We consider the numerical integration of multivariate functions defined over the unit hypercube. Here, we especially address the high–dimensional case, where in general the curse of dimension is encountered. Due to the concentration of measure phenomenon, such functions can often be well approximated by sums of lower–dimensional terms. The problem, however, is to find a good expansion given little knowledge of the integrand itself. The dimension–adaptive quadrature method which is developed and presented in this paper aims to find such an expansion automatically. It is based on the sparse grid method which has been shown to give good results for low- and moderate–dimensional problems. The dimension–adaptive quadrature method tries to find important dimensions and adaptively refines in this respect guided by suitable error estimators. This leads to an approach which is based on generalized sparse grid index sets. We propose efficient data structures for the storage and traversal of the index sets and discuss an efficient implementation of the algorithm. The performance of the method is illustrated by several numerical examples from computational physics and finance where dimension reduction is obtained from the Brownian bridge discretization of the underlying stochastic process.
AMS Subject Classification65D30 65C20 65U05 65Y20
Keywordsmultivariate numerical integration adaptivity curse of dimension
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