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creation a table from a default module [closed]

I have used of bisection method for finding the root of a function: ...
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How to write an operator that acts on pure function (to give another pure function)

I would like to write an operator oper that acts on a pure function f with an undetermined number of arguments, with the syntax ...
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Writing a function that returns a (usable) function

I am trying to create a function that returns Arnold's Cat Map of size n iterated k times. I can get something out of the Function command, but I can't figure out ...
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Plot does not take range with OptionValue and PlotRange option

I am making a function that is to use Show to overlay a few plots of a function. I want the first Plot in ...
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Functions becoming undefined when evaluated

I'm so confused I don't even know how to phrase my Question title. My function nextCol works until I use colLength, then ...
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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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Protected Tags Error [duplicate]

While trying to run this piece of code: ...
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Quick way to use conditioned patterns when defining multi-argument function?

I have a simple function that is supposed to only accept numeric values (i.e. complex/real numbers and constant symbols e.g. Pi, E). $$f(a,b,c)=a+b+c$$ Edit: I should have chosen a less simple ...
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How to program a F::argx message?

How useful is it to program a user-built function in a package to produce a red warning message F::argx if you give the wrong number of arguments to that function? ...
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How to define $x^n$ where $x=\pm 1$ and $n\in\mathbb{Z}^{+}$?

I do not know how I can define $x^{n}$ in Mathematica, where $x=\pm 1$ and $n=1,2,3,\ldots$. For even values of $n$ we simply have that $x^{n}=1$. While for odd values of $n$ we have that $x^{n}=x$. ...
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Using pure functions in Table

I need a table with the elements made of pure functions and list elements. This is a simplified example: I need a list as: ...
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Inverse Superposition

There are 4 tables that, I have written them as bellow: (m, n, s, and r are orthogonal basis. r.r=n.n=m.m=s.s=1, and m.n=n.r=...=0). a's, b's, c's and d's are coefficients and are numeric values. ...
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Custom display for constructed functions

In a similar vein to my previous question, is it possible to define a function that displays differently to its default? eg I would really like Binomial[a,b] to be ...
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Define operator with special characters [duplicate]

I have looked here which describes how to define operators. I was wondering whether there was a way to assign thes operators to special characters? eg Let $\odot:=(a+b)(ab),$ so ...
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Setting constants in a function containing If

I'd like to set the constants in a function that uses If, after it's been defined, but my definitions doesn't seem to stick. Simple example: ...
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How do I make a definition/function/method as I would in Java/MATLAB/Python

I've been trying to figure this out for a few hours now and it's driving me nuts. I am trying to confirm that, after transforming a Schrodinger equation, that the new wavefunctions satisfy the new ...
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Lazy lists of Tuples and Subsets

I'm trying to build a lazy list that evaluates the n'th m-tuple or subset of a given list using Mathematicas ordering without calculating all the Tuples. The purpose is to allow for example the ...
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Defining a function with a subscripted head

How can I define a function with subscript? Forexample: f_alpha[x] = 2*x
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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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Type declaration for list arguments

How can I make f[n_Integer]=2*n valid for a list of integers? For example: f[nlist_Integer] := 2*nlist[[1]] does not work ...
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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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Insert several rows and problem with Return

I wanted to write myself a function that makes it possible to Insert several rows into one list. ...
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How to Thread with custom functions? Thread vs Map?

This function finds n given the nth prime: findPrime[n_] := If[PrimeQ[n], i = 1; While[Prime[i] < n, i = i + 1]; i, False]; This works: ...
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Defining a 2-variable function over voronoi diagram

I am new to Mathematica & I am facing a problem as follows: I have created a Voronoi diagram and now I want to assign to each region, a value, i.e., I want to extend this Voronoi diagram to form a ...
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Fine tuning compiled code that computes dilogarithm function

As an exercise of writing a good Compile function, I want to do the simple task of coding a routine that outputs the real part of the dilogarithm function ...
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How to Implement a “Function Object” suitable for NDSolve and Finite Element Method?

I have a bunch of methods that shoud return an expression that behave like a function, i.e. an expression that, when supplied with suitable arguments, evaluate to something. A simple ...
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Working with a two-variable function with one input fixed

Here's what I know how to do: f[x_] := x^2 - 4 x + 4 Ordering[f /@ {1, 2, 3}] This will evaluate f at each point and rank their sizes. Here's what I really ...
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How to make a twice-differentiable function that approximates some data?

I have some time series data that I would like to approximate with a twice-differentiable function. Each time series has ~10,000 datapoints, so I definitely do not want a function that passes through ...
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Why this isn't a valid argument? [duplicate]

I am having truble understanding why F1 produces an error, since both time and velocity are the same kind of object: ...
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Change input parameter order in a function

I'm a beginner in Mathematica programming and I'm trying to understand how input parameters work in Mathematica's function. I encountered a problem with the sequence/order of the input parameters of ...
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How to force evaluation on the right of an @ operator?

Is there a way to force evaluation on the right before the Prefix operator (@) without using parentheses? I came across this question when I was working with the ...
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Strange behavior when defining a symbol/function pointwise

I am well aware of the fact that floating point number have finite precision, so one needs to be careful when comparing them. Still, I find it disturbing/surprising that the following input into ...
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Changing default behavior of Series to give slightly different SeriesData

I am working with complicated expressions expr that contains the symbolic function f[x] which I know to have a pole at ...
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Implementing Newton's method

I have this question on coding Newton's method in Mathematica. I have some code to go by but I have no clue if it's computing the functions in the right order. The book is the numerical methods ...
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Construct a function whose definition depends on the values of its arguments

I have to evaluate the components of a 6x6 matrix $S$. This matrix depends upon the semi-axes of an ellipsoid $a1$, $a2$ and $a3$. For various specific cases (sphere, prolate spheroid, oblate ...
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Constructing a function for expanding general $n$ products

I have the following quantum mechanically motivated product: $\langle0\vert(A_1b_1 + A_2b_2 + A_3b_3)(B_1b_1 + B_2b_2 + B_3b_3)(C_1b_1 + C_2b_2 + C_3b_3)$, where $b_i$ is an annihilation operator ...
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Why does Mathematica add Hold to the result of my user defined symbol?

In the code below I have defined a symbol that multiplies two block-matrices (I can't use the builtin Dot since Dot assumes that the matrix coefficients commute): ...
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Stereographic Projection

Say I want to represent points of the complex plane in the sphere $\Bbb S^2$ using stereographic projection. That is, the Riemann sphere: Specifically, it would be nice to be able to: Given the ...
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Problem with the output of a function I program

(This is the function that I programmed) Zm2[Z_, nk_] := (zm2 = 0; For[i = 0, i < Length[Z], i++, zm2 += nk[[i]] *Z[[i]]* Z[[i]];]; Return[zm2];); ...
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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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Converting multi variable expression into a function

So I have this rather complicated looking expression ...
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Using Functions as Arguments to Function

I am trying to make a function like Norm but defined like so: MyNorm[{x_,y_,z_}]=Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2]. Mathematica assumes that x, ...
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Using several anonymous functions mixed together

This works: list // BarChart[#[[2]], ChartLabels -> DateString @@@ #[[1]], ChartStyle -> "Pastel"] & This doesn't: ...
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Compiling a function that takes lots of optional arguments

I have a function that takes lots of optional arguments (basically some design parameters, about 10 of them) and performs some basic algebraic calculations involving complex numbers with the options. ...
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How to generate commands which are very similar?

I have several data sets that I wish to interpolate and integrate like this: ...
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Why is there no PositionFunction in Mathematica?

Too often I have seen the programs of inexperienced users greatly slowed by using Position in an iterative fashion, when far faster would have been to compute a ...
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Need help with code for number theory problem

I'm completely new to Mathematica (used previously only for very simple cases). I need to write a quite complex function. The function must do the following: Input consists of two numbers: a and b. ...