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Re: problem in expression

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  • Subject: [mg99922] Re: problem in expression
  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 06:46:35 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gurckc$gri$>

Obaid Ur Rehman wrote:
> I am wondering if some one can help me in the following problem.
> Whenever I solve or do some manipulation with certain matrix or vector,
> it gives me result in the following form e.g.
> F=0.x1+0.x2+1.x3+0.x4
> It is clear that F=x3 but why the expression contains multiples of
> zeros. If certain vector is multiplied by zero the result should be zero
> and it must not be appear in the final expression.
> Could you people please help me out to get rid of these zeros in the
> final expression?

Using inexact numbers in symbolic computations invites trouble.  Do not 
do that.  If you need to start with inexact numbers, rationalize them 
before using them in symbolic expressions (Rationalize[]).  0.0 is not 
the same as 0 in Mathematica.  0 is an exact zero while 0.0 is zero only 
to a certain precision.

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