# Variational modelling : energies, gradient flows, and large deviations

@article{Peletier2014VariationalM, title={Variational modelling : energies, gradient flows, and large deviations}, author={Mark A. Peletier}, journal={arXiv: Mathematical Physics}, year={2014} }

These are lecture notes for various Summer and Winter schools that I have given. The notes describe the methodology called Variational Modelling, and focus on the application to the modelling of gradient-flow systems. I describe the methodology itself in great detail, and explain why this is a rational modelling route.
A central example is diffusion, in combination with various other processes, and a large part of the notes are devoted to this phenomenon. In the Variational Modelling…

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