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

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Forcing FindRoot to return only real solutions

FindRoot documentation reports that if the equation and the initial point are reals, the solutions are searched in the real domain. However, in the following case I ...
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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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Function to subdivide interval into n evenly-spaced points

[This post needs better tags than I could come up with. Edits to the tags would be particularly welcome.] I realize that it is trivial to define a function that takes an interval (i.e. two ...
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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 ...
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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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MaxSteps and Computing time issue for Solving Differential equation in Mathematica

When we solve differential equation numerically using NDSolve then sometimes we get error like NDSolve::mxst: Maximum steps reached According to Mathematica docs ...
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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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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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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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Numerics with Mathematica

From time to time, I would like to use Mathematica purely numerically, e.g., plotting a function which is defined as an integral which cannot be solve analytically or a solution of a differential ...
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Computing polynomial eigenvalues in Mathematica

MATLAB offers a function polyeig for computing polynomial eigenvalues, which appear, for instance in quadratic eigenvalue problems (see here for some applications) such as: \begin{equation} ...
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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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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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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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How to guarantee that NDSolve correctly detects abrupt changes in parameters?

When using NDSolve, I often have parameters that, in most of their domain, have a constant or null variation, but that suffer from abrupt variations on a very small ...
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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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Monitoring the Evaluation of NDSolve: time to finish estimation

My problem is quite simple: I run a NDSolve with a system of many ODEs, a calculation that will run for many hours, and I would like to know the progress of the ...
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Numerical solution of coupled ODEs with boundary conditions

I have to solve the following set of ODEs and just can't get good results using Mathematica $$ r\frac{d}{dr}\left(\frac{1}{r}\frac{d}{dr}A(r)\right)-\xi^2F(r)^2\left(A(r)-1\right)=0 $$ $$ ...
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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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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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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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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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Numeric calculation of Hessian

I want to calculate the Hessian matrix for a function that can only be evaluated numerically. So far, I have the following (where f is just for testing): ...
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How to cancel floating point factors?

I am currently having problems with some floating points. I have a function, which gives as an intermediate result (for example) ...
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How do I numerically solve a custom function?

Whenever I use functions like FindRoot or NDSolve, it sends x through the function and deals ...
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Parallelizing Numerical Integration in Mathematica

I have an ugly, six dimensional function that I need to integrate numerically. It works, but it currently take twelve hours to complete the calculation. Is there any good way to parallelize the ...
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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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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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Symbolic Integration along contour: branch cut problem?

Context Following this question on path integrals in the complex plane, having defined again a numerical and symbolic integrator along a path as ...
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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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Solution for equation system with piece-wise defined functions

As I could swear this worked just yesterday, I am probably just doing something stupid here and I am sorry to bother you :) I am trying to find the point where a curve crosses a line. In this case, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Semidefinite Programming

I want to solve a numerical optimization problem using semi-definite programming. Is there a package or add-on that equips mathematica with this functionality?
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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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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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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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How to make Mathematica try harder to perform symbolic comparisons?

(I suspect this question is a duplicate, but I didn't find a sufficiently similar question with an answer to it.) I'm having trouble with comparisons of symbolic ...
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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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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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Can the CholeskyDecomposition function in Mathematica be made to work on non-symmetric matrices?

The CholeskyDecomposition[m] function in Mathematica requires a symmetric and positive definite matrix m. For instance, the ...
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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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Quickly reducing the number of decimal digits for a set of real numbers

How can I quickly convert a number with $n$ decimal points to a number of with $m$ decimal points? Round works, however, it is slower than I would like. This ...
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Why doesn't FindRoot work correctly?

I'm trying to find the roots of the following equation: I need to find λs for different values of ξ. I know that for all ...
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Minimize failing on a polynomial

Calling: Minimize[{-0.4877 - 0.1190 r^2 - 0.1885 r^4 + 2.9703 z - 0.5531 z^2, 0 <= z <= 3.5 ∧ 0 <= r <= 1.75}, {r, z}] returns ...
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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 ...