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A Numerical Comparison of Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods for a Stochastic Differential Equation with Polynomial Chaos

  • Ning Li (a1), Bo Meng (a1), Xinlong Feng (a1) and Dongwei Gui (a2)


A numerical comparison of finite difference (FD) and finite element (FE) methods for a stochastic ordinary differential equation is made. The stochastic ordinary differential equation is turned into a set of ordinary differential equations by applying polynomial chaos, and the FD and FE methods are then implemented. The resulting numerical solutions are all non-negative. When orthogonal polynomials are used for either continuous or discrete processes, numerical experiments also show that the FE method is more accurate and efficient than the FD method.


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*Corresponding author. Email addresses: (N. Li), (B. Meng), (X. Feng), (D. Gui)


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East Asian Journal on Applied Mathematics
  • ISSN: 2079-7362
  • EISSN: 2079-7370
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