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Symmetrization of the sinc-Galerkin method for boundary value problems

Author: John Lund
Journal: Math. Comp. 47 (1986), 571-588
MSC: Primary 65N30; Secondary 65L10
MathSciNet review: 856703
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Abstract: The Sinc-Galerkin method developed in [5], when applied to the second-order selfadjoint boundary value problem, gives rise to a nonsymmetric coefficient matrix. The technique in [5] is based on weighting the Galerkin inner products in such a way that the method will handle boundary value problems with regular singular points. In particular, the method does an accurate job of handling problems with singular solutions (the first or a higher derivative of the solution is unbounded at one or both of the boundary points). Using n function evaluations, the method of [5] converges at the rate $ \exp ( - \kappa \sqrt n )$, where k is independent of n. In this paper it is shown that, by changing the weight function used in the Galerkin inner products, the coefficient matrix can be made symmetric. This symmetric method is applicable to a slightly more restrictive set of boundary value problems than the method of [5], The present method, however, still handles a wide class of singular problems and also has the same $ \exp ( - \kappa \sqrt n )$ convergence rate.

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