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

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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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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 Numbers in Mathematica

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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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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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. What'...
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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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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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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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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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Find Numerical Derivatives (With Errors) given some data

I have a question. Suposse I have some data with their respective errors: ...
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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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Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least through version 10.0 the performance of a / b and a - b is ...
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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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Graphing convolutions of user defined functions

I am a statistician who is very new to Mathematica. Ultimately I would like to be able to graph convolutions of arbitrary user defined functions. But I can't as yet obtain values of such ...
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FindMinimum gets confused by If[…]

I'm confused by why the following doesn't work. I'm trying to numerically minimize a function that has an If statement in its definition, as follows: ...
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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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Solve-ing with initially unassigned parameters and Solve-ing using their numerical values produces different results

I am trying to solve an equation using the following piece of code: ...
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Decomposing a diagonal positive real matrix

I would like to 'decompose' a diagonal positive real matrix $E$ of rank $D$ onto $\sum_{i=1}^{D}c(i)N^i$: $$E = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & & & \\ & a & & \\ &...
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How can I find the sum of the even digits of a number of all elements of a list?

Let $E(n)$ denote the sum of the even digits of $n$. For example, $E(123456789) = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8$. I tried a = IntegerDigits[123456789] and ...
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Kramers Kronig Relation for Phase and Complex Reflectivity

I am a new user to Mathematica and I have been trying to figure out how to find $\Theta(\omega)$ from my 'experimental' values of energy and $\ln(\sqrt{R(\omega)})$ (I am just running a simulation, ...
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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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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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Problem to solve an integral equation [closed]

I am new to Mathematica. I am trying to numerically solve for C in the following equation: $\begin{equation} \begin{array}{lcl} -\int_0^\infty (5000000+100000 x+ C)^{-1} ...
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Understanding NDSolve::ndsz

I'm working on a largeish system of differential equations where I encounter the NDSolve::ndsz step size is effectively zero; singularity or stiff system suspected ...
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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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Can Mathematica identify formulae or sequences of numbers?

Can Mathematica suggest what a formula means? For example if I input $$\sum_{i=0}^n i$$ can it infer that this is a sum of integer values from $0$ to $n$? Or if I enter $0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13$, can ...
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First 10 digits of $\pi$ without rounding

I need to have $\pi$ with an accuracy of $10$ digits. My first guess would be N[Pi, 10] However, this rounds to the last digit instead of just chopping of any ...
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Convert Integer to Numeric with Replacement rules

I have a long list of triples, each looking something like {AGO, 1988, 2345.23}. Some of these, however, have an integer in the third spot, like this: ...
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DSolve 2nd Order Coupled Partial Differential Equations

I am trying to use Mathematica to solve 2 coupled differential equations. My equations are of the form \begin{equation}\ddot{x}_i + A_{il} \partial^l A^{jk} ( \dot{x}_b \dot{x}_c - y_b y_c ) =0 \end{...
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Numerical instability in cosh and sinh - integral functions [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate the function: CoshIntegral[x] Sinh[x] - Cosh[x] SinhIntegral[x] Unfortunately Mathematica seems to hit a point (x~20) and things become ...
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Problem with numerical evaluation of analytically solved integral, solution way off

The following command in Version 9.0.1: N[Integrate[x^50*Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}]] gives $1.4615\times 10^{48}$ which is way off from the correct solution which is ...
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Finding the square root of a squared number?

Taking the square root of the square of a number Variable set to a real value I'm wondering why these examples a = -4.3; Sqrt@a² Sqrt@(a^2) Sqrt[a^2] Sqrt[a²] ...
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NSolve with numerical function

I would like to solve numerically an equation which involves a numerical function constructed by fitting some data: ...
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Gamma function computation efficiency?

I wonder what kind of algorithm is used to compute the values for the gamma function. Specifically, I am interested in how the computational load increases when the complexity of the input grows. So, ...
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What are the algorithm details of FindRoot?

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system". But I ...
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CompiledFunction returns machine numbers smaller than $MinMachineNumber

When thinking on the workaround for this LogLogPlot bug suggested by halirutan I noticed that CompiledFunction actually can ...
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p-iteration algorithm to solve Lambert's problem for interplanetary trajectories

I've been reading up on using the p-iteration method to solve Lambert's problem for choosing the correct interplanetary trajectory between two planets given the ...
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How do I get Nsolve to work with hyperbolic functions?

This is a rather simple numerical solution, but it simply doesn't work. Does anybody have a solution? NSolve[x - Sinh[x] - 1 == 0, x] NSolve::nsmet: This ...
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Removing numerically vanishing complex part within NDSolve

I am using functions that are only well-defined for real values (e.g. HeavisideTheta) within NDSolve. Internally ...
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Why is Poisson Random Deviate Generation so slow?

I am generating Poisson deviates for some numerical work. Mathematica 9.0.1 is very slow in generating these random numbers, as can be seen below. ...
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Numerical errors/inaccuracies in ProductLog

Context In cosmology, a fairly accurate model to describe the gravitational potential, $\psi(r)$ of dark matter halos is given by $\psi( r)=\log(1+r)/r$. ...
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Padding and formatting within BaseForm

I find using BaseForm to be a little tricky. For example, if you use BaseForm and then do some additional operation all the numbers turn back into base 10, so you have do BaseForm as the "last step". ...
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Incorrect numerical derivative of function that uses FindRoot

I am trying to plot the derivative of function g[x] below where g[x] is defined as the root of another equation. However, I am ...
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How to make the computer consider two numbers equal up to a certain precision

My problem is that I have a matrix A and the computer says is not Hermitian (self-adjoint). Then I check which elements make A ...