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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 $x^y$?
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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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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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Where does the error propagation formula comes from?

As an engineering student I have come several times across the formula $$\sigma_{f(\vec{x})}=\sqrt{\sum_{i} \big (\dfrac{\partial f}{\partial x_{i}}\sigma_{x_{i}}\big )^{2}}$$ for the propagation of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Expectation/probability question (a bit like Craps, I think)

I'll try to be as brief as possible: I have a number of events that can happen, say e1, e2...eN. N isn't particularly large. Each event has a probability of "failure". (Actually, there will likely ...
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What does it mean to calculate a number to $n$ decimals of exactness.

I was asked to numerically calculate Bessel functions for certain points and report their values to "6 decimal places of exactness". I did this in matlab and there's no truncate function, so I was ...
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Error propagation on weighted mean

I understand that, if errors are random and independent, the addition (or difference) of two measured quantities, say $x$ and $y$, is equal to the quadratic sum of the two errors. In other words, the ...
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Propagation of Uncertainties [closed]

I have five values for the volume of sodium hydroxide needed to neutralise a fixed quantity of hydrochloric acid, each trial with an uncertainty of 0.05 mL. If I take the average of these five values, ...
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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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If $\theta = (59.3\pm 1.2)^{\circ} $, find $\tan(\theta)$ and it´s uncertainty.

How can I find the uncertainty? I need to use this formula: The general formula for uncertanties is: $\sigma_q = \sigma_q (a,b,c,...)$ and $\mathrm{Cov}(a,b,c,...)=0$ $\,\,$then $$\sigma_q ^2 = ...
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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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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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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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Error in a numerical derivative

I have a graph of data, say temperature ($T$) vs time($t$), I know the error bounds in each $\Delta T$. The range of t is from 0 $\to$ 1600 s, with small steps say 0.001 s. If I numerically take ...
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Error analysis - Bisection algorithm

I have a brief question related to an example in my textbook. In my book, the following theorem on Bisection Method is presented: If $[a_0,b_0], [a_1,b_1],. . .,[a_n,b_n]. . .$ denote the intervals ...
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Simpson's Rule for IVP. Truncation Error proof

Edit: replaced all c's with y's as the c just denotes replacing a series of coupled linear equations Ay with uncoupled equations $\Lambda c$ no biggie. Im working through the lecture notes for a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angle between two vectors with noisy data?

Given two vectors V1=(x1,y1,z1) and V2=(x2,y2,z2) I can calculate the angle between the two vectors using the dot product of the two vectors and their magnitudes. This approach, however, is only ...
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Derivation of formula for estimating error in bulk-volume

In my textbook, a formula for estimating error in bulk-volume measurements is derived, but I don't quite follow one step in the derivation. The book writes the following: The bulk volume of a ...
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Error in distance between points in spherical coordinates

I have two points with spherical coordinates: $a=(r_1,\theta_1,\phi_1)$ and $b=(r_2,\theta_2,\phi_2)$. The cartesian coordinates of the points are: $$ (r_i \cos\theta_i \cos\phi_i, r_i \cos\theta_i ...
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Do theorems involving chaotic mappings hold in a finite precision context?

Chaotic mappings are known as highly sensitive to their initial state. It is well known that the first type of Chebyshev polynomials is chaotic, e.g. this. This mapping is defined recursively as ...
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Error Propagation

I hope I am right in this section. I am unsure with error propagation. When calculation the error in a titration, many errors has to be taken into account: Error in Glassware/ Error in Balance/ ...
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Calculating percentage error for sums when there aren't absolute values?

So, let's say that I measured the lengths of two objects which measured 20 mm and 30 mm. I used the same ruler for both measurements and it has an absolute error of ±1 mm. If I wanted to calculate ...
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Does the number of significant digits of a measurement affect the relative error of the measurement?

Reading this document, when measuring a thing we have $$\text{relative error} = \frac{\text{absolute error}}{\text{value of thing measured}}.$$ Let's say we have a measurement of the height of an ...
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Error propagation of complex quantity in polar coordinates?

Suppose I have a complex number $C = \left | C \right | e^{i\phi}$ where | | denotes modulus and $\phi$ is the phase angle. Now, I know the error in the modulus, $\delta |C|$ and error in the phase, ...
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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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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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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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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}} ...