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How do we approximate the numerical error a numerical scheme (e.g Runge Kutta, Euler etc) makes without having access to an analytical solution?

So I recently encountered this question in my head while taking my Scientific Computing class, where the lecturer talked about computing numerical error of a scheme. My guess would be that we take a ...
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Roundoff errors in FEM computations - generalized eigenvalues

This is a continuation of my previous question. I am trying to effectively compute a bound for the roundoff errors in some FEM computation (2d polygons, triangular meshes). Below I will write some of ...
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Different sources of error in Finite Element computations

Consider the problem $-\Delta u = f$ in $\Omega$, with $u=0$ on $\partial \Omega$. Suppose that $\Omega$ is a polygon and that we approximate the solutions to the previous problem using Lagrange ...
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How to measure the error of Finite Element approximation in satisfying the PDE?

In Galerkin methods, we seldom can measure the accuracy of an approximation by tracking the value of the residual. For example, take the wave equation: $ u_{tt} = u_{xx}$, $(x,t) \in (0,L) \times (0,T)...
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Question about step in the proof of standard discrete trace inequality

I'm studying from Guermond lecture notes available at https://www.math.tamu.edu/~guermond/M661_FALL_2019/chap12.pdf (see Lemma 12.8( Discrete trace inequality).) Consider the simple case $p=r$, i.e. ...
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Global reconstruction defined elementwise in a-posteriori error estimator

This question is a follow-up of this previous one. In "Error Control for Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for First Order Hyperbolic Problems" by Georgoulis et al., an error estimator is ...
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How is the integral of a projection over an element $T$ computed in practice? (deal.II related)

I'm studying an error estimator for the equation $\nabla\cdot(\beta u) + cu = f$ and it contains the following term $$||f - cU_h - \Pi(f-c U_h) ||_T$$ where : $\Pi$ is the local orthogonal $L^2$ ...
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Error in Simpson's 3/8 rule is higher than that of Simpson's 1/3 rule

For a given function $f(x)$, I have tried to find its numerical integral using Simpson's 1/3 and Simpson's 3/8 rules. I then compare the solution from the numerical quadratures to the analytical ...
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Typo in a-priori error estimate in a Discontinuous Galerkin paper

I'm looking at this famous paper which is available in the link below: Franco Brezzi, LD Marini, Endre Süli, Discontinuous Galerkin methods for first-order hyperbolic problems, Mathematical Models ...
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Finding the source of numerical instability in a electrostatic problem solved by conformal mapping

I'm using conformal mapping to solve a 2D electrostatic problem (calculating the potential $u(x,y)$ in the plane). Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ be two circles at an electric potential $U_1$ and $U_2$, ...
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Proof of R. Verfürth paper on adaptive mesh and bubble functions

I'm studying adaptive meshes, and my professor wrote the following property for a bubble function ( see this scicomp post for the definition I'm using)$b_T$ defined on a triangle $T$. $$||b_T \phi ||_{...
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Classical global estimate for $H^1$ error

I'm having lots of troubles in understanding the proof the estimation of the classical $H^1$ error using finite elements of degree $r$. $$||u-u_h||_{H^1(\Omega)} \leq \frac{M}{\alpha} C h^r |u|_{H^{r+...
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How to find the optimum finite difference method for derivatives?

Related to: What are the negatives of using higher order finite diference schemes? Problem: I have some discrete data of a trajectory $x_t$ with errors $\delta x_t$ of a physical system sampled at ...
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Computing the residual in a Dual Weighted Residual (DWR) method

I am in the process if computing the Dual-Weighted Residual (DWR) for a linear PDE with a linear functional but I am struggling with the residual part of the calculation. For example suppose we want ...
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Stability condition FCTS method

The FTCS method comes from the discretization of a diffusion PDE like this: $$ a^{2} \frac{u_{i+1}^{k}-2 u_{i}^{k}+u_{i-1}^{k}}{\Delta x^{2}}=\frac{u_{i}^{k+1}-u_{i}^{k}}{\Delta t} $$ If I have the ...
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Round-off error step choice

In the Numerical Recipes in section 5.7.- Numerical derivatives the choice of the step size $h$ in the numerical derivative should lead to a difference between $x$ and $x+h$ representable by an exact ...
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Taylor expansion round-off error

In the Numerical Recipes in section 5.7.- Numerical derivatives it's introduced de roundoff error of: $$ f^{\prime}(x) \approx \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h} $$ as (with $h$ an "exact" number): $$ \...
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Initial condition precision

Is there a way to have an estimate of the error propagated on an ode numerical solution by the error of the initial conditions? I suppose this depend on the numerical method used and on the problem ...
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FEM solution for Poisson is not exact at nodes

Let's consider the usual Poisson problem for FEM $$-u''(x)=1 \quad x \in [0,1]$$ with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions. The solution is $u(x)=-\frac{1}{2}x(x-1)$ I know that the FEM solution (...
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Perturbation problem using Runge-Kutta 4

I'm trying to evaluate the perturbations magnitude between 2 body orbiting a central one in three dimensions. In order to do this I need to have an estimate of the error, which I did using Richardson ...
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Comparing numerical solutions with very different time grids

I've read an article (Long-term integrations and stability of planetary orbits in our Solar system) in which the authors solved the problem of the absence of an analytical solution for the solar ...
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Error too large in leapfrog method for solving the wave equation of a vibrating string

I have been trying to figure out what I did wrong for the last two days. I do not know if I actually did something wrong or if the error is supposed to be this large in usual leapfrog problems. I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using norm error control in the MATLAB ODE suit?

In MATLAB's ODE suit, there seem to be two basic methods of controlling the Local Truncation Error (LTE) of the ODE which the user can choose from, namely: The absolute error control (default), ...
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Dividing functions over a wide range-

I try to solve a system of coupled equations, where a very nasty division operation occurs. In fact, I need to compute a derivative of two exponential decaying functions. Let's illustrate this with ...
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How to compute the $L^{2}$ error of the gradient in the Finite Element Method

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^{2}$ and $\tau_{h} = \{\Omega_{k}\}_{k=1}^{N}$ be a triangulation of $\Omega$. The $L^2$ error for a FEM approximation $u_{h}$ is given by: $ || u-u_{h} ||_{L^2} = \sqrt{ ...
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Cauchy Lorentzian simulation on FFT with oscillation

Recently I do simulation on Lorentzian Function with FFT Lorentzian Function is 2a/(x**2+a**2) ...
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Error in Monte Carlo integration

I am looking for a concise description to help me understand the error for Monte Carlo Integration using Uniform Sampling and Importance Sampling For Importance Sampling I have that the error is just ...
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Calculating Error for Poisson Equation using Successive Over-Relaxation technique, Python

I am trying to solve the Poisson Equation $\frac{\partial^2 T}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2 T}{\partial y^2} = 32(x(x-1) + y(y-1))$ for a 61x61 grid using Python3 with boundary conditions being $T=...
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Recovery of smoothed continuous stresses using the Z^2 error estimator

I have trouble implementing the $Z^2$ error estimator (The superconvergent patch recovery and a posteriori error estimates. Part 1: the recovery technique by Zienkiewicz and Zhu). For this, I am ...
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Implementation of Z^2 error estimator in Abaqus for adaptive mesh refinement

Currently, I am working on a remeshing routine for my simulations (Abaqus 6.14-1) using python scripts. The simulation deals with the Brinell indentation test and as the remeshing software I use Gmsh ...
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Solving the pulse propagation using four different FDTD methods gives four different results - Which to trust?

I'd like to simulate the propagation of a pulse, and have different options for solving that. On the one hand, I can use the non-linear schrödinger equation $$\partial_zE=\frac{i}{2k_0}\nabla^2_\perp ...
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Question on comparing the accuracy of numerical schemes

This is a follow up to my previous post here I'm solving the following 1D transport equation . $$\frac{\partial C}{\partial t} = D\frac{\partial ^2 C}{\partial x^2}-v\frac{\partial C}{\partial x}$$...
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Nonlinear least squares resolution matrix

For a linear least squares problem, it is possible to define a resolution matrix, relating the estimated model parameters to the true model parameters. If we are solving a regularized problem, $$ \...
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About the discrete $H^1$ norm

I need to understand what is the right expression for the "discrete $H^1$-norm of a function v(which of course need to be in $H^1$). By definition, $$||v||_{H^1}^2 = ||\nabla v||_{2}^2 + ||v||_2^2 $$ ...
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Correct relative error for Comparison of levelsets outside a constrained region

I am working on the estimation of tumor extent outside of the region which is visible in MRT/CT/DTI images. I want to compare two methods, which approximate the tumor density profile. Lets say the ...
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The proper way to assess the error of Jacobi iteration (for 2D Poisson equation)?

Motivation: I'm using 2D regular grid (it's actually a quadtree but I can still treat it as a finite difference thing if I weight-average the solution over smaller scale cells for the purpose of ...
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Determine truncation error of PDE discretization

The equation is $$\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\left(u\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}\right)=f(x)\\ 0<x<1, u(0)=u(1)=0$$ I'm discretizing this PDE using FVM as follows: $0=x_0=x_{1/2}<x_1<x_{...
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Actual global error vs theoretical global error: How to combine theory with practice

I have implemented an Adams Bashforth 4 method to solve an Initial Value Problem for an ODE and I am testing it against the test equation: $y'=\lambda y$ with $y(0)=1$ with the exact solution: $y(t)=...
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Correct weighting in least squares fitting

I am trying to fit some data points $d_i$ to a non-linear model function $m_i$, which depends on a number of fit parameters $f_k$ (I want to determine these) and also on some known, constant values $...
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Step size updating scheme adaptive embedded RK methods

If I have a RK method $y$ of order $p$ and a RK method $z$ of order $p-1$ I have read I can estimate the local error as $r_{n+1} = y_{n+1} - z_{n+1}$. First of all I don't see how this estimates the ...
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Asymptotic error of forward Euler

I'm trying to understand the asymptotic error behaviour of forward Euler (finite difference method), as timesteps are decreased (refined), so I feel trust in the method of manufactured solutions (MMS)....
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Lower bound for bilinear form in FEM

I'm searching for lower bounds of bilinear forms arising in FEM for elliptic second order PDEs with mixed boundaries. I did some research and found: $$\max_{v_{h}\in\mathcal{V}_h(\mathcal{\Omega})}a(...
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$L^2$ norm error estimates of conforming FEM about Poisson’s equation with mixed boundary conditions

Consider Poisson’s equation $$- \Delta u = f{\rm\qquad{ in }}\;\Omega $$ with following mixed boundary cconditions $$u = g{\rm\qquad{ on }}\;\Gamma \subset \partial \Omega $$ $$\frac{{\...
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Calculate accuracy order/rate

I was doing error analysis of numerical scheme and I get $L_1$ error for each grid size with $N$ element. I was searching reference to compute accuracy order/rate from that error data but doesn't find ...
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Log-transformation of decision variables in parameter estimation

I am trying to find the diffusion coefficient ($D$) and the partition coefficient ($KLP$) using experimental data of desorption of a pollutant from a film into a liquid. This process can be modelled, ...
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Polynomial approximation spaces

I often see people using products of 1-D polynomials to do interpolation or projection of smooth multivariate functions over grids or cells because it is intuitive and simple to implement. What are ...
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Error control and sequence acceleration at the same time

In a posteriori error control for solving ODEs, one typically computes two different approximate solutions, one of which being "more accurate" and one of which being "less accurate". If $y_q^{n+1}$ is ...
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Decrease in slope during convergence analysis

I am using the method of manufactured solutions to perform the order of accuracy testing. I am using a cube for the testing. The cube is size 1m on all sides. I used 5 refinements: $dx = dy = dz = ...
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Error on a integral quantity with noise

First of all sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this question, I went to a few stack sites and thought here it would be more suitable. My problem: I have a physical quantity $F$ that depends on ...
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Global truncation error behavior at fixed time step

I am trying to solve the following diffusion equation problem: $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial (D\frac{\partial f}{\partial x})}{\partial x}+S$ $D=1+x^{2}+\sin(x)$ $f(x,0)=1 , f(0,t)...