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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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Protected Tags Error [duplicate]

While trying to run this piece of code: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Implement a “Function Object” suitable for NDSolve and Finite Element Method?

I have a bunch of methods that shoud return an expression that behave like a function, i.e. an expression that, when supplied with suitable arguments, evaluate to something. A simple ...
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Working with a two-variable function with one input fixed

Here's what I know how to do: f[x_] := x^2 - 4 x + 4 Ordering[f /@ {1, 2, 3}] This will evaluate f at each point and rank their sizes. Here's what I really ...
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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: ...
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How to make a twice-differentiable function that approximates some data?

I have some time series data that I would like to approximate with a twice-differentiable function. Each time series has ~10,000 datapoints, so I definitely do not want a function that passes through ...
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Why this isn't a valid argument? [duplicate]

I am having truble understanding why F1 produces an error, since both time and velocity are the same kind of object: ...
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Change input parameter order in a function

I'm a beginner in Mathematica programming and I'm trying to understand how input parameters work in Mathematica's function. I encountered a problem with the sequence/order of the input parameters of ...
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Defining a 2-variable function over voronoi diagram

I am new to Mathematica & I am facing a problem as follows: I have created a Voronoi diagram and now I want to assign to each region, a value, i.e., I want to extend this Voronoi diagram to form a ...
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Strange behavior when defining a symbol/function pointwise

I am well aware of the fact that floating point number have finite precision, so one needs to be careful when comparing them. Still, I find it disturbing/surprising that the following input into ...
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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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Constructing a function for expanding general $n$ products

I have the following quantum mechanically motivated product: $\langle0\vert(A_1b_1 + A_2b_2 + A_3b_3)(B_1b_1 + B_2b_2 + B_3b_3)(C_1b_1 + C_2b_2 + C_3b_3)$, where $b_i$ is an annihilation operator ...
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Construct a function whose definition depends on the values of its arguments

I have to evaluate the components of a 6x6 matrix $S$. This matrix depends upon the semi-axes of an ellipsoid $a1$, $a2$ and $a3$. For various specific cases (sphere, prolate spheroid, oblate ...
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How to force evaluation on the right of an @ operator?

Is there a way to force evaluation on the right before the Prefix operator (@) without using parentheses? I came across this question when I was working with the ...
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Problem with the output of a function I program

(This is the function that I programmed) Zm2[Z_, nk_] := (zm2 = 0; For[i = 0, i < Length[Z], i++, zm2 += nk[[i]] *Z[[i]]* Z[[i]];]; Return[zm2];); ...
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Converting multi variable expression into a function

So I have this rather complicated looking expression ...
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Compiling a function that takes lots of optional arguments

I have a function that takes lots of optional arguments (basically some design parameters, about 10 of them) and performs some basic algebraic calculations involving complex numbers with the options. ...
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Need help with code for number theory problem

I'm completely new to Mathematica (used previously only for very simple cases). I need to write a quite complex function. The function must do the following: Input consists of two numbers: a and b. ...
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How to match the arguments of the function in any order [duplicate]

The issue is the following, with a dumb function with (4) arguments of (4) different heads (for each head is always no grater than one arguments): ...
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How to generate commands which are very similar?

I have several data sets that I wish to interpolate and integrate like this: ...
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Retrieve XML Tree with only specific XMLElements

I would like to retrieve the XML Tree of a XMLObject with only specific XMLElements. In the help of Mathematica ...
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Constructing an I-graph

I am attempting to build I-graphs in MMA, i.e. the non-Generalized Petersen graphs, and I found some code from Eric Weisstein, but this is now outdated and doesn't run. I have attempted to switch the ...
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Clean and handy Options management/filtering

the case I want to be able to create a function with some default options but also without need to add full explicit list of options available for it. And then inside I want to be able to filter ...
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Creating a bump function on a spline region [closed]

For a presentation, I'd like to include a 3D plot of a function of two variables x,y with the properties that (a) it looks "smooth" i.e. without jagged edges and (b) has support equal to a given ...
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Subsituting expressions for expressions

I'm trying to define functions using other functions, like so: f[a_, b_] := a/b; a[c_] := c; b[d_] := d; Now what I want to be able to do is two things: ...
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Plotting vectors using derivatives

This question stems from a previous question I asked here: Multiple Integral of equation including dx prime? An equation describing a gravitational field of a cuboid is given as: $V(X,Y,Z) = -G\rho ...
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Multiple Integral of equation including dx prime?

I'm hoping someone can verify I've written this function properly since I'm a little new to Mathematica. What I'm attempting to do is code a function that describes a gravitational field of an ...
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How to use an expression for the argument to a function [duplicate]

I would like to define a function over a list of variables like f[a_,b_,c_]:=a+b+c However, when this list is big it makes uncomfortable to read. Can I somehow ...
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Construct single InterpolatingFunction from a mathematical combination of other IF's

Let's say I have an interpolated function f, like I might get as the solution to an NDSolve: ...
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Optional arguments with lists as function parameter

I'm developing a function f which should support optional arguments {x_, y_} in list form. A simple example looks like this: ...
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All integer should be equal

I have a list of 10 integers: ...
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Is Sow/Reap compatible with Composition?

I'm trying to figure out why these two pieces of code return different results. As expected, f[Reap[Sow[x]]] gives ...
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How to have default case in Which? [closed]

Saying we have a function: a[x_] := Which[x === 1, "AAA", x === 2, "BBB", _, $Failed] How can I make this function to be equal to ...
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How can I generalize this interpolation function? [closed]

I have a data set where I want to evaluate a manual interpolation function. The part shown below expands up to the 7th power currently. I was wondering if it was possible to generalize this part of ...
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Is there a shorthand for Optional with Condition?

I have a recursive function that does some work to an object for a repeatedamount of times. ...
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How do I map a function onto the result of an expression that already has a pure function as an argument

I admit that I have only a basic understanding of the way Mathematica handles pure functions - enough to be dangerous, unfortunately. I have some data that is in a list of lists of lists. I would ...
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Using list of values as argument in a function [duplicate]

could you please help me with a task. I would like to define a function with a list of values as an argument. There is a working code with a values {1,1,1}: ...
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How to make function accept list of rules as an argument?

Considering the list of rules: r= {"a" -> "1", "b" -> "2", "c" -> 3, d -> 231, "e" -> 1.25}; I want to have a function ...
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Minimizing the largest difference between two functions

I have two functions defined on the same domain, $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ where $x$ is in $(0,1)$: f[x_] := (-1 + x) Log[1 - x] - x Log[x] g[x_] := Log[1 + 2 (-1 + x) x] ...