Questions on the numerical functions of Mathematica, implementing numerical methods and numerical computing with Mathematica.

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Identifying critical points of 2/3D image/cubes

Upshot I am interested in identifying critical points of a 3D field/cubes (maxima, minima, tube-like and wall-like saddle points) and 2D field/image (maxima, minima, saddle points). I.e. the ...
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complicated Numerical Integration, FEM application

I am trying to calculate a 2d Integral which has another 2d integral in the integrands. here is the setup: ...
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Results of ArgMax as a function of a parameter with InterpolatingFunctions

I would like to obtain a function and its derivatives, where the function is defined as the solution to a maximization problem. The obvious approach ...
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Errors of machine precision [on hold]

I receive this error and do not understand this. What is it? Actually I'm not doing any ABS or Log of something I don't know how it has popped up in calculations? N::meprec: "Internal precision ...
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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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NMaximize not satisfying binary constraint

I'm solving an optimization problem in Mathematica with binary integer constraints. It works alright with other constraints. But the only problem is that both NMaximize and NArgMax are not treating ...
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FindRoot with units error: Message text not found

This is sort of embarrassing. I'm working on a document to extol the virtues of Mathematica, and I can't get it to solve a relatively simple system of equations involving units. In this code, when I ...
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NIntegrate and NumericQ [closed]

I need to do numerical integration --> differentiation --> numerical integration. I tried to apply the technique described in the accepted answer to a similar question: ...
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Scaling the time axis of an interpolated function (as in a solution from NDSolve)

I'm wondering how I can change the units of the x (time) axis when plotting a solution from NDSolve. I have obtained three solutions to a system of differential equations, all of which exist over the ...
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Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least in version 7, the performance of a / b and a - b is not ...
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How to solve this numerically?

May I ask what is the best way to evaluate ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Why IntegerPart[x/(x/2)]=1?

Consider this code x = 0.109354682484; IntegerPart[x/(x/2)] (* 1 *) Precision[x] (* MachinePrecision *) Why does it give 1 ? Version number: 9.0 on Mac 10.9.2 ...
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How to enforce numerical precision throughout a package

I developed a big package that does quite a bit of numerics. Is there a way to enforce that all numerical computations are done with a pre-defined accuracy? For example, can one use something like ...
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Discrete sampling of interpolating function returned by NDSolve

When solving an ODE with NDSolve, Mathematica returns an interpolation function. I need a discrete sampling of this function however. Naively, I can write this as (example): ...
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Heat Transfer equation by numerical methods

I want to solve the following heat conduction equation using numerical methods: D[u[x, t], t] -alpha*D[u[x, t], {x, 2}] == 0 u[x, 0] == 1/(1 + x^2)^0.25, u[-10, t] == u[10, t] == 0, ...
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How to find discretezation error of NDSolve

Is there a way to find out how large the truncation, round-off, and other errors that occur from discretizing a differential equation are while using the default settings in NDSolve? Or would I have ...
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FindRoot to find numerical solution of a given index

I want to find solutions of a system of multivariate nonlinear equations of a specific index (i.e., the no. of positive eigenvalues of the Jacobian evaluated at the solution). I know the FindRoot ...
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How to fit 3 data sets to a model of 4 differential equations?

I'm a biologist and a newbie in Mathematica. I want to fit three data sets to a model consisting of four differential equations and 10 parameters. I want to find the parameters best fitting to my ...
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Mathematica can't minimize a function

Mathematica seems not to be able to minimize this univariate function over integer arguments, $r>2, r \in \mathbb{Z}$. ...
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Numerically solving an ODE for a parameter

My equation is as follows: sol = ParametricNDSolve[{(f'[r]^2 - 1) f'[r] r == 6.2 (f'[1])^2/1000, f[1] == a}, {f}, {r, 1, 3}, {a}] where the function ...
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Numerical Instability?

Current Status Please skip ahead to Update 2: the key questions are now: 1/ Why does Mma generally fail to find the minimum for a well behaved function when the function does not have infinite ...
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How to compute the inverse CDF properly?

Note: this has been fixed in version 9. I want to compute the CDF and inverse CDF of the hyperbolic distribution: ...
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Boundary Value Problem- using NDSolve or another method

I am trying to solve a set of coupled partial differential equations, with defined boundary conditions using mathematica. Here are the equations and the boundary conditions. ...
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Trying to solve a transcendental equation involving bessel functions

I've never used Mathematica before and am trying to numerically solve equation (12) from this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9907218v2. Ideally I'd be able to find the smallest value of $x_{n\nu}$ ...
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Increasing the precision of a calculation

Clearly I have misunderstood how to do this: I seem unable to understand how to get more digits out of a calculation and I can't see why - the following piece of code illustrates the issue. ...
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How can I obtain more significant digits? [closed]

I type f1[x_] := 12 x^5 - 975 x^4 + 28000 x^3 - 345000 x^2 + 1800000 x N[f1[15.5], 15] and obtain 3.74112*10^6 BUT It´s not true!!! the result is larger than ...
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Forcing RecurrenceTable + NIntegrate to evaluate lazily

I have a recurrence relation that grows exponentially if expressed in closed-form. I need to integrate this function. If I plot it, I think Mathematica evaluates the recurrence numerically at every ...
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NIntegrate Warning / Error Messages

I am doing: NIntegrate[Sin[Exp[(x^4)]], {x, 2, Infinity}, PrecisionGoal -> 12] It prints out a host of warnings, but also shows the results as: ...
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NDsolve with variable end-point

I want to plot the solution a coupled ODEs as a function of the end point only. Mathematica code: ...
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Fourier Transform Help

I'm trying to do a Fourier Transform of the following Data, but I'm completely stuck. Here's what I've done so far: ...
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Floating point addition not associative

Can anybody explain the following behavior? x = 0.2 + (0.3 + 0.1); y = (0.2 + 0.3) + 0.1; x == y (* -> True *) But actually the variables do not exactly ...
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Fixed Point Math in MMA

I am working with a library that needs input in a Fixed Point notation. I’d like to figure out a way to convert the floating point results into fixed point representation. The fixed point length is ...
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Is it possible to disable assumptions used by FullSimplify for zero testing [closed]

Sometimes when I invoke FullSimplify on a large expression, I get a series of messages like this: ...
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Why is left NumberPadding always applied in NumberForm?

I would like to display numbers like 9.0001 and 10.0001 in the fixed-width form of xx.xxxx. ...
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Is there no documentation for Method in Eigensystem?

There does not appear to be any documentation on how to use Method in Eigensystem, or at least not in Version 9.0.1 of ...
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Can Mathematica Handle Open Intervals? Interval complements?

Open Intervals Following up on this question, I was wondering whether Mma can handle open intervals. For example, the union of the intervals, $$1<x<5$$ and $$5<x<8$$ should not ...
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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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Perform FindRoots on Function Evaluation Containing RootSearch

I am using Ted Ersek's RootSearch function in Mathematica 9.0 (http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Demos/4482/) to create a function that I am using for graphing. ...
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Multiple NIntegrate (again)

Basically I have the same question as here: Multiple NIntegrate but since I don't have enough "reputation" I cannot comment there. I want to solve the following multiple Integral numerically at given ...
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NMinimize seems to call function with the same values multiple times

I have to minimize a function where the evaluation of one parameter set takes very long (around 5sec) and discovered alongside, that NMinimize seems to call this ...
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listplot very large numbers

Suppose we have the following function: NN = 150; W[n1_] := NN!/(n1 ! (NN - n1!)) (1/2)^n1 (1/2)^(NN - n1) Then we can Plot or Listplot it: ...
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Numerical Integration with Variable Parameters

So I want to numerically compute the integral of a long complicated expression over a specified domain (in this case an ellipse). I know how to use a Boole function to sample within the ellipse, but I ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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How to determine BLAS/LAPACK implementation used internally for numerical matrix operations?

Is there a command which reveals which implementation of BLAS and LAPACK are used in Mathematica's matrix operations such as Eigensystem? I asked a related question ...
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Is there a way to see the result of NIntegrate's symbolic preprocessing?

NIntegrate can do a number of different types of symbolic preprocessing on the integrand before starting the numerical calculations, including changes of variables. ...
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NMaximize and Accuracy

I have a problem with NMaximize which is best depicted by the following figure. The result indicates, that the solution mathematica finds seems to be smooth except a few outliers. How can I get rid of ...
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How to use NIntegrate in a function using parameters from a list

I would like to use NIntegrate in a function with some parameters from a list. I simplified my problem for this forum. The list of parameters is as follows: ...
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Boundary Value Problem

I have to solve this boundary value problem: $$\frac{\mathrm{d}e_{3x}}{\mathrm{d}l}=(M_0+F_{0z}x-F_{0x}z)e_{3z}$$ $$\frac{\mathrm{d}e_{3z}}{\mathrm{d}l}=-(M_0+F_{0z}x-F_{0x}z)e_{3x}$$ ...