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June  2016, 3(2): 163-177. doi: 10.3934/jcd.2016008

## Computing coherent sets using the Fokker-Planck equation

 1 Center for Mathematics, Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching bei München, Germany, Germany

Received  December 2015 Revised  October 2016 Published  December 2016

We perform a numerical approximation of coherent sets in finite-dimensional smooth dynamical systems by computing singular vectors of the transfer operator for a stochastically perturbed flow. This operator is obtained by solution of a discretized Fokker-Planck equation. For numerical implementation, we employ spectral collocation methods and an exponential time differentiation scheme. We experimentally compare our approach with the more classical method by Ulam that is based on discretization of the transfer operator of the unperturbed flow.
Citation: Andreas Denner, Oliver Junge, Daniel Matthes. Computing coherent sets using the Fokker-Planck equation. Journal of Computational Dynamics, 2016, 3 (2) : 163-177. doi: 10.3934/jcd.2016008
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