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How to check the decimal accuracy of result? [duplicate]

I am trying to check if the result is enough accurate to use. I need an accuracy of 10^-6 from some numerical method. Something like root finding algorithm. But how do I check that in mathematica? I ...
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Numerical evaluation of a sum

I am trying to compute numerically NSum[(-1)^n/n^3, {n, 1, Infinity}]. Of course, using first Sum would work here, but often it'...
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Very different results from evaluating same expression with different precisions

When I evalute the following expression, ...
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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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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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Mathematica policy for correctness of results [closed]

Does Mathematica provide any kind of warranty that their calculations are correct? Say I'm running a billion dollar company, and I relied on Mathematica to do calculations, like aerodynamics or car ...
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Comparing exact expressions for equality — is it really OK if I get wrong answer?

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and fixed in 10.2.0 I found an unexpected behavior (that I think of as a bug) in evaluation of the equality operator applied to mathematical functions with exact ...
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How can we ensure the result of Mathematica is exactly correct?

This is an example, I plot a function and find it has a defect when x approximates 400. Plot[Cos[.3 x] Exp[-0.01 x], {x, 0, 1000}, PlotRange -> All] Another ...
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Polar plotting Hankel Function with a lot of terms

I am trying to plot a normalized polar plot for the following function with different values of $a$ $$\left\lvert \sum_{n=1}^\infty i^n (2n+1) \frac {P_n^1(cos(\theta))}{\sqrt{\frac{\pi k a}{2}}[-H_{...
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Numeric calculation with many digits

I try to calculate something like 1.569732312*Pi and by default mathematica returns something like 4.93146 (only 5 digits after floating point), but I believe there is much more digits, especially ...