Questions about Mathematica's functional programming style, including the use of pure functions (Function[], #, &) and functions such as Map, Apply, Nest, and Through.

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Is it possible to change to a functional approach in this game-based procedural algorithm?

First of all, I'm aware that Mathematica StackExchange prefer specific questions, not discussions, but I need some enlightenment with this issue for I have nowhere else to ask :) The thing is, our ...
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Conditional search along the columns of a matrix

I want to implement the following algorithm in Mathematica. Get element along main diagonal of a matrix. If the element along the main diagonal is positive, then return the positions of the elements ...
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Scan vs. Map vs. Apply

I cannot understand the difference between Apply, Scan, and Map. I have tried to play with ...
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What is the most efficient way to map a linked list?

In order to work with lists effectively using common recursive patterns from functional programming, it's often most convenient to worked with the "linked list" representation, that looks like this: ...
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Using Mathematica to derive the PDF of the normal distribution

I am trying to use Mathematica, in this case in a well known and rather simple list of equations, but I get stuck whit Mathematica. Since I am just starting to use Mathematica for mathematical ...
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How to input pure function to package?

I would like to input a pure function into a custom written package, but am running into a variety of errors. The package I have created is as follows: ...
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Summing Over a Variable Number of Indices

I am trying to figure out the best way to include a variable number of indexes of summation in a program. For example: Suppose I want to define a function $g[n,s]$ that returns the sum ...
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How to set up and minimize a large system of equations to resolve the individual components

I am trying to set up a system of 400*N equations to deconvolute spectral data for four different compounds. I monitored 400 different wavelengths in N solvents (3 solvents in this case). In order ...
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How to write series of Do[ ]'s with a single Table[ ]?

Edited to provide more information (sorry I don't know how to format matrices here) I would like to replace: m = 4; ...
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Evaluation in lambda function

If I have a function, that returns a function, for example: f[a_] := a^2 * # & then f[3] == 3^2 # & Is there a way ...
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Optimizing my code to generate symmetric tensors

I have written code that does carries out the following task: Construct a fully symmetric rank-$P$ "tensor" out of a collection of user-input rank-1 vectors, and a rank-2 symmetric tensor $h$. The ...
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What is the most elegant way to specifiy a start case for recursion?

When writing recursive code that computes the least value at which a condition is true and various other scenarios it is often necessary to specify a base case. What I have done to supply this is ...
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Mapping functions over multiple lists

I am not sure if this is a duplicate. Spent some time looking over list-manip questions. I’d like to know the Quickest Way to achieve the following Mapping of a function over multiple lists. ...
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About auto-compiling and performance between Do and Fold

I was investigating how Fold could improve performance vs Do. I tested the code ...
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Defining a formal Primitive Recursion

I'm searching for a way to define the function this wikipedia article call Primitive Recursion. It should have two functions as argument and it should return a function. I need this as helping in ...
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How should I go about writing more functional and list based code? [duplicate]

I've heard that Mathematica is usually faster when the code is list-based and/or uses a functional paradigm. I'm still working on getting the hang of this; there are a lot of ...
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How can I iterate my code a 1000 times?

this is my solution to Exercise 5 of http://work.caltech.edu/homework/hw2.pdf Please help me make this more elegant. The exercise is about classifying random Points by a (randomly generated) target ...
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Behavior of ValueQ inside a function

The following code Cases[Function[{x}, x + 1], a_?ValueQ :> Hold[a], ∞, Heads -> True] unexpectedly returns {Hold[x + 1]} According to the manual, ...
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Where are the functional programming constructs: `every` and `some`? [duplicate]

Coming from other functional programming environments (e.g., Clojure) I've become accustomed to some functions that I haven't found equivalents for in Mathematica yet. The two I reached for last ...
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Replace Do loop with Nest

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Q-Function representation in Mathematica

I observed that there is no Q-function representation in Mathematica. The definition of Q-Function is: \begin{align} Q(x) &= \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_x^\infty e^{-\frac{u^2}{2}}du \\ ...
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How to “explode” a list inside a function call argument list? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do something like below, but it doesn't work, since StringForm requires each item from parts to be given ...
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Using functions to make loops

I'm trying to make a simulation of an electron that goes through a magnetic and electric field perpendicular to each other and to the velocity of the electron but I'm running in some troubles with the ...
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How do I operate on this list elegantly? [duplicate]

calibData = { {200, 10}, {100, 20} } MapAt[N, MapAt[Log10, calibData, {;; , 1}], {;; , 1}] I want to apply a base 10 Log to the first element of each tuple. ...
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Better code to find Narcissistic number

My code finding Narcissistic numbers is not that slow, but it's not in functional style and lacks flexibility: if $n \neq 7$, I have to rewrite my code. Could you give some good advice? ...
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Evaluate outer function first

I'm new in Mathematica so this is maybe super easy to do, but I can't figure out how. I've got a function plus[a,b] that sums two numbers and I need to implement a ...
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Using mathematical notation

Is it possible to write this function in mathematica exactly as shown, and then run the expression on a dataset? Please note I know that there are several other ways to do this. I am only ...
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Levels and slots

I am struggling with levels and #, if I understand this I think I will be able to grasp the entire concept. ...
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What's the cleanest functional-programming style way to perform this list operation?

I am looking for the correct method for accomplishing the unknown piece in the following code snippet: rolls = Tuples[Range[1, 4], {2}] ...
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Replace For-loop with functional code

I am very new to Mathematica. I have code written using for loops. I want to rewrite it using Map/Thread but I am not sure how ...
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How to find first list element that differs from average of N previous elements by more than a given amount?

Given a list of real numbers, I need to write a function that returns the value of the first element in the list that differs from the mean of the previous $N$ elements by greater than $P$ standard ...
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NestList with a list inside?

I'm new to Mathematica, and was looking for more efficient ways to implement the Do loop below. a, ...
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Overlapping pure functions

Let say I need and option for Plot: RegionFunction -> (-6 < #2 < 6 &) But I also want those ...
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DownValues for Built-in Functions

N.B. I have bitten the bullet, and I am going through Leonid Shifrin's "Mathematica Programming: An Advanced Introduction." (Which needs no introduction in this forum) One question I have: could one ...
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How to nest the output of FindRoot in a table of Derivative evaluations?

I am using ParametericNDSolveValue to numerically solve an ODE system, which I then use to find the definite integral of one of the variables in the solution for different values of a parameter. Here ...
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Using Through to evaluate complex expressions

Suppose we're given the expression f*g+h, where f,g,h are all pure functions. How can we evaluate this expression on some ...
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Why are we so sure about Map results?

I do abuse it often but when I have faced this feature first time I was really suprised: i = 0; (i++; # - i) & /@ Range[5] {0, 0, 0, 0, 0} What am I ...
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Composition with Apply

Composition is sometimes useful for clarity of a code. For the same purpose I try to Apply(@@) functions as often as it is ...
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Optimized subset algorithm implementation

I was reading a paper from Mathematica Journal.It mentions a code for calculating subsets. ...
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Scripting a visual comparison between the derivative and some finite scheme

I want to make an application where I can specify a function $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ and a dynamic value $n$ and get the function $\frac{f(x+\frac{1}{n})-f(x)}{\frac{1}{n}}$. I moreover want to ...
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Applying a function of several arguments to the rows of a matrix

I have a user-defined function which takes three vectors as input. Suppose that is like this: f[a_, b_, u_] := Total[a*Total[u]^b] Usually I have vectors for ...
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Using anonymous functions instead of module or block. Bad idea? [duplicate]

Here is an example function which returns True if a point p is on an (open) line segment (A, B) assuming that Orientation[A, p, B] returns 0 if the three points are collinear: ...
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Why is this code in functional style is slower than procedural style?

I know that in Mathematica a functional programming style is often more efficient than procedural style programming using For loops. But the code shown below seems ...
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Going full functional (Haskell style)

I'm trying to define some notation so that Mathematica code would be more functional, similar to Haskell (just for fun): currying, lambdas, infix operator to function conversion, etc.. And I have some ...
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Arbitrary depth patterns/rules

Temporary message: I am now really confused. I am not sure how using Power and Unevaluated together works in the examples below. While answering this question, I stumbled upon the following. We ...
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Computing distance matrix for a list

Using functional programming in Mathematica, how can I compute a distance matrix for every element in a list of matrices... The distance would be computed between the item in the list and a "target ...
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given n lists, get list of applications of function to n-tuples

Is there a built in function or an easy rule to do the following transformation? H[{A[0], A[1], ...},{B[0], B[1], ...},...] into ...
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Transform a list of functions to a composition

How do I apply a list of functions in a nested way? Example: functionList = {f1,f2,f3} RequiredCommand[functionList,Pi] such that the required command returns ...
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Programming a numerical method in the functional style

I am new to Mathematica and I would like to learn a bit more about functional programming. At the moment I have assignments like programming different numerical methods (for integration: ...