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

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Why round to even integers?

According to the Mathematica help: Round rounds numbers of the form x.5 toward the nearest even integer. For example: Round[{0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5}] ...
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Whats the most efficient way to solve an equation numericaly (because it has no analitical solution)

So, I think the problem that Im having is simple but, still, Im not sure on how to do it. I have an equation with no analitical solution: $a_1 \sin \left(2 \theta \right)+a_2 \sin \left(2 ...
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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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How to handle infeasible points in FindRoot?

I am calling FindRoot[f[x,y],{{x,xInit,xMin,xMax},{y,yInit,yMin,yMax}}] where for some points {x,y}, ...
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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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Higher derivative [closed]

Is there more efficient way to rewrite this code in order to compute 2nd and higher derivatives of r=sqr{x^2+y^2+(z-a)^2}? ...
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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 get only the real solutions of an equation? [closed]

Is there any simple way to get only the real solutions of the eq. x^3-1=x? I've tried: Solve[x^3-1==x,x] But it gives the complex ones, too. I have Mathematica ...
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How to determine Fixed Point of a function? [closed]

A function is defined as f[x_]=Sqrt[1-x^2]. How can I determine the fixed point of f? I've tried this: ...
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BitShiftRight produces incorrect results in Version 10

With Mathematica 10 for Mac, BitShiftRight works properly on lists of up to 100000 numbers, but appears to give incorrect results when threaded over lists of 100001 ...
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How can I mend this broken heart?

Try to evaluate the following code: ...
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Plotting Geodesics in Kerr

I'm interested in plotting the trajectories of null geodesics near a rotating black hole (given by the Kerr solution) which involves a system of first order differential equations. Some Context (not ...
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Mathematica unable to solve equation numerically while Wolfram|Alpha can

I want to solve the following equation 2 x == Sinh[x] Mathematica is unable to do so ...
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on convergence in optimization [closed]

I am trying to solve a nonlinear programming problem using FindMinimum solver on Mathematica. When I execute, it is printing FindMinimum::eit: "The algorithm does not converge to the tolerance of ...
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A problem about function N [duplicate]

Toady,I have a problem about N,described as below: For example N[1/3, 5] (* ==> 0.33333*) and ...
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NMinimize gives an obvious wrong value

I'm trying to minimize a function of 2 lists of the same lenght, but for now the first list has one element, the second is constant. Essentialy, this baffles me: ...
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How can I name “a[[i]]” the parts of Table “a”? Or how to make Table “a” grow inside FindMinimum?

Let's say I want to minimize a function that uses a Table named a with the Conjugate Gradient Method of ...
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How to make a discretized NMinimize more precise

I am using Mathematica for physics research and I want to minimize a Hamiltonian equation with respect to two variables (I have also discretized the problem). I have a single constraint. When I plot ...
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Obtain approximate Hessian using FindMinimum

According to the documentation, when FindMinimum is told to use the method "QuasiNewton" on a unconstrained problem, it uses the ...
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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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Handling failed FindRoot calls

I want to handle FindRoot calls which did not converge (e.g "thrown" error message FindRoot::cvmit) ...
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Using NDSolve to solve Equation of Motion in cylindrical coordinates

I have a set of coupled differential equations which represents the equation of motion of a particle in cylindrical coordinates with the following Hamiltonian: $$ H=\frac{1}{2m} \left( p_r^2 + ...
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Find exact value

I want to know exact x'[t] value where z[t]=0 I know approximate x'[t] value is 107 but I cannot find how to find exact x'[t] value ...
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FindRoot with vector functions

I'm trying to solve a system of non-linear equations with FindRoot, and I get the answer, but also a ...
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NIntegrate Issue: Changing integration limits makes calculation time extremely long

After a long time developing some code in mathematica and finally getting it to work, I have unfortunately encountered an odd problem: When I change the limits of integration (and shift the function ...
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Solve set of non-linear equations with least-squares-fitting - constrain results?

I'm trying to solve a set of functions to determine the material properties from a set of measurement values. (To set up this method I just want to fit my model with some already calculated data). My ...
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RK4 Gravity Simulator

I have the following RK4 solver which splits the two 2nd order ODEs, used to calculate x and y positions under the influence of a gravitating body where $$x''(t)=\frac{G m ...
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How can I differentiate Numerically?

Mathematica has two ways to integrate: Integrate and NIntegrate. But what about D? ...
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Symbolic derivatives are being calculated numerically

Just found the following while debugging a problem. Mathematica is calculating the derivative of IntegerPart[x] in some odd way: ...
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Euler's method for a 2nd order ODE

This is my first post on this site. Also, I'm new to Mathematica. I'm trying to solve my first problem with Mathematica. It's about solving a 2nd order differential equation. I dont have the explicit ...
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How to find a scaling parameter in matrix inversion process by MMA?

I simply would like to find the inverse of a given matrix $A$ by the iterative method $X_{k+1}=X_k(2I-AX_k)$ using $X_0=\frac{1}{\sigma_{max}^2}A^*$. An example is as follows ...
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find the real root

I have the following equation: \begin{equation} (y-1)^{b1} - C~~ y~~ \exp(a x)=0 \end{equation} where $a, b$ are real constants, $C$ may be a complex number. I need to find the real solution of the ...
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Numerical evaluation of a sum

I am trying to compute numerically NSum[(-1)^n/n^3, {n, 1, Infinity}]. Of course, using first Sum would work here, but often ...
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Solving for the time-evolution operator in a periodically driven system

I am looking at the Hamiltonian $$H(t)=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & e^{i\Omega t}\\ e^{-i\Omega t}& 0\end{pmatrix}$$ I am trying to solve for the unitary operator $U(t,0)=\mathcal{T}\exp(-i\int_0^t ...
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Numerical vs Symbolic Integration: Loss of precision

I am trying to integrate the following expression over the time interval $0\leq t \leq \text{period}$. ...
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Runge-Kutta 2nd Order ODE Solver

Suppose I have a 2nd order ODE of the form y''(t) = 1/y with y(0) = 0 and y'(0) = 10, and ...
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Creating a 3D List Line Plot From Discrete Points

Given the following Runge-Kutta ODE solver and the graphical output below, how do I get a 3D line plot instead of a 3D point plot? I see that there is no ListLinePlot3D function, so I thought it might ...
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Numeric mixed derivatives

In short I need NumericCalculus`ND extended to mixed partial derivatives. This can be done by nesting them, but care has to be taken to evaluate underling ND only when the parameters become numeric. ...
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Ideas for NDSolve?

I'm currently trying to find a numerical solution to a differential equation of the form: D[W[X], {X, 4}] ==(-(1/(delta + G - (G X)/L)^2) + 1/(delta + (G X)/L)^2) ...
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How to implement the second loop

Here I have a problem that probably needs two loops, but I am not sure how to implement them together. The code calculates M for various values of parameter ...
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How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?

I have large dataset and need to fit rather complicated function on it with different values of one of its parameters (this parameter must be fixed in every fit). I use the ...
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Mean Squared Deviation for Population Data

I've been using the Lotka-Volterra equation to estimate population sizes and need to find the MAD (mean absolute deviation), MSD (mean squared deviation) and mape (mean absolute percentage error) for ...
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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 - sampling for result during the computation

I am using NDSolve for a Langevin dynamics problem. I want to the know long term behaviour of my system ($t>1$) but it has to be simulated with very small time steps ($dt\sim 10^{-9}$). An example ...
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Complicated output from simple Eigenvalues problem

I have code that uses Eigenvalues on matrices of various sizes. But the output of what should be a very simple problem, namely finding the eigenvalue of a 1x1 matrix, is overly complicated. ...
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NMinimize holding problem

I have a function that I want to minimize numerically through an NMinimize command (because it's very complicated analytically). The minimizer call looks as follows: ...
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Updating Wagon's FindAllCrossings2D[] function

Stan Wagon's Mathematica in Action (second edition; I haven't read the third edition and I'm hoping to eventually see it), demonstrates a nifty function called ...
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Area between Contours in ContourPlot

I feel slightly foolish for asking this because I am so close, but I'm having trouble, so I will anyway. I asked this question two days ago regarding finding the lengths of contours. Now, I'd like to ...
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Find lengths of contours in a ContourPlot

I am trying to find the lengths of different contours in the following plot: It is a complicated piecewise function evaluated on the unit disk. I am hoping there is an easy, generalized way to ...