       Re: How can I get this spiked Integral evaluated???

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• Subject: [mg71978] Re: How can I get this spiked Integral evaluated???
• From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 06:25:20 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
• References: <el687j\$2pv\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```Zeno wrote:
> This is an integral with a spike that is not in the middle of the
> integral range. Here is the integral...
>
> NIntegrate[Exp[-x^2], {x, -900, 1000}]
>
> Mathemtaica 5.2.2 gives this error message....
>
>  "Numerical \integration stopping due to loss of precision. Achieved
> neither the requested \PrecisionGoal nor AccuracyGoal; suspect one of
> the following: highly \oscillatory integrand or the true value of the
> integral is 0. If your \integrand is oscillatory on a (semi-)infinite
> interval try using the option \Method->Oscillatory in NIntegrate.
> More?
>
> However, to use the option "Method->Oscillatory" one of the bounds of
> the integral must be infinity, so that would not work here. How do I
> get it to to the integral in the range -900 to 1000??
> The correct answer is 1.77245.
>

Do you have any particular reason for not doing a symbolic integration
(returning an exact result) first, then asking for a numeric result to
any precision you might want?

In:=
Integrate[Exp[-x^2], {x, -900, 1000}]

Out=
1
- Sqrt[Pi] (Erf + Erf)
2

In:=
N[%]

Out=
1.77245

In:=
N[%%, 30]

Out=
1.77245385090551602729816748334

Regards,
Jean-Marc

```

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