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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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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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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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How to fit parameters, not functions?

Given a set of parameters ...
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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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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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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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Derivative of the Dedekind eta function fails to compute with errors I don't understand

When trying to understand better the question Eisenstein Series in Mathematica? I stumbled on the following: issuing Derivative[1][DedekindEta][.11 I] gives ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Non-linear curve fit problem

I am having a problem with making a fit to data in Mathematica, which may involve my understanding of the methods available. I am trying to fit the derivative of a Frota function (which is a Single ...
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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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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 where the potential governing 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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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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Numerically Solving Helmholtz over the Rectangle - Why does this code only give eigenfunctions of the form $u_{m1}$ [closed]

I have been following the method for numerically solving the Helmholtz equation in this example (the answer by User21) and have come across two problems. I have been implementing the method for a 2x1 ...
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Numerically solving a transcendental equation as a series

Given a transcendental equation $f(x,y)=0$, is there a way for Mathematica to automatically solve the equation as a series? I already know that I can use ...
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Floor inconsistent with Less for machine-precision approximate numbers

For machine-precision numbers, Mathematica uses a tolerance for comparisons, so that 1.-$MachineEpsilon==1. However, Floor does ...
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Precision while calculating Fourier transform

I'm trying to understand how precision works in Mathematica. Particularly I'm calculating discrete Fourier transform using the Fourier function and calculating it ...
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Why does it matter at what point I replace?

I need to find four orthogonal linear combinations of complicated functions, that vanish at four different points. I use (LK4 is defined below, but its shape should have nothing to do with my ...
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How to properly apply NumericQ or s.th. similar here? - NDSolve inside NMaximize

I wrote a function that numerically solves a given Schrodinger equation and returns replacement rules to obtain the time evolution operator. It looks and is used as follows: ...
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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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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. Ideally I'd be able to find the smallest value of $x_{n\nu}$ for $\exp(-kr\pi)$ close to 1, and ...
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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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Strange behavior of Plot over a domain containing very large x-values

When I plot a function of (1 + 1/n)^n,There you can see: Plot[{(1 + 1/n)^n, E}, {n, 1, 10^13}] When I add a option of ...
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CharacteristicPolynomial returns 0

I have a following matrix. ...
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Floating point arithmetic bug caused by Table[]

I was doing something fairly ordinary and noticed something I can't, for the life of me, explain. For context, I wanted to take make a function that takes an array of data like the one below, then an ...
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Derivative after numerical Integration

So I have a function that I want to numerically integrate with respect to temperature, so the integral changes depending on the value of temperature being used as it is one of the bounds. After ...
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Problem with FindRoot applied to functions

I am having difficulty with the error "is not a list of numbers with dimensions..." when using FindRoot (and other numerical routines in Mathematica) to solve equations numerically when the argument ...