Questions about the use of built-in Mathematica functions, including pure functions.

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Max element of a list with a custom ordering function

I need a function to find max element of a list according to some custom ordering function, assuming that the function implements a total order (elements being compared might not even be numbers). ...
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Find the minimum integer r such that $(10^r - 1)/37$ is an integer

I know Element[(10^r - 1)/37, Integers] tests the condition. So what is the command that gives me the minimum integer value r ...
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Pattern Match and Replace Expression involving Pure Function

Let's say I have an expression that in held form contains a pointer to a function. expr = Hold[2*{"FUNCTION1"} + 5]; ...
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Create a function which gets a function and a x as argument and returns the y [closed]

After a few hours and lots of tries, I am hoping that someone could give me a solution to my problem. I want to have a function, which gets a function and a value as arguments. The function should now ...
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Default value behaves differently when used in Function and when used with Cases

Consider this example: Cases[{4, x, 5 a , 6 x}, x_.*a_ :> x] (*{1, 1, 5, 6}*) It is clear that the _. took 1 as a ...
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Generating a permutation of elements in chunks

Is there a way for me to generate a list of permutations in "chunks" such that I needn't store everything on RAM all at once? Consider that (WARNING: DO NOT RUN! --- Will generate a list with 13! = ...
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Double application of NIntegrate produces unexpected error messages [duplicate]

In the course of trying to answer 69601, I encountered unexpected error messages. In highly simplified form, NIntegrate[NIntegrate[z y, {y, 0, 10}], {z, 0, 10}] ...
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Divide all but the maximal element in a list by 10?

I have a list of numerical data, and I want to write a program that will keep the maximum as it is, but reduce the rest by certain factor (such as 10). For example: ...
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Computing the fundamental matrix and its monodromy matrix

Assume $\dot x(t)=v(x,t)$ is a $T$-periodic, with respect to $t$ dynamical system. That is: $x\in\mathbb R^n,\quad t\in\mathbb R,\qquad v(x,t+T)=v(x,t)$. Let $x_0$ be a smooth periodic solution in ...
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Coefficients of a polynomial in powers of 10

Can I express a polynomial function in Mathematica in power (ScientificForm) ? I was trying: ...
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Replace variables and redefine a function

I would like to redefine a function f(x)=1+2x^2 to a new function g(y)=1+2y by using the replacement ...
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Josephus problem

See the Josephus Problem. My code takes in two numbers; one is the number of participants, and the other is supposed to be the number of players skipped between executions. ...
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Incomplete Integration in Area

Area[2 Sqrt[(1 - p^2)^2 - r^2], {p, 0, 1}, {r, 0, 1 - p^2}] is able to perform only the integral over r, leaving the integral ...
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Aborting from a Dialog box

I'm trying to abort a While cycle, with a dialog box. I've tried the following: ...
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Growth of functions

Does somebody know if Mathematica can be used to calculate the growth of functions, that is in Big O, Theta, and Omega and find proper $n_{0}$ and $c_{1}$, $c_{2}$ respectively?
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Function that returns the second argument of Reap

I'm trying to create a function that returns only the second argument of Reap. Here's my naive guess of how it would go : Reap2[x_]:= Flatten[Reap[x][[2]],1] ...
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Can I find constants in a function?

Let's say, I have a function with a constant, e.g. $y(x)=x+c$, and a condition $y(0) = 5$. I want to type in something like Solve[{y[x]=x+c, y[0] =5}, {c}] and get ...
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A bug in Commonest in version 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 m_goldberg demonstrated that in Mathematica 10 Commonest does not behave as the documentation indicates that it ...
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choose any number e that is relatively prime to n

I try to write a command that means choose any number e that is relatively prime to n, like e^n [Congruent] 1 (mod n), but it didn't give me a value of e. e^n [Congruent] 1 (mod n)
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Difference between Evaluation>>Quit Kernel and Quit[]

What is the difference between Evaluation >> QuitKernel and Quit[]? Both seem to quit the kernel (and clearing all ...
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Regarding Cycles and Lists of Functions

So, I'm trying to determine the Normal Matrix of a Least Squares Aproximation; I have a basis constituted by 8 functions f1,f2...f8; I have 9 points which constitute Datax = {x1,x2...x9} Now, I ...
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Binding trigonometric terms

I have many terms like A = Cos[Pi/18 + 2 x] + Cos[Pi/18 - 2 x] and I want to convert A to ...
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Defining a function using a preceding expression

How can I automatically define a function inside my Mathematica code using a result (expression) that preceded the point of definition. For example: ...
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Quantize a real-valued function?

I'm wondering if there's a built-in way in Mathematica to take a function whose output values are continuous, and quantize it to produce a step function. For example, I have the function ...
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How do I override options with my own defaults?

I'm calling a function f from within a function g and would like to pass any valid options for ...
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Defining a function with algebraic parameters

I am trying to define and use a function to represent the eigenstates of a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, which have the general form: $$\psi_{n}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2^{n} n!}}\left(\frac{m \omega}{2 ...
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Define function over expression

Suppose I have the following expression system = x + y + z And I would like to define a function that contains this function, without explicitly typing the right ...
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How to sort the functions in a Package?

Once a Package like abc` has been installed, we can use "?abc`*" to scan all the functions defined in this Package. Now I ...
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Defining a function which displays odd numbers? [closed]

Define a function that takes as input an integer n and returns as output the product of the first n odd numbers., i.e., 1 · 3 · 5 · · · 2n − 1. Evaluate your function at 1, 2, 3 and make sure you get ...
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How to define a nested function like this?

For example, I want to calculate the limit of $\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+\frac{3}{1+\ldots}}}$. So I want to define: $f(1)=1$ $f(2)=\frac{1}{1+2}$ $f(3)=\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+3}}$ Then I calculate ...
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How to find volume of an egg [closed]

I am a first time user of mathematica. I've been trying to figure out how to find the volume of a) f(x)=(ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d)sqrt(1-x^2). I have been scouring the internet for a solution on how to ...
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Lists for built-in functions that can work without brackets

I just noticed that Exit and Quit can work without brackets i.e. a single Exit or ...
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FinancialData Input

What does the function FinancialData require as input for natural gas: http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=NGG15.NYM Is it easier to export the natural gas data to ...
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How to make a function from body with variable number of arguments?

Suppose I have an UNKNOWN function, which generates formulas with given number of x[i]. ...
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Composition of Multivariable function

I am trying to compose functions of xleft, maybe like xleft[xleft[f]] or even higher order. And here is my function: ...
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Diffentiating a function f with respect to x [duplicate]

I have a tabe y={10,20,30,40...} and x={62,63,64,65...} y is a function f and this function needs to be interpolated. How do I defferentiate the function f with respect to x?
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Taking function output as shown, and processing it regardless of its history

I am making some symbolical calculations for my quantum chemistry class. I am supposed to build a wave function composed of multiple other functions, each of which is also composite of some lower ...
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How to tell Mathematica that certain variables are real/imaginary, integer-valued, etc

I'm trying to expedite some quantum mechanical calculations by running them through Mathematica. Expectation values and stuff like that. When I say, for example, ...
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What is the simplest way to obtain function obect of a given function?

Suppose I have a function p of some arguments: p[x_,y_]:= (* something *) Now I with to pass this function as an object to ...
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Why does LyapunovSolve solve non-standard form?

LyapunovSolve[A,Q] solves the equation $A P + P A^T = Q$ for $P$ whereas the standard form (wikipedia,lecture notes, p.25, linear control systems) of the Lyapunov ...
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Better Autocompelete for the Front-End

I wonder if it is possible to improve the front-end's autocomplete capability. Compared with some other more sophisticated editors/IDEs, such as eclipse, Mathematica's front-end does not provide a ...
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Crosscorrelation for nonperiodic signals

I want to detect patterns (of an absorption spectrum which is nonperiodic) with Mathematica automaticly. I have found CorrelationFuncion but as far as I understand, ...
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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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cycloid parametric [closed]

How do I enter 3 parametric equations for cycloids corresponding to circles with radii 1, 2, and 4. I have tried ...
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Missing control for depth of Inner

Working on a mechanics problem, I stumbled on something peculiar: Since Inner is a generalisation of Dot, it changes its ...
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How to add a part of a list to a function?

I want to be able to add a specific portion of a list to a part of a function but this fucntion intakes 6 variables where as the list is of example: ...
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Show how Eliminate arrives at reduction

Does anyone know how to get Mathematica to show how it arrives at the following result? ...