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3D Gamma function

I try to plot the following function: Plot3D[Gamma[1+0.5*(n+m)]/Sqrt[Gamma[1+n]*Gamma[1+m]],{n,0,1000},{m,0,1000}] I expect that for m=n and near to it the value ...
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How trustworthy is NMaximize?

Suppose I solve a constrained optimisation problem using NMaximize. How confident can I be of the accuracy of the result? For concreteness, suppose that F,G are ...
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How to get the digits after the decimal point

I have N[Sqrt[2], 8] which outputs 0.4142136 How do I get the 4142136 part out of it? I ...
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Precision of NIntegrate

At the moment I am considering a 'difficult', highly-oscillatory integral in Mathematica. It calculates the integral without any complaints. However, I am also trying out a numerical method with which ...
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Numerical Integration different in Mathematica version 9 and 10 with same options

I have noted that the same function with the same settings gives me different results in Mathematica version 9 and 10. This involves integrating numerically interpolating functions and so on. Here a ...
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Floating point operations — division vs multiplication; how do they affect accuracy?

Given two functions: f[x_] := x ((x + 1)^(1/2) - x^(1/2)) g[x_] := x/((x + 1)^(1/2) + x^(1/2)) Which one is more accurate? Side note: If you could explain why, ...
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Option: number of digits

The command NestList[Cos, 1.5, 10] produces the list: ...
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Deferent results depending on the input form of the matrix [closed]

Why is it so, N[Eigenvectors[{{1., 0.5, 4.}, {2., 1., 2.}, {0.25, 0.5, 1.}}]] returns: ...
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Understanding differences between Maple and Mathematica in examples picked by Maplesoft

I am reading the document "How Maple Compares to Mathematica" found at http://www.maplesoft.com/products/maple/compare/HowMapleComparestoMathematica.pdf. On page 15 there is an example where ...
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Handling Accuracy and Simplifying

I have the following problem. I have a system of non-linear equations that I log-linearize around a certain point, let's call it point A, using a function that I ...
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User defined functions and decimal places displayed

I have a couple of complicated user-defined functions, one which calls the other, and I wish to control the number of decimal places displayed when I call the "mother" function. I have tried the ...
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the default option of NDSolve

How should I find out what the default value of Accuracy and Precision is in the NDSolve? I have a pde that when I asked it to solve for me the equation with a special Accuracy and precision it gave ...
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How to solve the warning problem and obtain real roots without imaginary part?

I am trying to solve a equation with Newton's method via FindRoot, and the codes are: Define the functions: ...
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How to check the decimal accuracy of result? [duplicate]

I am trying to check if the result is enough accurate to use. I need an accuracy of 10^-6 from some numerical method. Something like root finding algorithm. But how do I check that in mathematica? I ...
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How can we ensure the result of Mathematica is exactly correct?

This is an example, I plot a function and find it has a defect when x approximates 400. Plot[Cos[.3 x] Exp[-0.01 x], {x, 0, 1000}, PlotRange -> All] Another ...
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Why am I getting wildly incorrect results from FirstPassageTimeDistribution with inexact transition matrix?

Working on some large systems using DiscreteMarkovProcess, I changed the transition matrix to machine precision vs using exact values, which sped things up handily. ...
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Inaccuracy of Piecewise function? [duplicate]

I have the following issue and can't find a solution so far. ...
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N[number, 100] does not give 100 decimal places [duplicate]

Please look at this computations: a = N[Sqrt[2], 20]; N[a^2, 100] The output is 2.0000000000000000000, which is apparently not $a^2$ to 100 decimal places. ...
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Choosing PrecissionGoal and AccuracyGoal for decomposed integral with NIntegrate

Assume I have a complicated integral $I$ which can feature all kinds of difficulties like infinite interval, rapidly oscillatory integrand, integrable singularities and numerically almost singular ...
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Law of Cosines to determine angle change along spiral

The Spiral I'm trying to place circles along the outside of an Archimedean spiral. Shown below: ...
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Tools for Stability/Automatic Error Analysis in Mathematica

I have a longer analytic expression in several variables containing special functions and others. Does Mathematica bring tools - or are there any packages - to examine the stability when I evaluate ...
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Getting increased accuracy for roots of determinant

I have a matrix $a(\kappa)$ from which I am trying to determine $\kappa$ by using the equation $det(a(\kappa)) = 0$. The matrices I deal with are on the order of 100 X 100 to 500 X 500. Originally I ...
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How accurate is Collect?

Background: I am trying to compute the Lyapunov exponent for the logistic map given by \begin{equation*} x_{n+1}=F(x_n)=ax_n(1-x_n) \end{equation*} The formula for the Lyapunov exponent for a given ...
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Is there a way to get BSplineFunction beyond MachinePrecision?

I have been using BSplineFunction (Mathematica 8) to generate a smooth representation of some data, which I might then do some further processing on. As I ...
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AccuracyGoal, PrecisionGoal, WorkingPrecision and NDSolve

I'm trying to understand exactly what WorkingPrecision, AccuracyGoal and PrecisionGoal mean ...
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Large Number times Tiny Number

A (maybe noob) question: Let a = 1234567891234567889998.5 b = 1234567891234567889999.5 Mathematica (v8) yields for ...
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Strange behaviour of PolyLog Function

I discovered some strange behaviour of the PolyLog[] Function in Mathematica which seems to me like a bug in the function implementation. It looks like ...
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Calibrating Precision in calculations

As the title says, I encounter an irritating problem which has to do with the accuracy or the precision used in the calculations. To be more specific, I have the following code: ...
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Increasing number of decimal places in Manipulate input

I've made a Manipulate app. in Mathematica where I vary the value of a function f(a) by varying the parameter a. However, I seem to only be able to edit my input for a for a value up to 5 decimal ...
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How do I craft this constant to a specific accuracy?

An earlier post was migrated to Physics.SE and we determined that if this converged, we would have a constant close to the mass of the proton in kilograms. This constant is constructed by summing the ...
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SetAccuracy behavior

I'm puzzled by the output I get from SetAccuracy. According to the documentation, when SetAccuracy is used to increase the ...
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NExpectation not up to expectations with Boole or Conditioned

Context I am interested in computing numerically the number of extrema at a given threshold for random fields. These numbers are expectations of MultinormalDistributions. Problem This integral ...
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Could the PrecisionGoal for NDSolve be a negative number?

The help of Mathematica doesn't say so much about the PrecisionGoal for NDSolve, and I never considered much about it even after ...