Velocity Inversion: A Case Study in Infinite-Dimensional Optimization
Symes, William W.
The goal of seismic velocity inversion is the estimation of seismic wave velocities inside the earth by attempting to predict, in a least-error sense, seismic waveforms measured at its surface. We present velocity inversion as a case study in the various "infinite-dimensional" pathologies which may afflict practically important problems of distributed parameter identification, treated as optimization problems in function spaces. These features differentiate various problem formulations far beyond the degree one would expect for finite- (small-) dimensional problems. We illustrate this differentiation by comparing the characteristics of three different least-squares formulations of velocity inversion.
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