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International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification
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ISSN Imprimir: 2152-5080
ISSN On-line: 2152-5099

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International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification

DOI: 10.1615/Int.J.UncertaintyQuantification.2019025335
pages 515-541


Laura Scarabosio
Technical University of Munich, Germany, Department of Mathematics, Boltzmannstrasse 3, 85748 Garching b. München


In the framework of uncertainty quantification, we consider a quantity of interest which depends non-smoothly on the high-dimensional parameter representing the uncertainty. We show that, in this situation, the multilevel Monte Carlo algorithm is a valid option to compute moments of the quantity of interest (here we focus on the expectation), as it allows to bypass the precise location of discontinuities in the parameter space. We illustrate how such lack of smoothness occurs for the point evaluation of the solution to a (Helmholtz) transmission problem with uncertain interface, if the point can be crossed by the interface for some realizations. For this case, we provide a space regularity analysis for the solution, in order to state converge results in the L-norm for the finite element discretization. The latter are then used to determine the optimal distribution of samples among the Monte Carlo levels. Particular emphasis is given on the robustness of our estimates with respect to the dimension of the parameter space.


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