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How to implement the Observer design pattern?

As a programmer with a history with procedural languages, the Observer design pattern inmediately springs to my mind when attacking certain class of problems, mostly UI/notifications related. A ...
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How to copy a function by value?

I need to change a function symbol multiple times by assigning another symbol to it, but when I'm trying to do that the symbols overwrite each other. I'm assuming this is because the assignment is by ...
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Questions regarding DictionaryLookup of Mathematica

a. Make a function longest[lang_] that gives the length of the longest word in the dictionary of lang. You should get ...
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Few quick Mathematica questions about Dictionary

a. Get the list whose elements are of the form {language,number of words in dictionary) I tried this, and it gave me the number if words in dictionary, but I don't know how to get the language part: ...
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Evaluating an expression assuming a value for a variable only in the local context

Imagine we wish to evaluate some expression like NIntegrate[x^2*q,{x,0,100}] assuming some value for q like ...
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Set-generating macro unexpectedly reaches recursion limit

One moment I decided to assign symbolic names to all special spaces since they all look the same when put literally in FrontEnd editor, more or less like "" or ...
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How to assign a list of subsript?

I want to assign Subscript[C,i] by mapping a specific list. For example, the list is {1,2,3,4}, and I want to assign 1 to C1, 2 to C2, 3 to C3 and 4 to C4. How should I do? Many thanks:)
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How to extract a variable names (not values) from a list of transformation rules?

I am trying to extract variable names from a list of transformation rules mapping = {var1 -> 'val1', var2 -> 'val2' }. Variables ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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Unset while running recursion

I am trying to run a recursive definition while at the same time clearing previously found values, so my memory is not completely consumed. I found this: How to clear parts of a memoized function? ...
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Circumventing the default scoping: Assign a variable inside a function [duplicate]

I'm currently trying very hard to assign a variable inside a function. Therefore I'm using a function like this, which should reassign a predefined variable. ...
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Replacing multiple instances of a symbol with different variables and assignments

I have an expression of the form: expr=x+y+n+Sin[n]+n^2 I would like to replace each of the variables n with a different ...
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Associate the elements of a table

I have a table form as: table = {{a, 6}, {b, ff}, {c, 2}} I want to associate the first element of each pair from the table to the second element of the pair as ...
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storing rescaled images in new variables

I'm trying to assign random image files that undergo rescaling to a list of variable names. The images I'm trying to assign are the result of mapping the ImageResize function of two arguments to the ...
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Automatically assign solutions to equation as constants

Consider the following code: ...
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Understanding Function and Variable in Mathematica for beginner [closed]

I'm reading the book of Leonid Shifrin, and I love the way the book explains the core in Mathematica. As everything is an expression, now I understand that, there ...
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Using a variable to tell Mathematica which existing variable to manipulate

I have an estimation routine I have coded up, I want now to do some tests on it where I pick a particular parameter and run the estimation for differing values of that parameter. What I want is to be ...
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Assign variable's value programmatically [duplicate]

Not easy to explain what I'm looking for, so please sorry if I'm not so short. Having many variables to be managed in several different combinations, I need to automate the assignment of preset ...
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Assign one button to two variables

I am trying to use the one button to assign to two variables. Here is an example of how I want it to work. expression: ...
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Integral of Lorentzian yields different results depending on when parameter assigments are made

I'm evaluating the integral of a Lorentzian, which I know equals one. First I define the function and evaluate the integral in two slightly different ways. Surprisingly, I do not get the right answer ...
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Getting mesage: Set::setps assignment is not a symbol

Please, tell me what is the issue with the following code? Dimensions[Subscript[R, 2]] {201, 161, 53} ...
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Two quick Mathematica Questions about the dictionary

Question1: Get the list of pairs of the form {language,number of words in dictionary}. Call this list langlength What I did was this: ...
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Clear and Unset doesn't free memory

Example: Try this example only if you have > 4G ram d = 2000; f[x_, y_, d_] = Sum[Subscript[a, i, j]*x^i*y^j, {i, 0, d - 1}, {j, 0, d - i}]; Then ...
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How to ignore list elements when extracting with pattern matching

If I have a simple list, say {1, 2, 3}, and I want to extract a subset of the elements, what is the correct syntax? e.g. { i, _, j } = {1, 2, 3} I want i = 1 ...
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Why does list assignment with a packed array result in unpacked values?

Bug introduced in 5.2 or earlier and fixed in 10.1.0 This is another question on the design choices in Mathematica. I understand that without direct reply from the developers it may not be ...
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Extracting function variables from a list [duplicate]

Evaluating the following func[x_, y_] := x^2 + y^2 listn = {{a, b}, {c, d}, {e, f}}; Map[func[##] &, listn, {1}] yields {func[{a, b}], func[{c, d}], ...
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Choosing an initializer list in With

I'm trying to have several initializer lists in a With function and choose which one I want to use. So far I have this: ...
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Assign variables automatically to a function

Lets consider that I've this function: fn = a*x^2 + b*x + c; The idea here is to assign automatically the variables a, ...
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How to replace a variable that was assigned a value before

Question How to make the replacement $f[x] \to f[y]$ for an abitrary function $f$ if $x$ was assigned a value before? Example 1 How can I make the replacement $x +1 \to y + 1$ if I have assigned ...
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Different behaviours of Default Argument

I don't really understand the behaviour of Default Argument. If I execute this command in Mathematica: In: {f[a], f[a + b]} /. f[x_ + y_.] -> p[x, y] ...
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Unset variable by its name given as a string

Unlike the function Clear, the function Unset does not work for string patterns. Given the name of a variable as a string, how can you unset the corresponding variable? Example: Given: ...
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direct assignment to the element in a Table

I have already asked a related question here why set values in this way doesn't work? But I think I have to write the question which I encountered explicitly? ...
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why set values in this way doesn't work?

question is as follows define a list ttt={1,2}; and if I set values in this way {ttt[[1]],ttt[[2]]}={3,4} then the value ...
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Triggering actions when a variable is set

Some built-in variables trigger actions when their values are changed: ...
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Can I put subscripted parameter values into a package?

When defining packages, can I put parameter values alone or along with functions into a package in subscripted form? ...
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Using With in combination with Graphics [duplicate]

Assume that we are given a symbol p={x,y} which should represent a 2D point. If x and y have ...
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How to mix Unevaluated property of function arguments with expression assignments?

This is a follow-up to my (solved) question How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments) Say, I have a binary function ...
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How to make use of NumericQ[x] = True (and use it safely)?

Basic Issue: I'm trying to understand the proper use of NumericQ's "magical" capabilities. Please consider the examples below. Actual question and some links are ...
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Nested definition: How can I define a function with a passed-in expression?

Here's a simplified version of what I'm trying to do: ...
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How to store value in a For loop

I am using two For loops. When the inner loop finishes, I don't want to print but I want to store the result from the inner loop in some variable so that I can call ...
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Is this a good way to assign a Solve result to a function?

My code: ...
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Assign the results from a Solve to variable(s)

I understand Mathematica can't assign the results of a Solve to the unknowns because there may be more than 1 solution. How can I assign the 4 values of following result to variables?
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Scoping in assigning a derivative

While answering another question, I stumbled upon a problem I cannot easily resolve. To assign the derivative of a function to another function, typically one can do this with a ...
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Set promotes Rule to RuleDelayed?

In mentally building a model of how Mathematica works, I naively expected Set to create a Rule in a symbol's ...
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Does Set vs. SetDelayed have any effect after the definition was done?

I was always assuming that the only difference between Set (=) and SetDelayed (...
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How to augment the realm of functions Mathematica thinks it knows how to integrate symbolically

My question involves extending the functionality of Integrate over specific integrals in the most generic manner. Specifically, is it possible to "hack into" ...
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Syntax Coloring for “Possible Unwanted Assignment” Issue

Apparently Mathematica's syntax coloring engine believes that the second assignment in the following code excerpt (concocted for illustration purposes only) is a "Possible Unwanted Assignment" since ...
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Assignment rule to distribute matrix-multiplication over custom notation

I'm trying to write some code to do basic algebraic manipulations in BraKet notation. Thus far I have a function KetToVec which will convert any expression of the form a1 Ket[s1]+ b Ket[s2] +... to a ...
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Assigning values to a list of variable names

As part of a calculation I need to do something like this Evaluate[{aaa, bbb, ccc}[[ index]]] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} so if index is ...
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Delayed evaluation of assignment

I have a set of PDE's that depend on parameters. They depend on many parameters, but for simplicity we can here assume that they depend only on one, say a. I want ...