Author Archives: Nick Higham

How and How Not to Compute a Relative Error

The relative error in a scalar as an approximation to a scalar is the absolute value of . I recently came across a program in which had been computed as . It had never occurred to me to compute it … Continue reading

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SIAM Annual Meeting 2017 Highlights

It’s a couple of weeks since the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting, which I previewed in an earlier post. The meeting was held at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh and was co-chaired by Des Higham (University of Strathclyde) and … Continue reading

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Accelerating the Solution of Linear Systems by Iterative Refinement in Three Precisions

by Erin Carson and Nick Higham With the growing availability of half precision arithmetic in hardware and quadruple precision arithmetic in software, it is natural to ask whether we can harness these different precisions, along with the standard single and … Continue reading

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Five Examples of Proofreading

Every writer has also to be a proofreader, whether it be of his or her own drafts or of proofs sent by a publisher. In this post I will give some real-life examples of corrections to proofs. The problems to … Continue reading

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SIAM Annual Meeting 2017 Preview

It’s a month to the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. We’re returning to the location of the 2010 meeting. The meeting is co-chaired by Des Higham (University of Strathclyde) and Jennifer Mueller (Colorado … Continue reading

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A Second Course in Linear Algebra, by Garcia and Horn (2017)

The publication of a new linear algebra textbook is not normally a cause for excitement. However, Roger Horn is co-author of two of the most highly regarded and widely used books on matrix analysis: Matrix Analysis (2nd edition, 2013) and … Continue reading

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SIAM Books Available Worldwide from Eurospan

SIAM books are now available to individuals, bookstores, and other retailers outside North America from Eurospan, who have taken over the role previously carried out by Cambridge University Press. This is significant news for those of us outside North America … Continue reading

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Dot Grid Paper for Writing Mathematics

As I discussed in Writing Mathematics in Pencil, and Why Analogue is Not Dead, there is a lot to be said for writing mathematics on paper, at least for early drafts before the material is typed into LaTeX. There are … Continue reading

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Elements of MATLAB Style

Style is an important aspect of writing, and also of programming. While MATLAB is a quick and easy language in which to program, style should not be neglected. Good style aids readability, which in turn makes it easier to debug … Continue reading

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How to Print a Page Across Multiple Pages with Adobe Acrobat

Occasionally I need to proof a PDF document that is too small to read comfortably when printed in the usual way. This is the case with my columns for SIAM News, as SIAM News is A3 format whereas my printer … Continue reading

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