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Characterising the set of parameters that satisfy a system of non-linear equations

I am looking for a solution to the following problem and could not find an answer so far. I have a quintic equation, $f(x;a,b,c,\cdots)-x=0$, where $x$ is the variable with respect to which I need the ...
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Problem with FindRoot applied to functions

I am having difficulty with the error "is not a list of numbers with dimensions..." when using FindRoot (and other numerical routines in Mathematica) to solve equations numerically when the argument ...
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My code of plotting a two-variable function is too slow [on hold]

I have a code in which my complicated function to be plotted is F(x,p). I would like to graph it for 5 values of p equal to 10^7, 10^8, 10^9, 10^10 and 10^11 for x values between 0.01 and 0.99. All ...
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Wrong generalized eigenvalues of large numeric matrices

I've been working on a toy model of a variational method of a Hamiltonian H with an overlap matrix S. The point is that when H and S are small enough, Mathematica gives the correct eigenvalues (≈ ...
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How to properly apply NumericQ or s.th. similar here? - NDSolve inside NMaximize

I wrote a function that numerically solves a given Schrodinger equation and returns replacement rules to obtain the time evolution operator. It looks and is used as follows: ...
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why i cannot get appropriate number with my custom precision? [duplicate]

why i cannot get appropriate number with my custom precision? In[25]:= N[(1 + Exp[-30])/(1 + Exp[-29.9]), 1000] Out[25]= 1. I expect to see a few digits after ...
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WorkingPrecision causes issue in the NIntegrate

I really can't figure out why my code sometimes is not working. My integrals involve two variables (k and kz). The integration ...
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Numerical integration: complicated 2D integral seems to be poorly estimated

In the course of some physics research I've been working on, a very annoying integral has appeared that I'm having difficulty evaluating numerically. Any help you could offer would be greatly ...
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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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Real Numbers in the Wolfram Language

Epilog: Much of the discussion in the answers below revolves around the distinction between Real as a data type and real numbers as a domain or class of numbers (irrespective of the form in which ...
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Why is (-1.)^2. a complex number

Why (-1.)^2. in Mathematica returns a complex number? It looks like in both C and Fortran it returns 1. Why does Mathematica behave differently than the other ...
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Writing a Code to plot a function that includes a double integral [closed]

I am trying to write a code in Mathematica. Here are my steps: F[u_] = Some nontrivial and long expression in terms of u; Umax[x_, y_] = Some expression in terms of x and y; W[x_, y_] := integral ...
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Plot a bunch of lines in 3D from point data

I have a 12*25 array, wherein each entry is of the form $\{x,y,z\}$. So 12 different $x$ values, 25 different $y$ values and 12*15 $z$ values in all. I'd like to plot 12 curves of various $x$ values ...
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Why is my data 10 times slower than random data when doing matrix multiplication

I have some data generated from some program, and it appears that matrix multiplication on these data are about 10 times slower than on some random data: ...
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Function for a series of joined slopes

I need a function for a series of joined slopes and my solution feels a bit kludgy. Is there a better way? A list of pairs of transition points and slopes: ...
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Efficient method of raising matrix to a variable power?

I have a $2 \times 2$ matrix $A$, where each element is a 12th order polynomial in a parameter $a$. I need to raise this matrix $A$ to the $-t/T$ power, where $T$ is a known scalar (for this ...
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Speed up NIntegrate, which takes eigenvalues from another function

I have simplified my problem here, in my actual problem the matrix is much bigger which makes it impossible to find eigenvalues analytically. So, I chose standard BCS problem (2x2 matrix) to ...
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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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How to make N apply to exponent?

For example, I want to covert y+Sqrt[x] to y+x^0.5, where y and ...
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NDSolve with Explicit, Implicit Euler and Trapezoidal method

I am using Mathematica 9.0 both on Linux and Windows and I would like to integrate the Van der Pol equation numerically using various techniques such as Explicit and Implicit Euler and Trapezoidal ...
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DSolve for first order nonlinear equation is solution numerical or analytical?

Hi I'm new to mathematica so I may have a somewhat trivial question. my code below solves and plots the results of a first order nonlinear ODE. The solutions mathematica gives me contains & and #1 ...
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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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The problem (time) caused by ?NumericQ

In here, I asked a related (similar) question. Using ?NumericQ seems have slowed down the entire calculation. But I now have a more serious problem: ...
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How to speed up Min of DateObjects?

I'm in version 10.0.1 using a Dataset to do some plots and things. For one of the plots I need to get the minimum date of a some filtered set of the ...
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How can I use the command `Minimize` of this trigonometric function? [duplicate]

I want to find the minimum of the function $\sin^6 x + \cos^6 x$. I tried Minimize[{Sin[x]^6 + Cos[x]^6, 0 <= x <= 2 Pi}, x] I got {Cos[2 ArcTan[1 - ...
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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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Help Please : Error in plotting the solutions of FindRoot

I want to find the roots of an equation using FindRoot as a function of a real parameter K and then plot the real and imaginary solutions vs. the parameter K. The function I'm trying to find the ...
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How shortening argument test when declaring functions?

When defining some functions which depend in many arguments sometimes we need to include question Q constraints to diminish processing time. My question is simple, there is a way to shorten a long ...
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Water Hammer - Numerically solving system of PDEs

I'm trying to use Mathematica to solve the water hammer effect. ...
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BitShiftRight produces incorrect results in Version 10

fixed in 10.0.2 With Mathematica 10 for Mac, BitShiftRight works properly on lists of up to 100000 numbers, but appears to give incorrect results when threaded ...
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Increasing number of decimal places with FixedPoint

I've tried: In[169]:= newton3[x_] := N[1/2 (x + 3/x)]; FixedPointList[newton3, 1.0] Out[170]= {1., 2., 1.75, 1.73214, 1.73205, 1.73205, 1.73205} Of course: ...
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Iteration of NDSolve

I have a problem with iteration of the result of NDSolve. Namely, the following code works fine ...
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Changing the definition of N: unexpected $RecursionLimit::reclim error

I have some objects represented as follows: Object[data, param] data is a list of numbers, ...
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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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Breaking out of NDSolve

I am solving a coupled set of differential equations with NDSolve for 6 unknown functions of time. At a certain point in time, the system hits a singular point where the potential governing the ...
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Volterra integral equation

I have to find an approximate numerical solution for the equation $$ F(x) - \lambda \int\limits_1^{x} \text{d}s \;s^2 F(s) Z(x-s) = G(x) $$ $$Z(s) = (\psi''(1-2\ h\ i\ s)- 0.5 \psi''(1-2\ h\ i\ s))$$ ...
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Why numerical functions can't digest InterpolatingFunction with units?

Answering this question gave me the idea that I must be missing something.. In brief, numerical functions generally 'understand' units: ...
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plotting the stable and unstable manifolds of a difference equation

I have a 2D non-linear system of difference equations for variables x and y defined as follows: ...
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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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Fitting data with inclusion of constraints

How do I find a fit for the dataS (see below) with the constraint that the parameter np is an integer, and that the parameters la+lc = 100. A weak attempt at this is provided below for a specific ...
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how to solve second order nonlinear coupled differential equations using NDSolve with hyperbolic function

i have to solve some solitons scattering through this coupled equations. i need to get two different graph, but still the graph did not come out. and also the equations quite complicated containing ...
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NMinimize/NMaximize is unable to generate initial points

Mathematica 10 generates a warning that it is unable to generate initial points for numerical optimization problems. I picked a particularly simple example. The problem goes away when ...
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Apparent issue with derivative of FractionalPart

This issue came to my attention from Math.SE: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1015325/is-the-derivative-of-x-on-0-1-always-equal-to-1/1015342#1015342 To summarize, it appears that ...
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Challenge — Defining an ORIGINAL second derivative function?

UPDATE: I do not want to use the Derivative or D functions. – I began with this definition of the derivative , which resulted in: Limit[ #, h -> 0] & /@ { (f[x + h, y] - f[x, y])/ h. But, I ...
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How to prevent Round with hided fractions

I found a strange behavior in Round. If we try: ToString[Round[4.811, 0.01], InputForm] we get: 4.8100000000000005 When I expected 4.81 In order to ...
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Series expansion of InterpolatingFunction obtained from NDSolve

I am trying to obtain a series expansion of the numerical solution of a differential equation. I encounter difficulties going beyond first-order expansions which I believe might be due to my inability ...
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Symbolic and numeric calculations (and plots) simultanuosly

I use Mathematica to do a bunch of symbolic calculations (integrals, ...). This is good because I found that sometimes, if I plug in numeric values, Mathematica takes much longer. However, sometimes ...
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How can I use 'NIntegrate' to show the error?

I have to compute a very complicated integral, which is a 16-dimension one, so NIntegrate use Monte-Carlo. I have set Method -> "AdaptiveMonteCarlo, when I run ...
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Solving an ODE, where the coefficients are implicit functions of time, not in closed form [duplicate]

I have an ODE, say of the first order for simplicity, and of the form, $A.x'[t] =B$. The coefficients are functions of time and x[t], not in closed form. I can define the coefficients, $A$ and $B$, ...