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Mutual Information involving two matrix states

I basically retrieved the following technique of evaluating the mutual information involving two matrices from this site at http://bmia.bmt.tue.nl/People/BRomeny/Courses/8C080/default.htm The ...
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Why to do parentheses change the results of a calculation?

I'm getting results that are sensitive to where I place parentheses with respect to operations that are associative1 (and should thus be insensitive to such placement). For example, if I define2 ...
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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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Ternary and binary searches in Mathematica?

Does Mathematica implement binary search to find a 0, and ternary search to find a local min/max?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_search http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ternary_search As ...
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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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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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How to flush machine underflows to zero and prevent conversion to arbitrary precision?

I'm working on some pretty intense computation in Mathematica; when my code started running slowly, I tracked the source of the problem to Exp[]. I need to ...
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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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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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How can I obtain absolute result for Root[ # ] symbol [duplicate]

I'm using mathematica 8.0. When I calculate NDSolve`ImplicitRungeKuttaGaussCoefficients[10, Infinity] function, it gives me some symbolic results. I trided //N and //FuıllSimplify operation as in How ...
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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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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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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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Numerical instability in cosh and sinh - integral functions

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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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No builtin function for bitwise rotation?

There appears to be no builtin Mathematica function for bitwise rotation. Is that true? I suppose I can write my function: ...
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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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Truncate a fractional value to particular number of bits?

If I have a fractional value, how can I truncate (not round) that to a certain number of bits, like 8? For example, for Pi 3.141569265359... the fractional part is 0.141569265359... ...
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Read C-formatted hexadecimal numbers?

I have a lot of 32-bit numbers in hexadecimal symbolized as they are in C (for example, 0x1230abde). How can easily read these in Mathematica?
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Display a number in Mathematica 9 in periodic form

I want to display a rational number in Mathematica in periodic style. PeriodicForm isn't working anymore. It worked in Mathematica 5 and now I'm using Mathematica ...
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NMaximize, restart

I have to optimize some contrained functions and I am trying to use NMaximize. I have the following problem (see code below). I use ...
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Iteration process involving several functions

I would like to carry out a following iteration process: Apply function f1[a_,b_,c_,d_] to a starting list l1={a1,b1,c1,d1}, ...
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automatic processing of numerical results in `Plot`

First I want to solve an equation $F(x,y)=0$ for $y$ by supplying a value of $x$. (suppose obtaining the analytic form of $y(x)$ is too difficult) Then I want to plot root $y$ (numerically calculated) ...
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Getting increased accuracy for roots of determinant

I have a matrix $a(\kappa)$ from which I am trying to determine $\kappa$ by using the equation $det(a(\kappa)) = 0$. The matrices I deal with are on the order of 100 X 100 to 500 X 500. Originally I ...
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Numerical solution of Bessel-like equation using NDSolve

I need to calculate solution of Bessel-like equation having general form: $\frac{d^2F}{dr^2}+\frac{1}{r}\frac{dF}{dr}+Q(r)F(r)=0$. Problems come from the points near $r=0$ leading to numeric errors. ...
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Passing f[x][[1]] to FindRoot [duplicate]

FindRoot seems to fail for most examples of the form f[x_?NumericQ] := {x - 3 , x^3}; FindRoot[f[x][[1]], {x, 3}] ...
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Can plot a function, NSolve takes too long

I'm new to Mathematica, so maybe mine is an easy to solve issue, but I haven't been able to figure it out. I have a series of linear ODEs I solve using for: ...
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Animated Wave Propagation using Fourier & InverseFourier

This is a continuation off of previous help on the first part of my project: fourier issue arising from input miscommunication Now I want to go one step further in the current code. Here's the code ...
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Implementing Newton's method

I have this question on coding Newton's method in Mathematica. I have some code to go by but I have no clue if it's computing the functions in the right order. The book is the numerical methods ...
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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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Using NMinimize Properly

I'd like to find the point on a Bezier curve that's closest to some other point. The tricky thing is that because Bezier curves can loop around, the distance function can have multiple local minima ...