# Questions tagged [approximation]

A method of finding nearly-optimal solutions to a problem. Generally, this terminology is applied to algorithms and heuristics for solving NP-Hard problems in computer science.

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### Fast approximate evaluation of Fourier-Legendre series

Suppose I know that a function from $[0,\pi] \to \mathbb{R}$ may be written as $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty A_l \frac{2l+1}{4\pi} P_l(r)$$ where $A_l$ all are known. Is there a way in which I may very ...
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### Problems Implementing the Remez Algorithm

So first off: *** This code is not being used in production software. It is a personal project of mine, trying to understand approximation theory and advanced curve fitting. In other words, I'm ...
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### How can I calculate the exponential integral?

(I originally asked this in a different exchange.) I'm writing a program that uses the prime-counting function. Right now, I'm using x/log(x), but I want to ...
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### Size of jump for piecewise discontinuous approximations

If one has a sufficiently smooth function $u$ that is approximated by a piecewise constant function $u_h=\Pi^0_h u$ on a mesh of cell size $h$ (where $\Pi^0_h$ is the $L_2$ projection onto the ...
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### closed form approximation of matrix inverse with special properties

I'm trying to find some theory to help me explicitly express the inverse of a matrix (or a close approximation of the inverse). My matrix has the following properties: invertible positive definite ...
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### Matching/Assignment Problem

I'm not sure how I can represent and solve the following problem. I have a list of sales (timestamp and quantity) and a list of corresponding inventory draws (timestamp and quantity). What I ...
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### Numerical evaluation of the Exponential Integral Ei by rational Chebyshev approximations fails

I am trying to evaluate the Exponential Integral $Ei(x)=-\int^{\infty}_{-x}\frac{e^{-t}}{t}dt$ for $x>0$ (interpreted as the Cauchy principal value) by using rational Chebyshev approximations, ...
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### Find alternative path closest to original

I have a set of points in a 2D space. I want to connect the outer points so I get the convex hull. The problem here is that there is a limit to the distance between two points. Let me clarify that ...
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### Solving a system of linear equations with only an approximate solution

I have a system of linear equations that is derived partially from experimental data. Theoretically, the system should have a single, exact solution; however, experimental error causes it to not have ...
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### Polynomial order of an approximation of a section of sine and numerical accuracy

I was playing with the idea that a sine function is periodic. But even within one period there are symmetries, namely the second fourth of a period is the mirror image of the first fourth and the ...
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### Finding optimal point distance to get desired number of random points in an area

I have a random point generator which takes a distance $d$ and fills an area with points such that distance between any two points is no less that $d$: I need to control the number of points in the ...
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### Interpolation with the roots of orthogonal polynomials & Spectral expansion

I'm a bit confused about the relationships between these two approximation methods mentioned in the title. Does this kind of interpolation also belongs to the field of spectral methods? Are the ...
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### Fast algorithm for Polar Decomposition

As it known, according to the Polar Decomposition, square matrix can be expressed in the next form $$M=QR$$ ($Q$ - orthogonal matrix $R$ - positive-semidefinite Hermitian matrix) I need to find this ...
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### Methods for fast approximation of convolution

What are the state of the art methods for fast 2D convolution approximation? I'm familiar with SVD based multiplication and cross approximation approaches, but would be thankful to get additional ...
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### imaginary time propagation to find ground state wavefunction

I understand the basic idea of imaginary time propagation method: The wavefunction $\psi(x,t)$ as a superposition of energy eigenstates $\phi_m(x)$: $$\psi(x,t)=\sum_m \phi_m(x)e^{-iE_mt/\hbar}$$ ...
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### Alternative to two “for” loops in finding best neighborhoods for TSP?

I am trying to solve Travelling Salesman Problems using tabu search. I have been able to successfully find "near enough" optimal solutions (as well as one optimal, yay!). For the moment I am using ...
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### Are there any benefits of computable analysis to numerical algorithms

Computers can work only with computable numbers, while most of the algorithms are based on analysis of real numbers (real analysis). When I heard of the existence of computable analysis I ...
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### Finding most efficient route (distance/number of nodes) that uses nodes at least X amount away from another node

I'm trying to find the "looped" route with the lowest value of D/n, where D=Distance, and ...