In this study, a new solution scheme for the partial differential equations with variable coefficients defined on a large domain, especially including infinities, has been investigated. For this purpose, a spectral basis, called exponential Chebyshev (EC) polynomials, has been extended to a new kind of double Chebyshev polynomials. Many outstanding properties of those polynomials have been shown. The applicability and efficiency have been verified on an illustrative example.
Keywords:partial differential equations; pseudospectral-collocation method; matrix method; unbounded domains
The importance of special functions and orthogonal polynomials occupies a central position in the numerical analysis. Most common solution techniques of differential equations with these polynomials can be seen in [1-12]. One of the most important of those special functions is Chebyshev polynomials. The well-known first kind Chebyshev polynomials  are orthogonal with respect to the weight-function on the interval . These polynomials have many applications in different areas of interest, and a lot of studies are devoted to show the merits of them in various ways. One of the application fields of Chebyshev polynomials can appear in the solution of differential equations. For example, Chebyshev polynomial approximations have been used to solve ordinary differential equations with boundary conditions in , with collocation points in , the general class of linear differential equations in [14,15], linear-integro differential equations with collocation points in , the system of high-order linear differential and integral equations with variable coefficients in [17,18], and the Sturm-Liouville problems in .
Some of the fundamental ideas of Chebyshev polynomials in one-variable techniques have been extended and developed to multi-variable cases by the studies of Fox et al., Basu , Doha  and Mason et al.. In recent years, the Chebyshev matrix method for the solution of partial differential equations (PDEs) has been proposed by Kesan  and Akyuz-Dascioglu  as well.
On the other hand, all of the above studies are considered on the interval in which Chebyshev polynomials are defined. Therefore, this limitation causes a failure of the Chebyshev approach in the problems that are naturally defined on larger domains, especially including infinity. Then, Guo et al. has proposed a modified type of Chebyshev polynomials as an alternative to the solutions of the problems given in a nonnegative real domain. In his study, the basis functions called rational Chebyshev polynomials are orthogonal in and are defined by
Parand et al. and Sezer et al. successfully applied spectral methods to solve problems on semi-infinite intervals [25,26]. These approaches can be identified as the methods of rational Chebyshev Tau and rational Chebyshev collocation, respectively. However, this kind of extension also fails to solve all of the problems over the whole real domain. More recently, we have introduced a new modified type of Chebyshev polynomials that is developed to handle the problems in the whole real range called exponential Chebyshev (EC) polynomials .
In this study, we have shown the extension of the EC polynomial method to multi-variable case, especially, to two-variable problems.
2 Properties of double EC polynomials
The well-known first kind Chebyshev polynomials are orthogonal in the interval with respect to the weight-function and can be simply determined with the help of the recurrence formula 
Therefore, the exponential Chebyshev (EC) functions are recently defined in a similar fashion as follows .
This definition leads to the three-term recurrence equation for EC polynomials
This definition also satisfies the orthogonality condition 
Double EC functions
Basu  has given the product which is a form of bivariate Chebyshev polynomials. Mason et al. and Doha  have also mentioned a Chebyshev polynomial expression for an infinitely differentiable function defined on the square by
Based on Basu’s study, now we introduce double EC polynomials in the following form:
and we have
and A is an unknown coefficient vector,
Matrix relations of the derivatives of a function
and its matrix form is
Proposition 1Letandth-order derivative be given by (2.12) and (2.16), respectively. Then there exists a relation between the double EC coefficient row vectorandth-order partial derivatives of the vectorof sizeas
Then utilizing the equalities in (2.26) and (2.27), the explicit relation between the double EC polynomial row vector and those of its derivatives has been proved as follows:
CorollaryFrom Eqs. (2.16) and (2.17), it is clear that the derivatives of the function are expressed in terms of double EC coefficients as follows:
3 Collocation method with double EC polynomials
In the process of obtaining the numerical solutions of partial differential equations with the double EC method, the main idea or major step is to evaluate the necessary Chebyshev coefficients of the unknown function. So, in Section 2, we give the explicit relations between the polynomials of an unknown function and those of its derivatives for different nonnegative integer values of i and j.
In this section, we consider the higher-order linear PDE with variable coefficients of a general form
with the conditions mentioned in  as three possible cases:
Here, , and , , , , , are known functions on the square . We now describe an approximate solution of this problem by means of double EC series as defined in (2.10). Our aim is to find the EC coefficients in the vector A. For this reason, we can represent the given problem and its conditions by a system of linear algebraic equations by using collocation points.
Now, the collocation points can be determined in the inner domain as
and at the boundaries
Since EC polynomials are convergent at both boundaries, namely their values are either 1 or −1, the appearance of infinity in the collocation points does not cause a loss in the method.
Therefore, when we substitute the collocation points into the problem (3.1), we get
The system (3.6) can be written in the matrix form as follows:
Putting the collocation points into derivatives of the unknown function as in Eq. (2.28) yields
where E is the block matrix given by
Therefore, from Eq. (3.7), we get a system of the matrix equation for the PDE
It is also noted that the structures of matrices and F vary according to the number of collocation points and the structure of the problem. However, E, and do not change their nature for fixed values of m and n which are truncation limits of the EC series. In other words, the changes in E, and are just dependent on the number of collocation points.
Briefly, we can denote the expression in the parenthesis of (3.10) by W and write
Then the augmented matrix of Eq. (3.11) becomes
Applying the same procedure for the given conditions (3.2)-(3.4), we have
Then these can be written in a compact form
Consequently, (3.12) together with (3.17) can be written in a new augmented matrix form
This form can be achieved by replacing some rows of (3.12) by the rows of (3.17) accordingly, or adding those rows to the matrix (3.12) provided that . Then it can be written in the following compact form:
Finally, the vector A (thereby the coefficients ) is determined by applying some numerical methods (e.g., Gauss elimination) designed especially to solve the system of linear equations. Therefore, the approximate solution can be obtained. In other words, it gives the double EC series solution of the problem (3.1) with given conditions.
Now, we give an example to show the ability and efficiency of the double EC polynomial approximation method.
Let us consider the linear partial differential equation
with the conditions
Absolute errors of the proposed procedure at the grid points are tabulated for in Table 1.
Table 1. Absolute errors of Example at different points
Contour plots of the exact solutions and the approximate solutions are given for the region in (a) and (b) and for the region , in (c) and (d) of Figure 1, respectively. Figure 2 shows a graphical representation of the exact solution and, for , the approximate solution of the example.
In this article, a new solution scheme for the partial differential equation with variable coefficients defined on unbounded domains has been investigated and EC polynomials have been extended to double EC polynomials to solve multi-variable problems. It is also noted that the double EC-collocation method is very effective and has a direct ability to solve multi-variable (especially two-variable) problems in the infinite domain. For computational purposes, this approach also avoids more computations by using sparse operational matrices and saves much memory. On the other hand, the double EC polynomial approach deals directly with infinite boundaries, and their operational matrices are of few non-zero entries lain along two subdiagonals.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
ABK wrote the first draft and AK corrected and improved the final version. All authors read and approved the final draft.
This study was supported by the Research Projects Center (BAP) of Selcuk University. The authors would like to thank the editor and referees for their valuable comments and remarks which led to a great improvement of the article. Also, ABK and AK would like to thank the Selcuk University and TUBITAK for their support. We note here that this study was presented orally at the International Conference on Applied Analysis and Algebra (ICAAA 2012), Istanbul, 20-24 June, (2012).
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