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Define and plot a piecewise function with parameters [closed]

I have this function , but i do not know how to define it in mathematica \begin{equation} f_t(x)=% \begin{cases} i& \text{$\frac{1}{1+i}<|x-t|\le \frac{1}{i}$} \\ ...
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How to test a condition for a list and output all the expression that is true?

Suppose that I have a list lis={x-y,x+y,x*y}; and a function f[a_,b_]:=#/.{x->a,y->b}& I want to output all the ...
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How to make a function from body with variable number of arguments?

Suppose I have an UNKNOWN function, which generates formulas with given number of x[i]. ...
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Composition of Multivariable function

I am trying to compose functions of xleft, maybe like xleft[xleft[f]] or even higher order. And here is my function: ...
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Question about treillis structures

I have difficulties finding a command to plot multiple segments connected in nodes in Mathematica. Ultimately, my goal is to modelise something like this by entering nodes coordinates. Also, the ...
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Count the number of element repeats at various distances

I have a function of x: f[x_] := Abs[Extract[list, x + n] - Extract[list, x]] I then apply this: ...
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How can I call the R-programming packages in my Mathematica?

I am trying to call the R-programming package called highfrequency in my Mathematica so that I can use its function rCov. I ...
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Understanding `NestList` with multiple functions

General question For a function f[n, a], where a is a list and n is a whole number, what is ...
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Can't use my own discontinuous coefficient within NDSolve

I want to evaluate the pendulum's motion with changing equilibrium state given by eqilValue[t]: ...
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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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Recursive functions taking list arguments

I wish to create a function that takes lists (e.g. {plus,plus,minus,0,minus,plus}) and uses the input list to calculate a corresponding value using a set of ...
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Help creating a simple function

Can someone help me to create a function. The truth I'm new in Mathematica and I don't understand well the way functions work in I. I need a function that animate some rectangles according to a curve ...
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Linear function on strings using UpValues

I have two functions Sup and Sdown that take a string of letters with allowed characters ...
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Optimizing Chi-square distance between two distribution

I want to program the chi-square between two distribution Xu and Vu with length N. This function is defined as below: Xu and Vu are real and positive. ...
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Function pattern to support listed and non-listed arguments [duplicate]

I often want to write functions that take as an argument either a) a rule or b) a list of rules. As an example, when using Replace with just one rule, it does not ...
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Defining a function that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function

To save time when debugging with Print statements, I'd like to define a function -- call it PrintVal -- that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function. ...
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Error: in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

I am trying to set part of a Doubly-indexed list aInitialPopulation to cNumHeg. Specifically I am trying to set the 3rd part of the list aInitialPopulatiom[[cNodeNumber]] to cNumHeg. My (attempted) ...
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What are the applications of using functions whose heads are also functions?

I noticed that it is possible to construct something like f[x][y]. Displaying this in TreeForm indicates that this expression ...
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Variable that changes itself

I am trying to store a boolean value into a variable with the additional property that the value changes each time the variable is called. ...
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Fitting parameters of user defined function returning discrete values

So, I'm fairly new to Mathematica (apologies in advance for the noobiness), and I'm having some problems regarding fitting the parameters of a user defined function to data. I'll give a representative ...
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How to sum values in the list that belongs to same week

I need to sum values that belongs to same week. For example, I have the list x with one column and n rows. Format: ...
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How do I localize an assignment to expression (instead of symbol) within scoping construct?

Is it possible to localize an assignment to an expression (defined via UpSet) instead of a Symbol within a scoping construct? ...
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Parentheses for negative integers

Trying to standard create prime factors presentation, but can't seem to remove the parentheses: ...
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Mapping also for one element (or telling it how to do so if head got changed)

Some code generates a polynomial, and has the form: expr = Plus[a[i],b[i],c[i],d[i]] I need to apply f to each term. To do ...
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How to make Expand work right in a function definition?

This works just fine: Derivative[n_, 1][g][x_, v_] := D[g[x, v], {x, n + 2}]/2 + D[D[g[x, v], x]^2/2, {x, n}]; h = Expand[D[g[x, v], {v, 3}]] I would like to ...
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How to form a variable from matrix elements

I have matrix with n rows and 2 columns, say m = {{x11, y12}, {x21, y22}, ..., {xn1, yn2}. Now, I want to form three new variables for example: ...
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Defining a custom Plus for a specific class of arguments

I'm trying to develop an domain-specific language with Mathematica. I want to define a customized behavior for the Plus function when applied to my data. For ...
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Plotting a function in {X(Y),Y} space

The code below generates some data and defines a function f[x,cb]:=NMaximize[expr,x] that upon being evaluated returns: {function value at max $x$,the function maximizing $x$}. ...
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How to get “Signature” of each element of “Permutation” output

I need to sum over all possible permutations, multiplied by the Signature of each permutation of a given list of symbols. But, I don't know how to determine the ...
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How to create a complex variable from dated list values

Can anyone help me to construct a variable "PI" from values of variable x. Variable x represents a group of two time series rj and ri on equal dates(joined two dated lists with states).Variable x have ...
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What is the correct syntax for using a radio button to set values to be used elsewhere? (restated)

Here is my question, restated - I want to be able to choose the values for a complicated function from a set of alternatives values that I have gathered. The function requires several input values, ...
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Returning the 3-dimensional vector from a skew symmetric matrix

I'm trying to write a function that takes in a skew symmetric matrix and returns the corresponding vector. When I write the following code, it works when I leave it as variables, but it does not work ...
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Fast functional method for multiplying duplication numbers in a large list

Consider a list of symbols: mySet = {a, b, b, c, a, b, c, d}; I would like to form the product of duplication numbers. In the example above, I have 2 ...
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How can I evaluate only a single step of a recursive function?

Let's say have a simple recursive function for the Fibonacci sequence f[0] := 1 f[1] := 1 f[n_] := f[n - 1] + f[n - 2] but I want to see how it will expand in a ...
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Unprotect fails the first time, works on second pass [duplicate]

I am redefining some of the standard math functions. I know this is dangerous, so I am trying to be extra careful. (For instance, in the redefinitions, I make sure to only match a custom head) The ...
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How to define multiple functions using a for command

Let's say I want to plot 10 graphs of those following functions. Since they are recursive functions, I cant make a table with 10 different initial conditions because Mathematica stores each value ...
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using memoization with conditional statement

I would like some advice about the use of memoization in conjunction with conditional statements. Let me try to explain my problem: I am constructing a function depending on a number of parameters. ...
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Recursive function with if-statement

I am trying to represent the following function definition in Mathematica: $$\begin{align*} f(1)&=1 \\ f(2n)&= \begin{cases}f(n) & \text{if}\space n\equiv0\pmod{2} \\ 2f(n) & ...
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Extracting coefficients from a power series

I have a function defined explicitly as a power series: $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty{T_n}\frac{x^n}{n!}=\frac{\frac{x^3}{3!}}{e^x-1-x-\frac{x^2}{2!}}$$ and I would like to extract the coefficients $T_k$ as ...
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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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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions that all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering what is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could, of course, simply specify ...
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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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Mapping a function of the form matrix[[row,column1;;column2]] over a list

I want to create a list of lists of values by mapping values[[row, col1;;col2]] over a list like {{r1,c1,c2},{r2,c2,c3},... } to ...
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defining Associated Stirling numbers of the Second Kind

First, I'm new to Mathematica. Spent my undergraduate programming with Maple and my computer crashed and I lost it. Fortunately, my university offers free Mathematica downloads to students, so here ...
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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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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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function of derivative of a function

I know a similar question is answered somewhere, but it doesn't work for my case for some reason. I have the following problem in Mathematica. I want to compute f[h[x]]= x^2 + D[h[x],x]. Here, h[x] ...