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How to specify and use nested options for a function?

I want to write a function that takes options that are nested. For example, suppose the function has one main option, "method" which can take two values, "a" and "b". Also, when method is "a", it can ...
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Best practices for breaking up functional blocks?

Say I have a main function that does some job, and I'm only interested in the final result of ans, i.e., the local functions are not important and produce no ...
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Converting an expression to function [duplicate]

I have the following problem. I current can automatically create the variable positionPayload, for instance: ...
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Replacing the Slot in an expression

So I've got Mathematica to handle the grunt work for me to obtain expression: Root[ (* blah, blah *) + #^2 + (* etc, etc *) ] Now, the value inside Root is a ...
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Substitute a function's definition for its name

I'm having trouble with a function which is supposed to work on another function. Simplified version: ...
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How can I adjust the global input variable of a function to the value of a local variable within the function

I am trying to define a function f[l_] that will perform an operation on whatever input variable I use (normally I use l which ...
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How to define a function `deriv[f[x]]` such that its output is an unevaluated expression `fx=D[f[x],x]`?

I want to define a function deriv[f_[x_]] such that when I run deriv[f[x]], the output is an unevaluated expression ...
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Function to list Collatz sequence doesn`t work [duplicate]

I am new to Mathematica and was trying to make a function that lists the Collatz sequence stating with a given number, but I can´t get it to work. Here is my function: ...
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Gram-Schmidt Process for Polynomials

I want to implement the Gram Schimdt procedure to the vector space of polynomials of degree up to 5, i.e. I want to find an orthogonal basis from the set of vectors $v=(1,x,x^2,x^3,x^4,x^5)$. The ...
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Defining a derivative on a custom function

I am trying to define a derivative that acts on a custom function, $f$, such that when it acts, it increments one of the arguments of by 1. f is not defined; I just want to use it to keep track of ...
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Dropping rational coefficients

I have a list of expressions (they all are exact numeric quantities, not containing any variables), some of them have integer or rationals coefficients, or complex coefficients with rational or ...
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Setting ::usage for variables returned from a function

What is the best way to achieve {v,u} = f[]; (* Returns value and usage description *) v::usage = u; from inside f, i.e., ...
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Manipulating unevaluated expressions in nested function calls

This is a follow-up to my earlier question: Passing an unevaluated part of an association to a function I'm trying to create a modular dashboard that controls sound volume of an audio system ...
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NestList with a list inside?

I'm new to Mathematica, and was looking for more efficient ways to implement the Do loop below. a, ...
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Variable naming changes everything

Bug fixed in 10.0.0 I am having a rather unusual problem I do not understand with Mathematica where renaming one of the variables of my function causes the function to stop "working". Here is the ...
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How to get numerical results from HeavisideTheta?

I have defined a table tab = {7.52521, 17.0083, 22.5678, 11.8707, 8.27799} and a function ...
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Min function for functions f1, f2, [closed]

There are several "min" functions in Mathematica. In the "Numerical" category, there is a "Min" function that works on a numerical list. Then there's MinValue for finding the minimum of a whole ...
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How can you get the area of a region from an image?

Suppose we have a square of side "L" m, How can I calculate the hatched area, if the corners of the square are centers of circles. It can be generalized to any region? edit: This is the result I ...
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Is there a concise form of Which or similar conditional?

Suppose that I want to write a function fun that takes an Integer num as input, and returns ...
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Appending Delayed Evaluation

I have a function that need to be summed over all parameters given in a separate list. f[x_,y_,z_,n_,i_]:= (*Some function*); list={{n1,i1},{n2,i2},...}; I need ...
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Multiply pure function with scalar

Somtimes I still get lost in the Hold, HoldAll etc. functions of Mathematica. I want to scale a simple PDF function with a previously calculated variable e.g. ...
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Finding function by constraints

I have the following coefficient finding problem: f[x] := a * Log[b*x + c] + d Constraints: f[0] = 1 f[80] = 0.5 I want to find the coefficients of f that ...
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function of a function [closed]

I have the following two functions, 'f' and 's': ...
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which is better, using Assert[] or manual checks on arguments and other computations?

I never used Asserts in Mathematica, but trying to see what advantage they have over just argument check and additional definitions of the function to capture unwanted input. For example, which one ...
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How to check the style and number of arguments like the built-in functions?

Given that I have a function sqrt[x] that I must check the style and number of argument x. I can do like this: ...
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Mapping Linear Model Fit Over An Arbitrary Number of sets

I have multiple sets of data, and I want to apply Linear Model Fit sequentially to each set of data. For example, below tstlst contains 3 data sets. Right now I ...
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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 declare a function as real in order to get rid of Conjugate in front of the expressions?

I have a complicated complex function containing some other ones that are real, f=f(A,B,C,...) ,where A=A(r) and it is real, for ...
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Orderless storage of tabulated function values

I would like to elaborate on my previous question Function of arguments given in non-fixed order and a relevant related one Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions I find ...
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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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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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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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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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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: ...