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Numeric integration in python

  1. Nov 14, 2012 #1
    I'm trying to write a python program that is able to numerically execute functions of the form:

    y(t) = exp(Integrate[A(x),x]) within the bounds of 0 and t

    I tried using quad from scipy.integrate but it seems not to be able to evaluate expressions of this form.

    Any other suggestions on appropriate packages or commands?
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  3. Nov 15, 2012 #2


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    Can you be a bit more specific sola maths? Do you mean:

    [tex]y(t) = \exp(\int_0^t A(x) \, dx)[/tex]

    You have some specific function A(x) that you can evaluate numerically?

    Also, is that just you integrand? Do you need to evaluate,

    [tex]\int_a^b \, e^{\int_0^t A(x) \, dx} \, dt[/tex]
  4. Nov 15, 2012 #3
    Hi uart,

    Yes, I have some function A(x) that I need to evaluate numerically as x changes. The first expression you wrote is what I meant.
  5. Nov 15, 2012 #4


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    Ok so it's just [itex]y(t) = \exp(\int_0^t A(x) \, dx)[/itex] that you need to evaluate.

    Quad can do this easily, but only for one particular value of "t" at a time. However you could call it (quad) from within a function if you wished to properly make a function of "t". For example,

    Code (Text):

    def functA(x):
         return x*x/2.0

    def functY(t):
         return exp(integrate.quad(functA,0,t)[0])

  6. Nov 15, 2012 #5
    Your explanation makes lots of sense...

    I'd defined a function but had difficulty making it a function of t.... Thanks.
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