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How do I find the appropriate Global Adaptive values?

Posted 11 years ago
The question turns out to only be part of my frustration. I am new to Mathematica but am solving a real but deceptively simple model.

When I use Integrate, I get an enourmous number of terms and conditionals, some imaginary, yet manual integration does not present these alternatives. I need to surpress some of the machinations within Mathematica that are not relevant to my solvution.

When I turn to DIntegrate, after a few terms in an expansion, I get a complex error message. None of my attempts at using the suggestions resulted in an improvement. I asked someone, and he suggested decreasing my accuracy goal setting. This worked whereas none of the suggestions by Mathematica did. The actual error message is below in quotes. 

"NIntegrate::eincr: The global error of the strategy GlobalAdaptive has increased more than 2000     times. The global error is expected to decrease monotonically after a number of integrand evaluations. Suspect one of the following: the working precision is insufficient for the specified     precision goal; the integrand is highly oscillatory or it is not a (piecewise) smooth function; or the true value of the integral is 0. Increasing the value of the GlobalAdaptive option     MaxErrorIncreases might lead to a convergent numerical integration. NIntegrate obtained 0.143967 and 0.0000346605 for the integral and error estimates."
Out[75]= 0.0539877

I included the output because I do not understand how this output is related to the final statement in the quote: NIntegrate obtained 0.143967 and 0.0000346605 for the integral and error estimates. 

I would like someone to point me toward a reference in which I can understand the vocabulary and consequences to implementing a workable solution using Mathematica. If I need to decrease my accuracy, how to I know how much my accuracy is being degraded and by how much?

Regards and thanks for any help.
POSTED BY: Luther Nayhm
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Posted 11 years ago
If you can show the simplest example of your integral that generates the enourmous number of terms and conditionals then someone might be able to offer a few suggestions to help get you started.
POSTED BY: Bill Simpson
Hi  Luther,

Have you tried to use "GenerateConditions" and "Assumptions" options for Integrate?
Perhaps this may help to reduce your problem.
Also take a look at "tutorial/NIntegrateIntegrationStrategies" in documentation.

POSTED BY: Ivan Morozov
Posted 11 years ago
I will give it a go and report back...sometime. I may abandon Mathematica and try to implement a separate numerical integration algorithm. Learning curve is steep.

POSTED BY: Luther Nayhm
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