numerical analysis


Definition of numerical analysis

: the study of quantitative approximations to the solutions of mathematical problems including consideration of and bounds to the errors involved

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers show all this with a beautiful numerical analysis of the dynamical system. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Flat surfaces surf past each other on the peak of a wave," 2 Feb. 2020 This makes Gonzaga a decent bargain—while cold-blooded, numerical analysis gives the Bulldogs a roughly 1-in-5 shot at the title, only 1 in 15 people have picked them to win. Chris Wilson, Slate Magazine, "How to Win Your NCAA Pool," 13 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of numerical analysis

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Numerical analysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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