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Numerically solve 2nd order differential equation with singularity

Consider a second order differential equation with a potential that diverges at some generic value in the variable. For example: $$-y^{\prime\prime}(s)+\frac1{\mathrm{cn}{(s\mid k^2)}}y(s)=0$$ where ...
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Mathematica 7: “LessEqual::nord:” error when using NMinimize on a real function

I encounter a problem (Mathematica 7) similar to Strategies to avoid LessEqual::nord in NMinimize? but the advised strategies don't work for me. Also, I get different results with different ...
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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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Numerical Differentiation using 1500 data points

I have a set of 1500 data points (which are some energy eigenvalues) corresponding to a parameter H0 (which represents magnetic field. H0 values are equispaced going from $-3.0$ to $3.0$ in steps of ...
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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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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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Accurately evaluating the hypergeometric function

As part of another problem, I am working to evaluate hypergeometric functions such as Hypergeometric2F1[1, 1, n, -1] for large $n$. I am hoping to obtain at ...
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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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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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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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Why is NHoldFirst not propagated to symbolic derivatives?

I encountered a nasty problem that N cannot evaluate expressions containing a symbolic Derivative of a multi-parameter function ...
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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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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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Tridiagonal symmetric matrix eigenvalue using bisection

I know that Eigenvalues is already quite well implemented in Mathematica, nor am I foolishly trying to improve on it. In order to improve my programming skills, I ...
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FindMaxValue specifics

I'm using FindMaxValue to study the distribution of maxima of Abs[RiemannSiegelZ[t]] between consecutive values of ...
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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 and memory usage

After some googling, i've found similar problems around, but didn't find a 100% satisfactory answer, so let me ask here: I'd like to solve a 1+1 problem using the method of lines. In spherical ...
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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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Output of NonlinearModelFit differs from the correct result

I'm having a bad time dealing with the NonlinearModelFit in Mathematica 8, since the result given is a bit imprecise. An example is given on potential regression, ...
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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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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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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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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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Numerical sum does not give consistent results

Consider the function ...
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How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points?

How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points? For example, what is the best way to find the maximum of ...
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Finding all/most roots of a discontinuous function more consistently?

I have the equation: f[x_]:=α Tan[α*a] - Sqrt[c - α^2] and ideally I want to find all of its positive zeros, given a and c, with variable alpha. The problem is ...
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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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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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Why IntegerPart[x/(x/2)]=1?

Consider this code x = 0.109354682484; IntegerPart[x/(x/2)] (* 1 *) Precision[x] (* MachinePrecision *) Why does it give 1 ? Version number: 9.0 on Mac 10.9.2 ...
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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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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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How to solve this trigonometric system of equations numerically?

How can the following trigonometric system of equations be solved numerically? ...
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Any ideas on how GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is implemented?

GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is used to construct minimax approximations of parametrically defined functions. I am curious about how ...
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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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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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Floating point addition not associative

Can anybody explain the following behavior? x = 0.2 + (0.3 + 0.1); y = (0.2 + 0.3) + 0.1; x == y (* -> True *) But actually the variables do not exactly ...
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Strange behavior of Mathematica regarding calculation time

Today I witnessed the following strange behavior of Mathematica, when it comes to calculation time involving larger nested lists. The following is the short example that I setup, I am sure one can ...
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Is there no documentation for Method in Eigensystem?

There does not appear to be any documentation on how to use Method in Eigensystem, or at least not in Version 9.0.1 of ...
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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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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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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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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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Mathematica NDSolve and 'Compile'?

Since the consensus is usually that NDSolve speeds fares badly against compiled code such as c++ ODE solvers using GSL say, is it possible to make up for this lag ...
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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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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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NExpectation not up to expectations with Boole or Conditioned

Context I am interested in computing numerically the number of extrema at a given threshold for random fields. These numbers are expectations of MultinormalDistributions. Problem This integral ...
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How to fix errors in Gram-Schmidt process when using random vectors?

I first make a function to get a random vector on unit sphere in a swath around the equator. That is what the parameter $\gamma$ controls; if $\gamma = 1/2$, the vectors can be chosen anywhere on the ...
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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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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 ...