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RE: NSum bug or am I doing something wrong?

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  • Subject: [mg93895] RE: [mg93869] NSum bug or am I doing something wrong?
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 05:06:20 -0500 (EST)
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In these cases people usually use Chop. But it does seem like a slight bug
that an imaginary component gets in.

Why not make your do-it-yourself NSum?

Total[(k \[Function] (-1)^(k + 1) .2^k) /@ Range[32]]
0.166667

It actually seems to run faster than NSum.


David Park
djmpark at comcast.net
http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark 


From: Ebpr Preb [mailto:ebpr08 at gmail.com] 

Hi,

I'm getting imaginary answers for simple NSums of rational numbers. The
example below produces the issue in Mathematica 7:

NSum[(-1)^(k + 1)*(.2)^k, {k, 1, 32}]

gives me the result:

0.166667 + 1.1972*10^-44 I

When I switch to Sum the problem disappears.

Any hint?

Thanks so much.

ebpr





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