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What is the source of the error in the Sherman-Morrison formula application?

The Sherman-Morrison formula results in small errors in relation to the standard matrix inverse operation after each application, as shown here. From what I understand, the Sherman-Morrison identity ...
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About absolute error calculation

Given a prism immersed in the air with an opening angle equal to $\alpha = \bar{\alpha} \pm \Delta\alpha = 60° \pm 1°$ and $\delta = \bar{\delta} \pm \Delta\delta = 45° \pm 2°$ is the angle of minimum ...
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To what set do measured values belong?

This question is more conceptual than practical. It seems that when we apply mathematics to measured values, we treat them like real numbers. When measured values take error into account using ± ...
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Measure of how well a 3D function represents experimental data

I have experimental data of a one dimensional heat equation and corresponding values for a predicted temperatures. Is there any method in which I could statistically analyse the data to determine if ...
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Error propagation with dependent errors

I have a function $f(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ where the variables $x_k$ have errors $\delta_k$. If these errors are independent I can add them root mean square: $\delta ...
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round-off error of sample

Basic question: If I have a large set of numbers where the third decimal has been rounded off. For example $a_1 = 5055.29$ $a_2 = 1755.13$ $a_3 = 1083.03$ $a_4 = 335.99$ $(...)$ If I sum all ...
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low number poissonian errors: is it possible for a measurement of 4 counts to have a significance higher than 2 sigma?

What is the best way to measure statistical significance of an overdensity in counting experiment where you have small numbers? Rather than bore you with my actual problem, please consider the ...
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Error on determinant from statistical errors on complex matrix elements

Say I have a complex matrix $A$ whose elements $A_{ij}$ have statistical error $\delta_{ij}$. I need to figure out from these errors what will be the error on the determinant $|A|$. If the matrix was ...
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Calculating absolute error. Teacher distributes the abs value signs.

Ill illustrate my confusion with an example: It can be shown, assuming $E_xE_y=0$ that the error in an arithmetical multiplication will be: $E_{xy}=xE_y+yE_x+\mu$ Where $\mu$ is the so called ...
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Propagating uncertainties in Gaussian fit

I'm doing an analysis where I have a set of random variables with some known uncertainties (the uncertainties are different for each random variable). The random variable is roughly Gaussian ...
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Geometric Mean of Random Variables

I measure a series of $n$ objects [O_1, O_2, O_3, ..., O_n]. Because those measurements are quite hard to perform, I have quite a lot of measurement error and ...
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Uncertainty in distance from uncertainty in coordinates

I know this is basic, but I've managed to get myself confused. So, I have an object at location $(x,y,z)$ with uncertainty in the location of $(\delta x, \delta y, \delta z)$. What is the ...
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Standard Error for Weighted Values

I want to calculate the standard error for an experimental measurement. The data is stored as a 2D image which is circularly symmetric about a center point. To reduce the data we radially integrate ...
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Statistical uncertainty on a percentages inferred from an A/B test

Question: What is the statistical uncertainty on percentages inferred from an A/B test? Example: $N = 100$ people are presented with an A/B choice (e.g., jumping into shark-infested water, choosing ...
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How can I calculate the uncertainty of two combined uncertainties?

If uncertainty can be calculated as half the range, and percentage uncertainty is the uncertainty over a mean all multiplied by 100, how can I find what the uncertainty is of A^2 * B^3 when A = 21.3 ...
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Prove that the rounding error can contaminate half the digits of computed root

I am trying to resolve the following problem: If $b^2 \approx 4ac $ the rounding error can contaminate half the digits of the root computed with the formula: $\dfrac {-b \pm \sqrt {b^2 - 4ac}} ...
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Prove graphically that the Lambert equation has exactly zero, one or two roots

I need some help on the below problem. Consider the Lambert equation: $xe^x = a$ for real values of x and a (a) Show graphically that the equation has exactly one root $ \xi(a) \ge 0 $ if $ ...
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How does one bound computational error for a finite difference approximation of the second derivative?

I'm trying to wrap my head around ways to minimize total computational error (defined as a sum of the bounds on the truncation and rounding errors) by taking a differentiable function $f : \mathbb{R} ...
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Statistical methods in experiments

I'm currently facing a huge problem in manipulating raw data from an experiment. Suppose I have the set of data: $$T_1=6.12 \pm 0.001s,\\ T_2=4.90875 \pm 0.001s, \\ T_3=3.9 \pm 0.001s, \\ T_4=3.69 ...
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Error of 2 correlated variables, proxied as random variables

Disclaimer: my 1st question in math.stackexchange (usually in stackoverflow !), and non-English speaker. I'm trying to solve this problem for an arbitrary no. of variables, with multiple categories ...
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How to show the relative error of $ \frac{x_A}{y_A}$

First, this is how the relative error of $x_Ay_A$ (approximated errors) is computed as compared to $x_Ty_T$ (true errors) - $ \displaystyle Rel(x_Ay_A) = \frac{x_Ty_T - x_Ay_A}{x_Ty_T}$, Letting ...
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Is there a standard method in finding the maximum of the following?

This is an elementary level exercise in error estimation. The figure shows that, from a rectangular plate AXBYCDZF, another smaller rectangular plate EDZF is cut off. {$AB = a, BC = b, XB = p$ and ...
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John Von Neumann Error distribution

I have a sort of general question. John Von Neumann proposed am error distribution function as following. $error = A*e^{ikx} $ with k: the wavenumber Now our professor asked us, why is it so ...
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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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Link between total diffential and error caculation?

I earlier asked this question Error propagation, why use variences?. And am now slightly confused about the link between error propagation and total diffentials. As mentioned in the linked question, ...
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Error propagation, why use variences?

I have been reading up on error propagation and am slightly confused about something. We can the error in $c=f(a,b)$ as the: $$\sigma(c)= f_a \sigma_a+f_b \sigma _b$$ Firstly is this correct and am I ...
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How to estimate variances for Kalman filter from real sensor measurements without underestimating process noise.

As the title says, I want to estimate the variances needed for a Kalman filter from real sensor measurements only. For example we can take a temperature sensor, but the solution shall be as ...
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Error Propagation of parameter in an irreversible equation

I have the following equation that predicts a certain parameter $c_t$: $$c_t = f(x,y_1,y_2,y_3...)$$ The function $f$ is known, continuous, real, differentiable to all arguments and the solution to a ...
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Accuracy of distance and bearing between GPS locations

I'm writing on an Android app that tracks the distance and bearing between two GPS location (each from a different device). Finding the mean distance and angle between the devices is quite easy, and ...
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Absolute error in machine-precision terms.

I am trying to wrap my head around errors in floating point calculations. Let me denote absolute error as follows: $e = |x - \hat{x}|$, where $x$ is the exact number and $\hat{x}$ is its floating ...
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Relative Error $\frac{x-x_0}{x}$

According to many definitions I've seen the relative error is defined by $$E = \frac{x-x_0}{x}$$ where $x$ is the "true" value. But some people use instead $$\frac{x-x_0}{x_0}. $$ Is this incorrect? ...
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Calculate uncertainty of sine function result

I have an angle given in degrees: $$\theta_{\min} = 63^{\circ} \pm 0.5^{\circ}$$ I need to calculate it's sine and still know the uncertainty of the value: $$n = 2\sin(\theta_{\min}) = ...
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Stopwatch Accuracy and Precision

Let's say I have a stopwatch that can take split times. It's resolution is 1/100th of a second. Let's also say I have a robot that can press the split button exactly 0.244s apart in real time. I have ...
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Accounting for drop-outs in clinical trials

'Physical Therapy Review' [Intention to treat analysis, compliance, drop-outs and how to deal with missing data in clinical research: a review Susan Armijo-Olivo, Sharon Warren and David Magee Faculty ...
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Expand $\int_{-1}^0 e^{a\cos{\theta}}J_0(b\sin{\theta})\,d\cos{\theta}$ in spherical harmonics.

I want to solve the integral (a probability density function) $$ g(\gamma)=\int_{-1}^0 e^{-f\cos{\theta}\cos{\gamma}}J_0(-if\sin{\theta}\sin{\gamma})\,d\cos{\theta} $$ numerically, everything is ...
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Error propagation of non-square Matrix

I measure values of the vector $\vec{P}$ where each value $P_i$ has its own error $E_i$. I'm interested in the vector $\vec{K}$. Both values are linked by $\vec{K} = M \vec{P}$ . Since $\vec{P}$ and ...
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Show that $\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{N-1}|\epsilon_i|\to0, N\to\infty$

Let $I_o=[t_0,t_0+T]\subset\mathbb R, T>0$, If $f\in C^0(I_0\times\mathbb R,\mathbb R)$ and satisfies the Lipschitz condition: $\forall t\in I_0, \forall y,y^{*}\in\mathbb ...
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Relative error % of cos and sin functions?

I've been searching all over the net and I can't seem to find a definitive answer - perhaps I'm asking the wrong question. How does one calculate the relative error (%) of the cos/sin/tan of an angle ...
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Sum of positive integers estimating sum of fractions

Given $m$ fractions adding up to an positive integer $n$ For example: $m=3\\n=10=\frac{30}{6}+\frac{20}{6}+\frac{10}{6}$ How can we find $m$ positive integers that sum to $n$ (a partition of $n$), ...
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Statistics on discrete probability with error?

I need help with this question, am pretty confused on what to do with the error, I can't see how to use it.
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How to calculate the standard deviation of numbers with standard deviations?

I have essentially a propagation-of-error problem I run into frequently with my scientific data. For example, I have three samples, each of which I take two measurements of. So, for each sample, I can ...
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Looking for a motivating example for backward error analysis

For many people, it seems self-evident that backward error is a powerful tool in numerical analysis. But for me, it is hard to imagine a situation in which backward error analysis provides any useful ...
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Error propagation in pearson correlation

I have two data-sets $X$ and $Y$ with errors $\Delta X$ and $\Delta Y$. I calculated the Pearson Sample Correlation $r$. Is it possible to calculate the error of $r$ using propagation of uncertainty: ...
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Order of error of a fraction

If two functions can be written as the sum of some expression and an error term of higher orders of error $\epsilon$: $$f(x+\epsilon)=f_0(x,\epsilon)+O(\epsilon^m)\quad \text{ and} \quad ...
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Error Estimation and Propagation through Trigonometric Functions

I have a problem whereby I have to estimate the absolute error of a value calculated using values read from sensors. The equation used to calculate the value is $T_{xy} = R \tan \theta$. The sensor ...
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Regression with error coming from rounding

I am looking at the following model: $c$ is a fixed vector in $\mathbb{R}_+^n$ and for any $x \in \mathbb{R}_+^n$ we obtain a value $y =[c^Tx]$, i.e. rounding $c^Tx$ to the nearest integer. I want ...
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What is the error in calculated volume of cylinder, given the measurements of length and radius?

Measured length of the rod is $15 \pm 0.4$ cm and the radius of the rod is $6.1 \pm 0.2$ cm. What is the error in calculated volume? (two decimal places) What i've tried is $$V=\pi r^2 l$$ ...
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How to find error constant, global and local error of ODE integration method

In literature regarding open channel flows I bumped into strange ODE integration methods: the first one: $$y_{i+1}=y_i+\Delta x\cdot\sqrt{f_i\cdot f_{i+1}}$$ the second one $$y_{i+1}=y_i+\Delta ...
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Propagation of variance/covariance for $L_1$ Estimator with no analytic solution

This is my first question on Math Exchange so my apologies if it does not initially fit the format. I have a problem where I'd like to calculate the a-posteriori variance/covariance matrix of ...
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What is the error on a counting variable?

I don't know if a variable that acts as a counter has an associated error. I don't see it as a measured quantity so I think that it has no error. The problem is this: you have an image of a star and ...