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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 603748, 8 pages
A New Method for Riccati Differential Equations Based on Reproducing Kernel and Quasilinearization Methods
Department of Mathematics, Changshu Institute of Technology, Changshu, Jiangsu 215500, China
Received 1 December 2011; Accepted 17 December 2011
Academic Editor: Shaher Momani
Copyright © 2012 F. Z. Geng and X. M. Li. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
We introduce a new method for solving Riccati differential equations, which is based on reproducing kernel method and quasilinearization technique. The quasilinearization technique is used to reduce the Riccati differential equation to a sequence of linear problems. The resulting sets of differential equations are treated by using reproducing kernel method. The solutions of Riccati differential equations obtained using many existing methods give good approximations only in the neighborhood of the initial position. However, the solutions obtained using the present method give good approximations in a larger interval, rather than a local vicinity of the initial position. Numerical results compared with other methods show that the method is simple and effective.
In this paper, we consider the following Riccati differential equation: Without loss of generality, we only consider initial condition , for can be easily reduced to . Riccati differential equations play a significant role in many fields of applied science . For example, as is well known, a one-dimensional static Schrödinger equation is closely related to a Riccati differential equation. Solitary wave solution of a nonlinear partial differential equation can be expressed as a polynomial in two elementary functions satisfying a projective Riccati equation . Such type of problem also arises in the optimal control literature. Therefore, the problem has attracted much attention and has been studied by many authors. However, deriving its analytical solution in an explicit form seems to be unlikely except for certain special situations. For example, some Riccati equations with constant coefficients can be solved analytically by various methods . Therefore, one has to go for the numerical techniques or approximate approaches for getting its solution. Recently, Adomian's decomposition method and multistage Adomian's decomposition method have been proposed for solving Riccati differential equations in . Abbasbandy [5–7] solved a special Riccati differential equation, quadratic Riccati differential equation using He's VIM, homotopy perturbation method (HPM) and iterated He's HPM and compared the accuracy of the obtained solution with that derived by Adomians decomposition method. Dehghan and Lakestani  solved Riccati differential equations by using the cubic B-spline scaling functions and Chebyshev cardinal functions and obtained good approximate solutions. Geng et al.  introduced a piecewise variational iteration method for Riccati differential equations, which is a modified variational iteration method. Tang and Li  introduced a new method for determining the solution of Riccati differential equations. Ghorbani and Momani  proposed an effective variational iteration algorithm for solving Riccati differential equations. In [12–14], the authors presented some methods for solving fractional Riccati differential equations. Mohammadi and Hosseini  introduced a comparison of some numerical methods for solving quadratic Riccati differential equations.
Reproducing kernel theory has important application in numerical analysis, differential equation, probability, statistics, and so on [16, 17]. Recently, Cui et al. present reproducing kernel method for solving linear and nonlinear differential equations [18–22].
In this paper, based on reproducing kernel method (RKM) and quasilinearization technique, we present a new method for (1.1) and obtain a highly accurate numerical solution. The advantage of the present method over existing methods for solving this problem is that the solution of (1.1) obtained using the present method is efficient not only for a smaller value of but also for a larger value.
The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In the next section, the RKM for first order linear ordinary differential equations (ODEs) is introduced. The method for solving (1.1) is presented in Section 3. The numerical examples are presented in Section 4. Section 5 ends this paper with a brief conclusion.
2. Analysis of RKM for First-Order Linear ODEs
In this section, we illustrate how to solve the following linear first order ODEs using RKM: where and are continuous.
Definition 2.1 (Reproducing kernel). Let be a nonempty abstract set. A function is a reproducing kernel of the Hilbert space if and only if (a)(b)
The last condition is called “the reproducing property”: the value of the function at the point is reproduced by the inner product of with .
A Hilbert space which possesses a reproducing kernel is called a reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS).
2.1. The Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space
The inner product space is defined as are absolutely continuous real value functions, . The inner product in is given by and the norm is denoted by , where .
Theorem 2.2. The space is a reproducing kernel Hilbert space. That is, there exists , for any , and each fixed , , such that . The reproducing kernel can be denoted by where .
In , Li and Cui defined a reproducing kernel Hilbert space and gave its reproducing kernel .
2.2. The Solution of (2.1)
In (2.1), it is clear that is a bounded linear operator. Put and , where is the adjoint operator of . The orthonormal system of can be derived from Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization process of :
Theorem 2.3. For (2.1), if is dense on , then is the complete system of and . The subscript by the operator indicates that the operator applies to the function of .
Proof. Applying Theorem 2.3, it is easy to see that is the complete orthonormal basis of . Note that for each . Hence we have and the proof of the theorem is complete.
Now, an approximate solution can be obtained by the N-term intercept of the exact solution and
3. Solution of Riccati Differential Equation (1.1)
To solve Riccati differential equation (1.1), quasilinearization technique is used to reduce (1.1) to a sequence of linear problems. Let . By choosing a reasonable initial approximation for the function in and expanding around the function , one obtains In general, one can write for , ( = iteration index): Hence, we can obtain the following iteration formula for Riccati differential equation: (1.1) where , , is the initial approximation.
Therefore, N-term approximations to are obtained
4. Numerical Examples
In this section, we apply the method presented in Section 3 to some Riccati differential equations. Numerical results show that the MVIM is very effective.
Example 4.1. Consider the following Riccati differential equation [4–7, 9]: The exact solution can be easily determined to be According to (3.3), (3.4), and (3.5), taking , we can obtain the approximations of (4.1) on [0, 4]. The numerical results are shown in Figures 1 and 2. Figure 1 shows a comparison of approximations obtained using the present method with the exact solution. From Figure 1, it is easily found that the present approximations are effective for a larger interval, rather than a local vicinity of the initial position. The comparison of absolute errors using the present method with conventional VIM  and piecewise VIM  is shown in Figure 2. From Figure 2, we find that the solution derived by VIM  gives a good approximation only in the neighborhood of the initial position.
Remark 4.2. The solutions of Example 4.1 derived by ADM , HPM , and VIM  give good approximations only in the neighborhood of the initial position. The approximations derived by the present piecewise VIM  and iterated HPM  are both efficient for the whole interval. However, the present method is more accurate than piecewise VIM  and iterated HPM .
Example 4.3. Consider the following Riccati differential equation : The exact solution can be easily determined to be According to (3.3), (3.4), and (3.5), taking , we can obtain the approximations of (4.1) on [0, 4]. The numerical results are shown in Figure 3.
In this paper, based on reproducing kernel method and quasilinearization technique, a new method is presented to solve Riccati differential equations. Compared with other methods, the results of numerical examples demonstrate that the present method is more accurate than existing methods. Therefore, our conclusion is that the present method is quite effective for solving Riccati differential equations.
The authors would like to express thanks to unknown referees for their careful reading and helpful comments. The paper was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11026200) and the Special Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11141003).
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