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Modern resources for learning FEM

I need to get started using Finite Element Methods. I am about to start reading Numerical solutions of partial differential equations by the finite element method by Claes Johnson, but it's dated 1987....
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Robust algorithm for $2 \times 2$ SVD

What is a simple algorithm for computing the SVD of $2 \times 2$ matrices? Ideally, I'd like a numerically robust algorithm, but I'll like to see both simple and not-so-simple implementations. C code ...
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Modern C++ in scientific computing?

I am looking for books or articles, or blog-posts, or any published material in general, that address specifically the uses of C++ modern features (move semantics, the STL, iterators, lazy evaluation, ...
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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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When do orthogonal transformations outperform Gaussian elimination?

As we know, orthogonal transformations methods (Givens rotations and Housholder reflections) for systems of linear equations are more expensive than Gaussian elimination, but theoretically have nicer ...
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Is it well known that some optimization problems are equivalent to time-stepping?

Given a desired state $y_0$ and a regularization parameter $\beta \in \mathbb R$, consider the problem of finding a state $y$ and a control $u$ to minimize a functional \frac{1}{2} \...
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What are some applications which require interval arithmetic?

I have a very basic notion about interval arithmetic (IA), but it seems to be a very interesting branch of computational science both theoretically and practically. It is clear that the obvious ...
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Drawbacks of Newton-Raphson approximation with approximate numerical derivative

Suppose I have some function $f$ and I want to find $x$ such that $f(x)\approx 0$. I might use the Newton-Raphson method. But this requires that I know the derivative function $f'(x)$. An analytic ...
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Book reference for Numerical Analysis

I've had a glimpse of Numerical Analysis (majorly, Numerical Methods like root finding, quadratic equations and other preliminary stuff) in my Calculus class but now, I find myself wanting more ...
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How effective is the 'tendrils of knowledge' approach to Comp. Sci?

I was reading this on Math SE. The basic question is : Assume that someone wishes to study something advanced; one way to do this would be to start off from basics and build up. But the "bigger ...
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Citable references for software best practices

I'm currently writing up my PhD thesis. I spent a significant fraction of my PhD cleaning up and extending existing scientific code, applying software engineering best practices which were previously ...
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Looking for Runge-Kutta 8th order in C/C++

I would like to use Runge-Kutta 8th order method (89) in a celestial mechanics / astrodynamics application, written in C++, using a Windows machine. Therefore I wonder if anyone knows a good library / ...
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Difference between Nodes and CPUs when running software on a cluster?

I'm looking into moving some computations of mine to a data center to get more computation power. In the context of this process, I am getting confused by the differentiation of a computation node and ...
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Blaze linear algebra library?

The paper "Expression Templates Revisited: A Performance Analysis of Current Methodologies" in SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing references the "Blaze" linear algebra library. I haven't heard of it ...
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Finite elements on manifold

I'd like to solve some PDEs on manifolds, say for example an elliptic equation on a sphere. Where do I start? I'd like to find something that use preexisting code/libraries in 2d , nothing so fancy (...
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Automatic generation of integration points and weights for triangles and tetrahedra

Usually one would consult a paper or book to find integration points and weights for unit triangle and tetrahedra. I am looking for a method to automatically compute such points and weights. The ...
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Higher precision floating-point arithmetic in numerical PDE

I have the impression, from very different resources and talks with researches, that there is a growing demand for high precision computations in numerical partial differential equations. Here, high ...
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Why are systems with clustered eigenvalues easy to solve?

I came across the following slide by Theo Diamandis & Zachary Frangella on what makes the linear system $Ax=b$ easy to solve using the conjugate gradient method. Transcription: CG converges ...
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For noisy or fine-structured data, are there better quadratures than the midpoint rule?

Only the first two sections of this long question are essential. The others are just for illustration. Background Advanced quadratures such as higher-degree composite Newton–Cotes, Gauß–Legendre, ...
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Memory efficient implementations of partial Singular Value Decompositions (SVD)

For model reduction, I want to compute the left singular vectors associated to the - say 20 - largest singular values of a matrix $A \in \mathbb R^{N,k}$, where $N\approx 10^6$ and $k\approx 10^3$. ...
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Which linear algebra texts should I read before learning numerical linear algebra?

Assuming one wishes to study numerical linear algebra in depth (and follow journals on numerical linear algebra and matrix theory), which would be a better course/better book to take up at first: ...
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First appearance of the phrase "inverse crime"

In research on inverse problems, it's common to construct a synthetic data set from a known set of parameters and then test whether the inversion technique can reconstruct those parameters. In doing ...
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Volume of 3D convex hull of small point sets all on the hull

I have a question that is similar to this one asked before except in 3D, and I only need the volume, not the actual shape of the hull. More precisely, I'm given a small set of points (say, 10-15) in ...
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Good tutorials on how to use Butcher tables?

I tried to go to the primary sources in order to understand how to use Butcher tables to simplify the algebra I need to do when using Taylor series to find the order of accuracy of a scheme, for ...
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Good C++ optimization library for BFGS

To implement maximum likelihood estimators, I am looking for a good C++ optimization library that plays nicely with Eigen's matrix objects. Eigen has some capability of interfacing of its own but if ...
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Introductory book on computational physics [duplicate]

I'm currently working on my MS in CS and have developed an interest in astrophysics. Luckily one of my professors is a astrophysicist and is currently doing research through computational physics and ...
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Recommendations for a usable, fast GPL-compatible derivative-free numerical optimization library that can be interfaced to C++

I am dealing with optimization of functions for which I do not have derivatives available, and the optimization is not constrained. I am searching for a high quality GNU Public License-compatible ...
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