ITM Web of Conferences
Volume 3, 2014ACTIMS 2014 – Activity-Based Modeling & Simulation 2014
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Published online||02 December 2014|
An n–th Order Generalization of the Activity Measure for Continuous Systems
1 Department of Computer Science, FCEN, Universidad de Buenos Aires and CONICET, Argentina
2 Department of Environmental Systems Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
3 Department of Control, FCEIA, Universidad Nacional de Rosario and CIFASIS-CONICET, Argentina
In this work we present an analytical expression that generalizes the definition of activity measure in continuous time signals. We define the activity of order n and show that it allows to estimate the number of sections of polinomials up to order n that are needed to represent that signal with certain accuracy. We apply this concept to obtain a lower bound for the number of steps performed by quantization–based integration algorithms in the simulation of ordinary differential equations. We performed a practical analysis over a first order example system, computing the activity of order n and comparing it with the number of steps required integration methods of different orders. We corroborated the theoretical predictions, which indicate that the activity measure can be used as a reference for assessing the suitability of different algorithms depending on how close they perform in comparison with the theoretical lower bound. Finally, a discussion is provided which indicates that further research is needed in order to test the results presented in this work in the context of stiff systems.
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