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Two-scale methods for convex envelopes
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Math. Comp. 91 (2022), 111-139 Request permission


We develop two-scale methods for computing the convex envelope of a continuous function over a convex domain in any dimension. This hinges on a fully nonlinear obstacle formulation (see A. M. Oberman [Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 135 (2007), pp. 1689–1694]). We prove convergence and error estimates in the max norm. The proof utilizes a discrete comparison principle, a discrete barrier argument to deal with Dirichlet boundary values, and the property of flatness in one direction within the non-contact set. Our error analysis extends to a modified version of the finite difference wide stencil method provided by Oberman [Math. Models Methods Appl. Sci. 18 (2008), pp. 759–780].
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  • Wenbo Li
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-6678-6857
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  • Ricardo H. Nochetto
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742
  • MR Author ID: 131850
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-6678-6857
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  • Received by editor(s): December 29, 2018
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 25, 2019, and December 24, 2019
  • Published electronically: October 13, 2021
  • Additional Notes: Both authors were partially supported by the NSF Grant DMS -1411808. The first author was also partially supported by the Patrick and Marguerite Sung Fellowship in Mathematics
  • © Copyright 2021 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 91 (2022), 111-139
  • MSC (2020): Primary 65N06, 65N12, 65N15, 65N30; Secondary 35J70, 35J87
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  • MathSciNet review: 4350534