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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: ...
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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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Fine tuning compiled code that computes dilogarithm function

As an exercise of writing a good Compile function, I want to do the simple task of coding a routine that outputs the real part of the dilogarithm function ...
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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 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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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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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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Changing default behavior of Series to give slightly different SeriesData

I am working with complicated expressions expr that contains the symbolic function f[x] which I know to have a pole at ...
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Implementing Newton's method

I have this question on coding Newton's method in Mathematica. I have some code to go by but I have no clue if it's computing the functions in the right order. The book is the numerical methods ...
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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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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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Why does Mathematica add Hold to the result of my user defined symbol?

In the code below I have defined a symbol that multiplies two block-matrices (I can't use the builtin Dot since Dot assumes that the matrix coefficients commute): ...
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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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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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Expressions containing globally undefined symbols inside a function where they are defined

Consider the following code. f[a_,b_]:=x; Clear[a,b]; x=a+b; f[1,2] It returns a+b. However, from a certain viewpoint, one ...
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Converting multi variable expression into a function

So I have this rather complicated looking expression ...
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Using Functions as Arguments to Function

I am trying to make a function like Norm but defined like so: MyNorm[{x_,y_,z_}]=Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2]. Mathematica assumes that x, ...
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Using several anonymous functions mixed together

This works: list // BarChart[#[[2]], ChartLabels -> DateString @@@ #[[1]], ChartStyle -> "Pastel"] & This doesn't: ...
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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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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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Why is there no PositionFunction in Mathematica?

Too often I have seen the programs of inexperienced users greatly slowed by using Position in an iterative fashion, when far faster would have been to compute a ...
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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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Generating list of functions from list of expressions

I know how to create a function from concrete expression like Function[{x, y}, x^2 + y^2] But what if I have a list of expressions list1 and I know the set of ...
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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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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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Graphics Function Definition Style (Using SubValues vs. DownValues)

I am going through some of the items in "Modern Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces with Mathematica, Third Edition". An example of the style used by these authors is: ...
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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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Functions vs. patterns

Every time I define a new function, I wonder which construct I should use: true functions obtained by using Function, or rule-based syntax. For example, these are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Turn expression into function

I'm new to Mathematica and I spent the last hour trying to make the expression ...
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Maximum number of literal values for SetDelayed?

Under what circumstances should I expect Mathematica to turn a delayed assignment into an immediate assignment? I have put together a minimal example (available here) which demonstrates this behavior. ...
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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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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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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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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}: ...