Exploring MFEM

mfem c++ fem library

With little time I have after office and playing with kids , I am devoting some to this MFEM library.

Really good piece of software. Exploration continues.

So What is MFEM?

No, it’s not Ministry of Finance and Economics Management, it’s …….

MFEM is a lightweight, general, scalable C++ library for finite element methods and available at http://mfem.googlecode.com

The goal of MFEM is to enable research and development of scalable
finite element discretization and solver algorithms through general
finite element abstractions, accurate and flexible visualization, and
tight integration with the hypre linear solvers library. Its features
– 2D and 3D, arbitrary high-order H1, H(curl), H(div), L2 and NURBS
– Parallel version scalable to hundreds of thousands of MPI cores.
– Conforming or nonconforming adaptive mesh refinement (AMR),
including anisotropic refinement.
– Galerkin, mixed, isogeometric, DG and DPG discretizations.
– Support for triangular, quadrilateral, tetrahedral and hexahedral
elements with curved boundaries.
– Lightweight interactive OpenGL visualization with GLVis,

An interactive documentation of MFEM’s serial and parallel example
codes can be found here
MFEM is freely available under LGPL 2.1.


How a driverless car sees the road- See Machine Learning in Action

Haven’t seen anything so exciting for a long time. Exceptional progress in technology. Reminded me of the following quote by Eric Schmidt

Google’s self-driving cars and robots get a lot of press, but the company’s real future is in machine learning, the technology that enables computers to get smarter and more personal. – Eric Schmidt (Google Chairman)

Grab a cup of coffee and see the future!!!

Biplot with Python

biplot in python

I have plotted Biplot in Matlab and have created it using fortran in the past. Last month, while playing with PCA, needed to plot biplots in python. Unlike MATLAB, there is no straight forward implementation of biplot in python, so wrote a simple python function to plot it given score and coefficients from a principal component analysis.

Here’s the function.

def biplot(score,coeff,pcax,pcay,labels=None):
    xs = score[:,pca1]
    ys = score[:,pca2]
    scalex = 1.0/(xs.max()- xs.min())
    scaley = 1.0/(ys.max()- ys.min())
    for i in range(n):
        plt.arrow(0, 0, coeff[i,pca1], coeff[i,pca2],color='r',alpha=0.5) 
        if labels is None:
            plt.text(coeff[i,pca1]* 1.15, coeff[i,pca2] * 1.15, "Var"+str(i+1), color='g', ha='center', va='center')
            plt.text(coeff[i,pca1]* 1.15, coeff[i,pca2] * 1.15, labels[i], color='g', ha='center', va='center')


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What is Biplot?

Biplot is one of the most useful and versatile methods of multivariate data visualisation. The bipolar extends the idea of a simple scatter plot of two variables to the case of many variables, with the objective of visualising the maximum possible information in the data.

From wikipedia

A biplot allows information on both samples and variables of a data matrix to be displayed graphically. Samples are displayed as points while variables are displayed either as vectors, linear axes or nonlinear trajectories.

If you would like to dig deeper, here’s a link on comprehensive introduction to Biplots [PDF].

Reading helps you see further

Saw this excellent image on my Twitter feed, can resist posting it here.


On Seeing Value….

So True…..and I am not just talking about investing!!!

FEM in Python A Simple Start Guide

getting started wth FEM with python

Wrote this a couple of months back. Yet another tutorial in python, if you are interested in finite element analysis. Nicely goes with this excellent tutorial on FEM.

Click the below link to view the tutorial. FEM with Python

What Are You? A Pale Blue Dot…

Woke up to this video from my inbox. Inspiring!! Just over 3 mins, a definite watch!!


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