I recently stumbled on a paper [1] that looks at a cubic equation that comes out of a problem in orbital mechanics: σx³ = (1 + x)² Much of the paper is about the derivation of the equation, but here I’d like to focus on a small part of the …

Feb. 27, 2020, 12:59 a.m.

A couple days ago I wrote about Hamming codes and said that they are so-called perfect codes, i.e. codes for which Hamming’s upper bound on the number of code words with given separation is exact. Not only are Hamming codes perfect codes, they’re practically the only non-trivial perfect codes. Specifically, …

The previous post looked at how to choose five or six letters so that their Morse code representations are as distinct as possible. This post will build on the previous one to introduce Hamming codes. The problem of finding Hamming codes is much simpler in some ways, but also more …

ChaCha is a CSPRING, a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator. When used in cryptography, ChaCha typically carries out 20 rounds of its internal scrambling process. Google’s Adiantum encryption system uses ChaCha with 12 rounds. The runtime for ChaCha is proportional to the number of rounds, so you don’t want to …

Feb. 23, 2020, 12:45 a.m.

Sometimes you need to count the number of 1’s in a stream of bits. The most direct application would be summarizing yes/no data packed into bits. It’s also useful in writing efficient, low-level bit twiddling code. But there are less direct applications as well. For example, three weeks ago this …

The Map of Mathematics from Quanta Magazine explains key concepts with animated visualizations:…Tags: math, Quanta

Feb. 21, 2020, 12:38 p.m.

You might hear hysteresis described as a phenomena where the solution to a differential equation depends on its history. But that doesn’t make sense: the solution to a differential equation always depends on its history. The solution at any point in time depends (only) on its immediately preceding state. You …

Linear congruence random number generators have the form xn+1 = a xn + b mod p Inverse congruence generators have the form xn+1 = a xn-1 + b mod p were x-1 means the modular inverse of x, i.e. the value y such that xy = 1 mod p. It …

This is the third post in a series on Runge-Kutta methods. The first post in the series introduces Runge-Kutta methods and Butcher tableau. The next post post looked at Fehlberg’s adaptive Runge-Kutta method, first published in 1969. This post looks at a similar method from Dormand and Prince in 1980. …

This post brings together several themes I’ve been writing about lately: caching function evaluations, error estimation, and Runge-Kutta methods. A few days ago I wrote about how Runge-Kutta methods can all be summarized by a set of numbers called the Butcher tableau. These methods solve by evaluating f at some …

This post will look at two numerical integration methods, the trapezoid rule and Romberg’s algorithm, and memoization. This post is a continuation of ideas from the recent posts on Lobatto integration and memoization. Although the trapezoid rule is not typically very accurate, it can be in special instances, and Romberg …

The previous post explained that Lobatto’s integration method is more efficient than Gaussian quadrature when the end points of the interval need to be included as integration points. It mentioned that this is an advantage when you need to integrate over a sequence of contiguous intervals, say [1, 2] then …

A basic idea in numerical integration is that if a method integrates polynomials exactly, it should do well on polynomial-like functions [1]. The higher the degree of polynomial it integrates exactly, the more accurate we expect it will be on functions that behave like polynomials. The best known example of …

I wrote a blog post of sorts, spread over several tweets, about plotting functions of a complex variable. Plot of cosine over a square centered at the origin of the complex plane. Color = phase. Height = magnitude. pic.twitter.com/rOT7tAkfM9 — Analysis Fact (@AnalysisFact) February 11, 2020 Here are a couple …

Richard Arenstorf (1929–2014) discovered a stable periodic orbit between the Earth and the Moon which was used as the basis for the Apollo missions. His orbit is a special case of the three body problem where two bodies are orbiting in a plane, i.e. the Earth and the Moon, along …

Having watched a few episodes of Phineas and Ferb, when I see “Brusselator” I imagine Dr. Doofenschmertz saying “Behold! The Brusselator!” But the Brusselator is considerably older than Phineas and Ferb. It goes back to researchers Levefer and Nicholis in 1971 [1] and was studied further in the 1980’s by …

In recent posts I’ve written about using RNG test suites on the output of the μRNG entropy extractor. This is probably the last post in the series. I’ve looked at NIST STS, PractRand, and DIEHARDER before. In this post I’ll be looking at TestU01. TestU01 includes three batteries of tests: …

The first well-known suite of tests for random number generators was George Marsalia’s DIEHARD battery. The name was a pun on DieHard car batteries. Robert G. Brown took over the DIEHARD test suite and called it DIEHARDER, presumably a pun on the Bruce Willis movie. I’ve written lately about an …