Questions tagged [precision]

Issues related to the representation of numerical quantities in a finite representation in a given base differing from their exact mathematical value.

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Red flags for numerical computing?

I've learnt the hard way that you should avoid: computing small numbers as the difference of two large numbers evaluating chaotic functions with imprecise inputs. Are there any other red flags a ...
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Convert decimal number in binary double precision, how to avoid the loss of the last digits after normalization?

I have the decimal number: $0.023$, and I want to convert in a binary number with $52$ bit of mantissa in Double Precision: if I go to convert, using this utility here, in non-normalized form, with $...
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Is half precision supported by modern architecture?

I am new to computer science and I was wondering whether half precision is supported by modern architecture in the same way as single or double precision is. I thought the 2008 revision of IEEE-754 ...
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Division and Modulus for Large DIVISORS

Excel and also Excel VBA have no built-in support for arbitrary precision arithmetic. There are a few very large add-ins that can be installed to do these sorts of calculations where the operands are ...
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Comparison of integrals with a function:

Consider the following integral: $$S(q)=\int_{x=2}^q\sin^2\left(\frac{π\Gamma(x)}{2x}\right)dx$$ And consider the functions : $$R(q)=\frac{q}{\log(q)}$$ $$T(q)=\int_2^q\frac{1}{\log(x)}dx$$ I ...
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Find precision, or the number of digits in the mantissa, in a floating point machine number

We have that: $\epsilon$ is the smallest positive machine number that summed to $1$ resuts in $(\epsilon + 1)$: i.e. the smallest number greater than $1$: if $p$ is precision and $\beta$ the base: $$...
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Numerically stable and fast sum of last K elements in sequence

Suppose I have a long, possibly infinite, sequence $x := [x_1, x_2, ...]$, and I want to use it to compute another sequence $y:=[y_1, y_2, ...]$ where each element is the sum of the last K elements of ...
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Best way to check if SOR solution has converged for 2d matrix

I have written a SOR algorithm to solve the Laplace equation on a 2d grid. The outside of the grid is fixed at 0 and the central square is fixed at 10. I can obtain the fully converged solution for ...
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log-sum-exp trick for signed/complex numbers

I need to evaluate a sum of values that are on many different orders of magnitude in scale but might be signed. I’ve had great luck with the “log-sum-exp” trick for an unsigned version of my problem, ...
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How do I globally change the precision of a piece of code in Python to debug it?

I am solving a system of non-linear equations using the Newton-Raphson method in Python. This involves using the solve(Ax,b) function (...
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Numerical stability in the product of many matrices

I have to calculate in numpy the matrix-product of many matrices (~400). Are there common practices to increase numerical stability? If this is relevant, the matrices are $300\times 300$ orthogonal ...
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How to perform an eigendecomposition of a general complex matrix with arbitrary precision in C/C++

I need to obtain the Eigenvectors of a general complex matrix, but with quadruple precision. Is anyone aware of a means to do this? I currently use Tux Eigen, and I see that in their unsupported ...
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Inverse of ill-conditioned symmetric matrix

I've got a matrix K, with dimensions $(n, n)$ where each element is computed using the following equation: $$K_{i, j} = \exp(-\alpha t_i^2 -\gamma(t_i - t_j)^2 - \...
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Evaluate Nth root of a rational to a correctly rounded float

Excuse my lack of vocabulary for I have no formal training in this field, which is also why I ask this question - it may be trivial or it may be impossible. I want to evaluate an expression in the ...
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Conjugate gradient - ill-conditioning and numerical tolerance

I would like to solve system $Ax=b$, where $A$ is SPD, but very ill-conditioned ($\text{cond}(A)>10^{11}$). I am interested in using UNpreconditioned version of the conjugate gradient method. Is ...
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Analytical convergent sequence and numerical divergent sequence

Is it possible to construct a sequence that converges in theory but when computed numerically with a computer program is diverging. I feel that today our computer programs doesn't allow such ...
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How to compute large condition number of a matrix in Python?

I have a matrix that is extremely singular, but I am still interested in computing the exact condition number, which is the ratio between the largest and smallest singular values. Is it possible to ...
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Compile-time error control vs. interval arithmetic?

I use interval arithmetic for reliable computing. Now, a procedure coded in a good implementation of interval arithmetic takes perhaps about eight times as much as the same procedure carried out ...
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Is it possible to proof a-b+b = a for all double floating-point numbers?

I want to know whether the equation : a-b+b = a is always true for a, b belongs to double precision floating-point number and |a|>=|b|. If the equation is true, how can I proof it? If not, what ...
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What good are hard-sphere event-driven molecular dynamics simulations in the face of chaos?

Simple hard-sphere dynamical systems can exhibit chaotic dynamics. Due to finite-precision arithmetic when implemented on a computer, the presence of chaos implies that for a given set of initial data,...
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Time iteration no longer smooth after using scaled units

I have a time iteration function looked on a 2D surface like this. Since the numbers wee very small i.e. hbar=6.6260700404e-34./(2*pi), my professor told me to use our own "scaled unites" during the ...
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Evaluating $\log(\exp(x)+1)$ for negative $x$

With double precision, I get $\log(\exp(-3)+1)=0.048587351573741958$, which already has $4$ incorrect digits, and $\log(\exp(-30)+1)=9.348... \times10^{-14}$, which only has two correct digits. What ...
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High precision Discrete Fourier Transform in c

I'm trying to do a high precision discrete fourier transform on a signal. To examine the precision, I use a gaussian function as the signal, because the fourier transform is also a gaussian function. ...
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Why can ill-conditioned linear systems be solved precisely?

According to the answer here, large condition number (for linear system solving) decreases the guaranteed number of correct digits in the floating point solution. Higher order differentiation matrices ...
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Numerical Precision in Matrix Inversion Routines

Let's say I have a matrix $\mathbf{A}\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, and its associated inverse, $\mathbf{A}^{-1}$. The elements of $\mathbf{A}$ are given in IEEE single precision, i.e. 23-bit mantissa, ...
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Numerically stable way of computing angles between vectors

When applying the classical formula for the angle between two vectors: $$\alpha = \arccos \frac{\mathbf{v_1} \cdot \mathbf{v_2}}{\|\mathbf{v_1}\| \|\mathbf{v_2}\|}$$ one finds that, for very small/...
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Computing the change of function at two close points without cancellation

I want to compute the difference $\Delta f(x_1,x_2) = f(x_1)-f(x_2)$ of a smooth function $f(x)$ at two points $x_1$ and $x_2$ which are close to each other. The magnitude of the expected result, $|\...
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Half precision in Fortran

To improve the time efficiency of my code, I'd like to test a lower precision for real number, using e.g. half precision (2 bytes). However, I'm not sure if I can do that in Fortran. After playing ...
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Stable computation of ratio of sums of large numbers

I have two sets of large positive numbers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ and $b_1,\ldots,b_n$. By 'large' I mean of the order of $10^{10}$. I want to calculate the ratio $$R = \frac{a_1 - a_2 + \cdots +(-1)^{n+1}...
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How to deal with big numbers in intermediate calculations?

I have a rather long expression (https://pastebin.com/jUsxdCCs) that is an analytical solution of a set of differential equations generated symbolically from Maple. I need to solve a set of equations ...
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How to deal with very low numerical values in C?

I have to work with values such as 1e-15 in my code but I can't. Indeed, because of low precision these values are equivalent to 0. Any ideas?
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Precision loss in Matrix-Vector product when applying Finite-Difference scheme

I am applying a 6th order Finite-Difference differentiation scheme as seen in http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Method_of_lines/example_implementation/dss006 There seems to be severe numerical/...
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Any FOSS MATLAB/Octave toolbox for high-speed variable precision arithmetic?

I need to use variable precision arithmetic in MATLAB for an expensive set of computation. The vpa function provided by the symbolic math toolbox is very slow. I found a non-free alternative toolbox ...
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What is the error associated with Fornberg's algorithm?

Bengt Fornberg derived a general way to compute the weights for arbitrary finite difference schemes in two papers: his 1988 paper and (better) his 1998 paper. What are the numerical errors ...
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Accuracy between ill-conditioned matrix-free vs. matrix-based operators

As far as I know, precision errors become larger as the condition number of a matrix increases. Consider a matrix-based operator: $$A = \nabla \bullet k \nabla $$ And a matrix-free operator: $$\...
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Small, unpredictable results in runs of a deterministic model

I have a sizable model (~5000 lines) written in C. It is a serial program, with no random number generation anywhere. It makes use of the FFTW library for functions using FFT - I do not know the ...
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C++ libraries for Fast Fourier Transform in high precision

I am looking for a C++ library for Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) in high precision (e.g., using high precision real data types similar to mpfr_t in MPFR or ...
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Why is $\exp(\ln(x))-x\neq0$ in floating point arithmetic?

Analytically, the expression $$\exp(\ln(x))-x \enspace,$$ should give 0. However, in Matlab, it does not. x = linspace(1, 10, 10); exp(log(x)) - x; for $x \in ...
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Single Precision a x plus y (SAXPY) terminology

I've been reading books which refers to vector update operations of the form: y := y + ax, where y and x are vector variables and a is a scalar as SAXPY. I understand ax plus y part, but why "single ...
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Addition and subtraction of two floats in Python

Yesterday I was wondering how floats are handled in a computer and what they look like in binary... I learnt about the single-precision floating-point and I tried to see the limit of that format... I ...
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Known issues with eigenvalue numerics?

Are there any known issues (such as precision issues) with $\mathsf{MATLAB}$ eig and charpoly functions for large enough $\{-1,0,+1\}$ matrices? Even if I change $1$ or $2$ entries between matrices ...
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Templated Numerical Linear Algebra in Parallel

I have to invert large, but densely populated matrices with higher precision arithmetic. Therefore I am looking for something like the PLASMA library, which can do Cholesky or LU factorization in ...
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Are there tasks in machine learning which require double precision floating points?

Double-precision calculations are significantly slower or more expensive than single-precision calculations. For example, the NVidia Tesla which performs well on doubles is much more expensive then ...
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GSL linear algebra LU/determinant precision

I am working with symmetric matrices of order $n \times n$ where $n \leq 50$. The diagonal elements of my matrices are a fixed number $d$ and the off diagonal elements are limited to two small numbers ...
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Under what circumstances can two (nearly) identical sparse matrices give different solutions to Mx = b?

Suppose I have two sparse matrices, $A$ and $B$, of size $N \times N$. They each have the same sparcity pattern ("footprint"). They each also have values which in theory should be identical, but aren'...
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What is the numerical difference between abs(z)^2 and z x z*, where z is a complex number

I am doing research in electromagnetics (a branch of physics) and I deal with complex numbers in my computing tasks (I use MATLAB). Let's say $z$ is a complex number. To calculate the square of the ...
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Error propagation in recurrence relation

I have a recurrence relation $$P_{n} = A_{n} P_{n-1} - B_{n}P_{n-2}$$ with given $P_{0}$ and $P_{1}$. Numerically, each $A_{n}$ and $B_{n}$ is calculated with some precision. The same applies to ...
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How can I numerically solve an ODE to $N$ provably correct digits?

Suppose we have an initial value problem of the form $$ \frac{\mathrm{d} \mathbf{x}}{\mathrm{d} t} = f(\mathbf{x}) \qquad \mathbf{x}(0) = \mathbf{x}_0 $$ where $\mathbf{x}_0 \in \mathbb{R}^n$ is known ...
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precision loss in non-trigonometric, periodic functions using FFTW and NaNs after marching forward in time (Fortran)

I have developed a pseudospectral solver of the Navier-Stokes equations using FFTW. I tested my formulation of right hand sides (RHS) of the NS equations against standard trigonometric functions (...
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Why should I renormalize physical variables?

I am working with legacy physical codes and I develop new ones based on the output of them. They all use their own internal normalization of variables (for example all distances are divided by the ...