High-Order Compact Schemes for Parabolic Problems with Mixed Derivatives in Multiple Space Dimensions
25 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 27, 2014
We present a high-order compact finite difference approach for a rather general class of parabolic partial differential equations with time and space dependent coefficients as well as with mixed second-order derivative terms in n spatial dimensions. Problems of this type arise frequently in computational fluid dynamics and computational finance. We derive general conditions on the coefficients which allow us to obtain a high-order compact scheme which is fourth-order accurate in space and second-order accurate in time. Moreover, we perform a thorough von Neumann stability analysis of the Cauchy problem in two and three spatial dimensions for vanishing mixed derivative terms, and also give partial results for the general case. The results suggest unconditional stability of the scheme. As an application example we consider the pricing of European Power Put Options in the multidimensional Black-Scholes model for two and three underlying assets. Due to the low regularity of typical initial conditions we employ the smoothing operators of Kreiss et al. to ensure high-order convergence of the approximations of the smoothed problem to the true solution.
Keywords: High-order compact scheme, parabolic PDE, basket options, mixed derivatives, stability
JEL Classification: C63, G13
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