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Why is FindRoot initial value far from the specified one?

I am trying to numerically find the root of a function that looks a bit like: 1/x - (SchurDecomposition[A[x]][[2]])[[1]], where ...
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2D Heat equation: inconsistent boundary and initial conditions

I'm attempting to use NDSolve on a 2D boundary value problem with initial conditions. Upon running my code, I get the following message: "NDSolve::ibcinc: Warning: Boundary and initial conditions are ...
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A is fast, B is fast, but together they're Mathematica-crashing slow?

I'm trying to do something with finding solutions to a quantum mechanics problem with n wells. If there are 40 wells, I need to find the solution to an equation in the form: ...
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Numerical integration of a numeric data available as a nested list

I have some numerical data in the form of a list with the following structure: {...{x,y,z},...} defining a surface z=z(x,y) in a 3D space (x,y,z). The data came from a simulation, and I am ...
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How could we define a function recursively?

Let us first consider the constructon of the following simple iteration ...
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How to solve equations self-consistently

I want to solve the following equation self-consistently. So, H.u = e.u {{1, d}, {d, 1}}.{u1, u2} = e.{u1, u2} I guess an initial value for ...
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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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intersection between two curves in Mathematica

I have two curves (drawn from points) in a plane, one is drawn with ListLinePlot and the other drawn with ParametricPlot. How ...
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How can I handle curve singularity in this NIntegrate integration?

Yesterday I asked a question about the non converging integral. Woods told me that it is due to the function which has a singularity along a line which passes through the integration region. (Why ...
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How to calculate an integral of an expression that is determined numerically (in Mathematica)?

First of all, I am fairly new to Mathematica and Stackoverflow, so please feel free to give me any advice whatsoever. I aim to calculate an integral of an expression that has been determined ...
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Forcing FindRoot to return only real solutions

FindRoot documentation reports that if the equation and the initial point are reals, the solutions are searched in the real domain. However, in the following case I ...
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Rounding values [duplicate]

In Mathematica 8 when I enter 1 - 0.99 - 0.01 I get 8.67362*10^-18 instead of zero. How do I fix this problem? I am getting ...
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Boundary Value Problem

I have to solve this boundary value problem: $$\frac{\mathrm{d}e_{3x}}{\mathrm{d}l}=(M_0+F_{0z}x-F_{0x}z)e_{3z}$$ $$\frac{\mathrm{d}e_{3z}}{\mathrm{d}l}=-(M_0+F_{0z}x-F_{0x}z)e_{3x}$$ ...
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Seemingly simple optimization problem is slow

I'm trying to generate a demand curve numerically, given a utility function. The function for the demand is defined like so: ...
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Computing derivatives of a moment generating function

Dear Mathematica users, I'm trying to compute higher order derivatives of a moment generating function and then evalutate them in 0 (in order to get some moment conditions for a GMM estimation). ...
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Precision differences

I run this sum and get the symbolic answer below : Sum[ (1/(k^2 - k) - 1/k^2), {k, 2, Infinity}] $2 - \frac{\pi^2}{6}$ I look up the sequence on OEIS and ...
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Make mathematica treat $e_i^2$ as numeric

With NumericQ[symbol] = True, I can declare that a symbol is numeric. I want the expressions matching: $$e_{\text{i$\_$}?\text{IntegerQ}}^2$$ to be treated as ...
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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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Non solutions returned by NSolve. And why does it return both phi and Cos[phi]?

Similarly to this thread NSolve gives additional solutions that don't satisfy the equations! NSolve returns "spurious" solutions, even increasing the working precision ...
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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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Why does NSum fail here?

I want to evaluate a sum of integrals; each integral has a pole on the real axis and I handle this via the Cauchy Principal Value $ ...
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Numerically/Analytically Solving a System of Equations

I have $6$ functions $f_i(x,y,z)$, $(i = 1, \ldots, 6)$ in three variables $x,y,z$, and I would like to find a simultaneous instance of these variables, say $(x_0, y_0, z_0)$, such that $f_i(x_0, y_0, ...
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How do you force a decimal output? [duplicate]

I have some very small values such as 2.601519253*10^-8. I'd like to output these values to CSV for another program to work with. I've tried N[value, 50], but Mathematica still insists on producing ...
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Position function not always retuning an answer even with no apparent problems

I'm having some problems with Position. Sometimes it will give an empty list instead of the actual position of the element I am looking for when that element is ...
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How can I solve Tan[t] - t == F[x] for t as a function of x?

How can I solve the equation Tan[t] - t = Ax, where A is a constant for t[x]? I know that ...
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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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Industrial Level Applications. Recipe for mixed notation of equations set

I am working with large (linear) equations set within Mathematica in numerical notation. For example, set from 4056 eq. is solved for a second, no more. There is no doubt, result is great. But even ...
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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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Parallel linear algebra with arbitrary precision

Is it possible to do parallel linear algebra with arbitrary precision within Mathematica (in a simple manner, as is done for the machine precision)?
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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 ...