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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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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 it'...
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Vastly incorrect answers obtained by increasing WorkingPrecision with modified Bessel functions

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 This is a follow-up to this question regarding numerical instabilities occurring with modified Bessel functions. In trying to explore J....
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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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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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Finding self-intersections of a closed curve represented by an interpolation function

I've been trying to find particular simple closed curves on a plane. ...
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Multiply integrand with -1, and the precision changes?

"After multiplying the integrand of NIntegrate with -1, the Precision of the output will ...
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A problem about fixed point iteration theory

Description Recently, I have been learning a couse called "Numerical Analysis". The fixed point iteration theory was introducted to solve the ...
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Inverse Laplace transform

Let $r=\mu = 0.15; \sigma = 0.05; T = 1; S_0 = 100; K = 95;$ Let $\nu:=\frac{2\mu}{\sigma^2}-1$ and $\eta \equiv\eta(\alpha):=-\frac{\nu}{2}+\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{\nu^2+\frac{8\alpha}{\sigma^2}}$. ...
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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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Compilation, square roots, and integers

After looking at this question, particularly this answer, I wrote my own performance test, using the two functions ...
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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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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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Smooth initial data

I need something that produce pseudorandom smooth initial data for modelling phase separation equations (Cahn-Hilliard and simular). Generator code for now: ...
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Fixed-Point Numbers in Mathematica

I am working with a library that needs input in a Fixed Point notation. I’d like to figure out a way to convert the floating point results into fixed point representation. The fixed point length is ...
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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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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 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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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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Is there any automatic differentiation package?

I'm wondering if an automatic differentiation package exists for Mathematica. This is what I mean by automatic differentiation.
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Numerical Integration different in Mathematica version 9 and 10 with same options

I have noted that the same function with the same settings gives me different results in Mathematica version 9 and 10. This involves integrating numerically interpolating functions and so on. Here a ...
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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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How to implement a numerically efficient Airy Zeta Function

Define the Airy zeta function for $n=2,3,\dots$, by $$ Z(n) := \sum_r \frac{1}{r^n}. $$ where the sum is over the zeros $r$ of the Airy function $\operatorname{Ai}$. In Mathematica the $\operatorname{...
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Numerical error in Mathieu functions

Consider the MathieuCharacteristicA function, which is a piecewise function according to the documentation. The discontinuity happens at integer number. ...
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Display All Output Numbers in HEX

How might I modify Mathematica such that I can get the following functionality when working with HEX values. The odd lines are input and the even output. Red values should be the HEX values. ...
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Finding the conditions for degenerate solutions to a cubic equation

I have a cubic equation (corresponding to the band structure of a physical system) given by w in the code below. ...
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How to pass a custom method to a particular option?

In an answer to my question More efficient method to compute moments of the Johnson $S_B$ distribution, J. M. has come up with a method to compute the moments of the Johnson $S_B$ distribution, which ...
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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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Strange phenomenon occurring in analytic integration result involving Bessel functions

For the following integral, Integrate[x^2 Exp[-a x^2 - b x^4], {x, -∞, ∞}, Assumptions -> {a > 0, b > 0}] Mathematica gives the following analytic ...
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Differentiate a numerically defined function

My function is f[a_, b_] := NIntegrate[Sqrt[(Cos[t] - a)^2 + b^2], {t, 0, Pi}] I want to calculate g[1,1] where ...
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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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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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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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First digit difference between two numbers

I was trying to build a function that finds the first decimal place difference between two decimal numbers of same sign. An example: ...
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Numerical sum does not give consistent results

Consider the function ...
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Is this a bug of NSum?

Check this: NSum[Log[Abs[m]],{m,1,24}] (*54.7847*) NSum[Log[Abs[m]],{m,1,25}] NSum::nsnum: Summand (or its derivative) (Abs^[Prime])[m]/Abs[m] is not ...
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Is there a way for accuracy backtick notation to accept variable inputs?

Backtick notation uses 1.0``20 to give 1 with 20 places of accuracy after the decimal point. But what I want is ...
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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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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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Breaking out of NDSolve

I am solving a coupled set of differential equations with NDSolve for 6 unknown functions of time. At a certain point in time, the system hits a singular point ...
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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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Understanding difference between `NIntegrate` result and home-cooked Simpson's rule

In this question I am asking about the different results I get between NIntegrate-ing a function of two variables vs. "doing it myself" with my own implementation ...
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Plotting Planck's function and unexpected results

I have the code below. If you look at the plot, you can see a strange behaviour. The function goes to zero as λ->0 but you can see the plateau below ...
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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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Steady State Numerical Solution of Heat Diffusion Equation in 2D

I'v been trying to solve for the steady state of the heat diffusion equation numerically but I cant seem to get it to work. My code is ...
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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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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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Using Associations and Pattern matching in numerical functions possibly broken

It looks like the very young feature of pattern matching (/replacing) within Associations (http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/119542/6804), with or without ...
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