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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Help going from iterative to functional

The following code segment shows what I'd like to do. I'm a procedural programmer trying to learn the Mathematica functional style. Any help on this would be appreciated. ...
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Functional-programming virus infection

Update: The question may seem too broad, but the answer provided by belisarius responds perfectly to the question, as the use of $ListConvolve$ and $NestList$ meets the desired criteria in in addition ...
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Let's do this list-rearrangement prettier [duplicate]

Suppose that i have a list in this format= $list=\{ \{a,obj1 \} ,\{c,obj2 \}, \{a,obj3 \}, \{b,obj4 \} \dots\}$ I want to construct a new list in this way: $ newlist= \{ \{ \{a,obj1\} , \{a,obj3\} ...
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How can I use NestWhileList instead of While in this case?

OK, the problem occurred when I challenged with Project Euler No. 10 The sum of the primes below 10 is 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 17. Find the sum of all the primes below two million. My code is: ...
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Function taking arbitrary number of arguments

I have a very similar function to that which a solution was provided by kguler, but am unsure as to how to adapt the solution that was given there. That post can be seen here. The adaptation is only ...
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Listable on first level [duplicate]

I have some function which take List as input. f[l_List]:=someActions[l] I need apply this function to a list of lists. Now I ...
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Choose between `Apply` and `Map`

Even though this might be too general question(or not answerable), I want to get some advice here. I apologize in advance if it is not a relevant question. I frequently have to process large list of ...
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Iterating over a list, in a functional way

I have learned a lot about functional programming just from messing around in Mathematica, but I've come across a problem that I don't know how to solve in a "functional" way. Any help would be ...
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Combining MapAt and MapIndexed

The very last example in the documentation for MapAt is: MapAt applies f repeatedly if a part is mentioned repeatedly: ...
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The problem (time) caused by ?NumericQ

In here, I asked a related (similar) question. Using ?NumericQ seems have slowed down the entire calculation. But I now have a more serious problem: ...
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Supply a function as an argument to another, and find its minimum

I would like to minimize a function, which is supplied as an argument to another function, and report back the estimates of the values of the variables that result in its minimum. In specific, I would ...
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Can someone explain this snippet: (#[#] &)[#[#][#] &]

A friend showed me this snippet of code today: (#[#] &)[#[#][#] &] I can sort of see that we're constructing an anonymous function that takes a function ...
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How to improve this function that selects parameters from arbitrary distribution using Recursion?

Below, I have defined a function using Which to select model parameters based upon various conditions. My questions are: Is there any danger in writing this function using Recursion? Is there a more ...
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General function taking general number of arguments

The following is an edit of this post, for which a working solution was provided by John McGee. I have a different function and am not sure how to adapt the solution for it: I want to construct a ...
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Functional equivalent of a For loop referring to consecutive elements in a list

I have implemented this function which smooths the values in a list by, if it encounters a zero, replacing this entry by the average of its two neighbours (apart from the first and last values of the ...
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Prefix operator with low precedence

The question is simple, but I will elaborate on the background as well for those interested in the idea: How to define a new operator with specified precedence value? Background Mathematica was ...
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How do I convert an argument list to a list of arguments?

I think this is a basic question, but I am having difficulty finding the answer in the documentation. Thread is not what I am looking for, I think. Suppose that I ...
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Functional programming approach to avoid traditional loops

I'm currently learning from the wonderful post: Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice? And i'm correcting my habits using Nest/Map/Thread instead of loops. The problem ...
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fastest way to perform the following summation

I have a vector $A$ with components $A_{i}$, and two matrices $X$ and $Y$ with components $X_{ij}$, and $Y_{ij}$ respectively. What is the fastest way of performing the following summation ...
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How to continuous apply a function to an argument? [duplicate]

In order to calculate x = sqrt(1 + x) for a given number x, 40 times, I tried this: ...
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Selective threading of the Rule

How can I change form1 to form2 form1 {10000, 10004} -> {2, 2, 637} form2 ...
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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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Multiplying block matrices

I have a 2*8 matrix A, and a 2*8*2 matrix B. So B[[1]] and B[[2]] are both 8*2 matrices. I need a neat way to multiply A by B so that the first list in the result is A.B[[1]] and the second list ...
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Shorter syntax for Fold and FoldList?

I find it tedious to write out the following: a = {1, 2, 3, 4}; Fold[f, First @ a, Rest @ a] f[f[f[1, 2], 3], 4] It ...
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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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Simple while loop alternative in Mathematica

I have noticed that there are a few examples that go into some detail regarding While loop alternatives. (See here for example: Alternatives to While Loops?) However, I wanted to provide a simpler ...
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Updating procedural fitting algorithm to more efficient style?

For some time now, I have used this procedural programming approach to fit data in my research that is too cumbersome for the built in Mathematica functions. (Although this simple example works fine ...
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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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How to distribute but skipping one level

I would like to write a Rule that mimics built-in Distribute[], but one that distributes ...
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How do I tell pattern searcher the order in which to search for patterns given in general form?

I have a really long sequence of Symbols inside a function, say nonCommute[a,b,c,e,e,f,g,b,i,j], and I am implementing a ...
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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 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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Can't figure out how to apply these functions repeatedly

I have the following problem, and even though I've tried Fold & Inner, Sow & Reap, et al. I can't figure out the clean way to do this. Here's the problem. I have a list that starts as ...
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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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Mathematica's equivalent to the Python's Zip command in List-comprehension? [closed]

What is Mathematica's equivalent to Python's ZIP command? Is this called nesting? It means iterating over sub-sets of values like the below example. How can I do it in Mathematica? Example in Python ...
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Working with calculations that depend on the previous value in a list

I'm trying to make calculations on a list that depend on the previous value. In my case I'm doing event detection - detecting the point where a value rises above some threshold for the first time ...
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Applying a function to a Dataset column conditional on another slot's value

How to apply a function to a column conditional on another slot's value? The Dataset documentation show only how to apply a function to named slots independently. The ...
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have a function redefine itself as it maps through a list

I have a list which contains sublists, e.g. list = {{a,b}, {a,b,c}, {a,b,a,a}, {b,c}, ...} I then map a function through each sublist. This function should ...
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How to replace While construct to NestWhile(functional-style) correctly?

Recently,I find the program of @J.M. about Get a "step by step" evaluation in Mathematica is a very useful example for learning Mathematica programming. In the function ...
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Using a list of tuples in a pure function

I want to use a list of tuples within a function to make assignments. Say I want to make assignments of the form value[i,j] = val What I have is a list of ...
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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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Can $\it{every}$ usage of While be changed into NestWhile?

Ok, I think this problem is more close to philosophy. :P I've some idea now. But I'm not sure whether it's correct. For the purpose of convenience, I will use some C-like code instead of MMA's. A ...
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Improving the speed of evaluating Table with nested functions

I am a Mathematica novice working with a stack of 1024 x 1024 WatershedComponents (or MorphologicalComponents) label matrices ...
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AssociationMap to query Dataset across levels?

Is there a way to operate on Dataset across levels to apply a function f to a key -> value pair in an Association as follows: ...
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Mapping with Trace[] [duplicate]

As part of some data anaylsis, I am using the function Trace to give me the name of an array of data, which I then use to label my plots. eg. my data array is called r1 so I run: ...
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Expressions to functions, and evaluation [duplicate]

When calculating derivatives a expression is the result: in:= f[x_,y_]:= 1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 y + 4 x y^2 in:= D[f[x,y],x] out= 2 + 6 x y + 4 y^2 how do i make this ...
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Defining a sequence slot programmatically

This question is related to: Composition of functions using slots `Slot` (#) interfering with evaluation Consider a toy example: ...