Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 127, Issue 1, pp 57–92 | Cite as

Kernel based quadrature on spheres and other homogeneous spaces

  • E. Fuselier
  • T. Hangelbroek
  • F. J. Narcowich
  • J. D. Ward
  • G. B. Wright


Quadrature formulas for spheres, the rotation group, and other compact, homogeneous manifolds are important in a number of applications and have been the subject of recent research. The main purpose of this paper is to study coordinate independent quadrature (or cubature) formulas associated with certain classes of positive definite and conditionally positive definite kernels that are invariant under the group action of the homogeneous manifold. In particular, we show that these formulas are accurate—optimally so in many cases—and stable under an increasing number of nodes and in the presence of noise, provided the set \(X\) of quadrature nodes is quasi-uniform. The stability results are new in all cases. In addition, we may use these quadrature formulas to obtain similar formulas for manifolds diffeomorphic to \(\mathbb S ^n\), oblate spheroids for instance. The weights are obtained by solving a single linear system. For \(\mathbb S ^2\), and the restricted thin plate spline kernel \(r^2\log r\), these weights can be computed for two-thirds of a million nodes, using a preconditioned iterative technique introduced by us.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

65D32 46E22 41A55 41A05 



We thank Professor Doug Hardin from Vanderbilt University for providing us with code for generating the quasi-minimum energy points used in the numerical examples based on the technique described in [5].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Fuselier
    • 1
  • T. Hangelbroek
    • 2
  • F. J. Narcowich
    • 3
  • J. D. Ward
    • 3
  • G. B. Wright
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsHigh Point UniversityHigh PointUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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