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Testing for a vector of reals [closed]

Suppose I define: RealVector[expr_]:=VectorQ[expr,NumberQ[#]&&Head[#]===Real)]; Then: ...
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Generating a function which outputs possible chemical reactions

I want to make a list of chemical reactions and I write them down in a $\require{mhchem}\LaTeX$ format. They are of the following form $$NA_n^i+MB_m^j \rightarrow \hat NA_{\hat n}^{\hat i}+\hat ...
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General function taking general number of arguments

The following is an edit of this post, for which a working solution was provided by John McGee. I have a different function and am not sure how to adapt the solution for it: I want to construct a ...
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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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A problem with set values

The following code is just an example to clearly explain my problem. Assume that : ...
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Pick elements of largest absolute value

For example, given list = {{1, -3, -5}, {2, 1, 6}, {0, 2, 4}, {-9, 2, 6}} should return: {-5, 6, 4, -9} Updated I found ...
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How to define a differential operator?

I have a linear differential operator, for instance, $L\left (\partial _{t} \right )=\partial _{tt} - 3\partial _{t} + 2$. I use it in 2 different ways: apply the operator to a function: $L\left ...
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Map at a subsequence of a list

I'm trying to construct a function somewhat similar to MapAt. A basic usage example should look like this: ...
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Assessing argument type in set delayed function definitions

I'm wondering how to properly assess the type of arguments passed to functions defined with :=. I want my functions to be the most efficient, unambiguous and clear ...
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Passing down arguments

In R, one can use ... to pass arguments down to another function. For example ...
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Why these ways of defining a function with variable number of arguments fail?

First: I know about the correct way to define a function with variable number of arguments: Clear[f] f[s__] := Plus[s] f[1, 2, 3, 4] (* 10 *) BUT I ...
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Optimising coefficient finding functions

I'm seeking a generalisation to this question, where I am looking to list the coefficients (without repetition) to monomials of the form ...
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func::usage needs to be run twice? [duplicate]

There is an annoying problem that I can't figure out why it's happening. I have defined a usage for a my function tensorA: ...
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Manipulating OptionsPatterns[]

How do you combine OptionsPatterns? For example, I would like to have a function that can take both options that I specify, and options for all graphs: ...
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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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Force function to make assumptions about its input variables in Mathematica

I'm trying to force a Mathematica function to make an assumption about its input variables. In my case, I'm trying to define a function to return the pdf of a Gaussian. But let's use a simple toy ...
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How to find the smallest root

I have a continuous, differentiable, monotonic, bounded function called F[t]. If t -> Infinity then ...
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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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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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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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How to re-parse (or re-map) character '.' to user-defined function

The default behavior of the character . between two non-numeric characters is to be interpreted as the infix of the Mathematica function ...
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What's wrong with this pattern of the form Except[Repeated[…]]?

I'm trying to build a head that recognizes molecules. Here's the code ...
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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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Defining a ForEach function

Consider the following function definition: ForEach[iterators__] := Table[#, iterators] &; Two questions about it: I. It works perfectly if you call it like ...
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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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Automatically compute r[1] = r1; r[2] = r2; …

I have three variables like this, r1 = 4; r2 = 3; r3 = 1; and I want to insert them into a function use them in a function definition like so: ...
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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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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 ...
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How to write complex function definitions at run time?

(Posting as a self-answered question to share a technique I discovered) In a certain project, I have many function definitions in which all parameters should be optional and come with default values. ...
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Using PatternTest and/or Condition to detect equal list lengths as well as list element formats

On searching Mathematica.SE for information about overloading functions, I came across several threads about PatternTest and ...
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Property assignment on a graph vertex using PropertyValue does not work inside a function

I created this function: AddStone[board_Graph, v_, s : white | black | empty] := PropertyValue[{board, v}, VertexState] = s This function should change the ...
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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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Prime factor counting function

Is there any way I can speed up this prime factor counting function? (I am looking for all numbers in a range with 3 prime factors (counted with multiplicity).) ...
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Define a function with the condition that it must be positive

I have a function f(x) and I want to define a new function g(x) that is equal to f(x) only ...
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How to find the name of the current function

I would like to know the name of the current function from within that function. For example, consider the following code ...
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Pattern matching repeated structures with named subexpression components

I am trying to write a function with a pattern that tests its arguments for a particular structure. But in that pattern I'd like to name a subpattern to make it easier to exract and operate on. The ...
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Multiple down-values with exactly the same lefthand side

I was working on an answer to this question, when I was sidetracked by what I bring up here. I wanted a function, which when given a string representing a binary number, would convert the string to a ...
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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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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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Feedback on my Subscript code

I have written a code, and I need a little feed back.. I want to make the Subscript distributive across (1) addition and (2) multiplication to mimic short-hand for ...
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Improve timings for calculating coeficients

Is there a quicker way of finding ther coefficients of something like $$(x_{1}^{2}+x_{2}^{2}+x_{3}^{2}+x_{4}^{2}+x_{5}^{2}+x_{6}^{2}+x_{7}^{2}+x_{8}^{2}+x_{9}^{2}+x_{10}^{2})\times\\ ...
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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 Override the Head of a Symbol

I was wondering if it is possible to override the head of symbols/operators. As a motivating example if I run: Then Ket will be returned. But lets say I want Bob to be returned instead of Ket. Is ...
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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 ...
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How to define a function of z[bar], etc

Using Displaying index as subscript on output: e.g. C[i] -> C_i with Notation[...] or Interpretation[..]? I have often ended up wanting to define functions of annotated variables to better match my ...
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Rookie mistake in defining a function with Modules?

I can't figure out what's wrong with this piece of code. I'm trying to define a function that counts the occurrences of x, y and ...
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How do I construct a pure function to extract data fields from records that are strings?

How can I get from data segment format to the final segment format with a pure function? The data fields are fixed length. There are no separators between the fields. a) list ...
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professionalize/optimize my code that calls a function

I have the following construction, which defines a function that I subsequently call in a loop multiple times. I use this very often, but I have never looked into if there is a more professional way ...
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How to insert a function into OptionsPattern?

I’ve written a function TableauForm to draw a standard Young Tableau. This problem is related to this one, however, the difficulty is that, a function has to be applied to the list in my case. This ...