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How good an approximation to the derivative is an arc-length based approximation?

Note - my original definition below was wrong. I hope this replacement is better. The usual approximation to $f'(x)$ with step size $h$ is $D_h(f, x) = \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h} $. This has so many nice ...
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How to find the approximate basic frequency or GCD of a list of numbers?

I could't actually summarize the question in the title, so I'll explain my situation. I want to tell the integer numbers which act as the best approximate basic frequencies of a list of real numbers: ...
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Approximating real vectors in the unit hypercube by rational vectors in the unit hypercube

I am currently looking for an error bound for an problem where I have to approximate a real vector in the unit hypercube using a rational vector in the unit hypercube. Specifically: given a ...
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Application of Weierstrass approximation theorem

How to approximate a continuous function to a desired accuracy using a polynomial? Theorem: For any $\varepsilon > 0$ and $f \in C([a,b])$, there exists a polynomial $p$ such that $\sup_{x \in ...
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Finding the cubic near minimax approximation for sin(x) on (0,pi/2)

I am really stuck here. Here is the question that I have. Find the cubic near minimax approximation for $f(x)=\sin(x)$ on $(0,\pi/2)$. So I defined $h(x)=ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d - sin(x)$ The max ...
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Using Polars to Approximate a Cartesian line: Approximating an Integral

I have the equation of the lower semicircle of radius $r$ centred at a distance $a+r$ above the x-axis $$ f(x)=r+a-\sqrt{r^{2}-x^{2}} $$ which I can approximate (for small $x$) as $$ f(x)\approx ...
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Time Discretization

I wonder why we work with constant discretization in Time Discretization of numerical approximation for numerical scheme if we take not necessarily constant Discretization Is the numerical scheme ...
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Why some curious almost-identities

I read somewhere that $$e^{\pi\sqrt{163}}$$ is almost an integer and strangely enough this isn't just a random coincidence but rather there exists some general theory ...
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Non Approximation result

Say we have a constant approximation algorithm for the following objective: $$\min_x f(x) \;\;\;\;\;\; (1)$$ Now, we want to solve the following objective: $$ \max_x (N - f(x)) \;\;\;\;\;\; (2) ...
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Real approximation to the maximum using Laplace's method integral

The Laplace's Method states that under some conditions, it holds that: $ \sqrt{\frac{2\pi}{M(-g''(x_0))}} h(x_0) e^{M g(x_0)} \approx \int_a^b\! h(x) e^{M g(x)}\, dx \text { as } M\to\infty$ Where ...
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Is there a known algorithm for approximating all the real and imaginary zeros of any well behaved equation of a single variable?

Does there currently exist a general algorithm (or set of algorithms used together) that will approximate all the zeros of any well behaved non-differential equation of a single variable which has a ...
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Approximating a function using its integral

Question: Let $f:\Bbb R \to \Bbb R \in C^{1}, \forall \delta>0:$ $$F_\delta = \frac 1{2\delta}\int^{x+\delta}_{x-\delta} f(t) \, d(t)$$ in $[a,b]$ prove that $\forall \varepsilon>0 \exists ...
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Extending $W^{2,n}(\Omega)\cap C^2(\Omega)$-functions to $W^{2,n}(\Omega)$

I have the following theorem: Let $u\in C^2(\Omega)\cap W^{2,n}(\Omega)$ satisfy $Lu\geq f$ for $f\in L^n(\Omega)$. Then for any ball $B_{2R} = B_{2R}(y)\subset\Omega$ and $p>0$ where $u$ is ...
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Good upper bound on a binomial sum

What is a good upper bound on the following binomial sum: $$\sum_{i,j< \frac{m}{n}} {m \choose i}{m-i \choose j} z^{i+j}$$ where $z = \frac{1}{n-2}$?
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numerical approximation to logarithm

we know that $$ \ln(x)=\frac{1}{x} \int_{0}^{1}dt \frac{1}{1+xt} $$ then given a cuadrature formula inside $(0,1)$ is that true $$ \ln(x)= \frac{1}{x}\sum_{i}\frac{w_{i}}{1+xt_{i}} $$ wht other ...
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Weighted sum of ratio of partial sum of binomial coefficients

I would like to approximate the following sum when $n \rightarrow \infty$ and $n \gg k$, $$\sum_{x = k}^n \sum_{y > x}^n \frac{\sum_{m = 0}^{k - 1} {y - 2 \choose m}}{\sum_{m = 0}^k {y - 1 \choose ...
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$\epsilon$-net of a $n$-dimensional $\ell_2$-ball

Let $B$ be an $\ell_2$-ball of radius $r$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I want to find the cardinal of a (not too big) $\epsilon$-net of $B$, that is the cardinal of a finite set $V\subset B$ such that $\forall ...
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Approximate Differential Equation?

Let $x \in \mathbb{R}$ be a variable and $c\in\mathbb{R}$ a parameter. Also, let $f(x,c)$ be a function dependent on $x$ and $c$. Furthermore, define a Differential Equation which is solved by the ...
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Approximation of complementary filter: Why is it a good approximation?

Having found some unofficial sources on Sensor Fusion (Thousand Thoughts Sensor Fusion and The Balance Filter by Shane Colton) I'm struck by how the approximation of the complementary filter that is ...
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convex optimization with inconsistent constraints

If you have a problem in convex optimization where all $N$ constraints ($N >> 0$) yield no possible solution but you are able to rank, or weight the constraint in terms of their importance are ...
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Approximation of integral using series expansion of the integrand.

I have a smooth function $x \rightarrow f_\epsilon (x)$ on $x\in[-1\ldots 1]$ (dependent on the continuous parameter $\epsilon$) and I want to approximate the integral $$ I=\int_{-1}^1 f_\epsilon ...
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Polynomial Interpolation and Error Bound

Problem: Use the Lagrange interpolating polynomial of degree three or less and four digit chopping arithmetic to approximate cos(.750) using the following values. Find an error bound for the ...
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Generating all positive integers from three operations

This question arose on sci.math, but since almost all the competent mathematicians there have migrated here, I thought I'd give the question a wider audience. Starting with an integer $t>2$, ...
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explicit error bounds for Multivariate interpolation

I want to interpolate a function of $d$ variables over a Cartesian grid, using multivariate interpolation, while characterizing interpolation error in terms of bounds on partial derivatives of the ...
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On bounding the average cost of top-down merge sort

Let $A_n$ be the average number of comparisons to sort $n$ keys by merging them in a top-down fashion (see any algorithm textbook). It can he shown that $$ A_0 = A_1 = 0;\quad A_n = ...
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Algorithm to predict next 3D points

For example, having this data: year x/y/z 2007 10/20/70 2008 20/10/70 2009 30/10/60 2010 40/10/50 2011 40/15/45 We want to predict what will be the x/y/z in ...
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approximation of the sum

I have difficulties to find an approximation formula (or bound from the below) for the following sum: $$ \sum_{k=1}^n\left( \frac{1}{35}\right)^{k-1}(n-k)!\left(k-\frac 32\right)!. $$
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Approximating sums like $\sum_{j=1}^n\sum_{k=1}^{\lfloor\frac{n}{j}\rfloor}\int_1^{\frac{n}{jk}}dx$

Can anyone tell me how to approximate the following functions? $f_3(n) = \displaystyle\sum_{j=1}^n\sum_{k=1}^{\lfloor\frac{n}{j}\rfloor}\int_1^{\frac{n}{jk}}dx$ $f_4(n) = ...
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calculate the rate of change

I am trying to calculate the change frequency for a set of data. Each bit of data has the date-time it was created. I would like to say for a specific set of data the change frequency is hourly, ...
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When is it valid to convert a function inside a probability integral to the indicator function?

I am faced with an approximation that replaces a probability density function with the indicator function and I am at a loss as to why this is valid. We want to model the lifetime $T$ of a website ...
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How do we derive efficiency from robustness in the virtual ant solution to the traveling salesman problem?

Using virtual ants/swarm intelligence to solve the Traveling Salesman Problem is an example of using a robust system to solve an efficiency problem. We normally think of robustness and efficiency as ...
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Sofic groups alternative definition

I am trying to solve exercise two from the following document : http://mtm.ufsc.br/~daemi/soficworkshop/Course%20notes/Lupini%20Lecture%202.pdf I suspect there is an error in the exercise, but I'm ...
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how to approximate compute p(a|b, c) , using p(b|c), p(a|*, c), p(a), p(b), p(c)

how to approximate compute p(a|b, c) , using p(b|c), p(a|*, c), p(a), p(b), p(c) p(a|*, c), * means anythins. p(a|*, c) = $\sum_i p(a|i, c) $ error = | p(a|b, c) - f(p(b|c), p(a|*, c), p(a), p(b), ...
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Speed of the usual approximation of the exponential

Let's consider the usual approximation of the exponential function $f_n(x)=(1+\frac{x}n)^n$. What do we know about its speed of convergence to the exponential? That is to say, how can we characterize ...
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How to find the upper bound of a binomial coefficient by using binomial theorem?

I have a task to find a upper bound of the binomial coefficient for all $r \leq \frac{n}{2}$. I've already obtained by using such relation: $$\frac{\sum_{k=0}^{r}\binom{n}{k}}{\binom{n}{r}}$$ Which ...
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How to analytically find these rounding issues

Let's say we have a fixed yearly amount that we have to divide equally among an amount of days. For instance for $1,600 we may have: ...
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Approximation using Stirling

In the article "Series evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities" by Peter Dunn and Gordon Smyth it is stated that $$-\log\Gamma(1+j)-\log\Gamma(-\alpha j)\approx ...
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Multi-Objective Approximation Algorithms

Can algorithm approximations be combined in some form for purposes of multi-objective optimization? The study of approximation algorithms is very new to me, but I have been having a lot of difficulty ...
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Polynomial Approximation of Holomorphic Functions

Consider $\Omega \subseteq \mathbb{C}$ be open. Let $f:\Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be holomorphic on $\Omega$. For any closed ball $B[a;r]$ in $\Omega$ does there exist a sequence of polynomials ...
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Approximating ArcCos(x) without Radicals

Take $$f(x)=2x\arccos\left(\frac{x^2+d^2-1}{2xd}\right)$$ and try and find $$ I(x)=\int_{d-1}^{3}dx f(x) \sqrt{\left(\frac{x-1}{x}\right)}\left(3-x\right)^3 $$ You'll find the result is messy (see ...
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Is the Taylor Expansion a good approximation

Say I use a computer to sum the first 26 terms of $e^{-5}$ (degree 25), will this taylor expansion provide a good approximation? It summed to $.0067$ To me this seems like a good approximation, but I ...
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How to show$\frac{\pi}{4} = \frac{2\cdot4\cdot4\cdot6\cdot6\cdot8 \dotsm}{3\cdot3\cdot5\cdot5\cdot7\cdot7 \dotsm}$?

I am doing the exercises of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. In exercise 1.31 the following equation is casually shown as an approximation of $\pi$: $$\frac{\pi}{4} = ...
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Rewriting the heat diffusion equation with temperature dependent diffusion coefficient to include joule heating.

I am modelling heat flow in a solid round copper conductor with a set area. I plan to discretize and solve numerically in Python. However, I only have a curve fit for thermal conductivity and specific ...
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$L^2$ inequality for derivatives of polynomials on triangles

I'm reading a paper which states the following inequality, but the (presumably) elementary proof is cited to be in a document, which is too old to get access to. Let $p: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Fitted function - Which is better to use?

So I have some data for program running time, that follows a power law relation aN^b. I log-log plotted the data and saw that it became a straight line, so I calculated the slope of this line to get ...
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Univariate Polynomial Approximation

I'm working on an algorithm in which I need to approximate the behavior of a polynomial by computing its roots to some $\epsilon$ precision. The problem can be defined as follows: Let $f(x) = x^n + ...
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MATLAB implementation Spline Fitting

Check the attached problem please. I am a beginner in spline fitting and have a few questions: 1) How to find the coefficients c[n]. Is it by DTFT? 2) I understand how to find the derivative but ...
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integration with pade approximant

given the function $$ \int _{0}^{\infty}\sqrt{x}exp(-x) $$ can we use Pade approximants to integrate this i mean let bhe te rational approxsiamtions of $ \sqrt{x}= \frac{A(x)}{B(x)} $ and $ ...
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Approximate Solution to Backwards Recurrence of Dynamic Game

Suppose we keep tossing a fair dice until we reach some cumulative sum greater than or equal to $N$. Then, let $S_k$ be the expected value of the final sum, given that the current sum is $k$. We have ...
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Approximating the max value of a function containing the half-sum of binomial series

I recently met a problem and I have been finding related materials about it. However it is still hard to handle. Precisely, I want to maximize a function related to $$S_n = \sum_{i=0}^{\lfloor ...