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bug #53576: [octave forge] (symbolic) dsolve errors on sqrt coefficient

Submitted by:  Doug Stewart <dastew>
Submitted on:  Fri 06 Apr 2018 04:24:39 PM UTC  
Category:  Octave Forge Package Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  1 - Later Item Group:  Unexpected Error
Status:  Postponed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Doug Stewart Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  4.2.2 Operating System:  GNU/Linux

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Thu 22 Nov 2018 08:36:01 AM UTC, comment #7:

should be fixed in the next sympy 1.4, can be closed

Colin Macdonald <cbm>
Mon 09 Apr 2018 09:55:39 PM UTC, comment #6:

I've filed https://github.com/cbm755/octsympy/issues/883 with a Python example showing the same error. One of us will chase this up to SymPy.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 06 Apr 2018 06:51:27 PM UTC, comment #5:

I would like to see it fixed in sympy.
I think that sqrt(2) is used in so many places that any symbolic code should handle it.

Doug Stewart <dastew>
Fri 06 Apr 2018 06:07:01 PM UTC, comment #4:

Should I close this as not-a-bug or do you think we should pursue getting this error fixed in SymPy?

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 06 Apr 2018 06:03:27 PM UTC, comment #3:

Mike you are correct. thanks for looking at this.
I will change the wiki to
de =diff(y, 3 ) +sqrt2*diff(y,2) + diff(y) == 0;

Doug Stewart <dastew>
Fri 06 Apr 2018 05:47:38 PM UTC, comment #2:

In version 2.5.0, if the equation was written as

then it would have failed with the same error. Thus I am changing this from regression.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 06 Apr 2018 05:41:36 PM UTC, comment #1:

I think the relevant piece that has changed here is that the symbolic package now tries to work around any floating point values it sees by applying various heuristics to convert it into a symbolic expression.

In version 2.5.0, the DE was converted into this symbolic expression, with a rational approximation to sqrt(2):

In the current symbolic 2.6.0, it is

And the sqrt(2), which wasn't there before, seems to be where SymPy's dsolve is erroring.

If you convert the coefficient to some other number, it will work again. It would be best to show an example with all integer or rational coefficients.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 06 Apr 2018 04:24:39 PM UTC, original submission:

running this code from octave wiki symbolic demos now fails.

with this error:

I am using ubuntu 16.04

Doug Stewart <dastew>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2018-04-09 mtmiller Priority5 - Normal => 1 - Later
        StatusNone => Postponed
    2018-04-06 mtmiller Item GroupRegression => Unexpected Error
    2018-04-06 mtmiller SummarySymbolic pkg dsolve now not woeking => [octave forge] (symbolic) dsolve errors on sqrt coefficient

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