February Fourier Talks 2014

Ronald DeVore

Texas A&M


Avoiding the curse of dimensionality in high dimensional problems


Capturing a function of a large number (perhaps infinite) of variables arises in many application domains. The curse of dimensionality says that the usual model assumptions based on smoothness and the traditional numerical methods will suffer the curse of dimensionality. This means using samples of the function or computations will result in an approximation rate which deteriorates severely with increasing . New ideas to avoid this curse are based on sparsity, compressibility, and variable reduction. We will discuss how these new ideas avoid the curse and how numerical methods based on these new ideas should be constructed. For example, we discuss where one should sample in these scenarios.

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