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Re: Sort of nested NIntegrate

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  • Subject: [mg107223] Re: [mg107176] Sort of nested NIntegrate
  • From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 07:14:03 -0500 (EST)
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you have a couple of choices. Either use NIntegrate to do both integrations
at once (the domain can
be not necessarily rectangular):

In[1]:= NIntegrate[Cos[x*Sin[t]],{t,0,1},{x,0,2}]

Out[1]= 1.6679

or define your function only on numeric values:

In[2]:= f[x_?NumericQ] := NIntegrate[Cos[x*Sin[t]], {t, 0, 1}];

In[3]:= NIntegrate[f[x], {x, 0, 2}]

Out[3]= 1.6679


On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM, g.resta at <g.resta at>wrote:

> I have the following little problem with a function defined by means of
> NIntegrate.
> My function is much more complicated, but the following example suffices.
> Suppose I've defined a function in this way
> fu[x_] := NIntegrate[ Cos[ x * Sin[t] ],  {t, 0, 1}];
> Mathematica can easily compute numerically and plot the function fu.
> Now, I want to use the function fu in another NIntegrate, say
> NIntegrate[ fu[x]^2, {x,0,2}]
> I hoped that was innocuous (maybe slow, since each point of fu require
> another
> automatic quadrature) but I got instead this error:
> NIntegrate::inumr: The integrand Cos[x Sin[t]] has evaluated to non-
> numerical values for all sampling points in the region with boundaries
> {{0,1}}.
> I also got a number which looks like the right value, but I'm afraid
> to trust it because
> I do not fully understand the error message. It seems like Mathematica
> is trying to do
> something symbolic with the guts of fu, even if fu is defined by means
> of NIntegrate.
> But I'm probably wrong.
> Surely I'm missing something. Can anybody show me the light?
> (that is, the right way to perform similar computations, maybe the
> right option to pass along?)
> thank you very much,
> giovanni

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