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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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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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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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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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Strategies to solve an oscillatory integrand only known numerically

I have an integrand that looks like this: the details of computation are complicated but I only know the integrand numerically (I use NDSolve to solve second ...
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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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Large Number times Tiny Number

A (maybe noob) question: Let a = 1234567891234567889998.5 b = 1234567891234567889999.5 Mathematica (v8) yields for ...
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Cannot Get Numerical Results to Match

I try this numerical summation (in two parts) ...
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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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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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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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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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Mysterious behavior of Precision for complex arrays

Mysterious behavior of Precision: {{1.0+I*0.0},{0.0+I*0.0}} // SetPrecision[#,30]& // Precision // Print; ...
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Why is this Mandelbrot set's implementation infeasible: takes a massive amount of time to do?

The Mandelbrot set is defined by complex numbers such as $z=z^2+c$ where $z_0=0$ for the initial point and $c\in\mathbb C$. The numbers grow very fast in the iteration. ...
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Why does N[Re@f] give complex result?

Consider this code: ...
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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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Is the divergence between Round and setting an explicit precision intentional or a bug?

Introductory remark: I take it (from Mathematica's online documentation), that Precision is effectively the number of significant digits, as seen by the system. ...
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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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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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numerical precision in output file

I want to write the numerical results of a computation to a file which is to be read in Fortran. The data looks like: ...
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How to find derivative of a numerical solution, where precision is ambiguous?

I am trying to take the derivative of a numerical solution. I am concerned that the way I'm doing this may be problematic due to numerical error; I think there must be a better way but I'm not very ...
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ParallelTable and Precision

I'm using ParallelTable[] to calculate a function over a range of my parameters , ($\omega,\ell$). This seems to be working well (in terms of speed increase) except ...
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How to set the working precision globally? $MinPrecision does not work

I want to increase the precision globally to 50 at least, but $MinPrecision does not work. ...
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Importing High Precision (22 digits) data from a file

I want to import list from a file and I am using ReadList but my data is in format like this 8.2457409790900004e+08 but it i being imported like $8.24574*10^8$. Is ...
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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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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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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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Problem with setting working precision in NIntegrate

I want to obtain a good numerical approximation (up to 10 decimal place would be ok for me) to an integral: $$ \int^{\infty}_{0} f(r)r^2dr $$ I am using the function $f(r)$, which is related to the ...
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Is it possible to change the MinPrecision in command “Compile”?

I'm using "Compile" to do some numerical calculation and I need high Precision. I was wondering if it is possible to change the Precision in command "Compile" to some $MinPrecision?
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Numerical Error with Large Matrices

I am writing a Finite Element Analysis program in Mathematica. The code involves handling a large matrix with large entries. I get an error when I try to use Mathematica's "LinearSolve" to solve a ...
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Increase precision for a entire notebook

I am quite a newbie and it is taking me so much time to understand what I need to do to achieve something really simple and I still haven't found it. I run a dynamic model of a metabolic pathway in ...
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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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Is it possible to generate a message when precision upgrade occur?

I use Mathematica mostly for numerical simulation, so most of the time double precision (or machine precision) is enough for me. Mathematica has this nice feature of automatically upgrade to arbitrary ...
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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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Precision problem with numerical solution of a differential equation

I want solve $$ 2\sqrt{|\gamma|}x = \int_{1}^{t} dy \sqrt{\frac{1+2|\gamma_2|y}{y^2(1-y)}} $$ where $0<t\leq $1. I'm using a for cycle to evaluate t, calculate the integral and the assign the $x$. ...
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NIntegrate - WorkingPrecision

I am trying to NIntegrate this expression. It is very close to zero, and so gives all possible types of errors. More precisely, ...
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Why the EuclideanDistance of these 2 exact points generates the warning N::meprec?

The two points are: pts = {{1/4 (-1 - Sqrt[5]), Sqrt[5/8 - Sqrt[5]/8]}, {1/4 (-1 - Sqrt[5]), -Sqrt[5/8 - Sqrt[5]/8]}}; EuclideanDistance @@ pts ...
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Working precision and pure functions in FindMinimum

I have this function: fun = (# - 5.0)^2.0 & Then, I want to find the minimum: ...
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Range and decimal digits [duplicate]

When I set Plot[Sin[x], {x, -2, -1}, Frame -> True, Axes -> False, FrameTicks -> {{Automatic, Automatic}, {Range[-2, -1, 0.2], Automatic}}] I ...
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how to calculate with just double floating point precision [duplicate]

I want to calculate with simple double floating point precision. ...
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Option: number of digits

The command NestList[Cos, 1.5, 10] produces the list: ...
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SetPrecision — different values subtracted from unity gives same value

How are my results possible? CODE: SetPrecision[FibersFailedNew, 40] 3.612171938234261799295174910010284760488*10^-16 ...
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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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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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ListPlot with high precision

I have a list of numbers, e.g. {{1.,0``27.698970004336022},{2.,0``27.698970004336015}} but usually much longer, suitable for ...
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ListPlot3D with small (but acceptable) precision

Consider the following minimal example: ...