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Returning ancillary computation results from a function

Suppose I want to implement a function to solve a very basic Elliptic problem using Finite Element of some degree (It's just an example). Normally the user of my function is only interested to the ...
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Function with zero or one arguments

Is there a neat way to define a function with a single optional argument that defaults to an empty sequence? For example, suppose I want to define a wrapper for ...
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Function pattern to support listed and non-listed arguments

I often want to write functions that take as an argument either a) a rule or b) a list of rules. As an example, when using Replace with just one rule, it does not ...
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Initialize table in a Module but Break if criteria not met

I am initializing a table inside a function as follows: f[a1_, a2_, a3_] := Module[{RM = Table[a1+a2+a3+i1, {i1, 1, 10}]}, Plus@@RM] I am calling the function ...
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Defining a function that differentiates another function with rule replacement

This question is related to the question I posted here. In that question, I thought I have simplified my original problem into an equivalent concise version, but I found that it is not. So I decided ...
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Gateaux (directional) derivatives and higher order differentials of a functional

I would like to calculate the Gateaux derivative of a functional (i.e. a function depending on functions). A simple example for the Dirichlet functional: $L(u(x))=\int_0^1 \frac{1}{2} (u'(x))^2 dx$ ...
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How can I avoid a scoping problem when differentiating?

I simplify my real problem as follows: I define a rule function as Clear[rule]; rule[i_] := tt -> i; the real rule function is not this simple. I define a ...
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Maximum and mean of a multi-variate function over a restricted lattice

I have a function Q, and I want to find the maximum value, the corresponding arguments for the maximum value, and the mean over a certain range of arguments. I ...
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Defining a pure function involving a function argument

I've got an expression involving x and y that I want to use as a MeshFunction: ...
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Alternatives to indexed variables in Compile

According to the excellent answer given here by @Leonid Shifrin: How to compile effectively?, You can not really use indexed variables in Compile, although it ...
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How can I create a class of matrices programmatically?

I am trying to figure out how to create a function that can create the matrix pattern below, where: f[1] returns {{1}} ...
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Defining a function as a sum of several Gaussians

I have a function that is a summation of several Gaussians. Working with a 1D Gaussian here, there are 3 variables for each Gaussian: A, ...
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Defining a function (but not explicitly)

I have a question that must have a simple answer, but googling and searching this website did not produce an answer, so I'm asking it here. I'm working with three variables $x, y, \theta$, and I want ...
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Tracking iterations of a function

I'm learning MMA with Wagner's book. On page 41, he uses this to display the iterative steps of a FindRoot. However, I can't seem to replicate this (code at end), perhaps due to the difference in MMA ...
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Speeding up a function

This is un updated version of a previous (now deleted) post of mine. I need to marginalize a distribution. I was suggested to use the code in this thread. This works just fine, but the problem is ...
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In a Function, how to Ensure Code Runs Prior to an Abort [duplicate]

Is there a way to set aside some code in a function that will be triggered to run if the evaluation of the function is aborted by a user? Specifically, I have a function that has to open a log file to ...
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Procedural to functional style

The following code generates an iterative mapping of some trigonometric functions. I have a couple questions about it. The first question is how to optimize this iterative process using mathematica's ...
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Custom operators; custom pattern matching with pure functions

What I'm trying to achieve in Mathematica is the creation of a binary operator whose operands are both pure functions over the natural numbers. The result of the operator should be another pure ...
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Coding contour integration [duplicate]

I am struggling to understand contour integration. How would it be applied in Mathematica? I am hoping that if I see it written in Mathematica code, it will help me understand it. eg how would ...
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Defining the function of list of parameters

I'm defining the functions in the following way ...
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Symbolic multiplicative partitions

Let $p_n\#\equiv\prod_{k=1}^{n}p_k$ (primorial): p[n_] := Times @@ Prime[Range[n]] then the multiplicative partitions of $p_{1,2,3,4}\#$ are $$ \{\{2\}\},$$$$ ...
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Creating new functions using the names of existing ones

I have a list of functions {G[x_, y_], F[x_, y_], C[x_, y_]} how I can create the list of new functions such as ...
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Define functions from two lists

I have two lists {G[x_,y_],F[x_,y_],C[x_,y_]} and {x*y-x, 3x+y, x^y} Now I need to define 3 functions ...
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Multiplicative partition function

I am trying to create a multiplicative partition function that would generate something like ...
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How to correct this, `f[a_] := FindRoot[eq == 0, {x, 0.5}]`, where `eq` contains a parameter $a$, without using `eq[a]`?

I want to solve an equation with a parameter $a$, and define the result as a function of $a$. It is something like this: ...
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how to define roots of an equation as a function? [closed]

I need to solve an equation depending on 3variables in only one variables and define the roots as a function of the remaining variables? I used some thing like that: ...
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Requiring NumericQ in Pure Function

Potential duplicate, but doesn't seem to solve my problem: Using patterns in pure functions I have a function that returns an InterpolatingFunction, and it works ...
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Generating list of alphabet letters

I want to create a list of length n with the letters of the alphabet. For example, if n = 3, by list would be ...
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Maximum number of literal values for SetDelayed?

Under what circumstances should I expect Mathematica to turn a delayed assignment into an immediate assignment? I have put together a minimal example (available here) which demonstrates this behavior. ...
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How do I get Mathematica to return a function call unevaluated?

How do I get Mathematica to return a function call (conditionally) unevaluated? I expect this may use the slightly-mysterious Hold function. As a toy example, ...
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function of derivative of a function

I know a similar question is answered somewhere, but it doesn't work for my case for some reason. I have the following problem in Mathematica. I want to compute f[h[x]]= x^2 + D[h[x],x]. Here, h[x] ...
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How can I add options to functions [closed]

One wish take easy advantage of the packages/codes buildt through our engagement with mathematica. Through building packages I see that I have made several functions which are simple and closely ...
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Defining arbitrary order derivatives function [duplicate]

I have a function $\phi(t)$ and I want to define a function $\phi D(t,r):=\phi^{(r)}(t)$, in other words evaluate the $r$'th derivative of $\phi$ at $t$. The naive code that I have is: ...
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Generating list of functions from list of expressions

I know how to create a function from concrete expression like Function[{x, y}, x^2 + y^2] But what if I have a list of expressions list1 and I know the set of ...
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Explicit use of Evaluate not behaving the way I expect it to

I discovered a strange behavior of the Evaluate function. Case 1: ...
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How to assign special colors to the output of DensityPlot?

I have created the following function for plotting ...
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Constraining function found by NDSolve to stay positive

I am trying to constrain my variables in NDSolve so that they stay positive for the integration interval. Is is possible to do that? Using Assumptions as in ...
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Speed up replace all

I have large list of rules, I would like to use list/.rule, but assume that rule is a set of rules rule 1, rule2 rule...I want ...
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Problems using hand-made transformation functions

I experience difficulties when using custom transformation rules. Below I give two concrete problems. I am interested in fixing each of them and in understanding what is wrong with my attitude to the ...
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Define a function that returns a function with a variable number of arguments

Previously, I've defined a function with a variable number of arguments with the following method. ...
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Returning all positions for all different occurences of elements in a list

Is there way to construct oneliner as pure function(s), so that I enter mylist only on one place - on the end of line. And that function return the same result as ...
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Variable naming changes everything

I am having a rather unusual problem I do not understand with Mathematica where renaming one of the variables of my function causes the function to stop "working". Here is the example of the code ...
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How to save the results in an identical Excel file (.xls) in each iteration of a Do loop

Assume the following code (Below code is just an example to clearly illustrate my problem): ...
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Change input variable in a function [duplicate]

I'd like to write a function, that would take a matrix as an input parameter and would change it by multiplying one of its rows by a factor. I try to do it in the following way: ...
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Can a function be made to accept a variable amount of inputs?

I have a function that takes two inputs and processes them for a single output. What I need is one that can take a varying number of inputs. and process them to a single output. Is this possible in ...
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Minimizing roots of a transcendental equations [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the solution of FindRoot with parameters for further calculations. Annoyingly enough it always gives me trouble with replacing the parameters. As an example I'm attaching a simple ...
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Area between Contours in ContourPlot

I feel slightly foolish for asking this because I am so close, but I'm having trouble, so I will anyway. I asked this question two days ago regarding finding the lengths of contours. Now, I'd like to ...