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

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Elegant high precision `log1p`?

Sometimes it is hard to understand how numerical expressions are evaluated. I remember reading claims by Wolfram on how smart the Kernel is to evaluate expressions trees numerically by recognizing ...
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Perform FindRoots on Function Evaluation Containing RootSearch

I am using Ted Ersek's RootSearch function in Mathematica 9.0 (http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Demos/4482/) to create a function that I am using for graphing. ...
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Problem to solve an integral equation [closed]

I am new to Mathematica. I am trying to numerically solve for C in the following equation: $\begin{equation} \begin{array}{lcl} -\int_0^\infty (5000000+100000 x+ C)^{-1} ...
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Understanding NDSolve::ndsz

I'm working on a largeish system of differential equations where I encounter the NDSolve::ndsz step size is effectively zero; singularity or stiff system suspected ...
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Forcing RecurrenceTable + NIntegrate to evaluate lazily

I have a recurrence relation that grows exponentially if expressed in closed-form. I need to integrate this function. If I plot it, I think Mathematica evaluates the recurrence numerically at every ...
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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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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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Convert Integer to Numeric with Replacement rules

I have a long list of triples, each looking something like {AGO, 1988, 2345.23}. Some of these, however, have an integer in the third spot, like this: ...
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DSolve 2nd Order Coupled Partial Differential Equations

I am trying to use Mathematica to solve 2 coupled differential equations. My equations are of the form \begin{equation}\ddot{x}_i + A_{il} \partial^l A^{jk} ( \dot{x}_b \dot{x}_c - y_b y_c ) =0 ...
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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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Problem with numerical evaluation of analytically solved integral, solution way off

The following command in Version 9.0.1: N[Integrate[x^50*Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}]] gives $1.4615\times 10^{48}$ which is way off from the correct solution which is ...
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Finding the square root of a squared number?

Taking the square root of the square of a number Variable set to a real value I'm wondering why these examples a = -4.3; Sqrt@a² Sqrt@(a^2) Sqrt[a^2] Sqrt[a²] ...
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NSolve with numerical function

I would like to solve numerically an equation which involves a numerical function constructed by fitting some data: ...
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What are the algorithm details of FindRoot?

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system". But I ...
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CompiledFunction returns machine numbers smaller than $MinMachineNumber

When thinking on the workaround for this LogLogPlot bug suggested by halirutan I noticed that CompiledFunction actually can ...
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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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How do I get Nsolve to work with hyperbolic functions?

This is a rather simple numerical solution, but it simply doesn't work. Does anybody have a solution? NSolve[x - Sinh[x] - 1 == 0, x] NSolve::nsmet: This ...
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Removing numerically vanishing complex part within NDSolve

I am using functions that are only well-defined for real values (e.g. HeavisideTheta) within NDSolve. Internally ...
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Why is Poisson Random Deviate Generation so slow?

I am generating Poisson deviates for some numerical work. Mathematica 9.0.1 is very slow in generating these random numbers, as can be seen below. ...
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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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Padding and formatting within BaseForm

I find using BaseForm to be a little tricky. For example, if you use BaseForm and then do some additional operation all the numbers turn back into base 10, so you have do BaseForm as the "last step". ...
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Incorrect numerical derivative of function that uses FindRoot

I am trying to plot the derivative of function g[x] below where g[x] is defined as the root of another equation. However, I am ...
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How to make the computer consider two numbers equal up to a certain precision

My problem is that I have a matrix A and the computer says is not Hermitian (self-adjoint). Then I check which elements make A ...
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Truncate a fractional value to particular number of bits?

If I have a fractional value, how can I truncate (not round) that to a certain number of bits, like 8? For example, for Pi 3.141569265359... the fractional part is 0.141569265359... ...
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Read C-formatted hexadecimal numbers?

I have a lot of 32-bit numbers in hexadecimal symbolized as they are in C (for example, 0x1230abde). How can easily read these in Mathematica?
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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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Iteration process involving several functions

I would like to carry out a following iteration process: Apply function f1[a_,b_,c_,d_] to a starting list l1={a1,b1,c1,d1}, ...
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automatic processing of numerical results in `Plot`

First I want to solve an equation $F(x,y)=0$ for $y$ by supplying a value of $x$. (suppose obtaining the analytic form of $y(x)$ is too difficult) Then I want to plot root $y$ (numerically calculated) ...
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Getting increased accuracy for roots of determinant

I have a matrix $a(\kappa)$ from which I am trying to determine $\kappa$ by using the equation $det(a(\kappa)) = 0$. The matrices I deal with are on the order of 100 X 100 to 500 X 500. Originally I ...
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Numerical solution of Bessel-like equation using NDSolve

I need to calculate solution of Bessel-like equation having general form: $\frac{d^2F}{dr^2}+\frac{1}{r}\frac{dF}{dr}+Q(r)F(r)=0$. Problems come from the points near $r=0$ leading to numeric errors. ...
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Passing f[x][[1]] to FindRoot [duplicate]

FindRoot seems to fail for most examples of the form f[x_?NumericQ] := {x - 3 , x^3}; FindRoot[f[x][[1]], {x, 3}] ...
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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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Can plot a function, NSolve takes too long

I'm new to Mathematica, so maybe mine is an easy to solve issue, but I haven't been able to figure it out. I have a series of linear ODEs I solve using for: ...
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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 ...