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

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Can Mathematica propose an exact value based on an approximate one?

Sometimes, I use Mathematica to do some hypothesis on homeworks to make the question easier. For instance, when I have to compute big sums when $n\to\infty$ and Mathematica can't give the exact ...
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How to guess initial complex value for FindRoot

I have to solve a transcendental equation for a parameter, say $\beta$. Now, the $\beta$ has a range from $ik$ to $k$ where $i$ is the usual imaginary root $\sqrt{-1}$ and $k$ is a real number. ...
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Tutorial for basic numerical methods for PDEs

I'm afraid this is probably not going to be a "good" question, but I'd like to use Mathematica to learn about basic numerical schemes for solving pdes. For example, I'd like to compute the solution of ...
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The difference between 0. and 0

I have a function for which 0 is a special case: f[A___, 0, B___] := 0 But since I am doing numerics, sometimes in the course ...
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Position function not always retuning an answer even with no apparent problems

I'm having some problems with Position. Sometimes it will give an empty list instead of the actual position of the element I am looking for when that element is ...
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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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Numerical Error with Large Matrices

I am writing a Finite Element Analysis program in Mathematica. The code involves handling a large matrix with large entries. I get an error when I try to use Mathematica's "LinearSolve" to solve a ...
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NDSolve does not respond

For some sets of constants, NDSolve gives me true solutions, but when I try for example, T = 1/(2*2200), Mathematica does not respond. What can I do? The code below ...
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Alleviating a bottleneck involving a function call with symbolic derivatives

I have a bottleneck problem involving a function call with symbolic derivatives. I don't have much experience with Mathematica (or any dynamic language) and I'm certain that the way I've set this up ...
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How to remove duplicates from set of machine precision 2D points?

I have a set of 2D points with machine precision coordinates. I need to remove all duplicates. Performance is important. This is the most obvious fast solution: ...
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What is the correct way to use NIntegrate inside the FindMinimum function?

I'm having minor issues with the FindMinimum function when using NIntegrate inside. The functions work perfectly well but I get ...
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Mathematica 7: Problems when evaluating Fourier inside a ParallelTable

after I got such a great response for my first question on this site, I'm very encouraged to asked my second one! So here it is, very generally: To speed up a "row-wise" (i.e. 1D) operation on a ...
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Strategies to avoid LessEqual::nord in NMinimize?

When using NMinimize on functions with complex intermediate expressions (but a real end result), quite often one gets the error ...
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Can't see updating performed by NMinimize[…,StepMonitor->(…)] outside of Button in which it's called [duplicate]

I've made a peak-fitting GUI in which I have a "Fit" button that, when pressed, calls NMinimize[...,StepMonitor->(step++)] to minimize a sum of squared ...
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Weird NDSolve behavior with Piecewise (MMA9)

NDSolve in Mathematica 9.0.0 (MacOS) is behaving strangely with a piecewise right hand side. The following code (a simplified version of my real problem): ...
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2D Heat equation: inconsistent boundary and initial conditions

I'm attempting to use NDSolve on a 2D boundary value problem with initial conditions. Upon running my code, I get the following message: "NDSolve::ibcinc: Warning: Boundary and initial conditions are ...
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A is fast, B is fast, but together they're Mathematica-crashing slow?

I'm trying to do something with finding solutions to a quantum mechanics problem with n wells. If there are 40 wells, I need to find the solution to an equation in the form: ...
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Numerical integration of a numeric data available as a nested list

I have some numerical data in the form of a list with the following structure: {...{x,y,z},...} defining a surface z=z(x,y) in a 3D space (x,y,z). The data came from a simulation, and I am ...
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Combined numerical minimization and maximization

I want to numerically calculate the maximum of a function defined by the minimization of another function, like the following: ...
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How could we define a function recursively?

Let us first consider the constructon of the following simple iteration ...
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How to solve equations self-consistently

I want to solve the following equation self-consistently. So, H.u = e.u {{1, d}, {d, 1}}.{u1, u2} = e.{u1, u2} I guess an initial value for ...
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Finding all/most roots of a discontinuous function more consistently?

I have the equation: f[x_]:=α Tan[α*a] - Sqrt[c - α^2] and ideally I want to find all of its positive zeros, given a and c, with variable alpha. The problem is ...
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How can I get Mathematica to allow me to apply FindRoot to an expression that contains NIntegrate?

I am trying to run the following command in Mathematica: FindRoot[NIntegrate[D[f[x], x] / Sqrt[1 - x^2], {x, 0, 1}] - d, {a, 245}] As you might expect, a is ...
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intersection between two curves in Mathematica

I have two curves (drawn from points) in a plane, one is drawn with ListLinePlot and the other drawn with ParametricPlot. How ...
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How can I handle curve singularity in this NIntegrate integration?

Yesterday I asked a question about the non converging integral. Woods told me that it is due to the function which has a singularity along a line which passes through the integration region. (Why ...
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How to calculate an integral of an expression that is determined numerically (in Mathematica)?

First of all, I am fairly new to Mathematica and Stackoverflow, so please feel free to give me any advice whatsoever. I aim to calculate an integral of an expression that has been determined ...
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Converting other C++ classes to MTensor in LibraryLink

Hopefully this will be a quick question + a quick answer: Say I have a C++ (or C) code using LibraryLink. I am using a library that defines a specific matrix class, as many numerical libraries ...
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Seemingly simple optimization problem is slow

I'm trying to generate a demand curve numerically, given a utility function. The function for the demand is defined like so: ...
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Computing derivatives of a moment generating function

Dear Mathematica users, I'm trying to compute higher order derivatives of a moment generating function and then evalutate them in 0 (in order to get some moment conditions for a GMM estimation). ...
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Precision differences

I run this sum and get the symbolic answer below : Sum[ (1/(k^2 - k) - 1/k^2), {k, 2, Infinity}] $2 - \frac{\pi^2}{6}$ I look up the sequence on OEIS and ...
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Make mathematica treat $e_i^2$ as numeric

With NumericQ[symbol] = True, I can declare that a symbol is numeric. I want the expressions matching: $$e_{\text{i$\_$}?\text{IntegerQ}}^2$$ to be treated as ...
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Preventing Numerical value from being evaluated

I have searched stackoverflow (and comparable pages) for quite a while now (got redirected from there to this specialized stack), and I surrender. I am trying to evaluate an expression that is small ...
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How to build a grid of integrand points and numerically integrate?

If I have some function I know numerically only, say f(x) and each point $x$ takes significant time to compute so I have them all stored in some file as f(1)=0.232423, f(1.1)=0.3243432,....Then is it ...
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Non solutions returned by NSolve. And why does it return both phi and Cos[phi]?

Similarly to this thread NSolve gives additional solutions that don't satisfy the equations! NSolve returns "spurious" solutions, even increasing the working precision ...
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How to solve this trigonometric system of equations numerically?

How can the following trigonometric system of equations be solved numerically? ...
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Why does NSum fail here?

I want to evaluate a sum of integrals; each integral has a pole on the real axis and I handle this via the Cauchy Principal Value $ ...
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Numerically/Analytically Solving a System of Equations

I have $6$ functions $f_i(x,y,z)$, $(i = 1, \ldots, 6)$ in three variables $x,y,z$, and I would like to find a simultaneous instance of these variables, say $(x_0, y_0, z_0)$, such that $f_i(x_0, y_0, ...
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How can I solve Tan[t] - t == F[x] for t as a function of x?

How can I solve the equation Tan[t] - t = Ax, where A is a constant for t[x]? I know that ...
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Industrial Level Applications. Recipe for mixed notation of equations set

I am working with large (linear) equations set within Mathematica in numerical notation. For example, set from 4056 eq. is solved for a second, no more. There is no doubt, result is great. But even ...
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How do I get a list of digits for a number?

I have this 200 digit number where I want to get the IntegerDigits, but the decimal point is in the way. ...
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Finding a fit to a multi-dimensioned function

I have a model function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^2$, and a bunch of data points for which I'd like Mathematica to fit for me. Unfortunately FindFit ...
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Construct DifferentialMatrices and Kernel for LevinRule for this integral and ODE set

I've made a lot of progress on my problem the last few days thanks to all the help I've received on here. I think I'm upto the final step of greatly improving the performance of NIntegrate[..] on my ...
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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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Is there a way to globally set when to treat a very small number as zero?

I understand that I can use Chop to force a very small number to be treated as 0 and can use ...