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Rookie mistake in defining a function with Modules?

I can't figure out what's wrong with this piece of code. I'm trying to define a function that counts the occurrences of x, y and ...
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Is there a concise form of Which or similar conditional?

Suppose that I want to write a function fun that takes an Integer num as input, and returns ...
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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: ...
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How to set a TraditionalForm output for a symbol

How do I set a TraditionalForm output for a particular symbol/function? In particular I would like my user-defined symbol ...
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Composing two functions in Mathematica [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Composition of mappings not working as expected I am new to Mathematica and I am having trouble defining a certain composition of functions. Let ...
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How to override `?NumericQ`

I have a function myFunc which I is to be displayed cleanly if arguments are symbolic, but which can also be numerically evaluated. I do this by defining a ...
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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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Permuting indices to form fully symmetric tensor with repeated indices

I have written a function (version 8) that takes as an input a list of indices such as {i,j,k} and outputs a fully symmetric tensor function containing $p_i$ and ...
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How can this function's options be used in different places? [duplicate]

I wrote this function to make a ListPlot where the points are colored by a third argument. ...
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How do I define a function that, when given a list of parameters, plots a family of functions?

So far I've got this: draw[a_, b_] := Plot[{f[a, b[[1]], x], f[a, b[[2]], x]}, {x, 0, 5}] The function draw will be used like ...
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Defining functions with special cases

I'm trying to define a function myFunc with a special case: myFunc[x_, y_] = (x^2 - y) Log[x^2 - y]; myFunc[x_, x_^2] = 0; ...
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How to create 'help' `?` for a function (as documentation)

I have defined a function foo in some complicated way. But now I would like to add a little documentation that gives the user information on how it is to be used. ...
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How do I construct a pure function to extract data fields from records that are strings?

How can I get from data segment format to the final segment format with a pure function? The data fields are fixed length. There are no separators between the fields. a) list ...
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Combining two pure functions

How to get from the following intermediate result to the final one with just one pure function? ...
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Define Log so that negative reals evaluate on lower edge of branch

I need to get Mathematica to evaluate the logarithm of a negative real number using the lower branch instead of the upper branch, so that while ...
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Function with different set of arguments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create functions of arbitrary number of variables? i want to use a Function f[] with different set of arguments. example: ...
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How can I improve this trial division procedure?

My background is procedural programming, so I find this construction quite natural. Is there a way to get rid of the While? ...
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Filter list with different list in it

I have a list like: {{{4, 14}, 1}, {{4, 15}, 1}, {{4, 16}, 1}, {{4, 17}, 1}, {{4, 18}, 1}, {{4, 14}, 3}, {4,15}, {{4, 16}, 2},{4,18}} Now I want to ...
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Evaluating a function on permutations of its arguments

Say I have a function "temp" of $n+1$ variables, $y,z1,z2,z3,...,zn$. I want to test if my function has certain symmetries like swapping $y$ with square of any $z$, swapping any two of the zs, ...
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A function that only evaluates on lists of pairs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn’t PatternTest work with Composition? I'd like my function to only evaluate when the argument is a list of pairs. It seems like ...
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How to use Solve rules as a function body?

Solve gives me an expression which I want to use as the body of a function. Rather than run Solve every time inside my function ...
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f[arg1, arg2,…,argN] vs. f[{arg1, arg2,…,argN}]

I am trying to reproduce the API of a function (written in R) that accepts an arbitrary number of arguments and handles it the same way as it would handle a single argument that is a list of different ...
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How do I determine if there's an arithmetic sequence within a list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: find subsequences of constant increase Given an arbitrarily long list of integers (let's say they are sorted), how would one determine if any 3 (or more) of those ...
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Can I make a default for an optional argument the value of another argument?

I'd like to define a function with several optional arguments, some of which default to the value supplied for other arguments. For example, I'd like to be able to write something like ...
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Difference between function definitions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Functions vs. patterns I thought about describing the context in which I faced this problem, but I figured it is general enough and clear enough to pose it as it is. ...
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How to define a differential operator?

I have a linear differential operator, for instance, $L\left (\partial _{t} \right )=\partial _{tt} - 3\partial _{t} + 2$. I use it in 2 different ways: apply the operator to a function: $L\left ...
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How to correctly call a Module within another Module?

How to embed and call the correct embedded modules inside another Module? Say: ...
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How do I designate arguments in a nested map?

Say I have two lists, list1 = {a, b, c} list2 = {x, y, z} and I want to map a function f over them to produce ...
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Multivariate Function Approximation With a Large Dataset

I have a nice amount of data from a trading strategy I am working on, where I have two different liquidity parameters as x, y variables. Before entering a trade I am taking the moving average of ...
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Pattern that matches colors

Suppose I'm writing a function that takes a color as a parameter; for example: drawShape[color_] := Graphics[{Style[Disk[], color]}]; But if the caller inputs an ...
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How is OptionsPattern[] defined? Can I replicate this?

I am writing several functions which all take similar input parameters (a complicated nested list structure). Is there some way for me to define a pattern that can be used in multiple places and ...
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Find the derivatives of arbitrary order of a function found using NDSolve

For the following initial value problem BC[b_]:=x[0]==b; eq[b_]:=NDSolve[{equation==0, BC[b]}, x, {t,0,1000}]; body[t_,b_]:= x[t]/.eq[b]; one could define the ...
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Why function is evaluated backward?

I have a simple function: f[x0_,y0_]:= Module[{x=x0,y=y0},For[i=0,i<2,i++;Print[x],Print[x+y]];] So when I call it: ...
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Generating pairs of additive and multiplicative factors for integers

Given an integer $n$, I want to get two lists: a) the set of pairs of the divsors $a,b$ into exactly two factors $n=a\cdot b$, b) the set of pairs $a,b$ of two summands $n=a+b$. The code I ...
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Generating a function which outputs possible chemical reactions

I want to make a list of chemical reactions and I write them down in a $\require{mhchem}\LaTeX$ format. They are of the following form $$NA_n^i+MB_m^j \rightarrow \hat NA_{\hat n}^{\hat i}+\hat ...
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Return Functions from parallel execution of module

I wrote a module which numerically solves an ODE using NDSolve. The result from this is e.g. either ...
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Defining functions from expressions of variable lengths

I have a list of symbols that I have defined using d = Table[Symbol["d" <> ToString[i]], {i, 1, n}] giving ...
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Building matrices by attaching vectors (columns) and matrices

Having the need to attach a column to a matrix or to join matrices to make longer rows is an operation that I use very frequently and I find the Join function ideal ...
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Non Commutative Multiply [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-commutative symbolic linear algebra I want to multiply two matrices, for example, A = {{e, f}, {g, h}} B = {{a, b}, {c, d}} ...
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Matrix Multiplication Modulo 2

I would like to perform matrix multiplication modulo 2. Hence, instead of the usual: A.B I did: ...
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How to generalize a formula?

This is a piece of my code: ...
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Bad function evaluation

I am having some trouble with this function ...
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How to create a composite function from a variable number of components?

Background of the problem: A patient takes a drug every $X$ hours with a half-life of $Y$ hours. How much of the drug will be (exactly) in his system after $h$ hours? For $X=24$, and $Y=24$ I made the ...
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Implementing a For (?) or series or loop (?) for individual results for every x to n

I'm working on improving a modeling formula and have spreadsheets worth of data to use, but my work so far has been quite tedious. I'm essentially pulling 20 rows of data from each separate sheet of a ...
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Better solution than returning a list of 3 values?

I have a function (using SetDelayed) that currently returns 3 values in a list. Later on I use the result of this list along with ...
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Defining a function that handles Dynamic arguments similar to Built-ins

Firstly please note that I'm using simply Dynamic behavior to illustrate my question, I'm not asking how to move a Disk or make ...
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How to mix Unevaluated property of function arguments with expression assignments?

This is a follow-up to my (solved) question How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments) Say, I have a binary function ...
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How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments)

I guess there is an easy way to do this, but I can't seem to figure it out. What I would like to do is to distribute a generic (i.e. without specifying what this function really does) binary function. ...
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Composition of mappings not working as expected

I have two functions $f,g:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ and I define a third one $h:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ as the composition $$h(x,y) = g(f(x,y))$$ I'm trying to get this function into ...