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

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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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Change system options in package

I use Mathematica mostly for numerical calculations, and sometimes the performance of numerical calculations can be greatly improved if the high-precision arithmetic can be switched off by ...
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The change of precision doesn't work in ParallelDo. Is it a bug in Parallel?

Cross-post: http://zhidao.baidu.com/question/2075301703219376588.html Input: ...
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Is there a problem with some of the curated Star Data?

I'm not really sure if I'm doing something wrong, or if there's a problem with some of the Mathematica curated data on stars. My problem is this: I'm trying to find the location (latitude and ...
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Precision problem while evaluating RegionMember or Element in V10

I'll try to give you a background on where the problem occured. The problem itself is defined near the end of the post. I'm running a sort of a simulation of a particle in a box. I finally got my ...
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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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Is FindRoot wrong about its WorkingPrecision?

I noticed an odd mismatch between the behaviors of NDSolve and FindRoot. If you give NDSolve an equation of a certain precision, say 20, and tell it to use a higher WorkingPrecision, say 30, it will ...
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Precision and accuracy in NDSolve and NMinimize

I use NDSolve quite a lot and have noticed that setting values for AccuracyGoal and ...
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Inaccurate Heliocentric coordinates of PlanetaryMoonData

I have noticed that the heliocentric coordinates obtained with PlanetaryMoonData are very inaccurate. Fore example, consider the Galilean moons of Jupiter: ...
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Precision loss in FourierDCT

I have high precision data that I want to do Fourier transform with, but it looks like the precision is lost dramatically. ...
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How to control precision of parameters in NonlinearModelFit?

I am using NonlinearModelFit for fitting a dataset to some complex numerical model function that depends on a few parameters. The final required precision of these parameters is very low, like 3 ...
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Which operations preserve digit precision?

Imagine I had to use numbers with a 600 precision digits. Do all mathematical operations, like +,-,...
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the default option of NDSolve

How should I find out what the default value of Accuracy and Precision is in the NDSolve? I have a pde that when I asked it to solve for me the equation with a special Accuracy and precision it gave ...
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Precision of sliders in WebMathemtica

I have been developing a manipulate plot to put on the web. One of my parameters varies over a small interval, {{D32, 2.38*10^-3, "D32"}, 0.001227, 0.0049108}. This ...
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Ignore $MinPrecision when using Print

I have a function that contains a For loop and sometimes takes several hours to run. It's important that I keep a high precision, and I insert ...
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CharacteristicPolynomial returns 0

I have the following matrix. ...
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Failed to use SetPrecision

I am calculating the below formula: $$ \text{ER2}(\alpha,\text{K},\text{q})\text{:=}1+\sum _{m=0}^{K-1} \binom{K+\alpha }{m} \sum _{r=0}^m \frac{(-1)^r \binom{m}{r}}{\left(\frac{1}{q}\right)^{\alpha ...
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Why does Save change my data precision?

I have some data from some Mathematica program, and it appears that the precision of the data has been slightly changes when I save the data and reload it again. ...
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universal precision control in Mathematica

There are many ways to control precision in Mathematica, such as PrecisionGoal in specific build-in commmands or SetPrecision to some variables. I got two questions below, (1) If I do not set any ...
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How to set all the numerical values as double

Is it possible to set the accuracy of every numerical value and the result of every computation to double like in Matlab? I want Mathematica to use just 3 or 4 ...
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Numerical Error with Matrix operations

A is a 3x3 matrix, b is a 3x1 vector. I try to convert [A|b], a 3x4 matrix, to [I|0]. So the formula is right multiple ...