Re: The strange behaviour of NIntegrate

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• Subject: [mg53519] Re: [mg53508] The strange behaviour of NIntegrate
• From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
• Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 21:07:47 -0500 (EST)
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```I get a real result.

\$Version

5.1 for Mac OS X (October 25, 2004)

?[x_]:=1/(E^(x^2/2)*Sqrt[2*Pi]);
K[s_]:=((1-Sqrt[s])*?[(1-Sqrt[s])/Sqrt[1-s]])/(1-s)^1.5`;

NIntegrate[K[s],{s,0,1}]

0.420616

However, use Chop

NIntegrate[K[s],{s,0,1}] // Chop

or try using (3/2) instead of 1.5` in the definition of K

Bob Hanlon

>
> From: Zaeem Burq <Z.Burq at ms.unimelb.edu.au>
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Date: 2005/01/15 Sat AM 01:44:07 EST
> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Subject: [mg53519] [mg53508] The strange behaviour of NIntegrate
>
>
> Dear all,
>
> I'll describe the problem briefly first as follows:
>
> I am trying to NIntegrate a nice function (which I know is integrable), of
> the form
>
> K[s] = h[s]/[(1-s)^1.5] from 0 to 1.
>
> The function is real, but Mathematica spits out a COMPLEX answer!!
> Admittedly, the complex part is very small, and if I truncate the integral
> just below 1, the complex bit disappears and changes the real part very
> slightly.
>
> It seems obvious that Math'ca is choosing the last s value just beyond 1,
> producing the Sqrt of a negative number in the denominator.
>
> If interested, here are the calculations and results. Read on if you think
> you can help. Thanx.
>
> \!\(\(\[CurlyPhi][
>         x_] := \[ExponentialE]\^\(\(-x\^2\)/2\)\/\@\(2  \[Pi]\);\)\n
>   \(K[s_] := \(\(\ \)\(\((1 - \@s)\)\ \[CurlyPhi][\(1 - \@s\)\/\@\(1 -
> s\)]\)\
> \)\/\((1 - s)\)\^1.5`;\)\)
>
> NIntegrate[K[s], {s, 0, 1}]
>
> gives \!\(\(\(0.4206155890394436`\)\(\[InvisibleSpace]\)\) -
>     3.304807577181973`*^-49\ \[ImaginaryI]\)
>
> and
>
> NIntegrate[K[s], {s, 0, .999999}]
>
> results in
>
> 0.420217
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Zaeem.
>
>
> Zaeem Burq
> PhD Stochastic Processes,
> Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics,
> Unimelb.
>
> Room 201, Richard Berry Building
> University of Melbourne,
> Parkville, VIC 3052.
>
> ph: 8344 4248.
>
> http://www.ms.unimelb.edu.au/~zab
>
>

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