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Numerical algorithms for problems in analysis and algebra, scientific computation

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### Who is currently researching topics concerning applying algebraic topology and/or differential geometry to numerical methods? [closed]

I am interested in pursuing a PhD in mathematics from a top ranked university with a faculty member researching something akin to the following description: applications of algebraic topology and/or ...
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### Solving sparse linear least squares or a positive definite 5-band matrix system fast

I want to quickly solve linear least squares problem for $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ $$min_x \left\| A x - b \right\|_2^2$$ with a special sparse structure where each row in $A$ has only up to 4 ...
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### Finding the distribution of a random variable numerically with sample data? [closed]

Just a thought that I had recently. Suppose given discrete data points for a random variable, could one numerically generate the probability function values at these discrete values? I tried looking ...
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### Scale vector in scaled pivoting (numerical methods)

I'm teaching students about several numeric methods, including scaled pivoting. There's a small section in this subject that I could never find a clear explanation to, either as intuition, or a more ...
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### Using Jacobi fields to approximate parallel transport along geodesic:is the following limit true?

I apologize if this is not a research level question (already tried asking http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1303288/relation-between-parallel-transport-and-jacobi-field-iion stack exchange with ...
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### Numerical equality testing

I am working on developing an online homework system. One thing I would like to have is something which compares a student's answer (like $2\sin(x)\cos(x)$) with the intended answer (maybe $\sin(2x)$)...
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### Finding an explicit constant in finite element error estimates

Background: In a finite element approximation to the solution of a linear PDEs, estimates on the order of convergence of the approximation to the solution rely on a theorem of Bramble and Hilbert ("...
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### How to find representatives of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})/SL(2, \mathbb{Z})$

While reading about the Teichmuller flow, I am reading about the space of lattices $SL(2,\mathbb{R})/SL(2, \mathbb{Z})$. I could not a find a good way of computing the Teichmuller flow on this ...
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### Degree of Chebyshev polynomial necessary

In general, given $0<a<1$, I want to find a polynomial $f(x)\in\Bbb R[x]$ such that $f(x)\in[1-\frac{a}2,1+\frac{a}2]$ at every $x\in[1-a,1+a]$ and $f(0)=0$. What is minimum degree that is ...
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### Degree necessary of a polynomial?

Given $-1<a<b<0$, I want to find a polynomial $f(x)\in\Bbb R[x]$ such that $f(x)\in[a,b]$ at every $x\in[b^2,a^2]$ and $f(0)=0$. What is minimum degree that is needed and maximum degree that ...
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### Solving a Certain Constrained Isoperimetric Approximation-Problem

This question is related to my question Differential Geometric Aspects of Rubber Bands, where I asked for a mathematical model of contracting rubber bands. In contrast to my former question, the ...
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### Compute the smoothing of functions

Given a function $g:R^d\rightarrow R$, which is not necessarily continuous, I want to compute the "smoothing" of $g$, i.e., $G(\vec{y})=\int_{R^n} g(\vec{x}) f_{\vec{y}, \sigma}(\vec{x}) d\vec{x}$ ...
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### Generalized arithmetic progressions contained in Bohr sets

Recall that a generalized arithmetic progression of dimension $d$ is, by definition, a set of the form $P = P_1+\dots+P_d$, where $P_j = \{lp_j\ \mid \ |l|\leq l_j\}\subset \mathbb Z$ is an ordinary ...
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### Computing Gauss Legendre Quadrature for Large N

I've been scanning across the web, and haven't found a good method to compute the Gauss Legendre abscissas and weights $\{ x_j, w^j \} _{j=1}^N$ for large $N\in\mathbb{N}$. My question is how to do it,...
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### LU growth factor applied to LDL of a Positive Semidefinite matrix [closed]

For a Positive Semidefinite matrix $A$, which we can decompose through $LDL$ decomposition as follows: $A=LDL^\text{T}$; how can we prove that for a decomposition $A=LU=L(DL^\text{T})$, the growth ...
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### Numerical integration error bounds on the unit sphere

A sequence of points $x_1,x_2,\dots$ on the unit sphere $S^{D-1}$ is said to be uniformly distributed if \begin{align} \lim_{N \rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{N} \sum_{j=1}^N f(x_j) = \int_{x \in S^{D-...
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### The bubble function

In the finite element method and more precisely the MINI element method in two dimensions, they use a function called the "bubble function" which is related to a triangle K of the space meshing and is ...
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### Upper bound for a ratio of modified Bessel functions

I am looking for an upper bound for the ratio of Bessel I functions $\dfrac{|I_\nu'(z)|}{|I_\nu(z)|}$ where $\nu$ is complex, and $z$ is a positive real number. Do you know any results about it? Thank ...
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### What happens to continuous spectrum upon discretization?

Excuse me for a bit of an vague question, but I haven't been able to find a definite answer for this for quite some time. My question is regarding (mostly non-normal )linear operators and their ...
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### Relation between Chebyshev Interpolation and Expansion

I am seeking connections between pointwise Lagrange interpolation (using Chebyshev-Gauss nodes) and generalized series approximation approach using Chebyshev polynomials. Pointwise Lagrange ...
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### Estimating overshoot in spline interpolation

Say I have a spline space $\mathcal S$ of dimension $n$ with a set of unisolvent points $(\xi_i)_{i=1}^n$, i.e., points at which I can unambiguously interpolate within the spline space. So, given ...
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### inflow/outflow Boundary Conditions for flow in pipe

I have a question about boundary condition of solving Navier-Stokes equation through pipe. When I simulate the flow in pipe using periodic boundary condition, it works good. But when I tried to change ...
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### What are interesting heuristics of determining how far given matrix is from a singular one?

The condition number and volume of matrix (defined as absolute value of its determinant) are things which come to mind. Is there more? I think that over the years numerical folks (who are faced with ...
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### Accuracy of the formulas for angles between almost colinear vectors

Assume $x$ and $y$ are two vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and we want to compute the acute angle $\alpha\in(0,\pi/2]$ between these two (noncolinear) vectors. There are (at least) two possibilities: In ...
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### Numerical approximation to the Wasserstein metric?

Are there numerical methods for approximating/calculating the Wasserstein metric in particular cases? Suppose that $f$ and $g$ are two density functions with the same support. How can I calculate the ...
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