Approximation of Hölder continuous homeomorphisms by piecewise affine homeomorphisms
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This paper is concerned with the problem of approximating a homeomorphism by piecewise affine homeomorphisms. The main result is as follows: every homeomorphism from a planar domain with a polygonal boundary to ℝ2 that is globally Hölder continuous of exponent α ∈ (0, 1], and whose inverse is also globally Hölder continuous of exponent α can be approximated in the Hölder norm of exponent β by piecewise affine homeomorphisms, for some β ∈ (0,α) that only depends on α. The proof is constructive. We adapt the proof of simplicial approximation in the supremum norm, and measure the side lengths and angles of the triangulation over which the approximating homeomorphism is piecewise affine. The approximation in the supremum norm, and a control on the minimum angle and on the ratio between the maximum and minimum side lengths of the triangulation suffice to obtain approximation in the Hölder norm. © 2011 University of Houston.