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Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 7?

There is documentation of the incompatible changes made to Mathematica with each major release: Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 1 Unfortunately that documentation simply stopped ...
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Purpose of VertexWeight

I am trying to partition a graph into partitions of equal weight (on the vertex). I looked at the documentation, and found VertexWeight, which seems to attach a weight to a vertex. In the details, ...
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How do I efficiently navigate the Documentation Center?

Back in the day, I read the Mathematica Book cover-to-cover, and I found it to be an enlightening experience. I realize that the Documentation Center is now an order of magnitude larger than the ...
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Missing links in usage statements

The integration of the documentation center does not seem to be complete on my machine. I often access the documentation center via the usage statement links. ...
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Pick bug? level 0 matching

A previous discussion of this issue (Is there a bug in Pick?) accepted that matching at level 0 is not a bug in Pick. Was that correct? I am not yet persuaded. ...
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Full documentation for AppearanceElements

As explained in this solution, ListAnimate[Table[Plot[Sin[n x], {x, 0, 2}], {n, 3}]]//InputForm will allow me to view the types of appearance element for the ...
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How to know the internal algorithms of functions like Predict or Classify?

The document centre seems only explain how to use these functions, but just in an very brief way. I know Mathmatica is not open source, so we can not expect to see the code of the function, but are ...
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Fixing links to symbol pages with special characters made with Workbench

I am writing documentation for a package using Workbench v2.0 and Mathematica v9.0.1, and certain Symbols defined by my package have special (Greek) characters characters e.g. ...
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Documentation with Workbench: Paclet vs Package

I am writing documentation for my package in Workbench v2.0 with Mathematica v9.0.1. But for some reason, all of the help pages (and the index) of the package say that the various functions and ...
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What can I do with “Syntax Templates” section at start of Symbol Pages (in Workbench)?

At the top of each Symbol Page, there are a bunch of little sections in grey (see screen shot). But I do not understand how to use them. I am particularly interested in the "Syntax templates" ...
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How to remove box around “More Information” section in documentation Symbol Page generated by Workbench [duplicate]

I am using Workbench 2.0 with Mathematica 9.0.1. For some reason, the one section titled "MORE INFORMATION" is boxed (see screenshot). All other section headers look like built-in Mathematica symbol ...
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Merging documentation from Workbench with handed-coded package

On the one hand, I have been writing my package (directly into the .m file) separately using the standard Mathematica front-end. My source .m files and the init.m files have the appropriate folder ...
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$Path hijacked by PacletManager?

Summary: Since Mathematica version 6, the PacletManager seems to have engineered an escalating hijack of the $Path variable. Add-on packages need to have a ...
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How to extract a list of available Method-s

The option Methodapplies for several functions, such as NDSolve, FindRoot, ...
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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 can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Non sequitur in documentation of MemberQ

Mr.Wizard's question about MemberQ and FreeQ got me to re-read the documentation for those functions. I find I don't understand ...
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Problem with Classify Documentation Center page

Every time I try to open the "Neat Examples" tab on the documentation center page for the function Classify Mma gets stuck showing "Progress Dialog". The problem ...
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Switch Shift+Enter and Enter

How can I switch the functionality of Enter and Shift+Enter in Windows? I find mat labs functionality more intuitive sometimes.
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Bug in Operator Form of StringCases

According to the documentation there's an operator form for StringCases ?StringCases Here is the normal form ...
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Get Documentation Search Results Programmatically

Currently I don't have access to Wolfram Workbench but would like to add my own pages to the documentation search results in Mathematica. How might I most easily manually add pages to the ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

According to the documentation for FileNames: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an error: ...
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Example in Help File does not evaluate as claimed

In the help file, under BellB, I read at 'Properties and Relations': "Sum can give results involving ...
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Mathieu function periodicity problem

According to the documentation, the Mathieu characteristic function generates parameter a: The characteristic value Subscript[a, r] gives the value of the parameter a in y′′+(a-2q cos(2z))y=0 ...
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How to obtain a complete list of WordData's “Properties”?

Command WordData["Word", "Properties"] seems have an endless list of properties, such as : "Definitions", ...
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Is there a bug in the Part function of Mathematica 10?

I am using Mathematica 10 now. I typed code below {{1, 2}, {2, 4}, {3, 6}, {4, 8}}[[;; , 1]][[1]] and this gives result 1 ...
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Creating cross-version compatible documentation with Workbench

Wolfram Workbench allows you to create documentation for your own packages that is similar to the build-in documentation center. Integrating this type of documentation with the documentation center is ...
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Derivative of generating function (Example from documentation)

In the documentation for GeneratingFunction, the following example is given under Examples -> Properties & Relations -> Derivative: ...
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Missing functions in the Raspberry Pi V10 release

There are a few Mathematica users beside myself that are running it on a Raspberry Pi, and we found out it does not always perform the same as the Desktop version [1][2]. During the testing of the ...
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Is there any metadata-holding mechanisms in Mathematica programming similar to Java annotations?

I'm re-implementing some tools previously implemented in Java in Wolfram Language. Is there any metadata-holding mechanisms in Mathematica programming similar to Java annotations?
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What is a “Region” in Mathematica 10?

"Region" seems to be a very important concept in Mathematica's latest version. Where can one find the more thorough introductory details about the concept of Region ...
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Elements in `Reap` and `Sow`

Can someone help explain it to me: How does here e come out? Why b disappears? ...
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Conditions in SparseArray

I got confused by {i_, j_} /; in the following code. I didn't see an explanation in the SparseArray documentation. Can anyone ...
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Example from Mathematica documentation (ExtremeValueDistribution) seems to be evualting “forever”

I am referring to this example at the reference page for the extreme value distribution: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/ExtremeValueDistribution.html#6764486 The first three commands ...
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Limits explanation in doc

Limit[expr,x->Subscript[x, 0],Direction->1] computes the limit as x approaches Subscript[x, 0] from smaller values. ...
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Scalar product operator of complex vectors

What is the scalar product operator for complex vectors (or matrices) in Mathematica? The usual $Dot[]$ doesn't work. E.g. here is what the Mathematica gives $$\{1,0\}.\{I,0\}=I$$ but the answer ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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?function-name does not return function help

For some reason when I use ?function-name to ask for help on a function, I got a very clinical breakdown of that function with its options and attributes instead of the blurb about the function: To ...
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Documentation build failed with Workbench

I'm starting to use Wolfram Workbench 2 to develop a Mathematica package. For the first time I tried "Documentation - Build" under the "Application Tools" but got fatal errors: BUILD FAILED ...
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How to write documentation in Wolfram Style?

Rather than craft my own stylesheets for documentation, I'd like to emulate (copy? ape? borrow?) the Wolfram style. Here is a very small example (type this in the help-box, which you get by pressing ...
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Documentation searches hang frequently: Anyone else dealing with this?

I've been struggling with a number of hangs, dynamic timeouts, and outright crashes when using the search/documentation center in version 9. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling and clearing ...
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Extract a list of all built-in functions used in a notebook

I am writing my code documentation and need to list all the Mathematica built in functions I have used - explicitly written functions only. Is there a way to extract a list of all built in functions ...
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Managing Stack Exchange favorites via Documentation Center

My Stack Exchange favorites are getting bigger and bigger. It is becoming unmanageable and is getting hard to find what I look for. A related question is Sort favorite questions. Is it possible to ...
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how to make cells independent with each other in notebook

If we open DocumentationCenter and then run code, we will find that the Cells are independent from each other. For example: ...
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How to get a list of available appearance/styles?

This is a basic question but I haven't found any answer yet :/ Available appearances for Button[] are mentioned in Help, those ...
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Is there a way to make the “Details” section of the documentation expand by default?

By default, the Mathematica documentation opens with the "Details" section collapsed. This is never what I'm looking for — in fact, I've lost count of the times I've sought help on a feature and ...
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Capturing an F1

I teach an Intro to Mathematica course, and one of the things I try to reinforce early on is just how helpful Mathematica's help is. In the very first lab for the course, I even give the students a ...
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Is it possible to auto-load documentation for current function? [duplicate]

As much as Mathematica amazes me with endless variety of integrated functions and packages, inconsistency with functions parameters or finding details about a function takes some time and isn't as ...
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What does “levelspec” mean in the documentation? [closed]

The following code returns the first three integer elements of Sqrt[Range[100]]: ...
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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amendend some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...