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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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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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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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$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 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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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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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 ...
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User-defined template; removing repeated text (v 9.0.1)

In Mathematica 9.0.1, I want to write a user-defined template for a function that I wrote: myfunc ...
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Editing the Virtual Book?

It's my understanding that the Virtual Book (of mathematica 9) is in notebook (.nb) format. It appears to be a very polished style of documentation which I want to reuse (parts) of it to create my own ...
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Autoupdate Section Numbers? - Technical Document Authoring with Mathematica

Technical document authoring systems are structured ways to create, manage, and update documentation for various mediums such as print, pdf, web, etc. Take a look at this technical document ported to ...
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How to open directly the help/reference window from a notebook

I'm used to do ??symbol when I want the reference for a given symbol, then I click on the >> arrows to open the help window. Would it be possible to ...
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Workbench, Deployed Application Missing Documentation from Referenced Projects

I am starting to use Wolfram Workbench 2.0 to consolidate a project and take advantage of subversion to keep track of my ongoing updates and changes. The project is compartmentalized into 5 ...
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3D Printing in Mathematica Tutorials

Are there thorough tutorials on 3D printing for Mathematica? It seems that being able to export Mathematica files for 3D printing is unfortunately still a novelty, but it's vital for my business ...
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Methods for NSolve

I've been using NSolve a moderate (50-100 equations) size system of linear equations and it has been working splendidly (Solve ...
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Ways to access lists inside lists

I have gone through some reference material but I am not getting really good links that will help me grow understanding of ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature?

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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Generate a list of all user defined functions including their argument patterns

I have defined a bunch of functions over several different files, and I would like a list of prototypes of all the functions I have defined in my current session (I want the mathematica equivalent of ...
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FindSelectedFunction for packages - how to make it work?

The Mathematica help menu contains an entry Find Selected Function (Cmd+Shift+F on OSX). If you are working with say Transpose and want to look up its reference ...
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Structure of Graphics (esp. those produced by Plot, ListPlot, etc.)

I'm looking for a description of the structure of Graphics objects, aimed at the advanced Mathematica programmer. The motivation for this question is the ...
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Is there a “precedence table” for the canonical Sort ordering?

This answer in which I wrote about the Operator Precedence Table was unexpectedly popular. That got me thinking about similar things, and I am wondering: Does an "ordering table" exist for the ...
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Transform fancy usage messages in 1D string

When we look at the usage messages of built-in functions nowadays (not in the good old times, when they were a simple descriptions) we see that although they look pretty in the front end, it is really ...
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Managing formatted usage messages in Wolfram Workbench

We have numerous packages (defined in .m files) that we maintain and develop in WolframWorkbench (2.0), and in those packages, we use the traditional method of ...
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Trouble with links to symbol pages generated by Wolfram Workbench

I am having some troubles with documentation generated by wolfram workbench. When i try to open symbol page created with workbench by pressing F1 I get a search page instead of my symbol page. When I ...
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LibraryLink Documentation

The documentation for LibraryLink has the following example ...
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Key to get help about current function

I know you can hit F1 to pop up the documentation center, and then type the name of a function and search for it. I'd like to know if there's a key that just pops up the help page of the function ...
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func::usage needs to be run twice? [duplicate]

There is an annoying problem that I can't figure out why it's happening. I have defined a usage for a my function tensorA: ...