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SetDelayed and avoiding function calls through memoization [duplicate]

I am fairly new to Mathematica. I am working my way through a number of books. I have been looking at the use of SetDelayed and want to confirm that my ...
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What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users?

As you may already know, Mathematica is a wonderful piece of software. However, it has a few characteristics that tend to confuse new (and sometimes not-so-new) users. That can be clearly seen from ...
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Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice?

I consider myself a pretty good Mathematica programmer, but I'm always looking out for ways to either improve my way of doing things in Mathematica, or to see if there's something nifty that I haven't ...
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Can one identify the design patterns of Mathematica?

... or are they unnecessary in such a high-level language? I've been thinking about programming style, coding standards and the like quite a bit lately, the result of my current work on a mixed ...
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How to select minimal subsets?

I am a newbie, so please point me in the right direction if you feel this question has been answered somewhere else before. Here goes: Suppose I have a list like this: ...
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Delete duplicate elements from a list

If a list contains duplicate elements, for example list = {a, 1, 5, 3, 5, x^2, x^2}, how can the duplicate elements be removed? The result would be ...
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Recursive function with if-statement

I am trying to represent the following function definition in Mathematica: $$\begin{align*} f(1)&=1 \\ f(2n)&= \begin{cases}f(n) & \text{if}\space n\equiv0\pmod{2} \\ 2f(n) & ...
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Why does Mathematica use [[ ]] notation for array indexing?

I am confused by why Mathematica uses [[3]] to get the 3rd element, or [[i,j] to get the i,j-th element of a 2D array. This ...
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Concatenation of lists in a Fibonacci-like pattern

I am trying to create a List of elements that follow the general pattern: $$X_{n+1} = X_n X_{n-1}$$ where the operation on the right hand side is concatenation, i.e., joining. I want to achieve the ...
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Effective matrix power like algorithm

First example Suppose you want to calculate the 6th power of some matrix $A$. The brute force attempt of doing this is considering $$(((AA)A)A)A)A$$ which requires a total of 5 matrix ...
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No warning when extrapolating with Plot

One of the most annoying "features" of Mathematica is that the Plot family does extrapolation on InterpolatingFunctions without ...
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Improve speed for calculating a recursive sequence

I want to calculate following recursive sequence: $\alpha_{0}=0,\\ \cos(\alpha_{i})=\cos(\alpha_{i-1})\cdot\cos(\beta_{i})+\sin(\alpha_{i-1})\cdot\sin(\beta_{i})\cdot\cos(\gamma_{i}).$ In ...
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How to efficiently find moments of a multinormal distribution?

I have a multinormal distribution with covariance matrix $\sigma$ and zero mean. I want to find moment $$ E[x_1^{r_1}x_2^{r_2}\cdots x_n^{r_n}] =\,? $$ Of course, there is a build-in function ...
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What is the difference between Set and SetDelayed?

I have a problem with defining a function and most of time I get confused by Set or = and ...
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Permanent minors

The function Minors yields the minors of a matrix. Is there a function that yields the permanent minors of a matrix?

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