# Questions tagged [stability]

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

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### Finite Difference for Advection Equation With Source

I'm trying to find a convergent finite difference scheme for the PDE \begin{split} u_t + (x-1) u_x &= (x-1)u, \hspace{.5cm} x \in [0,1] \\ u(x,0) &= 1 \\ u(1,t) &= 1. \\ \...
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### In sights into why higher order finite differencing method leads faster to instability

I was playing around with numerically solving the 1D wave equation with density and stiffness varying with position using central differencing methods and noticed that for certain discretization steps ...
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### discretizing advection equation with variable wave speed + stability

I currently have a code that solves $u_t+ cu_x=0$ with periodic boundary conditions, and constant $c$ (using an upwind method). I'm wondering how I would alter this code to solve something of the form ...
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### How do I apply BDF2 in a STRANG splitting

I have a 3D diffusion equation that I want to solve using a time splitting (2D+1D). Assume that $A$ is the 2D discrete diffusion operator and $B$ is the 1D discrete diffusion operator. I want to use a ...
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### How to use numerical integration to calculate the surface area of a superellipsoid?

I am working in an application in which I need to calculate the surface area of a superellipsoid. I have read that there is no closed form solution (see here), so I am trying to compute it using ...
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### How to increase the stability of a DAE solver?

I am trying to solve a set of linear PDEs of the form $$F\left(\vec{y},\frac{\partial \vec{y}}{\partial x},\frac{\partial^2 \vec{y}}{\partial x^2},\frac{\partial \vec{y}}{\partial t}\right)=0.$$ To ...
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### Compute the sum of probabilities when they are given as logits

Say I have a set of numerous probabilities given by their logarithm : $\{\ln p_i, 1 \leq i \leq N\}$. I want to compute $\sum p_i$, if possible without exponentiating $\ln p_i$, since some of those ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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 ...