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The study of the propagation of errors in a numerical algorithm.

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Reinch's modification to the Clenshaw recurrence gives no improvement

The classical Clenshaw recurrence (see Algorithm 3.1 here) is less accurate as $x\to \pm 1$. So Reich proposed a modification to it, which is discussed as Algorithm 3.2 as well as by Oliver. While ...
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von Neumann analysis: computation of maximum value of amplification factor

In this question I adress the stability property of a numerical scheme (a FDM described below) to the problem $$ \begin{align} u_{t} &= \alpha u_{xx}+\beta u_{xxxx}, & &x\in\mathbb{R},\;t&...
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Convergent Finite Difference Scheme for Parabolic Equation

Consider the PDE $$u_t = b_{11}u_{xx} + 2b_{12}u_{xy} + b_{22}u_{yy},$$ where $b_{11}, b_{22} > 0$, and $b_{12}^2 < b_1b_2$. In Strikwerda's book, the ADI scehme \begin{align*} \left( 1 - \frac{...
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Unconditionally stable numerical method for 1st order non-linear coupled ODEs?

I am attempting to numerically solve the following system of ODEs: $$\begin{gather}\frac{dT_1}{dt} = f_1(T_1,T_2), \quad T_1(t=0)=T_{1,0} \\[3pt] \frac{dT_2}{dt} = f_2(T_1,T_2), \quad T_2(t=0)=T_{2,0}...
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Showing stability of numerical scheme: Decaying norm implies stability?

I have a little trouble formulating my question since I am not really sure what conclusions I am supposed to draw from the results I have obtained. I am sorry for the long problem formulation below, ...
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Determine stability of an algorithm?

This is related to a question I answered on Stack Overflow regarding calculating the square root of a number. I was thinking about it and realized that the formula is just the first in a family of ...
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Numerical Sensitivity in Density of States of Tight-binding model

I'm working with the tight-binding model, and I'm trying to learn the basics of how to compute the Density of States (DOS) $N(E)$ numerically. The DOS is given by $$N(E) = \frac{1}{N}\sum_k \delta(...
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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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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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Modified Equation and Stability for Centred Finite Differences for Wave Equation

I am trying to use the modified equation to derive the stability condition for the finite difference approximation $$ \frac{u(x,t+\Delta t) - 2 u(x, t) + u(x, t -\Delta t)}{\Delta t^2} = c^2 \frac{...
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Step size and stability of Euler forward method

I'm trying to calculate the maximum step size that provides stability for the following nonlinear IVP using the Euler forward method: $u'(t) = -200tu(t)^2,\qquad u_0 = 1, \qquad t\in [0,3]$, with ...
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What is the flaw in my stability analysis?

The ODE $${d^2x\over dt^2}=-kx; k>0$$can be converted in the system of linear equations as $$\begin{align} {dx\over dt} & =v\\ {dv\over dt} &= -kx\\ \end{align}$$ Using Euler’s method, ...
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Stability of a finite-difference scheme for the reaction-diffusion equation

I currently need to solve numerically the following reaction-diffusion equation: $$\partial_tu=\partial^2_xu+u-u^2$$ For this purpose, I use the following numerical scheme (Crank-Nicolson??): $$ \...
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Bounding error of float32 matrix multiplication

Some numerical debugging led me to the minimal example below. I'm observing relative error of 0.75 on individual elements. Is there a way to estimate/bound this error without resorting to higher ...
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Finite difference/element method : time step and spatial resolution close to a finite singularity

I'm using the finite element method (FEM), but my question is quite a global question. It's related to this question but it is not the same. Let's assume we have this equation : $$\partial_t c - u\...
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Finite Difference Method Limitations/Stability Criteria

Is it possible to solve an equation with only a single derivative such as: $$\frac{\partial U(x,t)}{\partial t} = A - BU(x,t)$$ with finite difference methods? I ask as I am trying to solve the ...
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Stability of hyperbolic PDE and DG-FEM

In the book of Hesthaven and Warburton on discontinuous Galerlkin methods in example 2.3 (regarding solutions of the wave equation), the authors regard the following PDE: $$\frac{\partial u }{\...
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Testing the SUPG method and other methods for hyperbolic equations

I am interesting in integrating the simple equation $$ \frac{\partial \phi}{\partial t} + \mathbf{u}\cdot\nabla \phi = 0 $$ with a Dirichlet boundary condition at the influx boundary ($\mathbf{u} \...
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Stability region of explicit midpoint method

Consider the explicit midpoint method, i.e $$y_{n+1}-y_{n-1} = 2hf(y_n).$$ I'm asked to apply this method to the linear test equation, $f(y_n) = \lambda y_n,$ in order to find the method's stability ...
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Numerically Approximating the Jacobian and Comparing the Eigenvalues With Analytical Form

I am trying to study the stability of numerical discretization schemes using the Jacobian matrix of the residues with respect to the vector of conserved variables. For a simple diffusion equation ...
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Stability of SVD, Eigendecompositions, and pseudoinverse procedures in modern LAPACK routines

I have proposed an optimisation algorithm which I claim has improved upon the previous algorithm in a number of ways. One of these claims is that my proposed solution requires no explicit SVD and ...
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Stability of Crank-Nicolson for $u_t = iu_{xx}+2iu$

I want to use the Crank-Nicolson scheme to solve the equation $$u_t = iu_{xx}+2iu$$ Here's the analysis: Suppose we make a grid, with $k = dt$ and $h = dx$, the usual notation, and also $u_j^n = u(...
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Numerical Stability of a Generalized Spatial Discretization Scheme

After reading the matrix stability chapter (10) of Hirsch [1], I decided to dive in the reference list of the chapter. One of the papers [2], which is cited as reference shows an very interesting ...
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Stability of PDEs

I am currently trying to solve some PDEs with FiPy. At page 56, the manual mentions (https://www.ctcms.nist.gov/fipy/download/fipy-3.0.pdf). The largest stable timestep that can be taken for this ...
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The final Boundary Condition is Unknown, Is Backward Euler is still valid to be implemented?

I am working on conductive polymer modeling and supposed to do one-dimensional diffusion model in the thickness of the polymer, however, due to the small value of thickness in micro, when I use the ...
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What is the meaning of stability in numerical analysis? How to deterimne the stability of a numerical method?

My question may be so general and simple but I'm really confused about the meaning of the "stability". I look that up in the Internet but there was no general answer to this question. Can anyone help ...
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Why the numerical solution of advection-dominant problem is challenging

In many CFD text books, usually there is a dedicated chapter for advection term discretization. Why discretization of such term in advection-dominated problems and near the discontinuities is ...
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Assessing numerical error in solving a least squares problem

I have a linear system of the type $$Ax = b$$ I want to minimise $|b - Ax|^2$. I know there are different approaches to directly solve the system (Normal equation + Cholesky, QR decomposition, SVD ...
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Generate high n quantum harmonic oscillator states numerically

How can I generate the higher $n$ quantum harmonic oscillator wavefunction (in position space) numerically? Here, higher means around $n=500$, or say $n=2000$, where $n$ is the $n$th oscillator ...
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Any way to avoid catastrophic cancellation when computing the discriminant of a quadratic function?

Homework disclaimer... The task: We are using the following algorithm to solve the quadratic equation $x^2+2px+q=0$: $x_1=|p|+\sqrt{p^2-q}\mathtt{;}$ $\mathtt{if}\,p>0\,\mathtt{then}\,...
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1+x not backwards stable?

If you compute 1+x for x less than the machine precision, the answer will be 1 which is the ...
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Fast and Numerically Stable Pairwise Distance Algorithms

I'm looking for resources on fast, numerically stable pairwise euclidean distance algorithms. In particular, suppose $A \in \mathbb{R}^{M \times D}$ and $B \in \mathbb{R}^{N \times D}$ are two sets of ...
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Stability Analysis

The partial differential equation, \begin{align} \dfrac{\partial f}{\partial x} + a(x)\dfrac{\partial f}{\partial y} = 0 \qquad & f(0,y) = f(L_1,y) = c_0e^{-y} \\ & f(x,0) = c_0 \;,\; f(x,L_2) ...
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Automatic differentiation of barycentric rational functions

By a barycentric rational interpolant we understand a function of the form \begin{align*} r(t) := \frac{\sum_{i=0}^{n-1} \frac{w_i y_i}{t-t_i} }{ \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} \frac{w_i}{t-t_i}} \end{align*} In ...
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Why is my simulation of a first-order wave equation not stable?

According to the equation $$ \frac{\partial y}{\partial t} = -a\frac{\partial y}{\partial x} $$ I simulated this in python. I used center differentiation, and I determined step size based on Von-...
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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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Von Neumann's stability analysis on non linear and coupled equations

I'd like to know if is possible to make a Von Neumann's stability analysis on an system of coupled equations, featuring quadratics: $$\begin{aligned} \frac{\partial u_1}{\partial t}&=D_1\Delta ...
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Implementation of a ratio with a well-defined limit

I'm implementing a function $f(x_1, x_2, \dots x_n)$ given by the ratio of two closed form equations. $$ f(x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n) = \frac{g(x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n)}{h(x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n)} $$ ...
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How much regularization to add to make SVD stable?

I've been using Intel MKL's SVD (dgesvd through SciPy) and noticed that results are are significantly different when I change precision between ...
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Stability of different quadrature rules in 1st-kind Volterra integral equation

I am dealing with a integral equation $$ f'(t) = -\int_0^t K(s) f(t-s)\quad t\in [0,t_\max] \tag{1}$$ in which $f(t)$ and $f'(t)$ are known, well-behaved functions of $t$ and $K(t)$ is the unknown. In ...
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Crank-Nicolson integrator: oscillations with complex matrix

I'm working on a Real-Time TDDFT implementation and I am currently comparing different propagation schemes for the propagation of the Kohn-Sham wave function, $$ \phi(t+\Delta t) = \hat{\mathcal{U}}\...
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How to derive an Implicit Runge-Kutta method from Pade approximation

I was reading some work by Butcher and I came across Pade approximations and the correlation between them and stability functions for some Implicit Runge-Kutta methods. For example, in this Pade table ...
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Lagrange multipliers space is too rich in a mathematical view

Background: Lagrange multiplier method has been employed in numerous fields, such as contact problems, material interfaces, phase transformation, stiff constraints or sliding along interfaces. It is ...
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Method to solve linear, first order ODE of generalized matrix matrix form

The equation and its meaning: Consider two sets $(A)_{l=0,...,m_a},$,$(B)_{l=0,...,m_b}$ of hermitian matrices and a set of positive semidefinite matrices $(C)_{l=0,...,m_c}$. Each matrix has the ...
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Von Neumann analysis for coupled PDE's

I am interested in understanding how to perform stability analysis for coupled (to keep things do-able, lets say linear) PDE's In the case of a single PDE, i understand the logic behind the VN ...
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Clenshaw-type recurrence for derivative of Chebyshev series

The naive summation of a Chebyshev series \begin{align*} f(x) = \frac{c_0}{2} + \sum_{k=1}^{n-1} c_{k}T_{k}(x) \end{align*} which employs the three-term recurrence for evaluation of the Chebyshev ...
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Finite elements for Stokes with traction boundary conditions

Suppose we are given the Stokes equations with Neumann conditions on part of the boundary: $-\nabla\cdot\boldsymbol{\sigma} = \mathbf{f}, \quad \text{and} \quad \nabla\cdot \mathbf{u} = 0 \quad \...
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von Neumann stability analysis for spatial variable flux

Can we use the von Neumann stability analysis to investigate the stability of the discrete form of the following problem? $$u_t+\frac{\partial(x^2u)}{\partial x}=S(u,x)\ .$$ Please give some hint ...
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Where can I find a good reference for the stability properties of several methods of solving parabolic PDEs?

Right now I have a code that uses the Crank-Nicholson algorithm, but I think that I would like to move to a higher-order algorithm for timestepping. I know that the Crank-Nicholson algorithm is stable ...
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Stability of PDE Discretizations with Multistep Time Discretizations

Let's pretend we have a spatially discretized PDE of the following form: \begin{align} \frac{\partial^2 \boldsymbol{u}^k}{\partial t^2} = D\boldsymbol{u}^k \end{align} where $D$ can be any form for ...