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Recognizing special cases of a defined function for permuted arguments

I have a number of ugly ways to implement the following pattern recognition task, but I'm looking for something elegant to keep my notebook tidy. I need to define a function of six variables ...
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Defining a rule with functions of arbitrary arguments

I have a set of "functions operators", say A1[u],A2[u],A3[u],and I would like to define a rule such that, for instance, (x*A1[u1]).(y*A2[u2]) returns ...
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Passing function as argument

I've been mucking around with passing functions as arguments to other functions and via trial and error seem to have something that works. I was wondering if someone could have a quick look at some ...
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How do I tweak the input assistant to use string completion on my own functions? [duplicate]

I would like to be able to use Mathematica's string completion feature for subvalues of my own functions. I tend to go for functions that follow the pattern ...
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Local variables whose definitions depend on each other [duplicate]

Consider the following (pseudo-)function definition: f[l_] := Let[{ a = Length[l], b = First[l], c = b/a, }, c*10] So for ...
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Kernel inexplicably hangs if I define a pure function without suppressing output

Save any unsaved work before trying as it may crash Mathematica and other programs by filling up the memory! In v9.0.1.0 on OSX 10.8.5, if I start a new session and define two functions ...
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difficulty abstracting the OptionValue pattern

I am building lots of functions that use Options and OptionValue and wanted to reduce the redundancy in the expressions that ...
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How to define a nestable Baseform function, BaseForm output becomes BaseForm input

Mathematica won't change a number's BaseForm recursively: 63969 // BaseForm[#, 16] & // BaseForm[#, 8] & // BaseForm[#, 2] & Well, I inspected former ...
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Account for powers of 0 and 1 when defining function

I have a function that I am defining as (assume m,n,a,b are non-negative integers): myfcn[x_^m_ p_^n_, x_^a_ p_^b_] := basefcn[m, n, a, b]; and then extending to ...
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Mapping data on Archimedes' spiral

I would like to map my data on Archimedes' spiral and preserve the distance between points on the curve. The test data consists of 20 evenly spaced {x,y} ...
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Functional-Style Partial Application and the Accumulator Pattern?

Following up on Functional-style Fixed-Length Queue Object?, I want to generalize it to a functional-style accumulator pattern. Lots of things look like accumulators, loosely defined as binary ...
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How to add periodicity to condition?

Is it possible to set the following function f[a], where a can be any real number? $$ f(\alpha) = \begin{cases} 1 ...
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Quick way to use conditioned patterns when defining multi-argument function?

I have a simple function that is supposed to only accept numeric values (i.e. complex/real numbers and constant symbols e.g. Pi, E). $$f(a,b,c)=a+b+c$$ Edit: I should have chosen a less simple ...
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Define PolyLog so that positive reals evaluate on upper edge of branch cut

Generalizing the previous question: Define Log so that negative reals evaluate on lower edge of branch For real positive values $x>1$, Mathematica's polylogarithm function ...
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Finding average error of the data

Considering I have some data, and I want to fit the data to a linear fit and find the average error from the linear fit, how can I do that using Mathematica? I have ...
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Make a scatter plot

Considering I have weather data for last 10 years for London, how can I make a scatter plot that will show the previous day's temperature as a function from today's temperature?
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Error with “Newton's method” in Wellin's Mathematica book

In Wellin's Programming with Mathematica book, here's one of his implementations of the Newton method, where the iteration runs until the error tolerance is reached. ...
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Extract data from WeatherData as a list of associations

Given weather data for 2013 and 2014 as follows: ...
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Remove curly brackets _completely_ to map a function to the elements of a list [duplicate]

Most list manipulations can be done with Flatten, Partition and Take. I didn't managed to ...
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How can I write a function which takes another function of a variable and the variable itself as arguments and gives a list of critical points?

This is an exercise from Power Programming with Mathematica by Wagner. I need a function which takes a function and a variable as arguments, like this: critpts[f_,x_]:= and then on the rhs I've got ...
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Defining a function with parameters as variables

I have an expression V = (a[1] + a[2])b[1]. How would I define a function of a[1], a[2] and ...
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Interpolation function evaluation and timing

Lets define two identical functions $f$ and $g$ in a slightly different way ...
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How to define a variable updating function? [duplicate]

I tried to program a Sudoku solver when I suddenly ran into this problem: I need a function which effectivley does this: ...
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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 to Solve a Sequence in Mathematica [duplicate]

Given the input and the output, how do you interpolate a function in Mathematica? For example if you know that $f(1)=\frac{1}{2}$, $f(2)=\frac{1}{3}$, $f(3)=\frac{1}{4}$,... how would you solve for ...
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How can I export my learned ClassiferFunction[] and PredictorFunction[]s?

Mathematica 10 provides beautiful high-level machine learning functionality. Sadly, the learned functions once created are rather opaque objects. I need to use them in other projects, so here is my ...
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Why is either Listable or HoldFirst not working?

Starting with a fresh kernel, I evaluate the following: ...
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Creating function with matrix argument

I am completely new to programming, so I apologize in advance for a stupid question. I want to program an algorithm for computing invariant factors of a finitely generated abelian group, so in ...
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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions which all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering which is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could of course simply specify the ...
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Defining a function from a list [closed]

I have a list of 49 numbers, and I would like to define a function f such that f(n) is simply the nth number in the list. How can I do this?
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Manipulate inside a function definition slows down when passed a large data set

I'm working with large data sets (>1gb) which I'm visualizing with Manipulate[]. The following example works fine for me with no additional memory overhead: ...
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Eigenvectors inside a maniupulate function

I am trying to make a physics application and it requires that the eigenvectors be taken for a 3x3 matrix. It is my intention that Mathematica never have to deal with the matrices symbolically. ...
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multiple generators for iterative construction of fractal

The code below is an attempt to use more than one generator (in this case two) to generate a fractal using the standard iterative procedure involving generators. Only the first two stages of the ...
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Implement settable properties

I am looking for advice on implementing the following. (It is possible that the answer is that it is simply not a good idea to do this.) I would like to have an object similar to ...
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What is the right way to write a function that includes other functions?

I want to include multiple sub functions: $b(x) = 10x$ $w(x) = s + b(x)$ $c(x) = x^2$ into two main functions: $ua(x) = w(x)-c(x)$ $ub(x) = w(x)-c(x)^2$ As a reaction to this answer, I wrote ...
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Adding a tree to a list of trees within a loop [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a function which for a list of trees checks if a given tree is isomorphic with any of the listed, and if not - adds it to the list. I tried to use both ...
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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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Overloading ClearAll[] to take no arguments

I use the command ClearAll["Global`*"] so much that I thought it would be nice to have a function that called it. Since by default ClearAll requires an ...
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Having variables appear aqua in user defined function [duplicate]

In many of the inbuilt mathematica function, variables appear aqua like in: However, when creating your own function, variables no longer have that green coloring and are instead colored like an ...
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How to program a F::argx message?

How useful is it to program a user-built function in a package to produce a red warning message F::argx if you give the wrong number of arguments to that function? ...
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Q-Multinomial Coefficient [closed]

How can one compute the q-Multinomial Coefficient as a function of q,m and a list {n1,n2,n3,...} in Mathematica? See http://mathworld.wolfram.com/q-MultinomialCoefficient.html for the definition.
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Multiple down-values with exactly the same lefthand side

I was working on an answer to this question, when I was sidetracked by what I bring up here. I wanted a function, which when given a string representing a binary number, would convert the string to a ...
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Nested definition: How can I define a function with a passed-in expression?

Here's a simplified version of what I'm trying to do: ...
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Using “With” outside a function on its parameters [duplicate]

I am making complex 3d graphics, and to clear up functions, I want to use With to remove a repeated action. This action occurs many times through many functions, so ...
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Function that prints a different value than it returns

I want to create a function something like this: test[x_] := (Print[1]; Return[2];) Except it prints 1 when executed as ...
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Why is Return not forcing an exit from my function? [duplicate]

Here is simplified version of my code that exhibits the behavior troubling me: ...
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Defining the Moyal Product in Mathematica

What would be the best way to define the Moyal Product, $f(x,p)\star g(x,p)$, in Mathematica? $f(x,p)\star g(x,p)$ may be written as $f\star ...
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Assigning a given value if a function returns an error [duplicate]

This question has to do with error handling, I guess. I am using Brent's Method in order to numerically find the root of a function. This is just an example of what I am doing: ...