This tag concerns computational problems central to mathematical and scientific computating. The scope includes algorithms, numerical analysis, optimization, and linear algebra, computational topology, computational geometry, symbolic methods, and inverse problems.

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Need to solve for an angle, do I need to use numerical methods??

I need to run a simulation on MATLAB where I need to solve two equations for two unknowns. The equations look something like this, $$x_{comp} = G\cdot \cos^2 b \cdot \cos(a+b).$$ $$z_{comp} = ...
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Expected Utility Method and a Repeated Game Solution [closed]

I am trying to replicate Bruce B. de Mesquita's (BDM) results on political game theory for prediction. Based on where actors stand on issues, their capabilities, salience, BDM's method attempts to ...
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Fast way to get a position of combination (without repetitions)

This question has an inverse: (Fast way to) Get a combination given its position in (reverse-)lexicographic order What would be the most efficient way to ...
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Constructive Induction to derive and prove the formula for a geometric sequence

$\sum_{i=1}^nr^i = a \cdot (b^n) + c$ Base Case: n=1, this holds Inductive Hypothesis: Assume for $n = k$, $k \ge 1$ that $\sum_{i=1}^k r^i = a * (b^k) + c$. Inductive Step: Prove for $n = k+1$ ...
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In bipartite directed graph, how to efficiently find nontrivial edge values such that for each node, sum of edge values is zero?

Suppose I have a set of sources U and a set of sinks V and a set of directed edges E going from elements of U to elements of V. I want to find a vector z of size |E| (each value of z is assigned to ...
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Are the unit partial quotients of $\pi, \log(2), \zeta(3) $ and other constants $all$ governed by $H=0.415\dots$?

Khinchin showed that given the simple continued fraction of a real number, $$r = a_0+\cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cfrac{1} {\ddots}}}$$ then it is almost always true that the partial quotients $a_i$ ...
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Seeking the Recommendation on Complexity Theory books

S.E advisers, I am a rising college junior in US with a major in mathematics and an aspiring applied mathematician in the fields of theoretical computing. I just recently got a research project on ...
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How can I measure the dispersion of a discrete time system?

I have a discrete time system: x[n+1]=A*x[n]+B[n], with B[n] as an excitation signal. How can I measure the dispersion of this system? I guess this is related to some property of A, which depicts the ...
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Verify input is the sum of other numbers

I have a relationship: 4000k + 2500j + 400g = n, k >= 0, 0 <= j <= k, 0 <= g <= j I have to, given n, verify ...
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How do computers generate primes so quickly?

From what I understand, when a computer encrypts a file using an encryption standard like RSA, one of the steps is to generate two large primes, and multiply them together. I have created RSA keys on ...
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Computing as many digits as possible of $\sqrt{2}$ with a pen and a paper in 5 minutes

You have to compute as many digits as possible of $\sqrt{2}$ with a pen and a paper (an eraser if you're lucky...) in 5 minutes. What will you do? What is your justification for doing it? The ...
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Unknown variable in formula - binomial coefficient? [duplicate]

I'm currently researching a filter and don't quite understand one of the equations used there, since it contains a variable I don't know how to calculate: $$(1)\,\,a^{m, k}_s = \frac{c^{k, ...
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deconvolution of exp($x^2$)

I would like to know whether we can get the function of type exp($x^2$) by convoluting any functions. That is which function convolution gives exp($x^2$). Thanks in advance
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computing a fixed interest rate

I've been struggling for hours now with understanding a Topcoder problem, Autoloan , but i cannot grasp the way of computing it from a mathematical point of view. The excerpt goes as follows: A ...
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Analytical expressions for the orthogonalization of a specific set of vectors

I would like to know whether analytical or closed-form expressions could be obtained for the orthogonalization of a set of vectors in the following setting. Let $x_t$ be a vector indexed as a time ...
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Calculate height for rows of rectangles within a given width

I have an array of rectangles, all of the same height, but with different widths. Imagine they are on a single line with a uniform gap between them as shown below... |XXX| |X| |XXXXX| |XXX| ...
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Can car traffic be managed by mathematical formula? [closed]

How car traffic is managed? Is it managed by mathematical algorithm? Or by human(operator)? If it's by operator, can it be managed mathematically? Or is it by physics? By what theories/formula? ...
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Approximate recursively defined error in fixed point iteration

Problem: With an initial guess of $x_0$, the fixed point iteration is given by $$x_{k+1} = e^{-x_k}, \mbox{ for } k=0,1,2,...$$ If $x^*$ is the exact solution, then the approximation error is $$e_n = ...
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Is there any sort algorithm quicker than Quicksort given a random array of integers?

How can we proof (mathematically) that any complexity of sorting algorithm that sorts a random array of integers is no better than $O(n\log n)$?
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Is there a way to delineate the parameter of highest influence in a system of differential equations?

So I have a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations dependent on parameters. These equations can traditionally be solved numerically with robust methods and the solution is well defined. ...
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State-of-Art library or a method for paralell matrix inversion?

Do you have reference to a computer library or a paper regarding a state-of-art method to obtain inverse of a matrix in parallel? Thanks, Mojo.
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Generalizing Bellard's “exotic” formula for $\pi$ to $m=11$

Bellard's "exotic" pi formula has the form, $$a\pi+b = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \dfrac{P(n)}{{\displaystyle \binom{mn}{2n}2^{n-1}}}$$ where $a,b,m$ are integers and he uses $m=7$. However, it seems there ...
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FFT differential equations

Given a generical differential equation what is the procedure to solve it using fft command. Can anyone explain me how to do it? For example: $$\frac{d^2y}{dt^2}+10\cdot \frac{d\:y}{dt}=-5\cdot ...
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How to solve the Helmholtz equation in a triangular region?

Suppose we take the Dirichlet boundary condition, namely the function must vanish on the boundary of the triangle. How about a general n-polygon?
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What is transpose multiplier and forward multiplier?

For linear system X = A*s, we define the forward and transpose multiplies Af and At as follows: Af = @(s) A*s; At = @(s) A'*s; I want to know what is forward ...
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Simplifying the Generalized Eigenvalue Problem

Let $\Sigma_1$, $\Sigma_2$ be symmetric positive-definite real $n\times n$ matrices. We want to solve the generalized eigenvalue problem $$ \Sigma_1V=\Lambda\Sigma_2V, $$ where $\Lambda$ is the ...
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Using Orthogonal Collocation to solve Coupled Ordinary Differential Equations

I am trying to solve six first order coupled ODE's, two of these are associated with a heat balance of a catalyst pellet, and four are mass balances. I have been trying to solve these equations using ...
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Prime numbers distribution theorem

I'm trying to understand Gauss' theorem: $$ \frac{\pi(x) }{x/\ln x} \to 1 $$ for large $x$. I've taken the list of first 1000 prime numbers from Utah university site, saved them to file ...
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periodic boundary conditions and the FEM

I am trying to set up the mass matrix for a 1D system which I want to solve using finite elements. So the mass matrix is defined as $$ M = \int{NN^T}dL, $$ where $N$ is the finite element linear ...
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What is the behavior of the spatial median in high-dimensional spaces?

I am a photographer who is investigating a technique known as image stacking, in which multiple images of the same subject are combined to reduce noise (by CLT). Commonly used techniques are mean and ...
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How to make Poisson voronoi diagram

I am facing a problem as follows : I want to make poisson voronoi diagram & for this I have to appropriately choose some generating points. Sources on internet(WIKI) refers that these points have ...
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Calculate pairwise cosine distance only returning the lower triangular matrix

I have a matrix, where each row is a feature vector. I would like to find out the pairwise cosine distance between all of these feature vectors. The cosine value between all rows in a matrix could be ...
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Special properties in the direct solving of sparse symmetric linear systems

In the area of computational solving of large sparse linear systems, some solvers specialize only on symmetric sparse matrices, be it positive definite or indefinite as compared to general ...
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Computational complexity of the algorithm

Make an analysis of the computational complexity of the algorithm below, where it is given by the number of elementary operations that the algorithm performs (assignment is not considered). Where ...
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inverse of $AQ^{-1}A'$

Suppose that $A$ is a $m\times n$ full row rank sparse matrix, and $Q$ is an $n\times n$ symmetric positive definite sparse matrix with $m<n$. Besides, $m$ is about $10^5$, and $n$ is about $10^6$. ...
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How to determine whether a point is inside a closed region or not?

Take the following parametric equation of an implicit curve as an example: $$ \left\{\quad \begin{array}{rl} x=& 9 \sin 2 t+5 \sin 3 t \\ y=& 9 \cos 2 t-5 \cos 3 t \\ \end{array} \right. $$ ...
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Cholesky decomposition and rotation matrix inverse

I implemented three methods for inversion of a matrix, all are classic. I wanted to test for the most generalized method, while taking efficiency into account. For Cholesky decomposition, which is ...
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Compute finite series

The problem is to count the sum of the finite series $$\sum_{k=0}^{k_0} \frac{a_k}{b_k}$$ I need to count this series in binary with some precision, that would output $n$ correct binary digits after ...
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Literature Reference for transformations through vector spaces

I am trying to understand the transformations through vector spaces: Problem 1. Let's say we have orthonormal basis $B=\{v_1, v_2, \ldots, v_n\}$ spanning the vector space $V$ and basis $B_1=\{u_1, ...
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Algorithm for finding zero of an odd function from n-sphere -> R^n

There is a well-known Borsuk-Ulam theorem stating that each continuous mapping $f : S^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ that is odd in sence of $f(v) = -f(-v)$ for each $v \in S^n$ (where $-v$ denotes the ...
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Analysis of iterative optimization methods using lyapunov analysis

In analysis of iterative methods, is it possible that we have to use two time-lagged version of the time-varying system to analyze its convergence? (that is, we construct the evolution of x^k, ...
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Why steepest descent gives a wrong direction search?

I have to minimize the function $ƒ(x_1,x_2)=(x_1-1)^2+x_2^3-x_1x_2$. The initial point is $[1,1]^T$. The gradient of this function is $∇ƒ(x_1,x_2)=[2(x_1-1)-x_2,3x_2^2-x1]$. This gradient evaluated ...
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How to find this number, which is probably a very big prime or a product of big primes?

Let $\mathcal{N}(n)$ be the next prime greater than $n$. Which is the smallest natural number $n>0\;$ such that: $\mathcal N(2\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdot 7\cdot 11\cdot n)−2\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdot 7\cdot ...
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Consider the recursively defined language, L2

Consider the recursively defined language, $L_2$ i) $x \cap L_2$ and $y \in L_2$ ii) if $w \in L_2$, then so is $wxw \in L_2$ Find all strings in L_2 with length less than $7$ ...
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Logistic Regression - malty classification

I want to understand why the probability of P(D|p) is presented as a product of mentioned probabilities. I read a lot of texts, but everywhere the explanations are full of terminologies to confuse ...
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Accelerating approximations for arccos

I have recently built a method to accelerate drastically the accuracy of the following approximation of $\arccos(x)$ : $f_n(x)=2^n\sqrt{2-2g^{n-1}(x)}$ where $g(x)=\frac{1}2\sqrt{2+2x}$ and ...
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Modulo 3 operation on days/seconds

Simple question.. I want to do a modulo 3 operation on the number of days in a month (28/30/31). and based on that i want to put my user into 3 different groups.. i am also willing to use seconds ...
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Carmichael numbers of form $m^3+1$ and Ramanujan's $1729$

While researching for a post on tetranacci pseudoprimes I came across a list of Carmichael numbers, $$C_n = 561,\, 1105,\, 1729,\, 2465,\, 2821,\dots$$ Of course, Ramanujan's taxicab number $1729 = ...
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What are the next few “tetranacci-like” pseudoprimes?

Starting with $n=0$: $k=2$ Given the roots $x_i$ of $x^2-x-1=0$. Then, we have the Lucas numbers, $$A_n = x_1^n+x_2^n = 2, 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18,\dots$$ The $n$ that divides $A_n-1$ are all the ...
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Let $x$ be an integer and $n$ be a positive integer. Find the smallest $n$ such that $x^4+n^2$ is not a prime for any $x$.

I need help proving the following: Let $x$ be an integer and $n$ be a positive integer. Find the smallest $n$ such that $x^4+n^2$ is not a prime for any $x$. I know that the smallest $n$ is 8 by ...