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A general purpose high-level programming language that emphasizes ease of code syntax and readability.

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Understanding how Numpy does SVD

I have been using different methods to calculate both the rank of a matrix and the solution of a matrix system of equations. I came across the function linalg.svd. Comparing this to my own effort of ...
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Eigenvectors of a small norm adjustment

I have a dataset that is slowly changing, and I need to keep track of eigenvectors/eigenvalues of its covariance matrix. I've been using scipy.linalg.eigh, but it'...
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Python vs FORTRAN

Which one is better: FORTRAN or Python? And I guess that in both cases you need Gnuplot, am I right? I'm working on a Windows machine at the moment. I'd like to use it to get numerical solutions for ...
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When is Newton-Krylov not an appropriate solver?

Recently I have been comparing different non-linear solvers from scipy and was particularly impressed with the Newton-Krylov example in the Scipy Cookbook in which they solve a second order ...
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What is the fastest way to compute all eigenvalues of a very big and sparse adjacency matrix in python?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a faster way to compute all the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a very big and sparse adjacency matrix than using scipy.sparse.linalg.eigsh As far as I know, this ...
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Correct eigenfunctions of Laplace operator by Finite Differences

I am trying to compute the eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator, i.e. finding $u$ in $$ -\nabla^2 u = \lambda u .$$ For now I am trying to do this in 1D, so $$ \nabla^2 = \partial_{xx} .$$ I am ...
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Computing the Madelung constant

I am self teaching myself python and computational physics via Mark Newmans book Computational Physics the exercise is 2.9 of Computational Physics I have to compute the Madelung constant. . I have ...
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What is the preferred and efficient approach for interpolating multidimensional data?

What is the preferred and efficient approach for interpolating multidimensional data? Things I'm worried about: performance and memory for construction, single/batch evaluation handling dimensions ...
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Recommendation for Finite Difference Method in Scientific Python

For a project I am working on (in hyperbolic PDEs) I would like to get some rough handle on the behavior by looking at some numerics. I am, however, not a very good programmer. Can you recommend ...
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Parallel Scientific Computation Software Development Language?

I want to develop a parallel scientific computation software from scratch. I want some thoughts on which language to start. The program involves reading/writing data to txt files and doing heavy ...
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(how to) write simulations that run faster?

I have started using python as the programming language for doing all my assignments in CFD. I have a very little experience in programming. I am from mechanical engineering background and am pursuing ...
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What is a good way to run parameter studies in C++

The problem I'm currently working on a Finite Element Navier Stokes simulation and I would like to investigate the effects of a variety of parameters. Some parameters are specified in an input file ...
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Efficiency of using petsc4py vs. c/c++/fortran

How much slower is petsc4py vs c/c++/fortran? I realize it will depend significantly on the code being executed, but what about something simple like a matrix-vector product?
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How to compute the wavelet approximation of a function?

For the function $f(x)=x$, how to compute the wavelet approximation using Haar basis? I'm new to wavelet, I'm looking for a package which will do something like this ...
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What language should I use when teaching an undergraduate course in computer programming?

Going to teach students of undergraduate level a course titled Introduction to Computer Programming. I am confused a bit. In Computational Physics scientists use C/C++ or Python or Fortran,CUDA etc.......
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Python OSS alternatives for Matlab Neural Network Toolbox. Any intercomparisons?

I'd like to be independent of commercial software for my scientific work. I find a dependence an commercial packages such as Matlab and its toolboxes unsatisfactory, because I do not know if I will ...
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Python implementations of Gillespie's direct method

I'm looking for a decent implementation of Gillespie's Direct Method in Python, as if I code the algorithm myself I'm nigh positive I'll do it inefficiently. Anyone have a favorite?
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Poisson equation with Neumann boundary conditions

I'm trying to solve the Poisson equation with pure Neumann boundary conditions, $$ \nabla^2\phi = \rho \quad in \quad \Omega\\ \mathbf{\nabla}\phi \cdot \mathbf{n} = 0 \quad on \quad \partial \Omega $$...
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How to plot orbit of binary star and calculate its orbital elements?

I have a set of dates, position angles ($\theta$) and angular separations ($\rho$) for visual binary star. For example: ...
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Comparing Algorithmic complexity, ODE Solvers (Big O)

I am currently using the following three methods to solve differential equations: 4th order Runge Kutta Method Euler Method Internal scipy methods: ...
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Soft Question: Where does Python fit into the picture?

So I've been debating whether or not I should bother learning Python. From speaking with my professors, Matlab seems to be the common language used in applied mathematics/computational science as far ...
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Numerical evaluation of an elliptic integral in python

Goal: I need to evaluate numerically an integral of the following form: $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{dx}{(a^2+x)\sqrt{(a^2+x)(b^2+x)(c^2+x)}} $$ where $a,b,c \in \mathbb{R}$ are in the interval $(1,1000)$....
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Finding the first N roots of transcendental equation

I need to find the first $n$ roots of the transcendental equation \begin{equation} F(k) = J_m'(kr)Y_m'(k)-J'_m(k)Y'_m(kr) \end{equation} for integer values of $m$ and any $r \in [0,1)$ where $J'$ ...
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Efficiently finding all (x,y,z) points within certain distance of point P

I am using Python, and I have a Pandas dataframe with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of $(x,y,z)$ coordinates. I am looking to find an efficient method to index the original dataframe so that ...
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Compute lengths of the longest edge of each cell

Having mesh = UnitSquareMesh(2, 2) Q = FunctionSpace(mesh, 'DG', 0) this works as expected ...
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Python: Grid with step control ODE solver

I have a problem in physics formulated via an ODE. Now I like to solve it numerically using Pythons scipy.integrate and the therein complex_ode. I figured out how and it works but now I like to ...
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How to express this complicated expression using numpy slices

I wish to implement the following expression in Python: $$ x_i = \sum_{j=1}^{i-1}k_{i-j,j}a_{i-j}a_j, $$ where $x$ and $y$ are numpy arrays of size $n$, and $k$ is a numpy array of size $n\times n$. ...
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Python package for (adaptive) function plotting

Are there any mature Python packages that can plot functions, and possibly use adaptive sampling? I am looking to pass only a function (can be a numerical black box) and a range, and expect a plot as ...
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FEniCS: how to specify boundary conditions on a circle inside 2D mesh

I would like to numerically find a mutual capacitance of two stripes of metal on the opposites sides of a cylinder. The problem is obviously a 2D Laplace equation. I would like to find the potential ...
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Optimization of known function with respect to two unknown function arguments

I have a data set, composed of points $(x_i, y_i)$ for $i=1,N$. I also have a known function $F$, which maps these points $x_i$ to $y_i$ as such $F(x_i, a(x_i),b(x_i)) = y_i$, where $a(x_i)$ and $b(...
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How can I solve wave equation for circular membrane in polar coordinates?

The original equation is $$\frac{1}{c^2} \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial t^2} = \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial r^2} + \frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial u}{\partial r} + \frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial \...
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Solving Advection (Convection) - Diffusion - Reaction Partial Differential Equation in Python

I am looking for library written in Python which will enable me to solve the coupled nonlinear equations which looks like: I need the library which will enable me to couple this solver to other ...
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Iteratively finding both left and right eigenvectors for non-symmetric complex matrix

I have a complex, non-Hermitian matrix $\mathbf{A}$, for which I need to find a few eigenvalues and eigenvectors in the generalised eigenvalue problem: $$\mathbf{A}\cdot \mathbf{x} = \lambda \mathbf{...
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Using scipy.quad to calculate difficult integral

When evaluating the integral below in python using scipy.quad I get the following warning: UserWarning: The maximum number of subdivisions (50) has been achieved. If increasing the limit yields no ...
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Improper Numerical integral

I am self teaching myself python and computational physics via Mark Newmans book Computational Physics the exercise is 5.17 of Computational Physics. I have to shift the limits of integration for an ...
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stop condition in scipy.integrate.ode for stiff system

I'm using Python scipy.integrate.ode, and I want to stop my integration at a certain condition. So I use the integrator "dopri5" and use the method "set_solout" to specify a function for my stop ...
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How to define the derivative for Scipy.Optimize.Minimize

I am trying to use scipy.optimize.minimize to minimise a quadratic objective function: $f(x) =x^\top Q x$. As a start, I have successfully implemented this using the built-in Nelder-Mead Simplex ...
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Finite-difference approximation of the 2nd derivative operator matrix for a staggered grid

I'm working on a computational physics assignment and I was looking for some help as I've got stuck! The question is: Write a function to create the finite-difference approximation of the 2nd ...
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How to compute matrix representation of $\hat{y}\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$?

I have a 2-dimensional system which I would like to solve numerically (I'm using finite difference method right now), and its an eigenvalue problem. I have a term that looks like $H\psi(x,y) = [-\frac{...
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Python implementation for Frechet Distance

I am working on a trajectory analysis project using python and its data science related libraries. I am planning to implement Frechet Distance algorithm for trajectory analysis, each trajectory has ...