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Programming paradigm change

I'm new to Mathematica, I've been learning by myself, and, being a Java developer for some time, it makes it hard to adapt. I've tried to solve a Reddit challenge, and I came up with this solution: ...
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May the Fourth be with you

Happy Star Wars day. I was playing around with the image manipulation functions in Mathematica in an attempt to recreate the Star Wars crawl. There's an HTML/CSS implementation which is in my ...
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Fast Spherical Harmonics radiative transfer

This is a rather specific question and I apologize for spamming you with some lengthy code. But it could be interesting for some reader and maybe you can help out, so please bear with me. I am using ...
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Splitting words into specific fragments

I am looking into splitting words into a succession of chemical elements symbols, where possible. For example: Titanic = Ti Ta Ni C (titanium, tantalum, nickel, carbon) A word may or may not be ...
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Strategies for solving problems involving searches

As an example of a search-oriented problem, consider finding all constrained $n$-colorings of a graph. An "$n$-coloring" associates one of $n \ge 1$ colors to each vertex in such a way that no edge ...
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Copying one symbol into another

I would like to know how can I completely copy one Symbol to another. When I say copy, a refer to UpValues, DownValues, ...
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Segmentation of sunspots

I recently went for a walk with my camera and snapped a few pictures of the sun. The pictures didn't turn out too well, but this was to be expected without a telescope. I thought it might be a nice ...
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Thread over list in different levels

I have these two lists, both with the same length in the first dimension: ...
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Button evaluation inside DynamicModule

Someone know why this Button works when clicked: ...
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Poisson solver using Mathematica

I am looking for some help with a Poisson solver I am writing in Mathematica. The code is quite long with Arrays plugged in, so the full details can be found at http://pastebin.com/uSrSDcW6 I am ...
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How to sort digits in a string while keeping other characters untouched?

Now there is a string with digits and letters, for instance, "95uge678r3gi89hgfe30kgh063d51". And the expected output is ...
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Clever use of DownValues, or failure to understand the “Mathematica Way.”

I needed to look at the changes in the values of about 4000 items from one year to the next. I have a table with identifiers and values for each year. Not all of the items are in each list. The ...
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Parsing a CSV file using Interpreter

The new Interpreter functionality in version 10 looks like it has the potential to make parsing custom data formats very easy. I'm trying to create a CSV parser. ...
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Simpler way to fill date gaps with zero values

One basic problem when working with data like sales and dates is the case where you dont't have sales in all days, so you have to fill it to take information as average or to make a plot. See this toy ...
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What's the most “functional” way to do Cholesky decomposition?

I can do Cholesky in a procedural style, such as: ...
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How to visualize pattern matching process?

I want a function that does the same job like ReplaceRepeated, and can make the matching process visible. I searched the Internet but didn't find any existing code ...
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TemporalData frequency option as in R

I'm studying R, and am very impressed by the simplicity of some commands and in the way R handles temporal data. For example, in R, if you have some one-dimensional temporal data, you can easily ...
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Speed up Mathematica code involving Convolve

I'm trying to plot the averaged autocorrelation function of a random wire profile $\xi(x)$ which is build from unitsteps which are each L units long. To calculate the average I'm generating nMax ...
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Feedback on Functional Programming: Propagation of uncertainty

Lately I've been trying to use functional prgramming and tried to implement the gaussian propagation of uncertainty (without correlation) in an elegant way, here is the outcome: ...
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Extract what symbol is set by SetDelayed, Set, TagSet, UpSet, SetAttributes, etc

One of the recent features of the Mathematica Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA (www.mathematicaplugin.halirutan.de) is a Structure View which let's you see information about several definitions that are done ...
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Loop optimization

I wrote this to generate a 6D distribution of particles. ...
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Mathematica style (drawing cubes)

I wanted to draw (lattice-aligned) unit cubes inside a sphere with a given radius centered on the origin, so I wrote this program: ...
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Porting code from MATLAB

I'd like to switch from MATLAB to Mathematica for my research in digital signal processing. I used Mathematica a lot during the '90s but I haven't used it since then, so I might as well be a complete ...
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Simpler code evaluating Dickman's function?

I've read here that Mathematica 10 can Obtain symbolic solutions to delay differential equations. Would that help in numericaly evaluating Dickman's function $\rho(u)$ ? It is a delay differential ...
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Elegant way to handle columns operations

Inspired by this question from @sjdh and by my recurrent use of columns operations in database sets, I was looking for one way to make columns operations more symetric, so I can handle with matrix and ...
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Looking for feedback on this function

I'm not sure this is an appropriate question; if not, I'm sure someone will close it :) I've got the following function, listed below; its job is to accept a graph (function) presented either as a ...
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Efficient Lloyd Sampling of Images

I want to sample a grayscale image so that every voronoi cell contains approximately the same total intensity using lloyd sampling. My current code is kind of slow and I was hoping for some advice to ...
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Path construction using `Nearest` shows ill behavior?

I have a dataSet that I'm trying to sort choosing a starting point and going to its nearest neighbor, and then to its nearest neighbor and so on. To do so, I've ...
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Fine tuning compiled code that computes dilogarithm function

As an exercise of writing a good Compile function, I want to do the simple task of coding a routine that outputs the real part of the dilogarithm function ...
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Composition vs serial assignment, which performs better?

I have a giant block of code that manipulations an expression in many different ways. Currently it looks like ...
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Code elegance and compactness. Help needed with Map, Apply

I need some help with code optimization and compactness. I have a set of two-dimensional points and I can use the Mathematica function FindClusters to find 4 clusters. I'd like to plot the points ...
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How to create a simple interface to get file path and execute some code on it?

I need to create a simple user interface to choose one file in the notebook directory, import it and execute some functions on the imported data. For the first version I created this code: ...
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Selecting a list from a list of lists

In working through Programming Paradigms Via Mathematica (A First Course) I have come across this two part question: A permutation of length "n" is a list of the first n positive integers in ...
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Forecasting problem with Geometric Brownian Motion in Wolfram Mathematica [closed]

I'm a full time undergraduate student from Peru, and I'm trying to use the Geometric Brownian Motion example used in the help section from Wolfram Mathematica in order to forecast future stock ...
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How can I do a two dimensional `Fold`?

I'd like to Fold over higher dimensional objects than lists. Semantically, the format would be something like ...
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Why is this Mandelbrot set's implementation infeasible: takes a massive amount of time to do?

The Mandelbrot set is defined by complex numbers such as $z=z^2+c$ where $z_0=0$ for the initial point and $c\in\mathbb C$. The numbers grow very fast in the iteration. ...
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Is there something wrong with this piece of code involving Manipulate?

I am playing around with the Manipulate sentence. I think the following code is right, and actually Mathematica 9.0 doesn't return any error message, but I am ...
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Generate lists that satisfy a condition in an efficient way

The following code produces lists of sublists with maximum length 5 that shuffle zeros around an ordered list (here {1,2}). It produces all permutations while ...
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How to fix BodePlot that comes with Mathematica?

I am using Mathematica to go through the examples and exercises on the book Modern Control Systems, 6th edition by Dorf. On page 605, there is a table (Table 8.5) with the Bode plot for several ...
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Symbolic bit vectors

I'd like to see how addition and xoring bitvectors mix together. To do this, I implemented (a primitive) vec_add and vec_xor: ...
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Copying a symbol using a subpackage

In this question, there is a beautiful method to copy a symbol. However, i'm not able to use it as an addon to my package. So the main question is How to rename/copy a function defined in a ...
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Feedback on my Subscript code

I have written a code, and I need a little feed back.. I want to make the Subscript distributive across (1) addition and (2) multiplication to mimic short-hand for ...
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Speed optimization

I have a part of a program that I have to repeatedly call many times (about 2000 to 10000 times) ...
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Using DSolve to solve for x[t,parameter]

I'm trying to solve an ODE with two independent variables (a cannon firing from a cliff incorporating wind resistance dependent on velocity). I've tried the following for the x-component: ...
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Making a multiple choice button

I've written the following code to create a multiple choice button that takes an arbitrary number of answer options and will assign a variable true/false depending on whether or not the correct choice ...
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How to accelerate my code?

Given a 2D $M \times N$ matrix with non-negative values, I would like to find a path going from top to bottom such that the sum of the path is minimum. My function is defined as follow: ...
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Finding large Collatz Sequences, trying to improve speed

Background: I am already very much in love with Mathematica but I am also a novice. So far I have only gathered experience in procedural programming in Python. Generally speaking I am trying to ...
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Best way to transform text into number in a big array

I have a big array of data that I imported from a lot of XML files. To get the data, among other manipulations, I use this function: ...
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How to deal with the condition that a function own many options?

Assming that I have a function myFunc which has some options. ...
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EmpiricalDistribution for Gini Coefficient Runs Slow

I am repurposing code that I found in this blog post (http://datavoreconsulting.com/sports/gini-coefficients-and-the-olympic-medal-race/) to generate the Gini coefficient for other data sets I am ...