Finding positive / non-complex solutions (newbie)

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg102317] Finding positive / non-complex solutions (newbie)*From*: Dan <dan.halligan at gmail.com>*Date*: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 05:44:30 -0400 (EDT)

Hi, This is probably easily solved because I'm very much a newbie. I have two equations (eqn1 and eqn2) with two variables and want to find the positive (non-zero, no-complex solutions) for when they both equal 0, as a function of two other parameters, then plot the results. So far (after several days work), I've found a kind of solution (it plots correctly), but produces an error. The error, as far as I can tell, is produced by the "Cases" statement, which is the function I'm using to find the positive solutions. This will work when the parameters (theta and rho) are defined, but will fall over when undefined, which seems to be what happens when I call Plot. Any help on this much appreciated (along with any pointers for where my code looks obscure / overly complex -- as I say, I'm not used to Mathematica). Cheers Dan In[1]:= f[rho_, t_] := Module [{Pu, Pv, pi, d , eqn1, eqn2, res, res2, pi2}, pi = (u Pu + (1 - u) Pv)/(2 s); d = (Pu - Pv)/(2 s); eqn1 = -t pi (1 - pi) + t u (1 - u) d^2; eqn2 = d (rho + u + (2 pi - 1) t - (u - (1 - u)) (1 + t d)) + pi; res = NSolve[{eqn1 == 0, eqn2 == 0}, {Pu, Pv}]; res2 = Cases[{Pu, Pv} /. res, {(a_Real)?Positive, (b_Real)?Positive} :> {a, b}][[1]]; pi2 = (u res2[[1]] + (1 - u) res2[[2]])/(2 s); (1 - pi2)/u ]; In[2]:= u = 0.004; s = 0.02; In[4]:= f[1, 0.1] Out[4]= 0.237377 In[5]:= f[10, 0.1] Out[5]= 0.0081024 In[6]:= LogLogPlot[{f[rho, 0.1], f[rho, 10]}, {rho, 0.01, 100}]

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Finding positive / non-complex solutions (newbie)***From:*Jaebum Jung <jaebum@wolfram.com>