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Is MathieuC for moderately large imaginary arguments broken?

I'm trying to plot MathieuC[-3,0.3,I x] for $x\in[0,10]$, and here's what I get even with arbitrary precision arithmetic (here I use ...
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Numerical underflow for a scaled error function

I calculate scaled error function defined as f[x_] := Erfc[x]*Exp[x^2] but it can not calculate f[30000.]. ...
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More efficient method to compute moments of the Johnson $S_B$ distribution

Here is a very specific feature request. I need Mean[JohnsonDistribution["SB", γ, δ, 0, 1]] When I issue e.g. ...
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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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Why is MainEvaluate being used when LinearSolve can be compiled?

According to this question LinearSolve can be compiled. However, CompilePrint[] shows a call to ...
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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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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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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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How to discretize a nonlinear PDE fast?

I wish to numerically solve the following PDE. Although there are some complete discussions for solving PDEs in tutorial/NDSolvePDE, there is no hint for the nonlinear case by discretization. Thus, I ...
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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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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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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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How do I find all the solutions of three simultaneous equations within a given box?

Sometimes, one needs to find all the solutions of three simultaneous nonlinear equations in three unknowns $$\begin{align*}f(x,y,z)&=0\\g(x,y,z)&=0\\h(x,y,z)&=0\end{align*}$$ within a ...
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Poisson solver using Mathematica

I am looking for some help with a Poisson solver I am writing in Mathematica. The code is quite long with Arrays plugged in, so the full details can be found at http://pastebin.com/uSrSDcW6 I am ...
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Numerical partial derivative

For a one-variable numerical function, it's simple to calculate the derivative at a point with Derivative as Szabolcs has pointed out before: ...
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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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Why do NumberForm and Round apparently use different tie-breaking methods?

When rounding numbers (for example, rounding a real number to the nearest integer), the "round to nearest" rule is usually used. For example, 1.4 is rounded down to 1 and 1.6 is rounded up to 2. ...
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more numerically accurate inverse matrix

I encountered the following matrix mat = {{2, 2.161209223472559` + 1.682941969615793` I}, {2.161209223472559` - 1.682941969615793` I, 2}} and ...
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What strategies can I use to evaluate a limit when Limit[] returns unevaluated

I'm trying to find the following limit using Mathematica: $$\lim_{N\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^N\left(\frac{k-1}{N}\right)^N$$ The problem is taken from here and is known to converge to ...
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Non Standard Eigenfunction Plots of the Laplacian Over the Unit Square

I have recently been plotting eigenfunctions of the laplacian over the unit square using the NDEigensystem command. However, I have noticed something in the plots ...
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Is it possible to use the LevenbergMarquardt algorithm for fitting a black-box residual function?

I have a black-box multiargument multiparametric function of the type SRD[dataPoint_List,params_List] which accepts experimental data along with the parameters of ...
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Kramers-Kronig in Mathematica

I am trying to calculate the change of the refractive index from the change of the absorption coefficient using the Kramers-Kronig relations, in Mathematica. ...
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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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NDSolve with Euler method

I want to solve this equation with NDSolve[] using the Euler method: x'[t] == 0.5*x[t]-0.04*(x[t])^2 with initial condition ...
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Wrong computation with N

I was trying to solve this problem using Mathematica 8.04. I did this: ...
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Minimization by Nelder-Mead

Finding a global minimum for this problem (non-linear optimization by the Nelder-Mead downhill simplex method) may not be possible, but by finding local minimum, I am expecting the value of the ...
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How do you force a decimal output? [duplicate]

I have some very small values such as 2.601519253*10^-8. I'd like to output these values to CSV for another program to work with. I've tried N[value, 50], but Mathematica still insists on producing ...
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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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Computation of Hankel Transform using FFT (Fourier)

To address circularly symmetric cases of 2-D Fourier Transformations, the so-called Hankel Transform can be applied (for a detailed derivation of the relation between the 2-D Fourier transform and the ...
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Converting to machine precision

There are multiple ways to convert an expression to machine precision, for example: ...
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Why can't I change the value of MaxRecursion in NIntegrate when integrating BesselJ?

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and persists through 10.0.2. I am trying to evaluate this integral numerically $$ \int_0^{\infty } J_0(q R) \tanh(q) \, \mathrm{d}q $$ for large values of $R$. ...
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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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Does Mathematica get Pi wrong?

I happened to watch a Youtube video on Pi. According to the video, the 1 millionth digit of Pi is 1. And here is another page of the first 1 million digits of Pi. You can get the same answer from ...
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How do you round numbers so that it affects computation?

I'm trying to make a demonstration of how rounding to different numbers of digits affects things but I can't find a way to round numbers to a specified number of digits. The ...
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FEM: Nicer Element Shape for Spherical Region

I'm trying to generate a mesh for later use in the Finite Element Method of the DSolve command. It is basically a parallelepiped with a spherical indentation. I'm ...
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Why is (-1.)^2. a complex number

Why (-1.)^2. in Mathematica returns a complex number? It looks like in both C and Fortran it returns 1. Why does Mathematica behave differently than the other ...
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Eisenstein Series in Mathematica?

Mathematica doesn't seem to have built-in tools to deal with the Eisenstein series: $$\begin{align*} E_{2}(\tau)&= 1-24 \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n e^{2 \pi i n \tau}}{1-e^{2 \pi i n \tau}}\\ ...
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Does Mathematica have an equivalent of C's nextafter?

In C (and many other programming languages), there is a function double nextafter(double x, double y) which takes two (IEEE 754) floating-point numbers and ...
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Does NRoots own an abstract counterpart? If not, can we write one?

We know when solving linear algebra equations, despite its abstract syntax, LinearSolve is much faster compared to Solve: ...
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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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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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Demonstrating the behavior of a function as its independent variable approaches zero

I have several questions regarding the function $$f(x)=\frac{\sqrt{x^2+9}-3}{x^2}$$ that I would like to help my students with in the upcoming semester. Now, the limit as $x\to 0$ is 1/6. ...
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Water Hammer - Numerically solving system of PDEs

I'm trying to use Mathematica to solve the water hammer effect. ...
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Numerically obtaining the inverse Laplace transform of data

I have been using several Mathematica packages to do numerical inverse Laplace transforms on known (expressible in closed form) expressions, $\tilde{f}(s)$. I am now being confronted with the more ...
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ParallelEvaluate for function minimization

Is there a parallelized version of a minimization routine available in Mathematica? The objective function is non-linear and the gradients have to be numerically computed. Every function evaluation ...
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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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RandomReal closed on left & open on right?

I have a number of algorithms that depend on uniform random reals in half-open intervals such as $[0,1)$. In particular, I need a (pseudo) random-number generator that produces machine-precision ...
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Function for a series of joined slopes

I need a function for a series of joined slopes and my solution feels a bit kludgy. Is there a better way? A list of pairs of transition points and slopes: ...
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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 ...