Zeros and poles are computed by converting the linearized numerator and denominator polynomials to square matrices and then computing the corresponding eigenvalues. In general, this method is reliable and robust; however, to compensate for numerical round-off error (a floating-point number only holds 15 digits of precision), you may want to clean the numerator and denominator polynomials prior to computing the poles and zeros. This is because very small terms in the transfer function (for example, 1e-15) become very large terms after a matrix inverse (part of the operation of finding eigenvalues), resulting in erroneously large roots or poles. To fix the problem, set a threshold value under which Embed will treat a coefficient as 0. You can set thresholds for the numerator or denominator polynomial, or the eigenvalues themselves.

**To correct the
polynomials**

1.
Choose **Analyze > Preferences**.

2. In Digits Of Display Precision, enter a number that indicates the round-off for poles and zeros.

3.
Under Zero Threshold**,** enter the appropriate numerator and denominator
values. Based on your knowledge of the system, you may raise or lower the
threshold for 0 treatment. The defaults are 1e-011 (for the numerator) and
1e-060 (for the denominator). Polynomial coefficients whose absolute values are
less than these values multiplied by the absolute value of the largest
coefficient in the polynomial will be set to 0.

4.
Click **OK**, or press **ENTER**.

For example, a polynomial with numerical error can be given as:

s^0 20000

s^1 1000

s^2 1e-10

The s^2 coefficient contains a numerical error. The actual value should be exactly 0. The Numerator parameter in Analyze > Preferences should be set to a value less than (1e-10)*(20000) or 2e-6 to remove the error and set the s^2 coefficient to 0.