Questions on attributes of functions.

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how to differentiate formally?

I have been wrapping my head around this for a while now and I have not found a solution so far. I want to work with an arbitrary number of variables in mathematica and use some built in functions. ...
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How do you set attributes on SubValues?

SubValues, as discussed in a previous question, are declared as follows ...
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Block attributes of Equal

I answered “Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise” with: ...
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SetAttributes[f,Flat]: Why the order dependence?

I'm experiencing a strange phenomenon. Here's a (quite artificial) test case: The following definition work just fine: ...
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Orderless pattern matching

The MMA docs state that "In matching patterns with Orderless functions, all possible orders of arguments are tried". Why then does the following not work? ...
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Why rule does not work if Flat attribute?

The following works: ...
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Pure function with attributes of arbitrary number of arguments: Is it possible?

Mathematica allows to define pure function, like Function[{a, b},Length[Unevaluated@a]{b}][1+2,2+3] (* ==> {0} *) Pure functions in Mathematica can take an ...
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Listable functions thread over Associations; is this documented?

Thanks to a somewhat misapplied use of MapThread I learned of this behavior: ...
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How to restore function attributes to default

Adding an attribute to a function is easy and clearing attribute is easy also. But I don't know really how to restore the attributes of a function to its defaults. All I do is quit the kernel or close ...
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Quickly look-up usages, options and attributes of symbols

When I'm writing code in the front-end, I find myself very often looking up the list of options of a symbol over and over again in the documentation center. In most cases you find there a list of ...
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How to define a function that is Listable for some but not all arguments?

I want to define a function f[x,y] that is Listable for only the first argument, not the second. If we use ...
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Define an 'inner product' with AngleBracket

I want to define my own little 'Inner Product' function satisfying properties of linearity and commutativity, and I'd like to use the "$\langle$" and "$\rangle$" symbols to output my results. For ...
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Given the OneIdentity attribute why is GCD[a] evaluated to GCD[a]?

GCD has attribute OneIdentity so I expected GCD[a] being evaluated to a?
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Why are the attributes of Plot changing?

In version 9, with a newly started Mathematica session, try the following code: ...
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How can one write a robust ListableQ function?

I would like to have a test that determines if a particular function is Listable. In the case of Symbols this is merely a matter of checking Attributes. ...
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Mathematica: How to create a function that returns a property similar to how LinearModelFit works?

I'm trying to write a custom function in Mathematica, myFunc[x]. I want to be able to define properties of the function so that the user can call ...
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The Flat Attribute, Unevaluated and the Evaluation Process

To make this question easy to follow let's give some symbols a couple attributes. Attributes[f] = {Flat}; Attributes[s] = {Orderless}; Now consider the ...
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DiracDelta attributes

Is there any reason why DiracDelta isn't a NumericFunction but DiracComb is? I just ate a ...
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Why can't I remove Orderless from Plus?

I am making some random algebra equations, and I want to have the ordering be random too, such that if my random equation generator makes x+1, the output stays ...