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Subalgebra generated by selfadjoint operator $A_0\in\mathscr{L}(H,H)$

Let $\mathscr{L}(H,H)$ be the Banach algebra of bounded operators defined on a complex Hilbert space $H$ and let $B(A_0)$ be the subalgebra generated by the selfadjoint operator $A_0$, i.e. ...
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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 ...
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Wikipedia wrong? Convergence of finite difference

Update: I have edited the Wikipedia page, so that the mistake no longer appears. On the Wikipedia article for "Finite difference" there is the claim Assuming that $f$ is continuously ...
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Has the degree to which a partial eigensystem of a large sparse matrix approximates the complete eigensystem been determined?

Does anyone know of any studies or results regarding the degree of approximation or the error in estimating the complete spectrum of a large sparse matrix by means of its first $n$ eigenvalues and ...
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Sufficient conditions for the convergence of Newton's Method

Suppose we are employing Newton's method: $$ x_{k+1}=x_k - \frac{f(x_k)}{f'(x_k)}. $$ Suppose $f$ is twice differentiable, $f(c)=0$, $f'(x) \neq 0$ on $(c-h, c+h)$, and $x_1 \in (c-h, c+h)$. Let ...
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$f'>0$, $f''>0$ is sufficient for Newton's Method

I'm doing problem 22-14 in Spivak's Calculus, 4th edition. Here they outline Newton's method. They assume for convenience that $f'>0$ and $f''>0$, and that $f(x_1)>0$. They note that in this ...
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Hardy's approximation for the cosine

I was reading about the Hardy's approximation for the cosine function (here and also in Mathworld): for 0<x<1 What I would like to know is, how was this approximation derived? What other uses ...
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Approximating $\frac{t^2}{3-\frac{t^2}{5-\frac{t^2}{7-\frac{t^2}{9-\cdots}}}}$

What is a good approximation for $$\omega=\frac{t^2}{3-\frac{t^2}{5-\frac{t^2}{7-\frac{t^2}{9-\cdots}}}}$$ This will be used to find $$T=\frac{t}{1-\omega}$$ Without using Lambert's continued fraction ...
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Calculators using Taylor polynomials?

I've always heard that calculators (TI-84's and the like) use Taylor polynomials to approximate trigonometric/exponential/etc functions. Do any of you know this for a fact?
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Second difference $ \to 0$ everywhere $ \implies f $ linear

Exercise 20-27 in Spivak's Calculus, 4th ed., asks us to show that if $f$ is a continuous function on $[a,b]$ that has $$ \lim_{h\to 0}\frac{f(x+h)+f(x-h)-2f(x)}{h^2}=0\,\,\,\text{for all }x, $$ then ...
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Convergence of series $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{(-1)^{n+1}}{\sqrt{n}}$ and approximation with maximum error

I'm starting a class on Advanced Mathematics I next semester and I found a sheet of the class'es 2012 final exams, so I'm slowly trying to solve the exercises in it or find the general layout. I will ...
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approximation of x=sin(x) error

The larger $x$ becomes, the worst the approximation of $x=\sin(x)$ becomes. How large can $x$ get before the error is no longer less than $1/(2\times10^{14})$? What I have tried: I know that the ...
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cos(x) approximation with taylor of second degree

there is an approximation to find cos(x) is 1 - (x^2)/2, until n = 2 degree of taylor, but I'm confuse how to find how good is its approximation, the one thing I know only I get its error is (sin(c) ...
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Uniform convergence and relative error?

I never took a class where uniform convergence was introduced, so I only know the Definition and not much more about it. I have an Approximation of some sequence of functions $f_n$ by some function ...
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approximation of a complex valued real rational function

all. I am now struggling with a approximation problem. Suppose we have a matrix-valued measure $\mathrm{d}\Lambda(\omega)$, with compact support $[a,b]$, then its Cauchy transform is a well-defined ...
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Approximation rules?

Let's say I need to approximate the expression $$\frac{1}{2}mv^2\left(\frac{M}{M+m}+1\right)$$ when $m<<M$. Here is what I would do: $$\frac{1}{2M}mv^2\left(\frac{M}{1+\frac{m}{M}}+M\right) ...
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Method of dominant balance and perturbation

Approximate the solutions of $$\epsilon x^4 + (x-1)^3=0$$ I can't perform a singular perturbation because if I let $\epsilon=0$ then I lose a root. My professor suggests The Method of Dominant ...
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Iterative algorithm for finding approximation functions for N-dimensional space

Say, I have billions of integral-valued vectors of the form $(0, 1, 3, 0, 0, 0, 3)$. My goal is to efficiently compute approximate distribution of values of each component of these vectors for each ...
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Find a polynomial using minimax approximation

Find a polynomial with the maximum 1. degree which best approximates the $f(x)=e^x$ function in terms of minimax approximation in $[0,1]$.
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How to evaluate the integral $e^{-(c\ln(\frac{1}{x}))^s} dx$?

Can anyone help me evaluate $$\int_{\alpha}^1 \exp{\left\{-\left(c\ln\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)\right)^s\right\}} dx$$, Where $0 \leq \alpha \leq 1$ and $s \in \mathbb{R}$. I tried changing ...
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Approximating this definite integral

I ran into the following integral in my research that I believe has no closed-form solution: $$ I = \int_{s_0}^{s_1} \frac{(\alpha_x s + \beta_x)^{\lambda_x}}{(\alpha_y s + \beta_y)^{\lambda_y}} ds ...
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How was this approximation of transcendent equation solution found?

I have an equation for $\xi$: $$\xi\gamma=\cos\xi,$$ where $\gamma\gg1$. I've tried solving it assuming that $\xi\approx0$ and approximating $\cos$ by Taylor's second order formula: ...
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Multivariate Appoximation

I have a mathematical model for a complex system which I would like to approximate it. My idea is to run this complex model once and produce some outputs, and then fit a polynomial for these outputs. ...
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Upper approximation of $\mathrm{atanh}(x)$?

Is there are nice upper approximation of $\mathrm{atanh(x)}$? For example, $\ln(x)$ is nicely approximated by $x-1$ for $x$ around $1$.
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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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Quadratic approximation of $tan(x)$ at 0.

I have tried this: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-01sc-single-variable-calculus-fall-2010/unit-2-applications-of-differentiation/part-a-approximation-and-curve-sketching/problem-set-3/ and ...
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Approximate the largest and the smallest values of the integral

How do I solve this:approximate the largest and the smallest values of the integral for
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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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Taylor's remainder in a compact

My impression is that each function enough regular ($C^\infty$ ) in a compact is equivalent to a polynomial. Is this true? Is there a way to prove it? The expression of the Taylor's remainder just ...
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Approximate solution to non-linear equation set

I have an equation set like this: $$ R_e(T_i)R_t(T_i) + R_e(T_i)R_p(T_i) = R_sR_t(T_i) + R_sR_p + R_pR_t(T_i) \\ R_e(T_f)R_t(T_f) + R_e(T_f)R_p(T_f) = R_sR_t(T_f) + R_sR_p + R_pR_t(T_f) $$ Where, ...
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Solution to a system of nonlinear equations

Do you know any method to solve the following system of nonlinear equations ? $\begin{equation} 141,3829=A+\frac{B}{323}+5,78C+F323^{E}\\ 69,07645=A+\frac{B}{333}+5,81C+F333^{E}\\ ...
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Is it correct approximation of Upper Incomplete gamma function?

I am trying to approximate the Upper incomplete regularized gamma function $P(s,t)$, at the constant value of $s=c$ by: $$Q(c,t) \approx 1-Q(t,c)$$ where: $c$ is some constant and $t$ is variable. ...
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Signifcant Figures — Why are rules for multiplying and adding true?

I found this other question that deals with this somewhat, but I am still unclear as to why the rules for adding/subtracting and multiplying/dividing significant figures are the way they are. In the ...
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Are there other names for multilayer perceptrons or multidimensional interpolants based on Kolmogorov's approximation work?

Are there other names for multilayer perceptrons that are used outside of the neural net community? At its core, multilayer perceptrons form a multidimensional interpolant of the form $$ ...
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Stirling like approximation for lower-incomplete gamma function?

May we have a similar approximation for lower incomplete gamma function $\gamma(s,x)$, as we have a Stirling's approximation for Gamma function $\Gamma(s)$.
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Continuous differentiable spline or function resembling floor

I'd need any (real-valued) function (whatever meets the following description at least approximately) continuous and thrice differentiable everywhere (or twice if 3 not possible), with the following ...
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Ramanujan's approximation for $\pi$

In 1910, Srinivasa Ramanujan found several rapidly converging infinite series of $\pi$, such as $$ \frac{1}{\pi} = \frac{2\sqrt{2}}{9801} \sum^\infty_{k=0} \frac{(4k)!(1103+26390k)}{(k!)^4 396^{4k}}. ...
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Mapping from $\left(-\infty,\infty\right)$ to $[a,b]$ to reduce numerical error

Suppose $A = \left[\begin{array}{cc} \exp\left(x_1\right)&\exp\left(x_2\right)\\ \exp\left(x_3\right)&\exp\left(x_4\right) \end{array} \right]$, where each of $x_i\in\left(-1000,1000\right),$ ...
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Approximating $100!$

I participated in an Estimathon (a speed contest of Fermi problems) not long ago. It works as follows. Contestants are given questions and they must give a closed range $[a,b]$ which should contain ...
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Applications of low-rank matrix approximation

There was a similar question here Use of low rank approximation of a matrix that has unfortunately remained unanswered. Although being along the same lines, my question will be formulated in a little ...
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Constrained Newton-Raphson method

Peace be upon you, I want to solve a system of two equations in which the existence of $ln\left(\frac{\alpha}{\alpha+\beta}\right)$ function makes some limitations in iterations of the Newton-Raphson ...
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Approximate summation of the given equation

I have been trying from an hour to approximate the value of $M$ in the equation given below. $$ M = \sum\limits_{i=1}^n\left(\sum\limits_{j=1}^n\left(\sqrt{ i^2 + j^2 }\right)\right) $$ One thing I ...
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Maximum likelihood estimators

I have $X_1,X_2,\dots,X_n$ as random samples from a binomial distribution, with probability function: $$p_X(x) = Pr(X=x) = {m \choose{n}}\alpha^x(1-\alpha)^{m-x},x=0,1,2,\dots,m$$ where $m$ is given ...
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Approximate non-Lipschitz (but continuous) functions by Lipschitz functions

Is there any algorithm to approximate non-Lipschitz (but continuous) functions by Lipschitz functions ?
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Is there any reason why $4-\pi$ is quite close to $\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$?

In this question obviously the error of our "approximation" is $4-\pi=0.858...$ . I tried to reconstruct the false argument with $\tau=2\pi$, and the error in that case would be $8-\tau=1.716...$, ...
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How can missing data be organised or classified (Interpolation vs Approximation)?

I'm looking for a way to distinguish between the various types of missing data techniques? Can someone help to clarify or organize these categories in sub-sections or indicate similarities or ...
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Series representation for $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}+6 \pi ^2 A^2+3 W^2}}{\sqrt{2}}$

My question is, is there a series representation or other function of $L$ and $A$ I can use when I solve the following equation for $W$? $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 ...
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Curve approximation by some known points on the curve

I want to approximate a curve by some known points on the curve. I can choose these point. My curve is shown as below: I have to use such a equation: ...
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Determining when the approximation fails

Context Suppose we have a grid-based game where a unit has a range parameter that serves as the upperbound of the sum of the costs of his movements in a single turn. Moving orthogonally to an adjacent ...
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Closed-form term for this expression

I have a normal Distribution $X \sim N(\mu, \sigma)$. Is there an easy way to give an asymptotic estimate with small error (I would prefer with relative error $\rightarrow 0$) for $P[X \geq k]$? We ...