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The goal of this thesis is to transfer the logarithmic barrier approach, which led to very efficient interior-point methods for convex optimization problems in recent years, to convex semi-infinite programming problems. Based on a reformulation of the constraints into a nondifferentiable form this can be directly done for convex semi- infinite programming problems with nonempty compact sets of optimal solutions. But, by means of an involved max-term this reformulation leads to nondifferentiable barrier problems which can be solved with an extension of a bundle method of Kiwiel. This extension allows to deal with inexact objective values and subgradient information which occur due to the inexact evaluation of the maxima. Nevertheless we are able to prove similar convergence results as for the logarithmic barrier approach in the finite optimization. In the further course of the thesis the logarithmic barrier approach is coupled with the proximal point regularization technique in order to solve ill-posed convex semi-infinite programming problems too. Moreover this coupled algorithm generates sequences converging to an optimal solution of the given semi-infinite problem whereas the pure logarithmic barrier only produces sequences whose accumulation points are such optimal solutions. If there are certain additional conditions fulfilled we are further able to prove convergence rate results up to linear convergence of the iterates. Finally, besides hints for the implementation of the methods we present numerous numerical results for model examples as well as applications in finance and digital filter design.

This work is concerned with arbitrage bounds for prices of contingent claims under transaction costs, but regardless of other conceivable market frictions. Assumptions on the underlying market are held as weak as convenient for the deduction of meaningful results that make good economic sense. In discrete time we also allow for underlying price processes with uncountable state space. In continuous time the underlying price process is modeled by a semimartingale. For the most part we could avoid any stronger assumptions. The main problems with which we deal in this work are the modelling of (proportional) transaction costs, Fundamental Theorems of Asset Pricing under transaction costs, dual characterizations of arbitrage bounds under transaction costs, Quantile-Hedging under transaction costs, alternatives to the Black-Scholes model in continuous time (under transaction costs). The results apply to stock and currency markets.

In this thesis we focus on the development and investigation of methods for the computation of confluent hypergeometric functions. We point out the relations between these functions and parabolic boundary value problems and demonstrate applications to models of heat transfer and fluid dynamics. For the computation of confluent hypergeometric functions on compact (real or complex) intervals we consider a series expansion based on the Hadamard product of power series. It turnes out that the partial sums of this expansion are easily computable and provide a better rate of convergence in comparison to the partial sums of the Taylor series. Regarding the computational accuracy the problem of cancellation errors is reduced considerably. Another important tool for the computation of confluent hypergeometric functions are recurrence formulae. Although easy to implement, such recurrence relations are numerically unstable e.g. due to rounding errors. In order to circumvent these problems a method for computing recurrence relations in backward direction is applied. Furthermore, asymptotic expansions for large arguments in modulus are considered. From the numerical point of view the determination of the number of terms used for the approximation is a crucial point. As an application we consider initial-boundary value problems with partial differential equations of parabolic type, where we use the method of eigenfunction expansion in order to determine an explicit form of the solution. In this case the arising eigenfunctions depend directly on the geometry of the considered domain. For certain domains with some special geometry the eigenfunctions are of confluent hypergeometric type. Both a conductive heat transfer model and an application in fluid dynamics is considered. Finally, the application of several heat transfer models to certain sterilization processes in food industry is discussed.

This work is concerned with the numerical solution of optimization problems that arise in the context of ground water modeling. Both ground water hydraulic and quality management problems are considered. The considered problems are discretized problems of optimal control that are governed by discretized partial differential equations. Aspects of special interest in this work are inaccurate function evaluations and the ensuing numerical treatment within an optimization algorithm. Methods for noisy functions are appropriate for the considered practical application. Also, block preconditioners are constructed and analyzed that exploit the structure of the underlying linear system. Specifically, KKT systems are considered, and the preconditioners are tested for use within Krylov subspace methods. The project was financed by the foundation Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation and carried out in joint work with TGU GmbH, a company of consulting engineers for ground water and water resources.

The discretization of optimal control problems governed by partial differential equations typically leads to large-scale optimization problems. We consider flow control involving the time-dependent Navier-Stokes equations as state equation which is stamped by exactly this property. In order to avoid the difficulties of dealing with large-scale (discretized) state equations during the optimization process, a reduction of the number of state variables can be achieved by employing a reduced order modelling technique. Using the snapshot proper orthogonal decomposition method, one obtains a low-dimensional model for the computation of an approximate solution to the state equation. In fact, often a small number of POD basis functions suffices to obtain a satisfactory level of accuracy in the reduced order solution. However, the small number of degrees of freedom in a POD based reduced order model also constitutes its main weakness for optimal control purposes. Since a single reduced order model is based on the solution of the Navier-Stokes equations for a specified control, it might be an inadequate model when the control (and consequently also the actual corresponding flow behaviour) is altered, implying that the range of validity of a reduced order model, in general, is limited. Thus, it is likely to meet unreliable reduced order solutions during a control problem solution based on one single reduced order model. In order to get out of this dilemma, we propose to use a trust-region proper orthogonal decomposition (TRPOD) approach. By embedding the POD based reduced order modelling technique into a trust-region framework with general model functions, we obtain a mechanism for updating the reduced order models during the optimization process, enabling the reduced order models to represent the flow dynamics as altered by the control. In fact, a rigorous convergence theory for the TRPOD method is obtained which justifies this procedure also from a theoretical point of view. Benefiting from the trust-region philosophy, the TRPOD method guarantees to save a lot of computational work during the control problem solution, since the original state equation only has to be solved if we intend to update our model function in the trust-region framework. The optimization process itself is completely based on reduced order information only.

In this thesis, we study the convergence behavior of an efficient optimization method used for the identification of parameters for underdetermined systems. The research is motivated by optimization problems arising from the estimation of parameters in neural networks as well as in option pricing models. In the first application, we are concerned with neural networks used to forecasting stock market indices. Since neural networks are able to describe extremely complex nonlinear structures they are used to improve the modelling of the nonlinear dependencies occurring in the financial markets. Applying neural networks to the forecasting of economic indicators, we are confronted with a nonlinear least squares problem of large dimension. Furthermore, in this application the number of parameters of the neural network to be determined is usually much larger than the number of patterns which are available for the determination of the unknowns. Hence, the residual function of our least squares problem is underdetermined. In option pricing, an important but usually not known parameter is the volatility of the underlying asset of the option. Assuming that the underlying asset follows a one-factor continuous diffusion model with nonconstant drift and volatility term, the value of an European call option satisfies a parabolic initial value problem with the volatility function appearing in one of the coefficients of the parabolic differential equation. Using this system equation, the estimation of the volatility function is described by a nonlinear least squares problem. Since the adaption of the volatility function is based only on a small number of observed market data these problems are naturally ill-posed. For the solution of these large-scale underdetermined nonlinear least squares problems we use a fully iterative inexact Gauss-Newton algorithm. We show how the structure of a neural network as well as that of the European call price model can be exploited using iterative methods. Moreover, we present theoretical statements for the convergence of the inexact Gauss-Newton algorithm applied to the less examined case of underdetermined nonlinear least squares problems. Finally, we present numerical results for the application of neural networks to the forecasting of stock market indices as well as for the construction of the volatility function in European option pricing models. In case of the latter application, we discretize the parabolic differential equation using a finite difference scheme and we elucidate convergence problems of the discrete scheme when the initial condition is not everywhere differentiable.

The optimal control of fluid flows described by the Navier-Stokes equations requires massive computational resources, which has led researchers to develop reduced-order models, such as those derived from proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), to reduce the computational complexity of the solution process. The object of the thesis is the acceleration of such reduced-order models through the combination of POD reduced-order methods with finite element methods at various discretization levels. Special stabilization methods required for high-order solution of flow problems with dominant convection on coarse meshes lead to numerical data that is incompatible with standard POD methods for reduced-order modeling. We successfully adapt the POD method for such problems by introducing the streamline diffusion POD method (SDPOD). Using the novel SDPOD method, we experiment with multilevel recursive optimization at Reynolds numbers of Re=400 and Re=10,000.

The subject of this thesis is hypercyclic, mixing, and chaotic C0-semigroups on Banach spaces. After introducing the relevant notions and giving some examples the so called hypercyclicity criterion and its relation with weak mixing is treated. Some new equivalent formulations of the criterion are given which are used to derive a very short proof of the well-known fact that a C0-semigroup is weakly mixing if and only if each of its operators is. Moreover, it is proved that under some "regularity conditions" each hypercyclic C0-semigroup is weakly mixing. Furthermore, it is shown that for a hypercyclic C0-semigroup there is always a dense set of hypercyclic vectors having infinitely differentiable trajectories. Chaotic C0-semigroups are also considered. It is proved that they are always weakly mixing and that in certain cases chaoticity is already implied by the existence of a single periodic point. Moreover, it is shown that strongly elliptic differential operators on bounded C^1-domains never generate chaotic C0-semigroups. A thorough investigation of transitivity, weak mixing, and mixing of weighted compositioin operators follows and complete characterisations of these properties are derived. These results are then used to completely characterise hypercyclicity, weak mixing, and mixing of C0-semigroups generated by first order partial differential operators. Moreover, a characterisation of chaos for these C0-semigroups is attained. All these results are achieved on spaces of p-integrable functions as well as on spaces of continuous functions and illustrated by various concrete examples.