IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

No Curse of Dimensionality for Contraction Fixed Points Even in the Worst Case

  • John Rust

    (Department of Economics Yale University)

  • Joseph Traub

    (Computer Science, Columbia University)

  • Henryk Wozniakowski

    (Computer Science, Columbia University)

We consider the problem of computing approximations to fixed points of quasilinear contraction mappings defined on the space of continuous functions of $d$ variables. Our main emphasis is on large d. Examples of such mappings include the Bellman operator from the theory of dynamic programming. This paper proves that there exist deterministic algorithms for computing approximations to fixed points for some classes of quasilinear contraction mappings which are strongly tractable, i.e., in the worst case the number of function evaluations needed to compute an e-approximation to the solution at any finite number of points in its domain is bounded by C/e^p where both C and p are independent of d. This is done by using relations between the quasilinear contraction problem and the conditional expectation and approximation problems. The conditional expectation problem is equivalent to weighted multivariate integration. This allows us to apply recent proof technique and results on the strong tractability of weighted multivariate integration and approximation to establish strong tractability for the quasilinear fixed point problem. In particular, this holds when the fixed points belong to a Sobolev space for a specific weighted norm.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL: http://econwpa.repec.org/eps/comp/papers/9902/9902001.ps.gz
Download Restriction: no

File URL: http://econwpa.repec.org/eps/comp/papers/9902/9902001.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Computational Economics with number 9902001.

as
in new window

Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 1999
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:9902001
Note: TeX file, Postscript version submitted, 40 pages
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://econwpa.repec.org

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

as in new window
  1. Rust, John, 1985. "Stationary Equilibrium in a Market for Durable Assets," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 53(4), pages 783-805, July.
  2. John Rust & Department of Economics & University of Wisconsin, 1994. "Using Randomization to Break the Curse of Dimensionality," Computational Economics 9403001, EconWPA, revised 04 Jul 1994.
  3. John Rust, 1997. "A Comparison of Policy Iteration Methods for Solving Continuous-State, Infinite-Horizon Markovian Decision Problems Using Random, Quasi-random, and Deterministic Discretizations," Computational Economics 9704001, EconWPA.
  4. Tauchen, George & Hussey, Robert, 1991. "Quadrature-Based Methods for Obtaining Approximate Solutions to Nonlinear Asset Pricing Models," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 59(2), pages 371-96, March.
  5. Spassimir H. Paskov & Joseph F. Traub, 1995. "Faster Valuation of Financial Derivatives," Working Papers 95-03-034, Santa Fe Institute.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:9902001. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (EconWPA)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.