Answer to Asaf Karagila, far too long for a comment.
I read the entire question. Twice.
I must say I'm surprised, but I believe you. Maybe the other four did too and maybe I should've worded the question differently (an advice would be appreciated)?
I felt that the question itself was more about the implementation in Java than it was about the numerical computation aspects...
But even if the question was 100% Java specific... Would it be misplaced here? Note that 99.9% of programmers (no matter in what common language) haven't seen any proof since they've left the school/university, so forget about stackoverflow. Now I've found scicomp.stackexchange.com, maybe it's a better fit and maybe it's not - am I supposed to know???
This is surely not your fault, but each and every border-case question is in danger to be closed, no matter what site you chose.
I suspect that none of the users were harmed...
It looks like it actually helped to attract attention to my question.
I should add that a better tagging on your side...
I'm not familiar with the tags here. Maybe
numerical-methods? Feel free to add whatever tags you deem appropriate.
Yes, I'm quite a newbie here (and this isn't gonna change), but what does it say us? My question could have been misplaced here, but then I'd need to be advised or to get the question moved somewhere else. But it was closed and nobody cared to leave a comment; that's not good, especially to a newbie:
- a real newbie isn't allowed to write comments
- they don't know how to get a question reopened
- they might have difficulties to argument in English
I agree that closing a question is a valid way to improve the site quality, but IMHO it gets overused a lot and it happens without comments. Especially in case of "off-topic" some comment would help (both to clarify the situation and to keep the poster calm).