A Caltech Library Service

Stochastic variational integrators

Bou-Rabee, Nawaf and Owhadi, Houman (2009) Stochastic variational integrators. IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, 29 (2). pp. 421-443. ISSN 0272-4979.

[img] PDF - Submitted Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This paper presents a continuous and discrete Lagrangian theory for stochastic Hamiltonian systems on manifolds, akin to the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck theory of Brownian motion in a force field. The main result is to derive governing SDEs for such systems from a critical point of a stochastic action. Using this result, the paper derives Langevin-type equations for constrained mechanical systems and implements a stochastic analogue of Lagrangian reduction. These are easy consequences of the fact that the stochastic action is intrinsically defined. Stochastic variational integrators (SVIs) are developed using a discrete variational principle. The paper shows that the discrete flow of an SVI is almost surely symplectic and in the presence of symmetry almost surely momentum-map preserving. A first-order mean-squared convergent SVI for mechanical systems on Lie groups is introduced. As an application of the theory, SVIs are exhibited for multiple, randomly forced and torqued rigid bodies interacting via a potential.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription Paper
Owhadi, Houman0000-0002-5677-1600
Additional Information:© The author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Received on 21 October 2007. Revised on 13 February 2008. We wish to thank Andreu Lazaro, Jerry Marsden and Juan-Pablo Ortega for stimulating discussions.
Subject Keywords:variational integrators; Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process; stochastic Hamiltonian systems.
Issue or Number:2
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20090713-115112523
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:14570
Deposited By: Jason Perez
Deposited On:27 Jul 2009 17:59
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 00:50

Repository Staff Only: item control page