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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2012)
Songdo, Korea (South)
Feb. 28, 2012 to Mar. 2, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0863-2
pp: 121-128
The Finite Time Lyapunov Exponent (FTLE) has become a widespread tool for analyzing unsteady flow behavior. For its computation, several numerical methods have been introduced, which provide trade-offs between performance and accuracy. In order to decide which methods and parameter settings are suitable for a particular application, an evaluation of the different FTLE methods is necessary. We propose a general benchmark for FTLE computation, which consists of a number of 2D time-dependent flow fields and error measures. Evaluating the accuracy of a numerically computed FTLE field requires a ground truth, which is not available for realistic flow data sets, since such fields can generally not be described in a closed form. To overcome this, we introduce approaches to create non-trivial vector fields with a closed-form formulation of the FTLE field. Using this, we introduce a set of benchmark flow data sets that resemble relevant geometric aspects of Lagrangian structures, but have an analytic solution for FTLE. Based on this ground truth, we perform a comparative evaluation of three standard FTLE concepts. We suggest error measures based on the variance of both, the fields and the extracted ridge structures.

T. Weinkauf, H. Theisel, C. Rossl and A. Kuhn, "A benchmark for evaluating FTLE computations," Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific(PACIFICVIS), Songdo, Korea (South), 2012, pp. 121-128.
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