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Numerically finding a derivative jump of a function

How would I numerically find where a function has derivative jumps? In particular, I'm working with this function: ...
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Tricks for solving (lots of) coupled nonlinear equations numerically?

I have a system of 6 non-linear (quadratic) coupled equations with 6 complex unknowns \begin{align*} |x_1|^2 + |x_2|^2 + |x_3|^2 &= a\\ x_1 x_4^* + x_3 x_5^* &= b + c i\\ x_1 ...
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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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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 ...
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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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Plotting several numerical solutions plus the analytic solution of ODE in one plot

I want to be able to plot several numerical solutions of an ODE plus its analytical solution in one plot in order to see how the numerical solutions converge towards the analytical one w.r.t. the ...
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How can I differentiate Numerically?

Mathematica has two ways to integrate: Integrate and NIntegrate. But what about D? ...
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How do I numerically solve a custom function?

Whenever I use functions like FindRoot or NDSolve, it sends x through the function and deals ...
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Symbolic Integration along contour: branch cut problem?

Context Following this question on path integrals in the complex plane, having defined again a numerical and symbolic integrator along a path as ...
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How to compute the inverse CDF properly?

Note: this has been fixed in version 9. I want to compute the CDF and inverse CDF of the hyperbolic distribution: ...
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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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Dual complex integral over implicit path using contour plot

Context I am interested in doing double contour integral over paths which are defined implicitely. For the sake of debugging, let's assume its $$\oint_{\cal C}\oint_{\cal C} \frac{1}{u\, x} d u d x$$ ...
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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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Numerically solving PDE with high precision

I want to numerically solve the PDE $\partial_t u(t,x)=c\partial_x u(t,x)+(mx-l)u(t,x)$ with some initial and boundary conditions and given parameters $c$, $m$ and $l$. Consider the code ...
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Is Abs[z]^2 a bad way to calculate the square modulus of z?

For a numerical quantity z, Abs[z] returns the square root of the sum of the squares of the real and imaginary parts of ...
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Implementation of Incomplete Fermi-Dirac Integral in Mathematica

I'm working on a special algorithm to implement a more accurate effective mass calculation for hole carriers in silicon in Mathematica. This rather involved algorithm uses incomplete Fermi-Dirac ...
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RandomReal closed on left & open on right?

I have a number of algorithms that depend on uniform random reals in half-open intervals such as $[0,1)$. In particular, I need a (pseudo) random-number generator that produces machine-precision ...
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Construct DifferentialMatrices and Kernel for LevinRule for this integral and ODE set

I've made a lot of progress on my problem the last few days thanks to all the help I've received on here. I think I'm upto the final step of greatly improving the performance of NIntegrate[..] on my ...
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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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Preventing Numerical value from being evaluated

I have searched stackoverflow (and comparable pages) for quite a while now (got redirected from there to this specialized stack), and I surrender. I am trying to evaluate an expression that is small ...
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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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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 build a grid of integrand points and numerically integrate?

If I have some function I know numerically only, say f(x) and each point $x$ takes significant time to compute so I have them all stored in some file as f(1)=0.232423, f(1.1)=0.3243432,....Then is it ...
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NDSolve with Euler method

I want to solve this equation with NDSolve[] using the Euler method: x'[t] == 0.5*x[t]-0.04*(x[t])^2 with initial condition ...
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Poisson solver using Mathematica

I am looking for some help with a Poisson solver I am writing in Mathematica. The code is quite long with Arrays plugged in, so the full details can be found at http://pastebin.com/uSrSDcW6 I am ...
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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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NSum generates a warning message when getting the sum of a list

I know what I'm doing can be done with Total: a = Range@3; Total@a And if I simply choose ...
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How do I find all the solutions of three simultaneous equations within a given box?

Sometimes, one needs to find all the solutions of three simultaneous nonlinear equations in three unknowns $$\begin{align*}f(x,y,z)&=0\\g(x,y,z)&=0\\h(x,y,z)&=0\end{align*}$$ within a ...
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Can Mathematica Handle Open Intervals? Interval complements?

Open Intervals Following up on this question, I was wondering whether Mma can handle open intervals. For example, the union of the intervals, $$1<x<5$$ and $$5<x<8$$ should not ...
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How to solve simultaneous equations faster with Compile?

I have large 6x6 matrix Uwhich is a multiplication of 15 rotational matrix. All of the elements are Sin\[theta] and ...
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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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equation solving problems

I have some equation: $$ veq=-2-lr-l^2r+2(r+ir^3\omega) v' + (-2+r)r^2v'^2 + (-2+r) r^2 v''==0 $$ or in Mathematica form: ...
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ReplaceAll[] and Limit[] don't give correct results for this expression under extreme variables [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients 1/x^2 + (3 + x)/(6 (1 - Exp[x] + x)) ——This is a ...
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Fast Spherical Harmonics radiative transfer

This is a rather specific question and I apologize for spamming you with some lengthy code. But it could be interesting for some reader and maybe you can help out, so please bear with me. I am using ...
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Numerical Differentiation using 1500 data points

I have a set of 1500 data points (which are some energy eigenvalues) corresponding to a parameter H0 (which represents magnetic field. H0 values are equispaced going from $-3.0$ to $3.0$ in steps of ...
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How to discretize a nonlinear PDE fast?

I wish to numerically solve the following PDE. Although there are some complete discussions for solving PDEs in tutorial/NDSolvePDE, there is no hint for the nonlinear case by discretization. Thus, I ...
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Problem while solving system of two second order non linear coupled differential equations using NDSolve function

I am a completely new to Mathematica, and I am sorry if this question is dumb. I have to solve a system of two second order non linear coupled differential equations (that I got from the Lagrangian ...
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Higher order periodic interpolation (curve fitting)

I have a list of points in 3D, and I want to get a smooth interpolation or curve fit (it is more for illustration) of these points such that the first and second derivatives at the start and end ...
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What strategies can I use to evaluate a limit when Limit[] returns unevaluated

I'm trying to find the following limit using Mathematica: $$\lim_{N\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^N\left(\frac{k-1}{N}\right)^N$$ The problem is taken from here and is known to converge to ...
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Identifying critical points/lines of 2/3D image/cubes

Upshot I am interested in identifying critical points of a 3D field/cubes (maxima, minima, tube-like and wall-like saddle points) and 2D field/image (maxima, minima, saddle points). I.e. the ...
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Numerically Solving two dependent Transcendental Equations

I need to solve a system similar to the following (Except it is quite large. Solving this ought to do the job): $$ \tan[2f(t)] = 1+ t^2\ $$ and $ f(t) $ is $ k $, such that$$ \tan[2kt]-(1+k^2) = 0\ ...
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Computing polynomial eigenvalues in Mathematica

MATLAB offers a function polyeig for computing polynomial eigenvalues, which appear, for instance in quadratic eigenvalue problems (see here for some applications) such as: \begin{equation} ...
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LeastSquare Solution for the Continuous Time Lyapunov Equation

I have been working with a problem which involves solving the continuous time Lyapunov equation $$A R + R A^\top = G$$ for the symmetric positive definite matrix $R$. Here $A$ is real, invertible ...
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AccuracyGoal, PrecisionGoal, WorkingPrecision and NDSolve

I'm trying to understand exactly what WorkingPrecision, AccuracyGoal and PrecisionGoal mean ...
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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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NExpectation not up to expectations with Boole or Conditioned

Context I am interested in computing numerically the number of extrema at a given threshold for random fields. These numbers are expectations of MultinormalDistributions. Problem This integral ...
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Efficient Langevin Equation Solver

This question is not about good algorithms for solving stochastic differential equations. It is about how to implement simple codes in Mathematica efficiently exploiting Mathematica's programming ...
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Problem with Eventlocator Method for NDSolve

I want to solve the ode and plot the solution v[x] for different values of parameter a where ...
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How do I prevent this precision exception?

I have the following as the first step to a sequence. x = 2 - GoldenRatio; Ceiling[x + x^(1/2)] It gets a precision exception. The value is correct, but I would ...