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Defining a custom Plus for a specific class of arguments

I'm trying to develop an domain-specific language with Mathematica. I want to define a customized behavior for the Plus function when applied to my data. For ...
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How to get `Series` to recognize user-defined function has pole

Edit for clarity: How does Mathematica's function Series know that Gamma[x] has a pole at ...
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What is the recommended way to define numeric function with special cases?

What is the recommended way to define a purely numeric function with special cases? Should I define many special cases with pattern matching? ...
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Indeterminate result from function, but not from equivalent expression [closed]

Can anyone explain this result? Why is one result Indeterminate and the other not? ...
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Find function inverse

I'm trying to find the inverse of a function: (30*x^2 (1 - x)^2) (* where 0<x<1 *) I tried all the following options: 1. ...
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Defining a function that that evaluates a function to obtain a value not supplied as an optional argument

I have a function like this CentralDifferentMethod[α_, β_, α1_, α2_, λ_, v0_, dt_, t_] Now, I want to add a new parameter ...
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Using HoldFirst but not wishing to hold everything

I have a DynamicModule in which I go through some data analysis and keep or reject the results. Here is a toy example of what I am doing. ...
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Function returned an unexpected list

I was trying out a question in Wellin's Programming with Mathematica that says the following. Question: Given a set of points in the plane (or 3-space), find the maximum distance between any pair of ...
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How to make a new analytic function work seamlessly with Mathematica's analysis functions?

I am defining a new analytic function of six variables. I have algorithms to evaluate it numerically, and have amassed a large catalog of analytic properties. It is easy for me to program the ...
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Strange behaviour of MMA in derivatives of some standard functions

There are some peculiar things to be discovered in derivatives of some standard functions in MMA: Strange behaviour Example 1: Abs We have ...
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Listable on first level

I have some function which take List as input. f[l_List]:=someActions[l] I need apply this function to a list of lists. Now I ...
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Output a symbol from Module or Block

I have troubles to output an entire symbol, a function in this case, from a module or a block. For instance myf = Block[{f}, f[3] = 33; f[4] = 4; f] Then I want ...
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PDF for Normal-Gamma Mixture

The normal-gamma mixture is: ...
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Error computing sum of sum of digits

I've defined a function that computes the sum of the base-b digits of n: DigitSum[n_, b_] := Total[IntegerDigits[n, b]] Then I defined a function that computes ...
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How to understand the process of ListCorrelate when it in two-dimensional condition?

Toady,I learn a function ListCorrelate,and I can understand process of execution his result in one-dimensional. However,the ...
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How to make functions from datasets

I have a csv that encodes the results of plugging certain parameters (say, A and B) into certain functions (say, ...
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Specifying independence of a variable in a function

I am dealing with a function of a finite number of variables and among the operations I wish to do is to differentiate it repeatedly with respect with any of the variables. Now this function happens ...
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How do I tweak the input assistant to use string completion on my own functions? [duplicate]

I would like to be able to use Mathematica's string completion feature for subvalues of my own functions. I tend to go for functions that follow the pattern ...
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Passing function as argument

I've been mucking around with passing functions as arguments to other functions and via trial and error seem to have something that works. I was wondering if someone could have a quick look at some ...
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Local variables whose definitions depend on each other [duplicate]

Consider the following (pseudo-)function definition: f[l_] := Let[{ a = Length[l], b = First[l], c = b/a, }, c*10] So for ...
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difficulty abstracting the OptionValue pattern

I am building lots of functions that use Options and OptionValue and wanted to reduce the redundancy in the expressions that ...
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How to define a nestable Baseform function, BaseForm output becomes BaseForm input

Mathematica won't change a number's BaseForm recursively: 63969 // BaseForm[#, 16] & // BaseForm[#, 8] & // BaseForm[#, 2] & Well, I inspected former ...
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Account for powers of 0 and 1 when defining function

I have a function that I am defining as (assume m,n,a,b are non-negative integers): myfcn[x_^m_ p_^n_, x_^a_ p_^b_] := basefcn[m, n, a, b]; and then extending to ...
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Mapping data on Archimedes' spiral

I would like to map my data on Archimedes' spiral and preserve the distance between points on the curve. The test data consists of 20 evenly spaced {x,y} ...
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How to add periodicity to condition?

Is it possible to set the following function f[a], where a can be any real number? $$ f(\alpha) = \begin{cases} 1 ...
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Functional-Style Partial Application and the Accumulator Pattern?

Following up on Functional-style Fixed-Length Queue Object?, I want to generalize it to a functional-style accumulator pattern. Lots of things look like accumulators, loosely defined as binary ...
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Make a scatter plot

Considering I have weather data for last 10 years for London, how can I make a scatter plot that will show the previous day's temperature as a function from today's temperature?
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Finding average error of the data

Considering I have some data, and I want to fit the data to a linear fit and find the average error from the linear fit, how can I do that using Mathematica? I have ...
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Extract data from WeatherData as a list of associations

Given weather data for 2013 and 2014 as follows: ...
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Error with “Newton's method” in Wellin's Mathematica book

In Wellin's Programming with Mathematica book, here's one of his implementations of the Newton method, where the iteration runs until the error tolerance is reached. ...
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Remove curly brackets _completely_ to map a function to the elements of a list [duplicate]

Most list manipulations can be done with Flatten, Partition and Take. I didn't managed to ...
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How can I write a function which takes another function of a variable and the variable itself as arguments and gives a list of critical points?

This is an exercise from Power Programming with Mathematica by Wagner. I need a function which takes a function and a variable as arguments, like this: critpts[f_,x_]:= and then on the rhs I've got ...
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Defining a function with parameters as variables

I have an expression V = (a[1] + a[2])b[1]. How would I define a function of a[1], a[2] and ...
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Interpolation function evaluation and timing

Lets define two identical functions $f$ and $g$ in a slightly different way ...
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How to define a variable updating function? [duplicate]

I tried to program a Sudoku solver when I suddenly ran into this problem: I need a function which effectivley does this: ...
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Why would this function work only when I make a copy of the variable? [duplicate]

Why would this function work with a copy of the function variable: ...
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How to Solve a Sequence in Mathematica [duplicate]

Given the input and the output, how do you interpolate a function in Mathematica? For example if you know that $f(1)=\frac{1}{2}$, $f(2)=\frac{1}{3}$, $f(3)=\frac{1}{4}$,... how would you solve for ...
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How can I export my learned ClassiferFunction[] and PredictorFunction[]s?

Mathematica 10 provides beautiful high-level machine learning functionality. Sadly, the learned functions once created are rather opaque objects. I need to use them in other projects, so here is my ...
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Why is either Listable or HoldFirst not working?

Starting with a fresh kernel, I evaluate the following: ...
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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions that all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering what is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could, of course, simply specify ...
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Defining a function from a list [closed]

I have a list of 49 numbers, and I would like to define a function f such that f(n) is simply the nth number in the list. How can I do this?
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Manipulate inside a function definition slows down when passed a large data set

I'm working with large data sets (>1gb) which I'm visualizing with Manipulate[]. The following example works fine for me with no additional memory overhead: ...
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Recognizing special cases of a defined function for permuted arguments

I have a number of ugly ways to implement the following pattern recognition task, but I'm looking for something elegant to keep my notebook tidy. I need to define a function of six variables ...
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Eigenvectors inside a maniupulate function

I am trying to make a physics application and it requires that the eigenvectors be taken for a 3x3 matrix. It is my intention that Mathematica never have to deal with the matrices symbolically. ...
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multiple generators for iterative construction of fractal

The code below is an attempt to use more than one generator (in this case two) to generate a fractal using the standard iterative procedure involving generators. Only the first two stages of the ...
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What is the right way to write a function that includes other functions?

I want to include multiple sub functions: $b(x) = 10x$ $w(x) = s + b(x)$ $c(x) = x^2$ into two main functions: $ua(x) = w(x)-c(x)$ $ub(x) = w(x)-c(x)^2$ As a reaction to this answer, I wrote ...
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Adding a tree to a list of trees within a loop [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a function which for a list of trees checks if a given tree is isomorphic with any of the listed, and if not - adds it to the list. I tried to use both ...
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Implement settable properties

I am looking for advice on implementing the following. (It is possible that the answer is that it is simply not a good idea to do this.) I would like to have an object similar to ...
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Overloading ClearAll[] to take no arguments

I use the command ClearAll["Global`*"] so much that I thought it would be nice to have a function that called it. Since by default ClearAll requires an ...