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

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How do you round numbers so that it affects computation?

I'm trying to make a demonstration of how rounding to different numbers of digits affects things but I can't find a way to round numbers to a specified number of digits. The ...
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Converting to machine precision

There are multiple ways to convert an expression to machine precision, for example: ...
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Is this the most efficient way to round approximate integers to integers while leaving other Reals untouched?

This might seem like an overly simple question, but I need to specify custom plot tick marks as integers (no trailing decimal point) if they are approximately integers, but not if they are not. Using ...
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SetPrecision within Block

I am reading Mathematica Cookbook, chapter 1. Author gives two examples, with the following explanation You can control precision within a complex calculation (without using ...
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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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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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The difference between 0. and 0

I have a function for which 0 is a special case: f[A___, 0, B___] := 0 But since I am doing numerics, sometimes in the course ...
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Unexpected result of summation

I wrote small module that gives me incorrect output-set, it should be a single number! I don't understand what went wrong. This is the form of summation used: $$\frac{1}{2} (b-a) \sum_{i=1}^n ...
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Quickly differentiate and evaluate a function of several variables

How can I differentiate a function with respect to several variables and evaluate it at the same time ? I want to specify also the variable index that I want to differentiate and the number of times I ...
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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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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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Is it possible to make Mathematica reformulate an expression in a more numerically stable way?

I'm writing a numerical optimization, and I'm having a problem with an expression of the form $$ e^{-t} (1+\mathrm{erf}(t)) $$ The overall shape of the function looks correct, but when $t$ is small, ...
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Numerical rule evaluation -> {True, False} to deviation of target equation

I solve some equations numerically with FindRoot[] returning a quadruple {1,2,3,4}. Because the solver sometimes do not find any roots depending on parameterization of these equations I select only ...
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Numerical problems with calculation of function

I have a problem with a calculation which I try to do with Mathematica (8.0.1). I have the following function which describes a cone (with half opening angle ...
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About multi-root search in Mathematica for transcendental equations

I have some questions for multiroot search for transcendental equations. Is there any clever solution to find all the roots for a transcendental equation in a specific range? Perhaps ...
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Finding a fit to a multi-dimensioned function

I have a model function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^2$, and a bunch of data points for which I'd like Mathematica to fit for me. Unfortunately FindFit ...
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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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Tabulating Numeric Approximation

I was wondering how to approximate or tabulate values for this numeric approximation: It is the following: The confusing part is how to implement the subscripts in mathematica. $y_{i+1} = (t_i - ...
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Numerically obtaining the inverse Laplace transform of data

I have been using several Mathematica packages to do numerical inverse Laplace transforms on known (expressible in closed form) expressions, $\tilde{f}(s)$. I am now being confronted with the more ...
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Solving a Volterra integral equation numerically

I would like to solve for $P(t)$, in Mathematica, a Volterra integral equation of the 2nd kind. It is: $$P(t) = R_0(t) + \int_0^t P(t') R_0(t-t')dt'$$ I know the function $R_0$ and would ...
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Number of iterations in NSolve

In Excel's solver, one can define how many iterations are to be done, to one's liking. I am wondering if this is possible to do with NSolve in Mathematica? Code ...
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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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Numerical underflow for a scaled error function

I calculate scaled error function defined as f[x_] := Erfc[x]*Exp[x^2] but it can not calculate f[30000.]. ...
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Annoying display truncation of numerical results

I have a lot of data to inspect. An example of a number in my program is 123.189094 This gets displayed as 123.189 ...
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Handling failed FindRoot calls

I want to handle FindRoot calls which did not converge (e.g "thrown" error message FindRoot::cvmit) ...
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Obtain approximate Hessian using FindMinimum

According to the documentation, when FindMinimum is told to use the method "QuasiNewton" on a unconstrained problem, it uses the ...
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What method does NDSolve use for solving PDEs?

What is NDSolve's mode of operation? I use it to solve partial differential equations and never gave it too much thought. Recently, I came across this question. ...
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Wrong computation with N

I was trying to solve this problem using Mathematica 8.04. I did this: ...
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Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients

I am trying to plot a polynomial of degree 29 on the domain [0,1], with fairly large coefficients: ...
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Meaning of backtick in floating-point literal

If I compute, say, 1/3//N, Mathematica displays 0.333333 as the result. When I copy that output to use elsewhere, the paste ...
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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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Numerics with Mathematica

From time to time, I would like to use Mathematica purely numerically, e.g., plotting a function which is defined as an integral which cannot be solve analytically or a solution of a differential ...
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Why round to even integers?

According to the Mathematica help: Round rounds numbers of the form x.5 toward the nearest even integer. For example: Round[{0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5}] ...
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Is it possible to use the LevenbergMarquardt algorithm for fitting a black-box residual function?

I have a black-box multiargument multiparametric function of the type SRD[dataPoint_List,params_List] which accepts experimental data along with the parameters of ...
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RootSearch for complex or multiple equations

First the background. I'm trying to solve for the roots of a rather messy complex equation. This is not the exact equation, but it's a decent (simpler) stand in: ...
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Is there any automatic differentiation package?

I'm wondering if an automatic differentiation package exists for Mathematica. This is what I mean by automatic differentiation.
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Kramers-Kronig in Mathematica

I am trying to calculate the change of the refractive index from the change of the absorption coefficient using the Kramers-Kronig relations, in Mathematica. ...
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Parallelizing Numerical Integration in Mathematica

I have an ugly, six dimensional function that I need to integrate numerically. It works, but it currently take twelve hours to complete the calculation. Is there any good way to parallelize the ...
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How to apply restrictions to the “integrated” variable, when using NDSolve?

I have to integrate an energy along a path. I know the energy at the "beginning" of the path (energy[0]), and I can determine the energy change (gain and loss) ...
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How to fix errors in Gram-Schmidt process when using random vectors?

I first make a function to get a random vector on unit sphere in a swath around the equator. That is what the parameter $\gamma$ controls; if $\gamma = 1/2$, the vectors can be chosen anywhere on the ...
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Why is MainEvaluate being used when LinearSolve can be compiled?

According to this question LinearSolve can be Compiled. However, CompilePrint shows a MainEvaluate but no-warning is generated. It appears that LinearSolve is not ...
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MaxSteps and Computing time issue for Solving Differential equation in Mathematica

When we solve differential equation numerically using NDSolve then sometimes we get error like NDSolve::mxst: Maximum steps reached According to Mathematica docs ...
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Using Mathematica to help to determine the consistency of and numerically solve systems of non-linear equations

The formal problem The question I am about to ask is applicable to many scientific and engineering problems. In short, I am bout to ask for pointers and practical advice for Mathematica beginners who ...
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Strategies to avoid LessEqual::nord in NMinimize?

When using NMinimize on functions with complex intermediate expressions (but a real end result), quite often one gets the error ...
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How to use NDSolve to track equilibrium?

I am looking for an extension of NDSolve where integration runs until certain variables are settled at an equilibrium. Now I have a working solution in my sleeves ...
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How to guarantee that NDSolve correctly detects abrupt changes in parameters?

When using NDSolve, I often have parameters that, in most of their domain, have a constant or null variation, but that suffer from abrupt variations on a very small ...
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Combined numerical minimization and maximization

I want to numerically calculate the maximum of a function defined by the minimization of another function, like the following: ...
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Updating Wagon's FindAllCrossings2D[] function

Stan Wagon's Mathematica in Action (second edition; I haven't read the third edition and I'm hoping to eventually see it), demonstrates a nifty function called ...
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Adaptive sampling for slow to compute functions in 2D

EDIT: Although I have posted an answer based on my current progress, this in incomplete. Please see the "open issues" section in the answer. Most plotting functions in Mathematica adjust the ...
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Is there an NDSolve`ProcessEquations analog for NIntegrate?

NDSolve has an interface for repeatedly solving an equation with different initial conditions without having to analyze the equation and set up the solving algorithm each time. This can improve ...