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

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How to speed up Min of DateObjects?

I'm in version 10.0.1 using a Dataset to do some plots and things. For one of the plots I need to get the minimum date of a some filtered set of the ...
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Changing the definition of N: unexpected $RecursionLimit::reclim error

I have some objects represented as follows: Object[data, param] data is a list of numbers, ...
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How can I numerically solve for fractional functions and fractional derivatives?

I would like to plot fractional functions. Say, $f(x)=\sin^{(1/2)}(x)$. By that, I mean that $f(f(x)) = \sin(x)$. Similarly, I can define a half-derivative to be an operator $H$ such that ...
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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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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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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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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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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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Can Someone Please Explain Internal`$SameQTolerance?

If I input Internal`$SameQTolerance (* output = 0.30103 *) which is the approximation of Log[10,2], or ...
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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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Determining the range of parameters that yield real values for a certain NIntegrate form

I have specified just one set of $s$ and $g$ values that yields a real value for the NIntegrate below. It is possible that some $s,g$ combination can give rise to ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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NMinimize seems to call function with the same values multiple times

I have to minimize a function where the evaluation of one parameter set takes very long (around 5sec) and discovered alongside, that NMinimize seems to call this ...
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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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Numerical solution of Schrödinger-type equation in Mathematica [duplicate]

I want to solve the following differential equation numerically: \begin{equation} i\partial_{t}\psi(r,t)=\left[-\frac{\Delta}{2m}+g\left|\psi(r,t)\right|^{2}+V_{d}(r,t)\right]\psi(r,t) \end{equation} ...
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Semidefinite Programming

I want to solve a numerical optimization problem using semi-definite programming. Is there a package or add-on that equips mathematica with this functionality?
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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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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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Numerical differentiation methods

Is it possible to write code in Mathematica that implements various differentiation methods (like forward, central, extrapolated, etc.)?
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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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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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RegionMember with some tolerance?

Can I specify some tolerance for the new geometric-computation function? RegionMember[Line[{{0, 0}, {1, 0}}], {.5, 0}] (* True *) While: ...
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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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Unexpected results from trying to solve Laplace's equation

I am trying to find the solution to Laplace's equation: $\dfrac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}+\dfrac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2}=0$ over the following region of space: the vertices of the triangle ...
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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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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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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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Numerical errors/inaccuracies in ProductLog

Context In cosmology, a fairly accurate model to describe the gravitational potential, $\psi(r)$ of dark matter halos is given by $\psi( r)=\log(1+r)/r$. ...
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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 ...