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Affine transformations and their inverse

  1. Nov 2, 2013 #1
    Let [itex]F_{K}: \hat{K} \to K[/itex] be defined as follows:
    F_{K}(\hat{x},\hat{y}) = B_{K}\left[\begin{array}{c}
    \end{array}\right] + b_{K}

    i.e. [itex]F_{K}[/itex] maps from [itex](\hat{x},\hat{y})[/itex] to [itex](x,y)[/itex]. In a more concrete sense, for this example take the following:
    B_{K} = \left[\begin{array}{cc}
    1 & 0\\
    1 & 1\\
    \end{array}\right], \;\;\;b_{K} = \left[\begin{array}{c}

    Now suppose we have the function
    \hat{\phi}(\hat{x},\hat{y}) = 1 - \hat{x} - \hat{y}

    and are given that
    \phi(x,y) = \hat{\phi} \circ F_{K}^{-1}

    Computing [itex]F_{K}^{-1}[/itex] is easy:
    F_{K}^{-1} = B_{K}^{-1}\left(\left[\begin{array}{c}
    \end{array}\right] - b_{K}\right) = \left[\begin{array}{c}

    so a direct computation of [itex]\phi(x,y)[/itex] gives:
    \phi(x,y) = 1 - x - (y-x) = 1-y

    Consider the point [itex](x,y) = (1/2,0)[/itex]. We have [itex]\phi(1/2,0) = 1[/itex].

    However, if we compute via the composition of the inverse, we have [itex]F_{K}^{-1}(1/2,0) = [1/2,-1/2]^{T}[/itex] and [itex]\hat{\phi} \circ F_{K}^{-1}(1/2,1/2) = 1 - 1/2 + 1/2 = 1[/itex].

    edit: err, I figured out the error as I was typing this out and corrected it...maybe someone can delete this for me? Or I guess it can be left as an example or something

    So what is the reason for this discrepancy and the error in the second way I computed it? This is a subroutine I have to implement in MATLAB and the only way I can do it is by computing the value of [itex]F_{K}^{-1}[/itex] first and then composing it with [itex]\hat{\phi}[/itex], since I can't get an analytical expression for [itex]\phi[/itex] in MATLAB...(I suppose I could but it would be much more tedious than it's worth).

    I'm assuming I'm doing something extremely idiotic here, but can't for the life of me figure out what the error is...

    If anyone is curious about the context: It's a finite element computation. Some info on the transformations: http://www.math.umn.edu/~sayas002/anIntro2FEM.pdf [Broken] on page 28.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
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  3. Nov 2, 2013 #2
    Isn't it supposed to be

    [tex]\hat{\phi}(F_K^{-1}(1/2,1/2) = \hat{\phi}(1/2,0) = 1 - 1/2 - 0 = 1/2[/tex]
  4. Nov 2, 2013 #3
    Yup. I've still got an error in my code in the transformation part, so I'm going to take a look at it and re-edit the question :/ sorry for the confusion
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