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Find lengths of contours in a ContourPlot

I am trying to find the lengths of different contours in the following plot: It is a complicated piecewise function evaluated on the unit disk. I am hoping there is an easy, generalized way to ...
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Plot of a periodic triangular wave

I'm trying to graph the zig-zag function at the top of this page: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~feldman/m321/nondiffble.pdf I have a little bit of experience with Mathematica but not a ton. Any ...
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A problem with set values

The following code is just an example to clearly explain my problem. Assume that : ...
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Define a function that takes ragged array [closed]

newbie here. I want to define a function that takes a ragged array and return another one, but how. Say, I want to define a simple function behaves like this ...
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A problem with functions and Infinite expression 1/0 encountering

Following code (function) makes integrals and then replace f[x] with Cos functions and calculate the definite parametric ...
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iterative programming

i have 3 equations with 3 variables and two constants(to be substituted repeatedly). the value of the variables we got by applying nsolve on the system of 3 equations assuming some initial value for ...
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How can I use a For loop in a recursive function?

I am creating a simple radix2 FFT algorithm (based on Cooley-Turkey) by using a recursive function to obtain the fft. The function is supposed to work on a list (assuming the length is a power of ...
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How to produce functions [closed]

I want to produce n functions. For example, assume that by giving n=3, 3 definite integrals will be created, like the following: ...
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Getting Arg[z] to go from $0$ to $2\pi$

I'm defining branch cut functions, and I'm using $arg(z)$ as a building block. So I just spent an hour at the whiteboard assuming that $arg(z)$ goes from $0$ to $2\pi$, and then I implement the code, ...
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How to define a function $f(x)$ such that $f(1.5)=1.5$, $f(1.)=1$, $f(0.)=0$, etc.?

How to define a function $f(x)$ such that $f(1.5)=1.5$, $f(1.)=1$, $f(0.)=0$, etc.? Namely, if $x$ is an integer with a decimal point, $f(x)$ returns the integer only, otherwise returns $x$. This ...
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How to represent a continuous monotonic phase of Airy functions?

Note: In this question I am concerned only with real-valued variables and functions. DLMF, §9.8 Airy Functions, Modulus and Phase, formula $9.8.4$ defines the phase of Airy functions: ...
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Determining whether or not an expression is an integer

I'd like to define a function that controls if a certain number is an integer, rational, algebraic and so far. First, I tried generating a list of those numbers: ...
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A question about two ways to use Default

Usually we define a function with default values by the syntax x_:default, but there is another technique to do this by registering a global default value with ...
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Need help defining my own rounding function

First of all: I'm a beginner with Mathematica. I'd like to define a function called Rounding which does the following: if for $x = n+a, n \in \mathbb{N}, a\in ...
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Defining a function that returns “undefined” if its value is outside of a specific range

I want to define a function f(x) which: $f(x)=x^3 +10x+ 5$ if $f(x) >0$ $f(x)=Undefined$ if $f(x) <0$ I have a idea: ...
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How to replace a list with the result list after each iteration [closed]

I have some initial values such as L1 list: L1={10,20,30,40,50}; I want to use the L1 ...
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Multiple Simulations of a Markov Chain

I am trying to create a simple series of Bernoulli bits whose probabilities follow a two-state Markov chain. ...
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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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Picking random items out of a list only once

I'm trying to create a function that randomly returns a value from a list but remembers the values that have been given before. At the end when the list is empty it should return an empty list. ...
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How to input pure function to package?

I would like to input a pure function into a custom written package, but am running into a variety of errors. The package I have created is as follows: ...
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Requesting explanation of FitModel code

I am struggling with understanding the code given in this original post I understand how the tests are conducted, both of them. However, I do not understand this part: ...
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How to put some values from a list into a function in a Do loop

I want to program a code in MATHEMATICA in order to calculate some values in different iteration. For example, assume this list: list={1,2,3,4,5} Now assume that ...
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Clean-up Code / Reduce variables

I'm writing a playing card simulator of sorts, and everything works fine, but some Modules use a disgusting amount of variables. For Example: ...
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Normalize equation in NDSolve?

I have numerically solved and plotted the solution to the Mathieu equation using NDSolve successfully, as below: ...
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How to create custom Graphics primitive?

How to create custom Graphics primitive? It should have the following properties, resembling properties of built-in geometric figures, like ...
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Numerical Methods - minimum of a function

Problem: The length of the longest ladder that can negotiate the corner depicted in Figure 2 can be determined by computing the value of theta that minimizes the following function: ...
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Constructing symbol definitions for With

I would like to be able to define two arrays, one containing symbol names and one containing the values of those symbols, for use in constructs such as With. For ...
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Function behavior based on Head

I'm figuring how to implement a function behavior based on the Head of its argument. I mean ...
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Functions of two arguments

I am pretty weak on the notion of pure functions, etc. I found a clean solution to my problem so in a sense I've already answered my own question but I don't feel I'm on terra firma. I wanted to take ...
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“do … while” loop equivalent in Mathematica [closed]

Have I missed something or is there no built-in which mimics the behaviour of do ... while loop? I am looking for a construct that evaluates procedure once and ...
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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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Working with functions

I am required to write a function that takes a function as a parameter. ...
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Convert variable into function

Sorry if this is a duplicate, but I have a variable called H. H is some complicated function of ...
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Differential operator squared

I defined a one-dimensional momentum operator $\hat{p}=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial{x}}$ in Mathematica p = -I * h * D[#, x]& and I want to get the ...
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Patterns of function-arguments in expressions

I want a function that compares an expression with a specific pattern. The expression has always the following form: ...
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Summing Over a Variable Number of Indices

I am trying to figure out the best way to include a variable number of indexes of summation in a program. For example: Suppose I want to define a function $g[n,s]$ that returns the sum ...
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How to combine multiple functions into a single function, indexed bya new argument

I have a system of expressions (matrices) which correspond to increasing orders of precision in a theory. These expressions are quite complex (require about 40+ lines of code to produce) and are not ...
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Multiply each element of an array by another array?

I would like to multiply an array by each element of another array, and am having a lot of trouble finding a built-in or automated method of doing. Here is an example of what I'd like to achieve: ...
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Extracting function calls from an expression

I have an expression like this: expr = F[0, 1] + 2 F[0, 0] - 17*F[2, 0] and I want to transform it to a list consisting of all function calls with its arguments: ...
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Using Derivative with list in curly brackets

I'd like to make a formula for a sum containing Derivative where the number of arguments in the latter depends on an input parameter n. Also involved is a list ...
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How to define an n-variate empirical distribution function probability for any n?

I'm using Mathematica 9.0 to calculate the probability according to the empirical distribution function (EDF) of some sample data. Afterwords this is included in a maximization stage so I define this ...
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Defining a function with global parameters

What I would like to do in Mathematica is something like f[x_] := a x g[a_] := NIntegrate[f[x], {x, 0, 1}] But then of course I get ...
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Defining Piecewise Functions in Modules

In short, my question is the same as my previous one except that everything is now wrapped up in a module. The relevant code I'm working with is: ...
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How to combine DifferenceRoot objects for odd and even-indexed terms

I'm trying to analyze a certain infinite sequence $S$, indexed by positive integers starting from $1$. It can be split into two subsequences: $S^{odd}$ by removing all even-indexed elements and ...
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Please explain this code (contains Append, Do, Coefficient)

I am a graduate student using a past student's Mathematica program. Will someone please explain to me exactly what this piece of code is doing? Specifically the ...
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Function that assigns properties [duplicate]

I want to create a function that creates and assigns properties to a symbol. In theory this would behave similarly to the NonzeroValues property of ...
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Tiling a square

I wondered if there was a way to automate the process of finding a way to tile a tile into a square. The idea is to represent the tile with a matrix of $0$s for blank space and $1$s for filled spaces ...
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Create jacobian Function from a vector Function

This is related to this question and maybe this question. I wanted a function that takes an n-parameter vector function and outputs a Jacobian matrix function, also n-parameter. I think this works: ...
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Define a function with a function for an input

I want to create the functions $even[f]$ and $odd[f]$ which will apply the formula $even[f(x)] = \frac{f(x)+f(-x)}{2}$ and $odd[f(x)]=\frac{f(x)-f(-x)}{2}$ for an arbitrary $f$. I tried using ...