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Higher order local accuracy by averaging in the finite element method

Authors: J. H. Bramble and A. H. Schatz
Journal: Math. Comp. 31 (1977), 94-111
MSC: Primary 65N30
MathSciNet review: 0431744
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Abstract: Let $ {u_h}$ be a Ritz-Galerkin approximation, corresponding to the solution u of an elliptic boundary value problem, which is based on a uniform subdivision in the interior of the domain. In this paper we show that by "averaging" the values of $ {u_h}$ in the neighborhood of a point x we may (for a wide class of problems) construct an approximation to $ u(x)$ which is often a better approximation than $ {u_h}(x)$ itself. The "averaging" operator does not depend on the specific elliptic operator involved and is easily constructed.

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