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Research interests

Qualifications: BSc (1st Class Hons, Edinburgh, 1970), MSc (Oxford, 1971), DPhil (Oxford, 1974)

My main research is in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, including both analysis of numerical algorithms and applications.

More specifically, at the moment, my main interests are:

  1. `Large Sparse Matrix Computations and Eigenvalue Problems', with, for example, application to stability of compressible and incompressible fluid flows;
  2. `Analysis of Networks and their Applications', with applications in Bioinformatics, including understanding how data errors affect algorithms for clustering;
  3. `Iterative methods for the Neutron Transport equation', including the analyisis of preconditioners within a diffusive regime.

More details can be found on my web page.

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Projects 2006 2016

TCC Funding

Spence, A.

1/10/1130/09/16

Project: Research council

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Numerical Linear Algebra

Spence, A.

1/06/086/06/08

Project: Research council

Research Output 2002 2017

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9 Citations (Scopus)

Calculating the $H_{\infty}$-norm Using the Implicit Determinant Method

Freitag, M. A., Spence, A. & Van Dooren, P., 2014, In : SIAM Journal On Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX). 35, 2, p. 619-635 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Determinant
Norm
Linear Systems
Jordan Block
Hamiltonian Matrix
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programming
mathematics
Teaching
computer scientist
student
4 Citations (Scopus)

The calculation of the distance to a nearby defective matrix

Akinola, R. O., Freitag, M. A. & Spence, A., May 2014, In : Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications. 21, 3, p. 403-414

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Numerical Linear Algebra
Linear algebra
Eigenvalue Decomposition
Fast Algorithm
Eigenvalue Problem
5 Citations (Scopus)

The computation of Jordan blocks in parameter-dependent matrices

Akinola, R. O., Freitag, M. A. & Spence, A., Jul 2014, In : IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis. 34, 3, p. 955-976 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Jordan Block
Flutter (aerodynamics)
Quantum theory
Aerodynamics
Dependent

Thesis

Domain Decomposition Methods for Nuclear Reactor Modelling with Diffusion Acceleration

Author: Blake, J., 29 Jul 2016

Supervisor: Graham, I. (Supervisor), Spence, A. (Supervisor) & Smith, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Inner-outer Iterative Methods for Eigenvalue Problems - Convergence and Preconditioning

Author: Freitag, M., 1 Sep 2007

Supervisor: Spence, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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New vacuum solutions for quadratic metric–affine gravity

Author: Pasic, V., 1 Feb 2009

Supervisor: Spence, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Numerical Solution of Linear and Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems

Author: Akinola, R., 1 May 2010

Supervisor: Spence, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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The symmetric eigenvalue problem: stochastic perturbation theory and some network applications.

Author: Stoyanov, Z., 1 Oct 2008

Supervisor: Spence, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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