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Hojatollah Adibi, Pouria Assari, "Chebyshev Wavelet Method for Numerical Solution of Fredholm Integral Equations of the First Kind", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2010, Article ID 138408, 17 pages, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/138408
Chebyshev Wavelet Method for Numerical Solution of Fredholm Integral Equations of the First Kind
Abstract
A computational method for solving Fredholm integral equations of the first kind is presented. The method utilizes Chebyshev wavelets constructed on the unit interval as basis in Galerkin method and reduces solving the integral equation to solving a system of algebraic equations. The properties of Chebyshev wavelets are used to make the wavelet coefficient matrices sparse which eventually leads to the sparsity of the coefficients matrix of obtained system. Finally, numerical examples are presented to show the validity and efficiency of the technique.
1. Introduction
Many problems of mathematical physics can be stated in the form of integral equations. These equations also occur as reformulations of other mathematical problems such as partial differential equations and ordinary differential equations. Therefore, the study of integral equations and methods for solving them are very useful in application. In recent years, several simple and accurate methods based on orthogonal basic functions, including wavelets, have been used to approximate the solution of integral equation [1–5]. The main advantage of using orthogonal basis is that it reduces the problem into solving a system of algebraic equations. Overall, there are so many different families of orthogonal functions which can be used in this method that it is sometimes difficult to select the most suitable one. Beginning from 1991, wavelet technique has been applied to solve integral equations [6–10]. Wavelets, as very welllocalized functions, are considerably useful for solving integral equations and provide accurate solutions. Also, the wavelet technique allows the creation of very fast algorithms when compared with the algorithms ordinarily used.
In various fields of science and engineering, we encounter a large class of integral equations which are called linear Fredholm integral equations of the first kind. Several methods have been proposed for numerical solution of these types of integral equation. Babolian and Delves [11] describe an augmented Galerkin technique for the numerical solution of first kind Fredholm integral equations. In [12] a numerical solution of Fredholm integral equations of the first kind via piecewise interpolation is proposed. Lewis [13] studied a computational method to solve first kind integral equations. Haar wavelets have been applied to solve Fredholm integral equations of first kind in [14]. Also, Shang and Han [15] used Legendre multiwavelets for solving first kind integral equations.
Consider the linear Fredholm integral equations of the first kind: where and , in which , are known functions and is the unknown function to be determined. In general, these types of integral equation are illposed for given and . Therefore (1.1) may have no solution, while if a solution exists, the response ration to small perturbations in may be arbitrary large [16].
The main purpose of this article is to present a numerical method for solving (1.1) via Chebyshev wavelets. The properties of Chebyshev wavelets are used to convert (1.1) into a linear system of algebraic equations. We will notice that these wavelets make the wavelet coefficient matrices sparse which concludes the sparsity of the coefficients matrix of obtained system. This system may be solved by using an appropriate numerical method.
The outline of the paper is as follows: in Section 2, we review some properties of Chebyshev wavelets and approximate the function and also the kernel function by these wavelets. Convergence theorem of the Chebyshev wavelet bases is presented in Section 3. Section 4 is devoted to present a computational method for solving (1.1) utilizing Chebyshev wavelets and approximate the unknown function . In Section 5, the sparsity of the wavelet coefficient matrix is studied. Numerical examples are given in Section 6. Finally, we conclude the article in Section 7.
2. Properties of Chebyshev Wavelets
2.1. Wavelets and Chebyshev Wavelets
Wavelets consist of a family of functions constructed from dilation and translation of a single function called the mother wavelet. When the dilation parameter and the translation parameter vary continuously, we have the following family of continuous wavelets [17]: If we restrict the parameters and to discrete values where and are positive integers, then we have the following family of discrete wavelets: where form a wavelet basis for . In particular, when and , then forms an orthonormal basis [17, 18].
Chebyshev wavelets have four arguments: , is any nonnegative integer, is the degree of Chebyshev polynomial of first kind, and is the normalized time. The Chebyshev wavelets are defined on the interval by [19] where and . Here , , are Chebyshev polynomials of first kind of degree , given by [20] in which . Chebyshev polynomials are orthogonal with respect to the weight function , on . We should note that Chebyshev wavelets are orthonormal set with the weight function: where .
2.2. Function Approximation
A function may be expanded as where in which denotes the inner product in . The series (2.7) is truncated as where and are two vectors given by Similarly, by considering and , we approximate as or in the matrix form where with the entries
3. Convergence of the Chebyshev Wavelet Bases
In this section, we indicate that the Chebyshev wavelet expansion of a function , with bounded second derivative, converges uniformly to .
Lemma 3.1. If the Chebyshev wavelet expansion of a continuous function converges uniformly, then the Chebyshev wavelet expansion converges to the function .
Proof. Let where . Multiplying both sides of (3.1) by , where and are fixed and then integrating termwise, justified by uniformly convergence, on , we have Thus for and Consequently and have same Fourier expansions with Chebyshev wavelet basis and therefore [21].
Theorem 3.2. A function , with bounded second derivative, say , can be expanded as an infinite sum of Chebyshev wavelets, and the series converges uniformly to , that is,
Proof. From (2.8) it follows that If , by substituting in (3.4), it yields where Thus, we get However Since , we obtain Now, if , by using (3.6), we have Hence, the series is absolutely convergent. It is understandable that for , form an orthogonal system constructed by Haar scaling function with respect to the weight function , and thus is convergence [22]. On the other hand, we have Therefore, utilizing Lemma 3.1, the series converges to uniformly.
4. Solution of First Kind Integral Equations
In this section, the Chebyshev wavelet method is used for solving (1.1) by approximating functions , and in the matrix forms: By substituting (4.1) into (1.1), we obtain where is the residual. By letting where is a matrix which is computed next, we have Our aim is to compute such that , but in general, it is not possible to choose such . In this work, is made as small as possible such that where and . Now, by using orthonormality of Chebyshev wavelets, we obtain the following linear system of algebraic equations: for unknowns .
Here, we define two operator equations and as follows: for all and . We assume that integral operator as defined in (4.7) is compact, onetoone, onto, and . We rewrite (1.1) and (4.2) in the operator form to obtain Combining the latter equations yields where . Provided that exists, we obtain the error bound: The error depends, therefore, on the conditioning of the original integral equation, as is apparent from the term , on the fidelity of the finitedimensional operator to the integral operator , and on the approximation of to .
Suppose that the function , defined on , is times continuously differentiable, ; by using properties of Chebyshev wavelets and similar to [17], we have where and denotes the polynomial of degree which agrees with at the Chebyshev nodes of the order on . Therefore, if we want to have , we can choose as
Evaluating
For numerical implementation of the method explained in previous part, we need to calculate matrix . For this purpose, by considering and , we have
If then , because their supports are disjoint, yielding . Hence, let ; by substituting in (4.14), we obtain
where
Now, if , then
implies that and if , then
Consequently, L has the following form:
where is an matrix with the elements
5. Sparse Representation of the Matrix
We proceed by discussing the sparsity of the matrix , as an important issue for increasing the computation speed.
Theorem 5.1. Suppose that is the Chebyshev wavelet coefficient of the continuous kernel , where and . If mixed partial derivative is bounded by and then one has
Proof. From (2.13), we obtain Now, let and ; then Similar to the proof of Theorem 3.2, since , we obtain
Remark 5.2. As an immediate conclusion from Theorem 5.1, when or , it follows that and accordingly by increasing or , we can make sparse which concludes the sparsity of the coefficient matrix of system (4.6). For this purpose, we choose a threshold and get the following system of linear equations whose matrix is sparse: where with the entries Now, we can solve (5.5) instead of (4.6).
6. Numerical Examples
In order to test the validity of the present method, three examples are solved and the numerical results are compared with their exact solution [11, 14, 15]. In addition, in Examples 6.1 and 6.2, our results are compared with numerical results in [14, 15]. It is seen that good agreements are achieved, as dilation parameter decreases.
Example 6.1. As the first example, let
with the exact solution [15].
Table 1 shows the numerical results for this example with and . Also, the approximate solution for , , is graphically shown in Figure 1, which agrees with exact solution and results are compared with those of [15].

Example 6.2. In this example we solve integral equation
by the present method, where the exact solution is [11].
Table 2 gives the absolute error for this example with and where denote the approximation of . The approximate solution for in collocation points is graphically shown in Figure 2. It is seen that the numerical results are improved, as parameter increases. Also, results are compared with those of [14].

Example 6.3. As our final example let
with the exact solution [14].
The proposed method was applied to approximate the solution of Fredholm integral equation (6.3) with some values of and . Table 3 represents the error estimate for the result obtained of and . The following norms are used for the errors of the approximation of :
Also, the error for , and , is graphically shown in Figures 3 and 4 for and , respectively.

7. Conclusion
Integral equations are usually difficult to solve analytically, and therefore, it is required to obtain the approximate solutions. In this study we develop an efficient and accurate method for solving Fredholm integral equation of the first kind. The properties of Chebyshev wavelets are used to reduce the problem into solution of a system of algebraic equations whose matrix is sparse. However, to obtain better results, using the larger parameter is recommended. The convergence accuracy of this method was examined for several numerical examples.
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