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Function with zero or one arguments

Is there a neat way to define a function with a single optional argument that defaults to an empty sequence? For example, suppose I want to define a wrapper for ...
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Speed up replace all

I have large list of rules, I would like to use list/.rule, but assume that rule is a set of rules rule 1, rule2 rule...I want ...
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Handling a sequence of unevaluated arguments

I have the following piece of code: ...
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Define a function that returns a function with a variable number of arguments

Previously, I've defined a function with a variable number of arguments with the following method. ...
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Speeding up a function

This is un updated version of a previous (now deleted) post of mine. I need to marginalize a distribution. I was suggested to use the code in this thread. This works just fine, but the problem is ...
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Returning all positions for all different occurences of elements in a list

Is there way to construct oneliner as pure function(s), so that I enter mylist only on one place - on the end of line. And that function return the same result as ...
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How to save the results in an identical Excel file (.xls) in each iteration of a Do loop

Assume the following code (Below code is just an example to clearly illustrate my problem): ...
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Change input variable in a function [duplicate]

I'd like to write a function, that would take a matrix as an input parameter and would change it by multiplying one of its rows by a factor. I try to do it in the following way: ...
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Minimizing roots of a transcendental equations [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the solution of FindRoot with parameters for further calculations. Annoyingly enough it always gives me trouble with replacing the parameters. As an example I'm attaching a simple ...
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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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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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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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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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A problem with set values

The following code is just an example to clearly explain my problem. Assume that : ...
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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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Initialize table in a Module but Break if criteria not met

I am initializing a table inside a function as follows: f[a1_, a2_, a3_] := Module[{RM = Table[a1+a2+a3+i1, {i1, 1, 10}]}, Plus@@RM] I am calling the function ...
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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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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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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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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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Constraining function found by NDSolve to stay positive

I am trying to constrain my variables in NDSolve so that they stay positive for the integration interval. Is is possible to do that? Using Assumptions as in ...
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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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Problems using hand-made transformation functions

I experience difficulties when using custom transformation rules. Below I give two concrete problems. I am interested in fixing each of them and in understanding what is wrong with my attitude to the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...