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On Shanks' quartic approximation $\pi \approx \frac{6}{\sqrt{3502}}\ln(2u)$

In Mathworld's "Pi Approximations", (line 58), Weisstein mentions one by the mathematician Daniel Shanks that differs by a mere $10^{-82}$, $$\pi \approx ...
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Are there known pairs of simple numbers equal to huge precision, but not equal strictly?

Are there known pairs of numbers $a$ and $b$, which at first look at them seemed likely to be equal, and after checking up to $10^n$ decimal places appeared to agree, but suddenly for some $n$ they ...
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$\pi^4 + \pi^5 \approx e^6$ is anything special going on here?

Saw it in the news: $$(\pi^4 + \pi^5)^{\Large\frac16} \approx 2.71828180861$$ Is this just pigeon-hole? DISCUSSION: counterfeit $e$ using $\pi$'s Given enough integers and $\pi$'s we can ...
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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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Using Padé approximants for the quaternion exponential

On a lark, I wanted to know if one can use Padé approximants to compute the exponential $\exp(z)$ of a quaternion $z=a+b\mathbf{i}+c\mathbf{j}+d\mathbf{k}$. Since Mathematica has a package meant for ...
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Show that the function is constant

Let $S^n$ be an $n$-dimentional unit sphere. Consider $f: S^n \longrightarrow R_+$ even continuous function. Denote $$ ...
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Watson's Lemma Extension

We all know that Watson's Lemma is used to approximate the integral $$ F\left( s \right)=\int_0^\infty {{e^{ - st}}f\left( t \right)dt} $$ for large $s$. However, for arbitrary $s$, are there any ...
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Differences among Cauchy, Lagrange, and Schlömilch remainder in Taylor's formula: why is generalization useful?

I would like to know what really are the main differences (in terms of "usefulness") among Cauchy, Lagrange, and Schlömilch's forms of the remainder in Taylor's formula. Could you provide examples ...
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Can we use a sum of residues to develop an asymptotic expansion for this unknown function?

In the course of solving a particular physical problem, I have derived a relationship between two unknown functions: $$ f(s) = \frac{s \sinh{\frac{\pi s}{2}}}{2 \pi i \beta} \int_{-c- i ...
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How to approximate derivative inside derivative

I am using a box-scheme for solving partial differential equation. The function is approximated with: $$ f_p=\psi\cdot\left(\theta\cdot f_{j}^{k+1}+(1-\theta)\cdot f_{j}^{k} \right) + (1-\psi)\cdot ...
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Approximate the integral $\int_0^\pi \sin(x^3)\mathrm{d}x$ with a standard pocket calculator

I came over the following integral $$ \int_0^\pi \sin(x^3) \mathrm{d}x $$ when a friend of mine tried to approximate it. The most obvious way is to use taylors formula, and then turn the integral ...
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Using formal power series to solve nasty equations

Consider a function $f:[0,\infty)\times \mathbb R\to\mathbb R$, and suppose that given some $a>0$, I would like to solve for $x\in\mathbb R$ satisfying \begin{align} f(\delta, x) = a. \end{align} ...
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Approximating two-variable function with a product of one-variable functions

Suppose I have an integrable non-const function $f(x,y)$ defined on $V$. I'd like to approximate it with a product $a(x)b(y)$. How can I find such $a(x)$ and $b(y)$ that $$\tag1 ...
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Taking a stationary phase approximation of a multidimensional integral

I'm looking for a way to take a stationary phase approximation of an integral of the following form: $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty d\vec{q} \exp\left(2 \pi i N \left(S(q_{n+1}, \vec{q}, q_1) - ...
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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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Taylor Formula: Lagrange's remainder vs Cauchy's remainder (and other less known forms)

While solving problems and exercises, so far I've only used Lagrange's form of the remainder. Indeed, it must be said that many textbooks don't even mention other forms of the remainder for Taylor's ...
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Approximating the action of the U(N) exponential map

Let's say that I have a curve in $\mathbb{C}^N$ given by the action of the unitary group: $$x(t) = e^{Ht}x_0,~ H \in \mathfrak{u}(N),~ ||x_0||=1$$ I can approximate this to first order as: $$\tilde ...
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What domains of $\mathbb{R}^n$ have the property that $H^1(\Omega)=H^1_0(\Omega)$?

i wonder what are sufficient conditions on an unbounded domain of $R^n$ called $\Omega$ to get : $C_c^\infty (\Omega)$ dense in $H^1 (\Omega)$ ? where $C_c^\infty$ stands for the set of functions with ...
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Truncation error in Padè approximants

Suppose only the following data are known about a rational function $R(x)=P(x)/Q(x)$ (for $P,Q$ polynomials): (a) the degree of $P$ is $\leq m$ and the degree of $Q$ is $\leq n$; (b) the first $k$ ...
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Taylor Series of Integral

I'm trying to come up with the Taylor expansion of an integral expression. For simplicity, consider the toy integral $$ ...
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Why does the moment of approximation matter for the end result?

I am trying to wrap my head around the reason why the moment of approximation matters for the end result of my analysis. As an example, let's take an equation for which we can still find the full ...
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Representation for a function that, when added/multiplied/composed with another function of the same form, yields a new function of the same form

I apologize for the possibly unclear wording of the title. I'm not well versed in math terminology. I'm after a concrete representation of a function, eg $y(x) = Ax^p$ (where $A$ and $p$ are ...
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Useful approximation of the pdf

Good day to everyone. In my research work I came out with a function, which looks like this (it is the pdf of some random variable): $$f(x,\rho,\psi)=\frac{2}{\pi }+\sqrt{\frac{2}{\pi }} ...
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How to solve a distance problem inside of a picture?

sorry for my bad english. I have the following problem: In the picture you can see 4 different positions. Every position is known to me (longitude, latitude with screen-x and screen-y). Now i want ...
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Root calculation by hand (division-like algorithm)

I remember from my highschool days a division-like algorithm for calculating square, even cubic roots. I know the continued fraction method, some series and Newton's method. I have checked similar ...
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Runge-Kutta Error Analysis

Could anyone explain to me how to reduce the error propagated by using Runge-Kutta of order 4? Or can anyone give me a nice reference to it.
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Characterize a large class of shapes using a finite number of parameters

I am doing some numerical computations searching for an optimal shape for a certain functional. In my particular case, the shape $\Omega$ is a 2 dimensional star shaped domain by the origin, which ...
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Question about linearization

Given a data matrix $D\in\mathbb{R}^{N \times N}$ Can one construct another matrix $M$ that for all permutation matrices $Q^A$,$Q^B$, if $[\sum_i\sum_j (Q^A_{ij}D_{ij})]^2 \geq [\sum_i\sum_j ...
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An Expression for $\log\zeta(ns)$ derived from the Limit of the truncated Prime $\zeta$ Function

I think, here, I found $$ P_\color{red}x(\color{blue}s)=\sum_{p<\color{red}x} \frac{1}{p^{\color{blue}s}} =\sum_{\color{green}n=1}^{\infty}\frac{ \mu (\color{green}n)}{\color{green}n} ...
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When can the commutator of two matrices be neglected in series expansions?

Under what conditions can the higher order commutators in the Baker–Campbell–Hausdorff formula be neglected when the commutators does not vanish exactly and there is no small parameter in the ...
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Minimizing maximum absolute column sum norm of the residual between a matrix and its $k$-rank approximation

Let $X \in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ be a matrix with rank $r$. How can we find the optimal $\tilde{X} \in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ whose rank is $k$ where $k\leq r$ and the reconstruction error in ...
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Is that observation really a property of the log of coefficients of continued fractions (example: cf(log(3)/log(2))

I'm again looking at the problem of approximation of perfect powers of 2 to that of 3 (I assume $\small q_N = 2^S / 3^N \gt 1 $) and specifically using the continued fraction representation of $\small ...
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Approximating a system of differential equations as a Bézier curve

I am looking for a general transform to approximate the solution to an n-dimensional system of differential equations and initial conditions as a cubic or quadratic Bézier curve. Sorry if my ...
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Approximation of a real number as a linear combination of two reals with coprime integral coefficients

Given two nonzero real numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $y/x$ is irrational, a real number $z$ to be approximated, and a tolerance $\epsilon$, give me an algorithm that will provide coprime integers $a$ ...
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Continued fraction approximation to a function and its derivative

I am recently working on fitting a model with incomplete beta function. In order to put it into my optimization algorithm, I must find out the derivatives of the incomplete beta function $B_p(x,y)$ ...
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How to interpolate multidimensional functions?

I'm learning about interpolation and I wanted to ask if there's a "good" method to interpolate multidimensional functions (when the dimension can be even a few thousands)? Is there a theoretic limit ...
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Lower bound on a polynomial far from its zeros

Let $p(x) = \sum_{i=0}^{d}c_{i}x^{i} \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ and assume that all its zeros are real and in $[-1,1]$. I am interested in lower bounding the value of $|p(a)|$ in case $a \in [-1,1]$ is far ...
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How do we know that the first few digits of an approximation for $\pi$ are correct?

For Gregory–Leibniz series, wikipedia has - "after 500,000 terms, it produces only five correct decimal digits of π.". But how do you know that those five decimal values are correct when you reach ...
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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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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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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 ...