intersections without any harm. The details of our mental processes which enable us to carry out such intricate tasks in such apparently simple manner are not well understood. However, it is that we try to incorporate such approximate reasoning techniques in our computer systems. Approximate spatial reasoning is very important for intelligent mobile agents (e.g., robots), specially for those operating in uncertain or unknown or dynamic domains.

13. Approximate kernel competitive learning.

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Wu, Jian-Sheng; Zheng, Wei-Shi; Lai, Jian-Huang

2015-03-01

Kernel competitive learning has been successfully used to achieve robust clustering. However, kernel competitive learning (KCL) is not scalable for large scale data processing, because (1) it has to calculate and store the full kernel matrix that is too large to be calculated and kept in the memory and (2) it cannot be computed in parallel. In this paper we develop a framework of approximate kernel competitive learning for processing large scale dataset. The proposed framework consists of two parts. First, it derives an approximate kernel competitive learning (AKCL), which learns kernel competitive learning in a subspace via sampling. We provide solid theoretical analysis on why the proposed approximation modelling would work for kernel competitive learning, and furthermore, we show that the computational complexity of AKCL is largely reduced. Second, we propose a pseudo-parallelled approximate kernel competitive learning (PAKCL) based on a set-based kernel competitive learning strategy, which overcomes the obstacle of using parallel programming in kernel competitive learning and significantly accelerates the approximate kernel competitive learning for large scale clustering. The empirical evaluation on publicly available datasets shows that the proposed AKCL and PAKCL can perform comparably as KCL, with a large reduction on computational cost. Also, the proposed methods achieve more effective clustering performance in terms of clustering precision against related approximate clustering approaches.

14. Conformational Asymmetry and Quasicrystal Approximants in Linear Diblock Copolymers

Schulze, Morgan W.; Lewis, Ronald M.; Lettow, James H.; Hickey, Robert J.; Gillard, Timothy M.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Bates, Frank S.

2017-05-01

Small angle x-ray scattering experiments on three model low molar mass diblock copolymer systems containing minority polylactide and majority hydrocarbon blocks demonstrate that conformational asymmetry stabilizes the Frank-Kasper σ phase. Differences in block flexibility compete with space filling at constant density inducing the formation of polyhedral shaped particles that assemble into this low symmetry ordered state with local tetrahedral coordination. These results confirm predictions from self-consistent field theory that establish the origins of symmetry breaking in the ordering of block polymer melts subjected to compositional and conformational asymmetry.

15. A Dual Algorithm to Solve Linear Least Absolute Value Approximations.

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1980-06-01

part is permitted for any purpose of the United States Government. CENTER FOR CYBERNETIC STUDIES A. Charnes, Director Business - Economics Building...the absolute values of zk . This will not, in general , give the largest improvement in the objective function value, but does give the fastest change in...of curve fitting problems are far from accurate, like in econometric and business research J works, a method that brings out the nonuniqueness of the

16. Explicit, Nearly Optimal, Linear Rational Approximation with Preassigned Poles,

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1983-02-01

Henrici , P., "Applied and Computational Complex Analysis ", V. 2., John Wiley, N.Y. (1977). [8] Magnus, W., Oberhettinger, F., and Soni, R. P., "Formulas...U denote the unit disc in the complex plane, let g be in the Hardy space H (U), and let f(z) = (I - z 2)g(z). Let P denote thep n space of polynomials...Fourier series. Let R > 1, and let A denote the annular region in the R A 5 complex plane C, AR = (w e C: R < lwl < R), let F be analytic in AR, and

17. Quadtree structured image approximation for denoising and interpolation.

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2014-03-01

The success of many image restoration algorithms is often due to their ability to sparsely describe the original signal. Shukla proposed a compression algorithm, based on a sparse quadtree decomposition model, which could optimally represent piecewise polynomial images. In this paper, we adapt this model to the image restoration by changing the rate-distortion penalty to a description-length penalty. In addition, one of the major drawbacks of this type of approximation is the computational complexity required to find a suitable subspace for each node of the quadtree. We address this issue by searching for a suitable subspace much more efficiently using the mathematics of updating matrix factorisations. Algorithms are developed to tackle denoising and interpolation. Simulation results indicate that we beat state of the art results when the original signal is in the model (e.g., depth images) and are competitive for natural images when the degradation is high.

18. Filtrage Lineaire par Morceaux Avec Petit Bruit d’Observation (Piecewise Linear Filtering with Small Observation Noise)

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1990-11-19

grosses difficult6s, particuli~reinent potur les syst~mes de grandes dimensions . D’autre part, des travaux r~cents (voir par excmplc [4], (27]) ont mis...Donc, il est int6ressant d’obtenir des filtres approch6s de dimension finiV. facilement calculables et d𔄀tudier des situations pour lesquelles Ie...sous une certaino Thiypoth~se de (loectabilite’ quo n-us notorons (l1I), onl pout construire tin filtre approche de dimension firio qju utilise line

19. Piecewise Linear Approach for Timing Simulation of VLSI (Very-Large-Scale-Integrated) Circuits on Serial and Parallel Computers.

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1987-12-01

p.~.,.-****.*. * ** *.ft. -p.-.’.’ ’-% NRI I.. 54 "., 54. -~~~~~~~~.J7r d.2W. .r’ 4. F_ V77 J’, ~~ .2.2PV’.~~~-J *-Jy a, ’., %,50 pil...34" ’*1:’ Z ando: \\,la wlo wl ca co ci c! na no Irans wlo wil wit co cl cg c* no ni soLrc vI v010 tr tl If For example. MODEL nd2 NAND ( 1 0.2 1Of 1Of

20. A piecewise continuous Timoshenko beam model for the dynamic analysis of tapered beam-like structures

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Shen, Ji Yao; Abu-Saba, Elias G.; Mcginley, William M.; Sharpe, Lonnie, Jr.; Taylor, Lawrence W., Jr.

1992-01-01

Distributed parameter modeling offers a viable alternative to the finite element approach for modeling large flexible space structures. The introduction of the transfer matrix method into the continuum modeling process provides a very useful tool to facilitate the distributed parameter model applied to some more complex configurations. A uniform Timoshenko beam model for the estimation of the dynamic properties of beam-like structures has given comparable results. But many aeronautical and aerospace structures are comprised of non-uniform sections or sectional properties, such as aircraft wings and satellite antennas. This paper proposes a piecewise continuous Timoshenko beam model which is used for the dynamic analysis of tapered beam-like structures. A tapered beam is divided into several segments of uniform beam elements. Instead of arbitrarily assumed shape functions used in finite element analysis, the closed-form solution of the Timoshenko beam equation is used. Application of the transfer matrix method relates all the elements as a whole. By corresponding boundary conditions and compatible conditions a characteristic equation for the global tapered beam has been developed, from which natural frequencies can be derived. A computer simulation is shown in this paper, and compared with the results obtained from the finite element analysis. While piecewise continuous Timoshenko beam model decreases the number of elements significantly; comparable results to the finite element method are obtained.