• Grady Wright
  • Bengt Fornberg


In standard equispaced finite difference (FD) formulas, symmetries can make the order of accuracy relatively high compared to the number of nodes in the FD stencil. With scattered nodes, such symmetries are no longer available. Thus, the number of nodes in the stencils can be relatively large compared to the resulting accuracy. The generalization of compact FD (CFD) formulas that we propose for scattered nodes and radial basis functions (RBFs) achieves the goal of reducing the number of stencil nodes without a similar reduction in accuracy. We analyze the accuracy of these new compact RBF–FD formulas by applying them to some model problems, and study the effects of the shape parameter that arises in, for example, the multi-quadric radial function.


Finite Difference Radial Basis Function Radial Basis Function Interpolation Scattered Node Finite Difference Formula 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grady Wright
    • 1
  • Bengt Fornberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of UtahUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of ColoradoUSA

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