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How many iterations of Newton's method are needed to achieve a given precision?

Consider using Newton's method to solve the equation $arctan(x) = 0$. Using an initial guess of $x_0 = 1/2$ produces a sequence that converges rapidly. After $8$, iterations, $x_8$ is accurate to well ...
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Numerical solution of coupled ODEs with boundary conditions

I have to solve the following set of ODEs and just can't get good results using Mathematica $$ r\frac{d}{dr}\left(\frac{1}{r}\frac{d}{dr}A(r)\right)-\xi^2F(r)^2\left(A(r)-1\right)=0 $$ $$ ...
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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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Need a generalization of RootApproximant to recognize linear combinations over algebraic numbers

RootApproximant does a very good job when I need to recognize an algebraic number and when enough of its digits are known (or even when an unlimited number of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Error in the result

I want solve the following equation: $ x''(t) + 9 x(t) = Cos(3t) ,\; t \in [0,10] $ $ x(0)= x'(0) =1$ I have to use the Explicit Euler method and a partition of the interval in $N+1$ ...
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ParallelEvaluate for function minimization

Is there a parallelized version of a minimization routine available in Mathematica? The objective function is non-linear and the gradients have to be numerically computed. Every function evaluation ...
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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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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 ...
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Exp of big negative numbers [duplicate]

I noticed that Exp have a strange behaviour with big negative numbers ...
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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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Domain restrictions for NMaximize

I am trying to solve a maximization problem, where my variable can only take a limited number of values. (Probably) the easiest example would be ...
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How can I numerically solve for fractional functions and fractional derivatives?

I would like to plot fractional functions. Say $f=(\sin)^{1/2}(x)$. By that I mean that $f(f(x)) = \sin(x)$. Similarly I can define a half-derivative to be an operator such that $H[H[f(x)]] = ...
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Strange NSum behavior

If I do: NSum[(i + 1)/(i + 2) LegendreP[i, 0] LegendreP[i, 0], {i, 0, Infinity}] I get: 1.25216 If I do: ...
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Use Mathematica to determine the falling law

We have a one-variable equation $\rho(R)$ where ρ = (14656.4+277.526*R^2)/(45.9225+R^2)^{5/2} + 0.370036/(R*(0.25+R)^3) This equations describes the evolution of ...
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Is there any fast way to solve a quadratic matrix equation in Mathematica approximately?

Let the square nonsingular matrix $M$ is a given convergent matrix. What are the best scalar values for $\alpha$ and $\beta$ (in the real numbers domain), at which the following quadratic matrix ...
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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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Counting the number of operations performed during a calculation

I need to know how can I count the number of operations performed during a calculation of a CompoundExpression. In some of these expressions there are ...
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Crank-Nicolson with NDSolve?

As far as I understand, the Crank-Nicolson method (a.k.a. trapezoidal method) can be expressed as a second order implicit Runge-Kutta method. It's Butcher tableau is: ...
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Apply N only outside a certain function

1 + f[1] // N gives 1. + f[1.] I don't want the argument of f evaluated by N; I ...
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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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How to Output Chi-Squared Statistics when using NonLinearModelFit

I am using NonLinearModelFit for some curve fitting and I was wondering if NLM is able to output chi-squared/leastsquared statistics from the best-fit parameters and confidence intervals. From my ...
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Question with ParametricNDSolveValue

When solving the following system: ...
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find derivative with defined function

s[a_, b_] := NDSolve[{y''[x] == y[x] Cos[x + y[x]], y[0] == a, y'[0] == 1}, y, {x,0, b}] I need to find the minimal of $\int _1^by[x]^2$ in the region ...
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findroot, derivative in defined functions

I apologize for my unclear question, I will write it in a more detailed way. I first define: ...
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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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Assigning numerical values to constants results in complex coefficients in Equations of Motion

I am using Mathematica to get the Equations of Motion (EOM) for a mechanical system (using Lagrangian Mechanics). While I get the EOM in symbolic form, on introducing the following code for assigning ...
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FindRoot equation-variable mismatch

I cannot figure out why FindRoot doesn't work and returns this error: The number of equations does not match the number of variables in ... My problem: drawing ...
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Strange behavior when replacing variables by numerical values [duplicate]

I have a rather complicated function with parameters {a, b, c, d, e, f, k}, and I'd like to know its behavior as a function of k alone given other parameters, so I try the following code: ...
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Problem with Covariance Matrix Output in NonlinearModelFit

I am running NonlinearModelFit based off of some simulated data and trying to fit to a function with more than one parameter. Eventually, I would like to fit to 5 ...
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How can I deal with a non-numerical value for a derivative at $t = 0$ when using NDSolve?

I want to solve two coupled equations with NDSolve, ...
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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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Generating equally distributed voxel points based on a given point

I have a list of seed points that each of them indicates the bottom-left value of a voxel. In order to improve the accuracy of my function, I need to equally sample my points and apply my functions ...
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Help in NIntegration Methods - Takes too long, why?

I have this code. It is a triple integral, and using the automatic method gives me a wrong answer for $T=0.1$ (the correct answer is $5.44$, while I got $3.73$ ). I've tried to change the integral ...
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How to fit 3 data sets to a model of 4 differential equations?

I'm a biologist and a newbie in Mathematica. I want to fit three data sets to a model consisting of four differential equations and 10 parameters. I want to find the parameters best fitting to my ...
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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: ...
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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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FindMinimum gives wrong solutions inside a loop

I have a density function $\rho(r,z)$ and I want to calculate the minimum distance $d_{min} = \sqrt{r^2 + z^2}$ from the center (0,0) in which $\rho$ becomes negative. The easiest way is to find where ...
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Numerically solving system of partial differential equation

I am trying to solve a system of partial differential equation with boundary conditions. But I got an error message saying NDSolve::icfail: Unable to find initial ...
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Gram-Schmidt process with Hermite functions on [-1, 1]

Denote by $h_n$ the $n$-th Hermite function. $$ h_n(x) = \frac{(-1)^n }{\sqrt{2^n n! \sqrt{\pi}}} \mathrm{e}^{\frac{x^2}{2}} \frac{\mathrm{d}^n}{\mathrm{d} x^n} \mathrm{e}^{-x^2} $$ I am trying to ...
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Minimization by Nelder-Mead

Finding a global minimum for this problem (non-linear optimization by the Nelder-Mead downhill simplex method) may not be possible, but by finding local minimum, I am expecting the value of the ...
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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 ...