International Journal of Differential Equations

International Journal of Differential Equations / 2017 / Article

Research Article | Open Access

Volume 2017 |Article ID 2097317 | 10 pages |

Collocation Method Based on Genocchi Operational Matrix for Solving Generalized Fractional Pantograph Equations

Academic Editor: Patricia J. Y. Wong
Received02 Jan 2017
Revised16 Mar 2017
Accepted16 May 2017
Published13 Jun 2017


An effective collocation method based on Genocchi operational matrix for solving generalized fractional pantograph equations with initial and boundary conditions is presented. Using the properties of Genocchi polynomials, we derive a new Genocchi delay operational matrix which we used together with the Genocchi operational matrix of fractional derivative to approach the problems. The error upper bound for the Genocchi operational matrix of fractional derivative is also shown. Collocation method based on these operational matrices is applied to reduce the generalized fractional pantograph equations to a system of algebraic equations. The comparison of the numerical results with some existing methods shows that the present method is an excellent mathematical tool for finding the numerical solutions of generalized fractional pantograph equations.

1. Introduction

Fractional calculus, the calculus of derivative and integral of any order, is used as a powerful tool in science and engineering to study the behaviors of real world phenomena especially the ones that cannot be fully described by the classical methods and techniques [1]. Differential equations with proportional delays are usually referred to as pantograph equations or generalized pantograph equations. The name pantograph was originated from the study work of Ockendon and Tayler [2]. Many researchers have studied different applications of these equations in applied sciences such as biology, physics, economics, and electrodynamics [35]. Solutions of pantograph equations were also studied by many authors numerically and analytically. Bhrawy et al. proposed a new generalized Laguerre-Gauss collocation method for numerical solution of generalized fractional pantograph equations [1]. Tohidi et al. in [6] proposed a new collocation scheme based on Bernoulli operational matrix for numerical solution of generalized pantograph equation. Yusufoglu [7] proposed an efficient algorithm for solving generalized pantograph equations with linear functional argument. In [8], Yang and Huang presented a spectral-collocation method for fractional pantograph delay integrodifferential equations and in [9] Yüzbasi and Sezer presented an exponential approximation for solutions of generalized pantograph delay differential equations. Chebyshev and Bessel polynomials are, respectively, used in [10, 11] to obtain the solutions of generalized pantograph equations. Operational matrices of fractional derivatives and integration have become very important tool in the field of numerical solution of fractional differential equations. In this paper, a member of Appell polynomials called Genocchi polynomials is used; although this polynomial is not based on orthogonal functions, it possesses operational matrices of derivatives with high accuracy. It is very important to note that this polynomial shares some great advantages with Bernoulli and Euler polynomials for approximating an arbitrary function over some classical orthogonal polynomials; we refer the reader to [6] for these advantages. On top of that, we had successfully applied the operational matrix via Genocchi polynomials for solving integer-order delay differential equations [12] and fractional optimal control problems [13], and the numerical solutions obtained are comparable or even more accurate compared to some existing well-known methods. Motivated by these advantages, in this paper, we intend to extend the result for integer-order delay differential equations in [12] to fractional delay differential equations or so-called generalized fractional pantograph equations. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the operational matrix based on Genocchi polynomials is applied to solve the fractional pantograph equations. On the other hand, some other types of polynomials were employed to solve some special type of fractional calculus problems; for example, Bessel polynomials were used for the solution of fractional-order logistic population model [14]; Bernstein polynomials were also used for the solution of Riccati type differential equations [15].

In this paper, we use the new operational matrix of fractional-order derivative via Genocchi polynomials to provide approximate solutions of the generalized fractional pantograph equations of the following form [1]:subject to the following conditions: where , and are real or complex coefficients; , while and are given continuous functions in the interval .

The rest of the paper is organized as follows: Section 2 introduces some mathematical preliminaries of fractional calculus. In Section 3, we discuss some important properties of Genocchi polynomials. In Section 4, we derive the Genocchi delay operational matrix and we apply the collocation method for solving fractional pantograph equation (1) using the Genocchi operational matrix of fractional derivative and the delay operational matrix in Section 5. In Section 6, the proposed method is applied to several examples and conclusion is given in Section 7.

2. Preliminaries

2.1. Fractional Derivative and Integration

We recall some basic definitions and properties of fractional calculus that we will use. There are various competing definitions for fractional derivatives [16, 17]. The Riemann-Liouville definition played a vital role in the development of the theory of fractional calculus. However, there are certain disadvantages of using this definition when modeling real world phenomena. To cope with these disadvantages, Caputo definition was introduced which is found to be more reliable in application. So we use this definition of fractional derivatives. We begin with the definition of Riemann-Liouville integral, in which the fractional integral operator of a function is defined as follows.

Definition 1. The Riemann-Liouville integral of fractional-order of is given by

where is the Gamma function. The fractional derivative of order due to Riemann-Liouville is defined by The following are important properties of Riemann-Liouville fractional integral :

Definition 2. The Caputo fractional derivative of a function is defined as

Some properties of Caputo fractional derivatives are as follows: where denotes the smallest integer greater than or equal to and denotes the largest integer less than or equal to .

Similar to the integer-order differentiation, the Caputo fractional differential operator is a linear operator; that is,for and constants.

3. Genocchi Polynomials and Some Properties

Genocchi polynomials and numbers have been extensively studied in many different contexts in branches of mathematics such as elementary number theory, complex analytic number theory, homotopy theory (stable homotopy groups of spheres), differential topology (differential structures on spheres), theory of modular forms (Eisenstein series), and quantum physics (quantum groups). The classical Genocchi polynomial is usually defined by means of the exponential generating functions [1820].where is the Genocchi polynomial of degree and is given by here is the Genocchi number.

Some of the important properties of these polynomials include Before we move to the next level, we need the following linear independence on which the rest of theoretical results are based.

Lemma 3. The set is a linearly independent set in .

Proof. To show that is the set of linearly independent elements of , it is enough to show that the Gram determinant is not zero. That is,whereNow, to prove that this determinant is not equal to zero, we first reduce the Gram matrix to an upper triangular matrix by Gaussian elimination and it is not difficult to see that the elements of the diagonal of the reduced matrix are given by Clearly, one can see that, for any , . Consequently, the determinant given by is not equal to zero. Therefore, the set is the set of linearly independent sets.

3.1. Function Approximation

Assume that is the set of Genocchi polynomials and . Let be arbitrary element of ; since is a finite dimensional subspace of space, has a unique best approximation in , say , such that

This implies that, , where denotes inner product. Since , there exist the unique coefficients such that where .

Using (19), we have for simplicity, we write where is an matrix.

Let .

The entries of the matrix can be calculated from (11). Therefore, any function can be expanded by Genocchi polynomials as , where

4. Genocchi Operational Matrix

In this section, we derive the operational matrices for the delay and that of fractional derivative based on Genocchi polynomials for the solution of fractional pantograph equations.

4.1. Genocchi Delay Operational Matrix

The Genocchi delay vector can be expressed as where R is the operational delay matrix given by where and .

Also, for any delay function , we can express it in terms of Genocchi polynomials as shown in (26): where is given in (23).

The following lemma is also of great importance.

Lemma 4. Let be the Genocchi polynomials; then , for .

The proof of this lemma is obvious; one can use (7) and (8) on (10).

4.2. Genocchi Operational Matrix of Fractional Derivative

If we consider the Genocchi vector given by , then the derivative of with the aid of (12) can be expressed in the matrix form by where Thus, is operational matrix of derivative.

It is not difficult to show inductively that the derivative of can be given by In the following theorem, the operational matrix of fractional-order derivative for the Genocchi polynomials is given.

Theorem 5 (see [21]). Suppose that is the Genocchi vector given in (20) and let . Then, where is operational matrix of fractional derivative of order in Caputo sense and is defined as follows:where is given by

is the Genocchi number and can be obtained from (23).

Proof. For the proof, see [21].

4.3. Upper Bound of the Error for the Operational Matrix of Fractional Derivative

We begin here by proving the upper bound of the error of arbitrary function approximation by Genocchi polynomials in the following Lemma.

Lemma 6. Suppose that and ; if is the best approximation of out of , then where .
To see this, we set as a basis for the polynomial space of degree .
From Taylor’s expansion, one has , where .
Since is the best approximation of out of and , from (18), one hasTaking the square root of both sides, one has which is the desired error bound.

We use the following theorem from [22].

Theorem 7 (see [22]). Suppose that is a Hilbert space and is a closed subspace of such that and is a basis for . Let be an arbitrary element in and let be the unique best approximation of out of . Then, where

Theorem 8. Suppose that is approximated by as then,

The proof of this theorem obviously follows from Lemma 6.

The operational matrix error vector is given by wherefrom Theorem 7, we get Thus, according to equations () and () in [21], one has

By considering Theorem 8 and (43), we can conclude that by increasing the number of the Genocchi bases the vector tends to zero.

For comparison purpose in Table 1, we show below the errors of operational matrix of fractional derivative based on Genocchi polynomials and shifted Legendre polynomials derived in [23, 24] when and at different points on . From this table, it is clear that the accuracy of Genocchi polynomials operational matrix of fractional derivative (GPOMFD) is better than the shifted Legendre polynomials operational matrix of fractional derivatives (SLPOMFD). We believe that this is the case for any value of because the Genocchi polynomials have smaller coefficients of individual terms compared to shifted Legendre polynomials.


0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000
0.01288 0.01343 0.51657 0.51648 0.00353 0.00345
0.02204 0.03462 0.77767 1.56518 0.00531 0.01047
0.00004 0.02916 0.01241 3.17608 0.00008 0.02487
0.03944 0.17666 1.28048 5.36557 0.00911 0.02570
0.00292 0.33223 0.02450 8.00571 0.00001 0.05647
0.15747 2.61748 5.38767 15.06874 0.03839 0.04226
0.00748 11.8527 0.15766 11.80719 0.00060 0.92194
1.21090 38.04476 39.19581 54.74287 0.27897 15.64398
0.04902 806.14232 1.32181 629.08480 0.00519 20.30772

5. Collocation Method Based on Genocchi Operational Matrices

In this section, we use the collocation method based on Genocchi operational matrix of fractional derivatives and Genocchi delay operational matrix to solve numerically the generalized fractional pantograph equation. We now derive an algorithm for solving (1). To do this, let the solution of (1) be approximated by the first terms Genocchi polynomials. Thus, we write where the Genocchi coefficient vector and the Genocchi vector are given by thus, and , can be expressed, respectively, as follows: Substituting (44) and (46) in (1), we have where

Also the initial condition will produce other equations: To find the solution we collocate (47) at the collocation points , , to obtain for . Additionally, one can also use both the operational matrix of fractional derivative and delay operational matrix to solve problem (1). According to (44), we can approximate the delay function and its fractional derivative using the operational matrices and as follows: Putting this approximation together with (44) in (1), we haveThus, collocating (51) at the same collocation point as that in (47), we get Hence, (49) or (52) is nonlinear algebraic equation. Any of these equations together with (48) makes algebraic equations which can be solved using Newton’s iterative method. Consequently, given in (44) can be calculated.

6. Numerical Examples

In this section, some numerical examples are given to illustrate the applicability and accuracy of the proposed method. All the numerical computations have been done using Maple 18.

Example 1. Consider the following example solved in [25]: subject to

The exact solution for this example is given by . We solve the example when and . In Table 2, we compare the errors obtained by our method with those obtained using FAM and new approach in [25]. As reported in [25], the time required for the new method is seconds and for the FAM the time taken is seconds for completing the same task, whereas in our method we only need seconds to complete the computations.

Error (new method) [25] Error (FAM) [25] Error (present method)

0.2 0.0781197 0.078155
0.4 0.129928 0.129978
0.6 0.190687 0.19076
0.8 0.248601 0.248694
1.0 0.307649 0.307763

Example 2 (see [1]). Consider the following generalized fractional pantograph equation:subject to where

The exact solution of this problem is known to be . This problem is solved in [1] using generalized Laguerre-Gauss collocation scheme. We apply our technique with . Approximating (55) with Genocchi polynomials, we have Also from the initial conditions we have Thus, collocating (58) at , we get and (59) gives Solving these equations, we have

Thus, is calculated and we have which is almost the exact solution. In Table 3, we compare the absolute errors obtained by our method (with only few terms ) and the absolute errors obtained in [1] when with different Laguerre parameters .

Present method


Example 3. Consider the following fractional pantograph equation: subject to

The exact solution of this problem is known to be We solve (63) using our technique with only. As in Example 2, we obtained the values of the coefficients to be Thus, is calculated to be which is the exact solution and so there is nothing to compare for the error is zero.

Example 4. Consider the following fractional pantograph equation solved in [26]: subject to

The exact solution of this problem is known to be As in Example 3, we solve (66) using our technique with and the values of the coefficients obtained are Thus, is calculated and compared with the exact solution. This problem is solved using Taylor collocation method in [26] when , and . In Table 4, we compare the absolute errors obtained by present method when with the errors obtained when in [26].

Absolute error [26]
Absolute error (present method)