Accelerating the Convergence of Lattice Methods by Importance Sampling-Based Transformations

  • Earl Maize
  • John Sepikas
  • Jerome Spanier
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 23)


Importance sampling is a powerful technique for improving the stochastic solution of quadrature problems as well as problems associated with the solution of integral equations, and a generalization of importance sampling, called weighted importance sampling, provides even more potential for error reduction. Additionally, lattice methods are particularly effective for integrating sufficiently smooth periodic functions. We will discuss the advantage of combining these ideas to transform non-periodic to periodic integrands over the unit hypercube to improve the convergence rates of lattice-based quadrature formulas. We provide a pair of examples that show that with the proper choice of importance transformation, the order in the rate of convergence of a quadrature formula can be increased significantly. This technique becomes even more effective when implemented using a family of multidimensional dyadic sequences generally called extensible lattices. Based on an extension of an idea of Soboĺ [17] extensible lattices are both infinite and at the same time return to lattice-based methods with the appropriate choice of sample size. The effectiveness of these sequences, both theoretically and with numerical results, is discussed. Also, there is an interesting parallel with low discrepancy sequences generated by the fractional parts of integer multiples of irrationals which may point the way to a useful construction method for extensible lattices.


Monte Carlo Generate Vector Importance Sampling Lattice Rule Importance Function 
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The first two authors wish to dedicate this paper to their friend and mentor, Dr. Jerome Spanier on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The last author gratefully acknowledges partial support from the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP), an NIH Biomedical Technology Resource Center (P41-RR01192). The authors would also like to thank the referees for helpful remarks and suggestions that improved the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Pasadena City CollegePasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Beckman Laser Institute and Medical ClinicUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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