adaptive integration

adaptive integration

[ə′dap·tiv ‚int·ə′grā·shən]
(mathematics)
A numerical technique for obtaining the definite integral of a function whose smoothness, or lack thereof, is unknown, to a desired degree of accuracy, while doing only as much work as necessary on each subinterval of the interval in question.
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Among their topics are elementary partial differential equations, finite difference methods for Poisson problems, the numerical solution of linear elliptic grid equations, adaptive multigrid methods for linear elliptic problems, and the adaptive integration of parabolic problems.
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