Questions on how to write code in a better or different style, using Mathematica's capabilities for coding in multiple styles.

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Generalizing Characters to n-character substrings

I'm doing some frequency analysis on an encrypted plaintext. Tally[] and Characters[] make the basic task quite easy. To count the number of times each character appears (sorted alphabetically; ...
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The guidelines for options or multiple arguments?

Where can I find some references concerning when to use options and when to use multiple arguments in designing and writing functions? Seems most built-in functions have arguments less than 3 and ...
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What can I do to improve the performance of my calculations?

I'm trying to express a simple probability problem in Mathematica, but am having trouble getting my calculations to execute at a reasonable speed. I have an object whose unknown location is modeled ...
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How do I add options to a built in function, which only apply to a certain class of argument?

I'd like to add an option to a built-in function that only applies when it is given an argument of a certain form. For example, something like this approach to extending ...
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Notebook function formatting

I've recently started a course in which I am learning how to solve different problems using Mathematica. A large part of the course covers creating your own functions. The thing is I don't like how my ...
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How can I make my MM code more compact and readable? Can I put functions in different notebooks?

I'm doing some coding in MM9, but my program is getting quite large. It's mostly a bunch of functions defined at the beginning of it, but it's getting to the point where I have to scroll for a few ...