Questions dealing with the relative uncertainty in the values computed, stored, or manipulated by Mathematica.

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Confused by (apparent) inconsistent precision

$$ e^{\pi \sqrt{163}} \approx 262537412640768743.99999999999925 $$ E^(Pi Sqrt[163.0]) N[E^(Pi Sqrt[163.0]), 35] NumberForm[E^(Pi Sqrt[163.]), 35] returns ...
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When I can assume that all decimal digits returned by Mathematica are provably correct?

How to Control the Precision and Accuracy of Numerical Results Arbitrary-Precision Numbers Mathematica works with exact numbers and with two different types of approximate numbers: ...
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ReadList can't read from file containing high-precision Reals

I want to read a file which contains seven columns of real numbers. Mathematica seems to have a problem with the high precision I need. My code: ...
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How to convert a string of number into real numbers without precision loss

I searched and did not find similar answers which can resolve the 'no precision loss' issue. A sample string is: ...
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Permanently rounding numbers/values to a given number of significant figures

I am searching for a simple way of rounding and setting an input to a desired number of significant figures. There are a vast number of posts that discuss similar problems, but none address this ...
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Is MathieuC for moderately large imaginary arguments broken?

I'm trying to plot MathieuC[-3,0.3,I x] for $x\in[0,10]$, and here's what I get even with arbitrary precision arithmetic (here I use ...
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Cannot Get Numerical Results to Match

I try this numerical summation (in two parts) ...
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Why do NumberForm and Round apparently use different tie-breaking methods?

When rounding numbers (for example, rounding a real number to the nearest integer), the "round to nearest" rule is usually used. For example, 1.4 is rounded down to 1 and 1.6 is rounded up to 2. ...
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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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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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Specifying WorkingPrecision in LogLogPlot produces invalid plots [duplicate]

I seem to have found a bug with LogLogPlot in Version 10. If I specify a working precision, the function produces total garbage. Here is a simple example. The first ...
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Output precision

I've solved some equations using FindRoot and then computed some values. Now when I print the output, I only get a certain precision {{0.01, 496.983, 61.3147, ...
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Why is Sin[2.0 Pi] = -2.44929 x 10^-16 and not 0.0?

Why does Sin[2.0 Pi] evaluate to -2.44929 x 10^-16 and not 0.0?
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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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AccountingForm w/o significant figures

Basically I want to build a chart like something I would do in Excel. It should look like this: Here is the formula I'm using and what I've done so far ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to get BSplineFunction beyond MachinePrecision?

I have been using BSplineFunction (Mathematica 8) to generate a smooth representation of some data, which I might then do some further processing on. As I ...
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Error computing sum of sum of digits

I've defined a function that computes the sum of the base-b digits of n: DigitSum[n_, b_] := Total[IntegerDigits[n, b]] Then I defined a function that computes ...
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A problem about fixed point iteration theory

Description Recently, I have been learning a couse called "Numerical Analysis". The fixed point iteration theory was introducted to solve the ...
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Can Someone Please Explain Internal`$SameQTolerance?

If I input Internal`$SameQTolerance (* output = 0.30103 *) which is the approximation of Log[10,2], or ...
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1answer
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Numerical error in Mathieu functions

Consider the MathieuCharacteristicA function, which is a piecewise function according to the documentation. The discontinuity happens at integer number. ...
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Explicit digit-count (precision) of real number

I'm trying to do something which seems like it should be simpler than it is (at least in my attempts at it). I have some code where I read in a list of numbers generated for me by a coworker. These ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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Issues with $MachineEpsilon

I'm attempting to add $MachineEpsilon to numbers I am pulling from the domains of 3 interpolating functions. I pulled 3 numbers, and for one of these numbers adding ...
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1answer
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Padding plot ticks with zeros on the right

I would like to know how can I make a real-valued plot tick pad with a zero to the right of the decimal point on integer values. This is what I have: ...
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Deferent results depending on the input form of the matrix [closed]

Why is it so, N[Eigenvectors[{{1., 0.5, 4.}, {2., 1., 2.}, {0.25, 0.5, 1.}}]] returns: ...
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CharacteristicPolynomial returns 0

I have the following matrix. ...