When MATLAB Gives Wrong Answers

Start: 03/28/2018 - 4:15pm
End  : 03/28/2018 - 5:15pm


Steven Leon (Emeritus from UMass Dartmouth)


MATLAB is generally considered to be the leading software package for scientific computing. In this talk we consider a number of computational examples where MATLAB gives or appears to give wrong answers. These examples are useful to help better understand the inner workings, evolution, limits and tradeoffs of a software package such as MATLAB. The talk should be accessible to both graduate and undergraduate students that have some background in either linear algebra or numerical analysis. The examples should help students gain greater insight into the fundamentals of matrix computations and also into the basics of finite precision arithmetic and related concepts such as round off error, machine precision, numerical stability, and conditioning.

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