Lectures on Constructive Approximation

Fourier, Spline, and Wavelet Methods on the Real Line, the Sphere, and the Ball

  • Volker Michel

Part of the Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis book series (ANHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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    Pages 1-9
  3. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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  4. Approximation on the Sphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
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  5. Approximation on the 3D Ball

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-328

About this book


Lectures on Constructive Approximation: Fourier, Spline, and Wavelet Methods on the Real Line, the Sphere, and the Ball focuses on spherical problems as they occur in the geosciences and medical imaging. It comprises the author’s lectures on classical approximation methods based on orthogonal polynomials and selected modern tools such as splines and wavelets.

Methods for approximating functions on the real line are treated first, as they provide the foundations for the methods on the sphere and the ball and are useful for the analysis of time-dependent (spherical) problems. The author then examines the transfer of these spherical methods to problems on the ball, such as the modeling of the Earth’s or the brain’s interior. Specific topics covered include:

* the advantages and disadvantages of Fourier, spline, and wavelet methods

* theory and numerics of orthogonal polynomials on intervals, spheres, and balls

* cubic splines and splines based on reproducing kernels

* multiresolution analysis using wavelets and scaling functions

This textbook is written for students in mathematics, physics, engineering, and the geosciences who have a basic background in analysis and linear algebra. The work may also be suitable as a self-study resource for researchers in the above-mentioned fields.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Volker Michel
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  1. 1., Department of MathematicsUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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