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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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Multiplication and division of values with geometric standard deviation

What is the geometric standard deviation of a value, which is the result of dividing two independent values, each of which has its own geometric standard deviation ? It is a frequent situation in ...
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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 calculate uncertainties?

A question requires me to make a calculation involving variables with uncertainties, giving my answer with its result uncertainty. How do I do that?
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Drove 238 miles and used 27.3 litres of petrol: find upper bound for consumption per mile, considering measurement errors

X drove 238 miles, correct nearest mile. They used 27.3 litres of petrol, to the nearest tenth of a litre. $Petrol Consumption =$${Miles}\over Petrol Used$ Work out the upper bound. I used ...
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Uncertainty in measurements: if $x$ has uncertainty $\pm\epsilon$, what is the uncertainty in $\sin x$?

I have two questions regarding uncertainties in measurements. First, if I have some measured value for $x$ with an uncertainty $\pm e$, what would be the uncertainty in $\sin x$, $\pm\sin e$? ...
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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 are some good ways to define the errors between two functions?

I have two functions. One is the original function (that contains 4 variables), and the second one is the approximation to the first one (also contains 4 variables). The question is, if I want to ...
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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 ...
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To find error in time histogram

I have a data which is recorded from a detector. Whenever the detector produce signal it records the time. I have recorded the data for several cycles, one cycle is 0 to 1 second. Finally I made the ...
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Margin of error for quotient of two measurements

I need to find the total margin of error for calculating velocity, while I have margins of error for time and distance. Actually the margins are the same (as both measurements were based on GPS - but ...
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Help in Measuring Error on Estimates of Differential Equations

I am working on a project for class where I have to estimate the solutions to a damped harmonic oscillator ($x''+2 \gamma x'+ \omega^2 x=0$) and compare three methods for doing so (Third Order ...
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Monte carlo error: Combining “experimental” and statistical errors

I'm doing a slightly involved Monte Carlo approximation of a quantity $E$ where I end up with the following formula: $E=\frac{\sum_{i=1}^np_ie_iG_i}{\sum_{i=1}^np_iG_i}\ .\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ $ (1) ...
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Monte Carlo with error on individual samples

I'm performing a Monte Carlo integration where the individual samples have an error, and I'm wondering how to estimate the final error. Some more detail: The integral E I'm after is estimated in the ...
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Error propagation for ratio data

I'm working with some published ratio data for isotopes of uranium (238U) and lead (208Pb and 206Pb). The data are published in ratios of 238U/208Pb and 206Pb/208Pb, but I need the data to be in the ...
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Yacov Perelman Nepero game

This is my first question, so sorry if I'll make any mistake in using the site formatting. I found this game on a book by Yacov Perelman and I thought it could be nice to introduce Nepero number to ...
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looking for asymmetric probability distribution

In physics, quantities are sometimes measured with both an upper and lower error. For example, I might say that an object's mass is $m = 10^{+0.1}_{-0.2} \text{ kg}$. In my case, these arise from ...
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Standard deviation on absolute square of complex average

I am calculating a quantity $q=|c|^2$ where I obtain $c\in\boldsymbol C$ as an average of a collection of estimates with errors: $\langle c\rangle=\sum_{j=1}^nc_j$, and the question is what error to ...
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Mean of data with uncertainties and confidence interval

My question sounds rather simple, but sadly I have not been able to find an answer online (which is rather strange as this seems very basic, so I apologize if I simply haven't looked well enough) The ...
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Propagation of Error question?

If I have a function $$f(r,V,B)=\frac {2V}{r^2B^2} = 2Vr^{-2}B^{-2}$$ what is the propagation of error? If I use the power rules and multiplication rules described here ...
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Error of function with errors on arguments and size of arguments

EDIT: my question is not how to derive the formula below (I think the derivation is more or less what I guessed, like the answer below supports), but whether it can be made valid for the case where ...
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Error bound of the Euler method

I am self studying working through the book "A First Course in the Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations" and have come to a deadend on q 1.2. The linear system $y' = Ay, y(0) = y_0$, where ...
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Relation between condition number and perturbed matrix

Prove that if $A\vec{x} = \vec{b}$ and $(A+\delta{}A)(\vec{x}+\delta\vec{x}) = \vec{b}$, then $\dfrac{\|\delta\vec{x}\|/\|\vec{x}+\delta\vec{x}\|}{\|\delta{}A\|/\|A\|} \le \kappa{(A)}$, where ...
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bound on matrix inverse with different elements

I'm hoping that someone can point me to some literature on the following. Is there a way to bound the inverse of a matrix if I change the value of 1 element in that matrix. Let's say I have a matrix ...
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Calculating Covariance. (Multiplication of Two Covariance Matrices)

I have an equation T3=T1*T2 where T is 3*3 Transformation matrix representing position of an object in 3D. Now each of these position has some error in the form of 3*3 covariance matrix i-e ∑. My ...
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Error Propagation - functions of the mean.

Given a number of measurements $\{x_i\}$ with values distributed according to a (known) probability distribution $\rho(x)$ with a theoretical mean $\langle x\rangle = \int dx x\rho(x) = f(y)$ and a ...
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How does big-O notation relate to the actual error involved in a numerical differentiation?

Suppose I have some position data ${x_1, x_2, ... x_n}$ that was sampled at an interval $h$. If I wanted the velocity data, I could apply a finite difference scheme: $ v_1 = \frac{x_2 - x_1}{h} + ...
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Verlet method global error

I was trying to understand the global error calculation for the verlet method on Wikipedia but it's not so clear to me when it goes from: to Shouldn't be considered the error relative to x'' too? ...
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Problem Condition and Algorithm Stability

Consider 2 mathematical problems: $$ f_1(x) = a - x \\ f_2(x) = e^x -1 $$ The condition number for a function is defined as follows: $$ k(f) = \left| x \cdot \frac{f'}{f} \right| $$ Lets analyze ...
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How is statistical uncertainty calculated for the modulus function?

I know it's an unusual function to calculate an uncertainty for, but I haven't been able to figure out a reasonable means for calculating derivatives for it to do so myself. I know modular arithmetic ...
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Finite difference method - implementation and stability

I have a PDE for a function $P(r,t)$ in spherical co-ordinates of the form $P_{t} = D(P_{rr} + (2/r)P_{r}) - a\Omega\left(\frac{P}{P + k} \right) $ where subscripts denote partial derivative with ...
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Too small error on a physics lab

I have this function: $$\lambda=d \sin\left(\arctan\left(\frac{x}{z}\right)\right)$$ and I want to find its absolute error. d is a constant ($10^{-6}$), x is $(0.716 \pm 0.001) m $ , and z is $(1.000 ...
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Error of the norm of solution in linear least-squares

How can we estimate the solution norm ($\Vert x \Vert$) error, separate from the solution ($x$) error in solving $Ax=y$ (linear least-squares problem)? Is the error of $\Vert x \Vert$ higher or lower ...
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How to calculate error size from division of two ratios

How one would calculate an error from division of two rations? I am given 1/y and x/y as their decimal representation (numbers ...
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Numerical Error in Computation - What Are the Students' Expected to Know?

I'm going to conduct an educational research about math undergraduates' conceptions about "numerical error." So I'm making a list of items I think someone with a BSc in mathematics is expected to know ...
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Confused about the explicit formula for $\psi_0(x)$

In the explicit formula for $\psi_0(x)$ used in the PNT proof : $$\psi_0(x) = x - \sum_{\rho} \frac{x^{\rho}}{\rho} - \frac{\zeta'(0)}{\zeta(0)} - \frac{1}{2} \log (1-x^{-2}) $$ In particular the ...
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Am I correctly analyzing this data?

I've found myself having a difficult time analyzing some recent data due to some confusion in my statistics knowledge. I'm taking dose rate measurements with a detector for 10 trials. I expose the ...
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Avoiding loss of numerical accuracy

I need to to evaluate the function $f(x) = {1 - (1-A)^x \over A}$, where $0 < A \leq 1$ and $0 \leq x \leq 1$. A straightforward C implementation of $f(x)$ with floating-point arithmetic works ...
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composition of error propagations

According to Wikipedia, the formula for propagation of error of a function of the form $f=a\cdot{}A^{\pm{}b}$ is $\sigma_f/f=b\cdot{}\sigma_A/A$, where $A$ is a measurement with associated error ...
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When examining global error bounds for Euler method, can I rescale the domain limits?

I'm looking at provable global error bounds of the Euler method for the first time and I was surprised to find that the bound grows exponentially in the amount of time (the domain size) propagated ...
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Propagation of Error

If I have a function $$f(x,y)=\sqrt{x^2+y^2}$$ with error in $x$ be $\Delta x$ and error in $y$ be $\Delta y$, then how do we calculate ${\Delta f}$? I know if we have $$f(x)=x^n$$, then I at least ...
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Propagation of standard deviation for random variable with Markov Property

I have a discrete random variable, $X \in \{0,1,2,3\}$. Define the indicator function: $$ 1_{k}\left(x\right) = \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if $x=k$} \\ 0, & \text{otherwise} \\ \end{cases}$$ ...
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Propagation of errors in non-linear function of uncorrelated variables

I have a non-linear recurrence relationship $Y$, where $\beta$ and $\sigma$ are variables from continuous distributions, à priori uncorrelated. Is there anything I can say about error propagation? ...
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What is the error in Newton's Method for Matrix Inversion?

I need it to invert a matrix. Wikipedia explains that there is a generalization of the Newton Method for matrices. However, there is nothing mentioned about the error bounds. Suppose we have, as ...
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Error Propagation in Successive Least Square Adjustment

I have a certain problem in surveying in which I'm trying to do some error analysis. I'll layout the problem first. My current goal is to evaluate the variance-covariance matrix for the position of ...
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What is the proper way to determine error in my measurements?

How do I know what the error is in measurements I took using an oscilloscope? In the image below you will see on channel #1 of the oscilloscope (yellow) there is a pattern. I manually measured the ...
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How to estimate error pattern of a set of line segments with respect to given reference segments (2D case)

I am having set of pair of line segments (2D). Though each pair should be coincided on top of each other they are not so. I have been the reference data and then I extracted other line segments ...
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How to estimate (if/any) displacement/rotations between 2d line segments taken from 2 data sets

I am having set of pair of line segments (2D). Though each pair should be coincided on top of each other they are not so. I derive these two line sets using image based (e.g. CD) and manual method ...
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Absolute and Relative Error of $x^y$

Suppose that we have two measured values $x$ and $y$ with maximum absolute errors of $e_x$ and $e_y$. Is there a formula to find a good upper bound for absolute and relative error of $x^y$?