Questions on the arbitrary precision capabilities of Mathematica.

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Arbitrary precision spline interpolation

Current implementation of Interpolation does not allow arbitrary precision spline interpolation. Yu-Sung Chang say here that "it is not hard to implement it ...
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Evaluating Erf[x] in arbitrary precision

Is it possible to evaluate Erf[200] with arbitrary precision? I only get 1. as result but I would like to know if a arbitrary ...
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Meaning of backtick in floating-point literal

If I compute, say, 1/3//N, Mathematica displays 0.333333 as the result. When I copy that output to use elsewhere, the paste ...
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NDSolve with varying PrecisionGoal and WorkingPrecision

Sometimes we need higher numerical precision to deal with large number cancellation in an equation. But if this cancellation happens only in a small (and known) parameter space, would it be possible ...
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How to set the working precision globally? $MinPrecision does not work

I want to increase the precision globally to 50 at least, but $MinPrecision does not work. ...
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Error about limit MaxExtraPrecision

After my evaluations I have an error: N::meprec: Internal precision limit $MaxExtraPrecision=50. reached while evaluating ... ...
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How to use adaptive precision in matrix computations?

I wish to compute the pseudo inverse of rectangular (or square) matrices by the cubically method of Chebyshev given by $X_{k+1}=X_k(3I-AX_k(3I-AX_k))$ where $X_0=\frac{1}{\|A\|_F^2}A^*$. The procedure ...
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Elegant high precision `log1p`?

Sometimes it is hard to understand how numerical expressions are evaluated. I remember reading claims by Wolfram on how smart the Kernel is to evaluate expressions trees numerically by recognizing ...
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Global precision setting

Coming from Maple I do not understand how the precision for numerical computations in Mathematica is specified. I understand that there are various options to commands such as ...
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Is LinearSolve the most robust way to solve the equation $Ax=b$?

I want to solve the equation $Ax=b$, where $A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix, and $x$ and $b$ are $n\times 1$ column vectors. Here $n=124$. LinearSolve[A,b] I got the ...
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What determines the value of $MaxNumber?

What determines the value of $MaxNumber? $MaxNumber 1.233433712981650*10^323228458 ...
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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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When I can assume that all decimal digits returned by Mathematica are provably correct?

How to Control the Precision and Accuracy of Numerical Results Arbitrary-Precision Numbers Mathematica works with exact numbers and with two different types of approximate numbers: ...
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Accurately evaluating the hypergeometric function

As part of another problem, I am working to evaluate hypergeometric functions such as Hypergeometric2F1[1, 1, n, -1] for large $n$. I am hoping to obtain at ...
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Making a calculation with high precision

I would like to make the following calculation: 1/Sqrt[1 - (150^2 10^(-4))/(9 10^16.)] - 1 Mathematica 8 returns 0. The result is obviously not 0, but my ...
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Adding precision for the calculation of a function

I have some function $f(x)$ I wish to evaluate, which is yielding divide-by-zero errors for sufficiently large inputs. How do I increase the precision with which this function is evaluated in order ...
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Can some one explain perplexing behavior of arbitrary precision arithmetic?

I was exploring the problem presented by another question, when I ran into some behavior of Mathematica's arbitrary precision arithmetic engine that perplexes me. Here is what I was doing ...
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Parallel linear algebra with arbitrary precision

Is it possible to do parallel linear algebra with arbitrary precision within Mathematica (in a simple manner, as is done for the machine precision)?
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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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Set Global Maximum Precision

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I've looked around and can't figure it out: How do I set a global maximum precision for a notebook (or in general, globally)? I have a large notebook in ...
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Optimizing NIntegrate for higher PrecisionGoal

By default, NIntegrate works with MachinePrecision and its PrecisionGoal is set to ...
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Manipulating an arbitrary-precision ContourPlot

I have a function, say minimizeme[ω_][β_][ϵ_] = ϵ^2 ω-Log[2 (Cosh[2 β]+Cosh[2 β ϵ])]/(2 β); I want to make a high-precision dynamic ...
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Setting the Accuracy of calculations

I am optimizing an equation that involves a number of trigonometric functions and Exp[]. How do I make sure that all my calculations have an accuracy of 120-200 ...
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Need more float precision

I have a Physics problem which huge and tiny numbers and Mathematica just gives me a speed of my particles which is the speed of light. Then $1/\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}$ becomes singular. If I use smaller ...
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Mathematica Plot: Inconsistency when plotting large values

I am working with a function in Mathematica and I am getting some inconsistencies when I plot it. As I really need to understand were this comes from I would appreciate any help. I am working with a ...
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Why do I keep getting 0.06 with WorkingPrecision->1?

I'm trying to generate a list of 1000 random numbers with WorkingPrecision->1. Is there any particular reason that I'm getting some entries as 0.06? I have tested the following lines: ...
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Quadruple-precision (128 bit) arithmetic

Is it possible to force Mathematica to perform computations with hardware supported quadruple-precision? The following test suggest, that all of the computations with fixed precision, different than ...
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Dealing with numbers too large for machine precision in Graphics

Graphics only supports machine precision numbers (i.e. number that can be converted to machine precision). Take for example ...