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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 686020, 12 pages
Research Article

Moving Least Squares Method for a One-Dimensional Parabolic Inverse Problem

College of Mathematics and Econometrics, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan 410082, China

Received 7 November 2013; Accepted 17 January 2014; Published 5 March 2014

Academic Editor: Jaan Janno

Copyright © 2014 Baiyu Wang. 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.


This paper investigates the numerical solution of a class of one-dimensional inverse parabolic problems using the moving least squares approximation; the inverse problem is the determination of an unknown source term depending on time. The collocation method is used for solving the equation; some numerical experiments are presented and discussed to illustrate the stability and high efficiency of the method.