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The computation of multiple roots of a polynomial using structure preserving matrix methods.

Hasan, Madina (2011) The computation of multiple roots of a polynomial using structure preserving matrix methods. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Solving polynomial equations is a fundamental problem in several engineering and science fields. This problem has been handled by several researchers and excellent algorithms have been proposed for solving this problem. The computation of the roots of ill-conditioned polynomials is, however, still drawing the attention of several researchers. In particular, a small round off error due to floating point arithmetic is sufficient to break up a multiple root of a polynomial into a cluster of simple closely spaced roots. The problem becomes more complicated if the neighbouring roots are closely spaced. This thesis develops a root finder to compute multiple roots of an inexact polynomial whose coefficients are corrupted by noise. The theoretical development of the developed root solver involves the use of structured matrix methods, optimising parameters using linear programming, and solving least squares equality and nonlinear least squares problems. The developed root solver differs from the classical methods, because it first computes the multiplicities of the roots, after which the roots are computed. The experimental results show that the developed root solver gives very good results without the need for prior knowledge about the noise level imposed on the coefficients of the polynomial.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Computer Science (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Computer Science (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.543240
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 15:35
Last Modified: 31 May 2016 15:35
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/12817

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