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Filter list with different list in it

I have a list like: {{{4, 14}, 1}, {{4, 15}, 1}, {{4, 16}, 1}, {{4, 17}, 1}, {{4, 18}, 1}, {{4, 14}, 3}, {4,15}, {{4, 16}, 2},{4,18}} Now I want to ...
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Evaluating a function on permutations of its arguments

Say I have a function "temp" of $n+1$ variables, $y,z1,z2,z3,...,zn$. I want to test if my function has certain symmetries like swapping $y$ with square of any $z$, swapping any two of the zs, ...
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A function that only evaluates on lists of pairs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn’t PatternTest work with Composition? I'd like my function to only evaluate when the argument is a list of pairs. It seems like ...
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How to use Solve rules as a function body?

Solve gives me an expression which I want to use as the body of a function. Rather than run Solve every time inside my function ...
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f[arg1, arg2,…,argN] vs. f[{arg1, arg2,…,argN}]

I am trying to reproduce the API of a function (written in R) that accepts an arbitrary number of arguments and handles it the same way as it would handle a single argument that is a list of different ...
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How do I determine if there's an arithmetic sequence within a list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: find subsequences of constant increase Given an arbitrarily long list of integers (let's say they are sorted), how would one determine if any 3 (or more) of those ...
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Can I make a default for an optional argument the value of another argument?

I'd like to define a function with several optional arguments, some of which default to the value supplied for other arguments. For example, I'd like to be able to write something like ...
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Difference between function definitions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Functions vs. patterns I thought about describing the context in which I faced this problem, but I figured it is general enough and clear enough to pose it as it is. ...
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How to define a differential operator?

I have a linear differential operator, for instance, $L\left (\partial _{t} \right )=\partial _{tt} - 3\partial _{t} + 2$. I use it in 2 different ways: apply the operator to a function: $L\left ...
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How to correctly call a Module within another Module?

How to embed and call the correct embedded modules inside another Module? Say: ...
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How do I designate arguments in a nested map?

Say I have two lists, list1 = {a, b, c} list2 = {x, y, z} and I want to map a function f over them to produce ...
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Multivariate Function Approximation With a Large Dataset

I have a nice amount of data from a trading strategy I am working on, where I have two different liquidity parameters as x, y variables. Before entering a trade I am taking the moving average of ...
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Pattern that matches colors

Suppose I'm writing a function that takes a color as a parameter; for example: drawShape[color_] := Graphics[{Style[Disk[], color]}]; But if the caller inputs an ...
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How is OptionsPattern[] defined? Can I replicate this?

I am writing several functions which all take similar input parameters (a complicated nested list structure). Is there some way for me to define a pattern that can be used in multiple places and ...
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Find the derivatives of arbitrary order of a function found using NDSolve

For the following initial value problem BC[b_]:=x[0]==b; eq[b_]:=NDSolve[{equation==0, BC[b]}, x, {t,0,1000}]; body[t_,b_]:= x[t]/.eq[b]; one could define the ...
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Why function is evaluated backward?

I have a simple function: f[x0_,y0_]:= Module[{x=x0,y=y0},For[i=0,i<2,i++;Print[x],Print[x+y]];] So when I call it: ...
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Generating pairs of additive and multiplicative factors for integers

Given an integer $n$, I want to get two lists: a) the set of pairs of the divsors $a,b$ into exactly two factors $n=a\cdot b$, b) the set of pairs $a,b$ of two summands $n=a+b$. The code I ...
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Generating a function which outputs possible chemical reactions

I want to make a list of chemical reactions and I write them down in a $\require{mhchem}\LaTeX$ format. They are of the following form $$NA_n^i+MB_m^j \rightarrow \hat NA_{\hat n}^{\hat i}+\hat ...
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Return Functions from parallel execution of module

I wrote a module which numerically solves an ODE using NDSolve. The result from this is e.g. either ...
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Defining functions from expressions of variable lengths

I have a list of symbols that I have defined using d = Table[Symbol["d" <> ToString[i]], {i, 1, n}] giving ...
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Building matrices by attaching vectors (columns) and matrices

Having the need to attach a column to a matrix or to join matrices to make longer rows is an operation that I use very frequently and I find the Join function ideal ...
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Non Commutative Multiply [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-commutative symbolic linear algebra I want to multiply two matrices, for example, A = {{e, f}, {g, h}} B = {{a, b}, {c, d}} ...
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Matrix Multiplication Modulo 2

I would like to perform matrix multiplication modulo 2. Hence, instead of the usual: A.B I did: ...
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How to generalize a formula?

This is a piece of my code: ...
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Bad function evaluation

I am having some trouble with this function ...
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How to create a composite function from a variable number of components?

Background of the problem: A patient takes a drug every $X$ hours with a half-life of $Y$ hours. How much of the drug will be (exactly) in his system after $h$ hours? For $X=24$, and $Y=24$ I made the ...
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Implementing a For (?) or series or loop (?) for individual results for every x to n

I'm working on improving a modeling formula and have spreadsheets worth of data to use, but my work so far has been quite tedious. I'm essentially pulling 20 rows of data from each separate sheet of a ...
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Better solution than returning a list of 3 values?

I have a function (using SetDelayed) that currently returns 3 values in a list. Later on I use the result of this list along with ...
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Defining a function that handles Dynamic arguments similar to Built-ins

Firstly please note that I'm using simply Dynamic behavior to illustrate my question, I'm not asking how to move a Disk or make ...
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How to mix Unevaluated property of function arguments with expression assignments?

This is a follow-up to my (solved) question How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments) Say, I have a binary function ...
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How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments)

I guess there is an easy way to do this, but I can't seem to figure it out. What I would like to do is to distribute a generic (i.e. without specifying what this function really does) binary function. ...
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Composition of mappings not working as expected

I have two functions $f,g:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ and I define a third one $h:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ as the composition $$h(x,y) = g(f(x,y))$$ I'm trying to get this function into ...
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Define product derivative

How do I define the $n$th product derivative of a function in Mathematica? The first product derivative $f^\ast$ of a function $f$ is $$ f^\ast(x)=\exp\left(\frac{f^\prime(x)}{f(x)}\right) $$ The ...
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How to pull scalars out of a function that should act on lists?

Suppose I have A = a vecA B = b vecB where a and b are supposed to be arbitrary scalars ...
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Specifying form in MemberQ

This seems like a very simple question, the answer to which should be obvious to me. So I won't be offended if this question is closed. But I'm having trouble figuring out the answer. I would ...
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Function to select a row whose kth element is closest to a given number

I'm trying to write a function that picks out the row of a Matrix whose kth element is closest to some given number that will be given to me. So for example, ...
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Modules that initialize themselves on first call

I use a lot of functions that extract a specific data item from a file with many data items. I want these functions to load data (slow) and return the item (fast) on first call, but just return the ...
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NestList on a function of several arguments

I'd like to know if it is possible to use NestList on a regular function of several arguments, such as: ...
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How to find (numerical) value of a derivative at point?

I have the following function: f[0, 0] = 0 f[x_, y_] := Exp[-(x^2 + y^2)^(-1)] How do I find its partial derivatives at any given point, including $(0,0)$? This ...
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Constraining a random function

This question is a follow-up from here. I have a function that generates a list of correlations between some random variables: ...
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Functional programming and Do loops

I'm writing a Monte Carlo simulation. I'm using a Do loop to create the different simulations, iterating over different ...
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Is it possible to Clear all variables (but not functions)?

I have written a Mathematica script in which I define functions and variables. Here is a vastly simplified example: ...
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can a ColorFunction have side effects?

Can anyone explain this (to me) odd behavior. If I run this code once (fresh kernel) it works as intended. ...
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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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Generating a position lookup function for an arbitrary list of integers

In my code, I generate a list of integers called numlist. Here is an example numlist: ...
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Piecewise function with a function as argument

I want to define a piecewise function, which has two arguments, one of which is a function of the other's piecewise argument. I am giving an example ...
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How can define a set of nested parameters

I would like to know how I to define a function with a nested set of parameters (or whatever you would like to call it). For example, how would I get the following function ...
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Variables Inside Functions Not Evaluating

x = 5*y function1[y_] := x function1[5] Am I wrong in thinking that function1[5] should equal 25? Instead this comes out. ...
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Calling part of a variable in a user defined function

I have defined a function ...