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    hhtt21 is offline Key Member
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    fail v. not work

    "If f(x) is not continuous, the method may fail. This sentence is about mathematics. It is about a method to find root of a function. So I would like to ask you
    if this conveys the same idea as the original?

    2. "If f(x) is not continuous, the method may not work?

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    Re: fail v. not work

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Yes.
    But might a simple nuance not be between them here? Might the method work but fail?

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    Re: fail v. not work

    Some software thinks it's possible.
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    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: fail v. not work

    But if somebody write an algorithm using this method, for example in Matlab, the program code/algorithm will work but if the results fly off the root, the code fails, even though the program appeared to worked.

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    Re: fail v. not work

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Just because someone coded in the constant '100,000' instead of the correct value of '100' and you got a ridiculous answer doesn't mean the algorithm/code failed/didn't work. It gave you exactly the answer that it should have.
    Sounds like a case of GIGO.

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