Encyclopedia of Applied and Computational Mathematics

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A Posteriori Error Estimates of Quantities of Interest

  • Serge Prudhomme
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-70529-1_549


Adjoint-based method; Dual-weighted residual method; Goal-oriented error estimation

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A posteriori error estimation for quantities of interest is concerned with the development of computable estimators of approximation errors (due to discretization and/or model reduction) measured with respect to user-defined quantities of interest that are functionals of the solutions to initial boundary-value problems.


A posteriori error estimation for quantities of interest is the activity in computational sciences and engineering that focuses on the development of computable estimators of the error in approximations of initial- and/or boundary-value problems measured with respect to user-defined quantities of interest. The use of discretization methods (such as finite element and finite volume methods) to approximate mathematical problems based on partial differential equations necessarily produces approximations that are in error when compared to the exact...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Prudhomme
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Industrial EngineeringÉcole Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada