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Forward function arguments to built-in Plot[]

Suppose I need to write a function to plot the real and imaginary part of some function (just an example). I want to define a function foo so that ...
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How to input a dynamically changing parameter in NDSolve? [closed]

I am trying to solve a system of DEs with additional conditions, and one condition depends on a parameter. Let us consider the following example: ...
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Inverse gradient operator

I found a nice paper about inverse vector operators here. I have successfully implemented a Mathematica function for most of them, however I can't figure out how to do inverse gradient (page 7 in the ...
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Alternatives pattern in a function definition

I thought that I remembered a way to write a function definition using "|", but can't find documentation for it. So for example, I'd want to define: ...
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Function for a series of joined slopes

I need a function for a series of joined slopes and my solution feels a bit kludgy. Is there a better way? A list of pairs of transition points and slopes: ...
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How to augment the realm of functions Mathematica thinks it knows how to integrate symbolically

My question involves extending the functionality of Integrate over specific integrals in the most generic manner. Specifically, is it possible to "hack into" ...
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How to assemble and disassemble a function into steps

I've watched many programmers (both novice and expert) write functions in Mathematica and have observed a common behavioral pattern. This pattern has many elements that would be automated and thus ...
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Expressions containing globally undefined symbols inside a function where they are defined

Consider the following code. f[a_,b_]:=x; Clear[a,b]; x=a+b; f[1,2] It returns a+b. However, from a certain viewpoint, one ...
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Computing the fundamental matrix and its monodromy matrix

Assume $\dot x(t)=v(x,t)$ is a $T$-periodic, with respect to $t$ dynamical system. That is: $x\in\mathbb R^n,\quad t\in\mathbb R,\qquad v(x,t+T)=v(x,t)$. Let $x_0$ be a smooth periodic solution in ...
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How to define a two-variable sequence?

I would like to define the following function but I am having a problem. I would like Mathematica to "understand" what I mean by writing "+...+". For example, for large values for $n$ and $m$ it takes ...
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How to protect function variables [duplicate]

I am sure this has been asked before, but I can't seem to find the right solution. I want a function to be the solution to a differential equation ...
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Function that returns the second argument of Reap

I'm trying to create a function that returns only the second argument of Reap. Here's my naive guess of how it would go : Reap2[x_]:= Flatten[Reap[x][[2]],1] ...
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Piecewise smooth rectangle pulse

I am wondering how to create a single rectangle pulse with nonlinear riding and falling edges on both sides. I don't know whether it is better to do it piecewise or to mathematically transform the ...
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How shortening argument test when declaring functions?

When defining some functions which depend in many arguments sometimes we need to include question Q constraints to diminish processing time. My question is simple, there is a way to shorten a long ...
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A better way of handling Module output?

I am sure this has been asked before in a way or another. I need to Save or DumpSave some symbols that contain the result of ...
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How to conveniently stop a programme without aborting the computation

I have a programme that will have to run for a few days. However, I would like the user to have the option of stopping the computation of the code, without aborting it, when he desires, without ...
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Quantize a real-valued function?

I'm wondering if there's a built-in way in Mathematica to take a function whose output values are continuous, and quantize it to produce a step function. For example, I have the function ...
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Defining a function with algebraic parameters

I am trying to define and use a function to represent the eigenstates of a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, which have the general form: $$\psi_{n}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2^{n} n!}}\left(\frac{m \omega}{2 ...
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Why doesn't Thread work in this case?

The following function is supposed to pick the element of the list with highest weight, i.e., with Thread [f[{{a,1},{b,2}}]] it should make the variables ...
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How to define a nested function like this?

For example, I want to calculate the limit of $\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+\frac{3}{1+\ldots}}}$. So I want to define: $f(1)=1$ $f(2)=\frac{1}{1+2}$ $f(3)=\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+3}}$ Then I calculate ...
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Define and plot a piecewise function with parameters [closed]

I have this function , but i do not know how to define it in mathematica \begin{equation} f_t(x)=% \begin{cases} i& \text{$\frac{1}{1+i}<|x-t|\le \frac{1}{i}$} \\ ...
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How to test a condition for a list and output all the expression that is true?

Suppose that I have a list lis={x-y,x+y,x*y}; and a function f[a_,b_]:=#/.{x->a,y->b}& I want to output all the ...
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How to make a function from body with variable number of arguments?

Suppose I have an UNKNOWN function, which generates formulas with given number of x[i]. ...
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Composition of Multivariable function

I am trying to compose functions of xleft, maybe like xleft[xleft[f]] or even higher order. And here is my function: ...
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Question about treillis structures

I have difficulties finding a command to plot multiple segments connected in nodes in Mathematica. Ultimately, my goal is to modelise something like this by entering nodes coordinates. Also, the ...
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Count the number of element repeats at various distances

I have a function of x: f[x_] := Abs[Extract[list, x + n] - Extract[list, x]] I then apply this: ...
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How can I call the R-programming packages in my Mathematica?

I am trying to call the R-programming package called highfrequency in my Mathematica so that I can use its function rCov. I ...
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Understanding `NestList` with multiple functions

General question For a function f[n, a], where a is a list and n is a whole number, what is ...
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Can't use my own discontinuous coefficient within NDSolve

I want to evaluate the pendulum's motion with changing equilibrium state given by eqilValue[t]: ...
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Using a held option

Woud there be an elegant way to use a held option ? For example if I need to pass by reference several variables but I don't always need all of them, it can be useful. For example if I want to append ...
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Recursive functions taking list arguments

I wish to create a function that takes lists (e.g. {plus,plus,minus,0,minus,plus}) and uses the input list to calculate a corresponding value using a set of ...
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Help creating a simple function

Can someone help me to create a function. The truth I'm new in Mathematica and I don't understand well the way functions work in I. I need a function that animate some rectangles according to a curve ...
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Linear function on strings using UpValues

I have two functions Sup and Sdown that take a string of letters with allowed characters ...
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Optimizing Chi-square distance between two distribution

I want to program the chi-square between two distribution Xu and Vu with length N. This function is defined as below: Xu and Vu are real and positive. ...
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Function pattern to support listed and non-listed arguments [duplicate]

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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Defining a function that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function

To save time when debugging with Print statements, I'd like to define a function -- call it PrintVal -- that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function. ...
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Error: in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

I am trying to set part of a Doubly-indexed list aInitialPopulation to cNumHeg. Specifically I am trying to set the 3rd part of the list aInitialPopulatiom[[cNodeNumber]] to cNumHeg. My (attempted) ...
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What are the applications of using functions whose heads are also functions?

I noticed that it is possible to construct something like f[x][y]. Displaying this in TreeForm indicates that this expression ...
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Variable that changes itself

I am trying to store a boolean value into a variable with the additional property that the value changes each time the variable is called. ...
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Fitting parameters of user defined function returning discrete values

So, I'm fairly new to Mathematica (apologies in advance for the noobiness), and I'm having some problems regarding fitting the parameters of a user defined function to data. I'll give a representative ...
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How to sum values in the list that belongs to same week

I need to sum values that belongs to same week. For example, I have the list x with one column and n rows. Format: ...
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How do I localize an assignment to expression (instead of symbol) within scoping construct?

Is it possible to localize an assignment to an expression (defined via UpSet) instead of a Symbol within a scoping construct? ...
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Parentheses for negative integers

Trying to standard create prime factors presentation, but can't seem to remove the parentheses: ...