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

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Discrete sampling of interpolating function returned by NDSolve

When solving an ODE with NDSolve, Mathematica returns an interpolation function. I need a discrete sampling of this function however. Naively, I can write this as (example): ...
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Heat Transfer equation by numerical methods

I want to solve the following heat conduction equation using numerical methods: D[u[x, t], t] -alpha*D[u[x, t], {x, 2}] == 0 u[x, 0] == 1/(1 + x^2)^0.25, u[-10, t] == u[10, t] == 0, ...
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How to find discretezation error of NDSolve

Is there a way to find out how large the truncation, round-off, and other errors that occur from discretizing a differential equation are while using the default settings in NDSolve? Or would I have ...
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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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Mathematica can't minimize a function

Mathematica seems not to be able to minimize this univariate function over integer arguments, $r>2, r \in \mathbb{Z}$. ...
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Numerically solving an ODE for a parameter

My equation is as follows: sol = ParametricNDSolve[{(f'[r]^2 - 1) f'[r] r == 6.2 (f'[1])^2/1000, f[1] == a}, {f}, {r, 1, 3}, {a}] where the function ...
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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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What are the hidden specifications for FindRoot

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system" (or a nonlinear equation I ...
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Numerical Instability?

Current Status Please skip ahead to Update 2: the key questions are now: 1/ Why does Mma generally fail to find the minimum for a well behaved function when the function does not have infinite ...
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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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How can I obtain more significant digits? [duplicate]

I type f1[x_] := 12 x^5 - 975 x^4 + 28000 x^3 - 345000 x^2 + 1800000 x N[f1[15.5], 15] and obtain 3.74112*10^6 BUT It´s not true!!! the result is larger than ...
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NIntegrate Warning / Error Messages

I am doing: NIntegrate[Sin[Exp[(x^4)]], {x, 2, Infinity}, PrecisionGoal -> 12] It prints out a host of warnings, but also shows the results as: ...
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NDsolve with variable end-point

I want to plot the solution a coupled ODEs as a function of the end point only. Mathematica code: ...
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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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Finding differences between Pi with varying number of decimals

I have the following code In[32]:= N[Pi, 2] Out[32]= 3.1 In[33]:= N[Pi, 1] Out[33]= 3. In[34]:= N[Pi, 2] - N[Pi, 1] Out[34]= 0.*10^-1 Why can't Mathematica ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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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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Fixed-Point Numbers in Mathematica

I am working with a library that needs input in a Fixed Point notation. I’d like to figure out a way to convert the floating point results into fixed point representation. The fixed point length is ...
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Why is left NumberPadding always applied in NumberForm?

I would like to display numbers like 9.0001 and 10.0001 in the fixed-width form of xx.xxxx. ...
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Is there no documentation for Method in Eigensystem?

There does not appear to be any documentation on how to use Method in Eigensystem, or at least not in Version 9.0.1 of ...
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N[number, 100] does not give 100 decimal places [duplicate]

Please look at this computations: a = N[Sqrt[2], 20]; N[a^2, 100] The output is 2.0000000000000000000, which is apparently not $a^2$ to 100 decimal places. ...
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Multiple NIntegrate (again)

Basically I have the same question as here: Multiple NIntegrate but since I don't have enough "reputation" I cannot comment there. I want to solve the following multiple Integral numerically at given ...
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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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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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Numerical Integration with Variable Parameters

So I want to numerically compute the integral of a long complicated expression over a specified domain (in this case an ellipse). I know how to use a Boole function to sample within the ellipse, but I ...
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How to determine BLAS/LAPACK implementation used internally for numerical matrix operations?

Is there a command which reveals which implementation of BLAS and LAPACK are used in Mathematica's matrix operations such as Eigensystem? I asked a related question ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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Is there a way to see the result of NIntegrate's symbolic preprocessing?

NIntegrate can do a number of different types of symbolic preprocessing on the integrand before starting the numerical calculations, including changes of variables. ...
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Find Numerical Derivatives (With Errors) given some data

I have a question. Suposse I have some data with their respective errors: ...
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NMaximize and Accuracy

I have a problem with NMaximize which is best depicted by the following figure. The result indicates, that the solution mathematica finds seems to be smooth except a few outliers. How can I get rid of ...
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Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least through version 10.0 the performance of a / b and a - b is ...
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How to use NIntegrate in a function using parameters from a list

I would like to use NIntegrate in a function with some parameters from a list. I simplified my problem for this forum. The list of parameters is as follows: ...
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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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FindMinimum gets confused by If[…]

I'm confused by why the following doesn't work. I'm trying to numerically minimize a function that has an If statement in its definition, as follows: ...
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Tools for Stability/Automatic Error Analysis in Mathematica

I have a longer analytic expression in several variables containing special functions and others. Does Mathematica bring tools - or are there any packages - to examine the stability when I evaluate ...
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Solve-ing with initially unassigned parameters and Solve-ing using their numerical values produces different results

I am trying to solve an equation using the following piece of code: ...
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Decomposing a diagonal positive real matrix

I would like to 'decompose' a diagonal positive real matrix $E$ of rank $D$ onto $\sum_{i=1}^{D}c(i)N^i$: $$E = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & & & \\ & a & & \\ ...
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How can I find the sum of the even digits of a number of all elements of a list?

Let $E(n)$ denote the sum of the even digits of $n$. For example, $E(123456789) = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8$. I tried a = IntegerDigits[123456789] and ...
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Kramers Kronig Relation for Phase and Complex Reflectivity

I am a new user to Mathematica and I have been trying to figure out how to find $\Theta(\omega)$ from my 'experimental' values of energy and $\ln(\sqrt{R(\omega)})$ (I am just running a simulation, ...
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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 ...