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Re: Plotting with arbitary precision????

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  • Subject: [mg69623] Re: [mg69611] Plotting with arbitary precision????
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 22:46:03 -0400 (EDT)
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Search the archives for plot precision. There are a few things you can
do immediately. If those don't work, there is at least one package for
precise plotting.

On 9/17/06, lcw1964 <leslie.wright at> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am a long time user of another system who has been given the chance
> to try out Mathematica 5.2, and I must admit in some regards I like it
> better, though it handles floating point computation (which I am most
> interested in) in a way that takes some getting used to for me.
> I am using the MiniMaxApproximation routine in the Numerical Math package,
> and am interested in generating error curves from the results.  I have
> figured out how to invoke arbitrary precision in the MiniMaxApproximation
> routine with the WorkingPrecision option, so I am not confined to
> Machine Precision.
> However, the problem comes with the plotting. In a very good rational
> approximation for Exp[x] I have a maximum relative error of, say, about
> 10^-22. Let's call it RatApp. If I try to plot (RatApp-Exp[x])/Exp[x]
> on my interval of approximation, I don't get a nice smooth double
> ripple error curve like I should. I get a noisy mess confined to
> about +/- 10^-17. Which is precisely what I should get since Plot uses
> only machine precision (not the 30 or so digits of arbitary working
> precision specified) when generating plots. Since the numerator of my
> error function will differ only in the 22nd digit or so and beyond,
> the subtlety of the subtraction is lost.
> Online help for Plot doesn't seem to provide an arbitrary precision
> "override" to get over this issue. In the other system, one simply had
> to increase the Digits setting since everything is done in software
> floating point anyway--slower, but easier to use. Is there any way in
> Mathematica to plot a function that requires such high precision in
> interim calculations so that the plot is accurate?
> Many thanks in advance,
> Les


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