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

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How to prevent Round with hided fractions

I found a strange behavior in Round. If we try: ToString[Round[4.811, 0.01], InputForm] we get: 4.8100000000000005 When I expected 4.81 In order to ...
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How do I feed data points into an equation to solve NUMERICALLY?

I start with this equation and solve it numerically for $z(x,y)$ in the range $1 < x < 5$ and $1 < y < 5$: $$ \frac{3}{xyz} - 2x - 3y - 5z = 0 $$ Then using the data points of $z$ above, ...
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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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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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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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How shortening argument test when declaring functions?

When defining some functions which depend in many arguments sometimes we need to include question Q constraints to diminish processing time. My question is simple, there is a way to shorten a long ...
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obtaining real roots of negative numbers in a long expression [duplicate]

I have a complicated symbolic expression which contains many terms like $(a/(a-2))^{1/m}$, where $a/(a-2)$ could be positive or negative after replacement. I only need the real root after ...
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Speed of convergence for NIntegrate

I'm trying to optimise numerically a function that entails computing the expected value of a truncated trivariate normal distribution and this is taking extremely long -I also get warned about ...
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Strange behaviour of PolyLog Function

I discovered some strange behaviour of the PolyLog[] Function in Mathematica which seems to me like a bug in the function implementation. It looks like ...
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Fourier Transform Help

I'm trying to do a Fourier Transform of the following Data, but I'm completely stuck. Here's what I've done so far: ...
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why there is a small imaginary part [closed]

I encountered a problem. I have a eigenvector eigvsI[1] ...
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Plot FindRoot for non-trivial function

I would like to plot the results of FindRoot over certain range of inputs. I tried to do this with the code: ...
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NDSolve runs out of memory

I need to solve a second order ODE numerically. The ODE depends on two parameters (a,b). Things work fine when 'a' is small, but for large 'a' the solutions are oscillating rapidly and Mathematica ...
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Numerical comparisons of matrices

I have a matrix which should be equal to a null matrix. However due to the numerical precision, a brutal equality test with a matrix initialized with zeros does not work. How should I perform the ...
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Increasing number of decimal places with FixedPoint

I've tried: In[169]:= newton3[x_] := N[1/2 (x + 3/x)]; FixedPointList[newton3, 1.0] Out[170]= {1., 2., 1.75, 1.73214, 1.73205, 1.73205, 1.73205} Of course: ...
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Problem with NDSolve in Mathematica 9 / 10

I'm having trouble by solving the following differential equation in Mathematica 9 and 10, where the code works fine in version 7: ...
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Rounding to the nearest decimal [duplicate]

If I have a bunch of numbers in a list {1.435243523432,2434.2321321412,5.8239897,...}, without multiplying everything by some power of ten and then dividing by that ...
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Why is NDSolve solving in term of two 1st order ODE slower than 2nd order?

As mentioned in the documentation for NDSolve it's often convenient to reduce a 2nd order ODE to a system of first order equations. When I do this however I seem to see a significant speed reduction ...
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Help Please : Error in plotting the solutions of FindRoot

I want to find the roots of an equation using FindRoot as a function of a real parameter K and then plot the real and imaginary solutions vs. the parameter K. The function I'm trying to find the ...
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Trying to solve a transcendental equation involving bessel functions

I've never used Mathematica before and am trying to numerically solve equation (12) from this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9907218v2. Ideally I'd be able to find the smallest value of $x_{n\nu}$ ...
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Industrial Level Applications. Recipe for mixed notation of equations set

I am working with large (linear) equations set within Mathematica in numerical notation. For example, set from 4056 eq. is solved for a second, no more. There is no doubt, result is great. But even ...
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Challenge — Defining an ORIGINAL second derivative function?

UPDATE: I do not want to use the Derivative or D functions. – I began with this definition of the derivative , which resulted in: Limit[ #, h -> 0] & /@ { (f[x + h, y] - f[x, y])/ h. But, I ...
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Performance of numerical optimization with triple integral [closed]

I'm trying to solve a numerical optimisation that looks something like this: ...