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

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Function derivatives in arbitrary dimension

I have a higher dimensional function: $$f(x,t)=-\ln(t)-\ln(1-\left\|x\right\|^2-t^2)$$ where $x\in\mathbb{R}^n,~t\in\mathbb{R}$. I want to compute the derivatives with the commands ...
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Prime factor counting function

Is there any way I can speed up this prime factor counting function? (I am looking for all numbers in a range with 3 prime factors (counted with multiplicity).) ...
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How to calculate expected return, row by row in matrix? [closed]

Please help me, I'm writing my project and dont know how to solve this big matrix: I have to compute return row by row: 1st row: (18.32-17.14)/17.14 ; (19.17-18.32)/18.32 .... ...
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Pure function inside another pure function

I have the following working expression: In[15]:= Length[Select[IntegerPartitions[10],First[#1]==5&]] Out[15]= 7 But, instead of using the constant 5 I want ...
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How to type binomial coefficient $\binom{n}{k}$

I know how to type a fraction as you would write a fraction in Mathematica (9). How do you type Binomial[n,k] as $\binom{n}{k}$ in Mathematica? Is there a single ...
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Partial result of aborted evaluation of FullSimplify

When FullSimplify invoked on a large expression, it can run for hours. If I do not have time to wait, and abort the evaluation, I get no result, although, ...
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Make a differentiable smooth sawtooth waveform

So, I am trying to understand the effect of sawtooth waveform on a mechanical system model. For example, a system of a plate and a box on it. And then we try to oscillate the plate. In order to do ...
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how recover lost data of coordinates from contourplot of mention data?

I have made Contour Plot for a lot of data, like this ...
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Interpolation of a table with 4 parameters

I have a huge data file which I need to do some analysis on it. The file is built in this way that for each 4 variables, there is a value of the function: ...
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Is there an equivalent to MATLAB's linspace? [duplicate]

Does Mathematica have an equivalent to Matlab's linspace? I want to make a list with "start", "stop" and "number of points". What is the neatest way of doing this?
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Using a table to format a grid

Ok, I can't wrap my head around this because I don't know Mathematica well enough yet, so I'm asking for help, at least a direction to explore in. I have a Grid: ...
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How can I extract when a select condition is met in a do loop the value of the iterator?

I use the following code to find out the number of consecutive prime numbers using a formula $n^2+n+i$ found out by Euler (starting from n=0): ...
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How would I plot the volume element in cylindrical coordinates?

I have this graph: But it doesn't have a function so I can't just plugin in a function into wolfram or mathematica to plot it. I have these coordinates to make it however: ...
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Volume within parameter space

Imagine a parameter space with variable 0<p<1, 0<e1<1/2 and 0<e2<1/2. ...
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Multiple output cells

Is it possible to have multiple outputs from a single function? For example: In[1]:= x+1 x+2 Out[1]= 1+x Out[2]= 2+x has multiple outputs, how can I ...
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Orthogonalizing without normalizing

Is there a way to make Orthogonalize do the normal Gram-Schmidt procedure without normalizing the result? As far as I've understood this was possible with ...
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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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How to bail out from a non-applicable transformation function?

I provide a custom function in TransformationFunctions options of FullSimplify that can do a transformation only for some values ...
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Shortest polygonal path

I'd like to find the shortest distance between some points (every point must be visited), such as between these 3 points: ...
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Strange Integrate behavior (a bug!)

The following two calculations should give the same result. After all, integration is a linear operation. I have pasted the code below in case you want to play with it. ...
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mathematica function autocomplete issue [duplicate]

This is the default function structure prompt from Mathematica 9 This is my own function module ...
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Integral of Lorentzian yields different results depending on when parameter assigments are made

I'm evaluating the integral of a Lorentzian, which I know equals one. First I define the function and evaluate the integral in two slightly different ways. Surprisingly, I do not get the right answer ...
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Decapitating “explicit” and “implicit” heads

This is a follow up to this question. So far, I named "explicit" heads to those that appear explicitly in the expression. For example, f[x] has an explicit head. I ...
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Difference between @ and @@

I am confused by the commands @ and @@. From the documentation, I learnt that @@ is the ...
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Partitioning a list of numbers the Mathematica way

I have two sorted lists, one list will be called the "fences" and the other the "values" Fences could be: $\{1, 5, 9, 14\}$ Values could be $\{-1, 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15\}$ I want to ...
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What is the need for function parameters? Many possible inputs

If I have many possible variables related to one another, why do I need to define my function with parameters for plotting? For example, if I have an equation like: ...
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using a Mathematica function to define a new function

I'd like to define a function of three variables which produces a new, named function of a single variable, where this final variable is not a member of the first three. So I'd like something where I ...
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Strange result for the analytic integration leads to Hypergeometric2F1

The integration result for Integrate[1/(r^2 Sqrt[x/r^(4 - 2 \[Gamma]) + 1]), r] is: ...
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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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How to apply a tensor to a list of arguments

The problem I have is the following: Let C be a list of coordinates, say, C = {x1, x2, ..., xn} and ...
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The UnitStep function and Intervals

For the input UnitStep[Interval[{-4, 5}]] I get Interval[{0, 1}] Why is this not ...
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Converting function into differential version

I am looking through a journal and I came across a function that I wanted to convert to its differential version using Mathematica. Would anyone be able to get the differential version by using ...
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Reverse engineer a sample value from a CDF

The image below shows the cumulative distribution of a normal distribution with mean = 4 and standard deviation = 1. Notice that if you have a value with a rank of 0.8 (meaning it would be 80th item ...
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Are there Min and Max functions that work properly on Intervals?

Mathematica overloads the Min and Max functions to retrieve the lower and upper bounds of an interval. I need functions that ...
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Understanding FullForm in front end

I want to understand the following effect better (In Mathematica 9) .. Or, maybe, is it a bug? Running the following line FullForm[Subscript[α,β_]] gives as ...
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Two ways of map a function on the list: Which one is faster?

There are 2 ways to make a function listable on the list: Use Map or use SetAttributes. My question is, which one is faster, ...
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creating some smooth density functions

I would like to create some density functions based on some distance measure $D$. As a base density function lets say I have a Gaussian density $f$ with mean $-1$ and variance $1$. I would like to ...
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Iteration process involving several functions

I would like to carry out a following iteration process: Apply function f1[a_,b_,c_,d_] to a starting list l1={a1,b1,c1,d1}, ...
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Why DateDifference returns machine number?

Is there any specific reason why DateDifference cannot give an exact number in this case? ...
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Function to differentiate between date pattern and specific string format

I'd like to write a function that behaves one way when the argument is a Mathematica date, such as {2013,12,15}, or with added hours, minutes and seconds if ...
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Selecting for 2D points that are within a threshold distance of an upper- and lower-bound number of points

I have a very large set of 2D points: numberOf2DPoints = 10^6; pointList = RandomReal[{0, 1000}, {numberOf2DPoints, 2}]; I'd like to find a way to quickly ...
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Passing a joined list of symbols for Module or Block to treat as its own local symbols

The Question I'd like to write a function which itself takes a list of symbols, e.g. Foo[{x, y, z}] to pass to Module ...
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How to express an expression with only ArcTan and ArcTanh?

I have an expression which is simply (j/k) x^(j/k) LerchPhi[x,1,j/k)] where 0 < j < k. Manually I have been able ...
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The third argument of the Root function

Consider the roots of an arbitrary indecomposable polynomial: sol = Solve[x^5 + 2 x + 1 == 0, x] The returned expression is ...
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Is there any automatic method for rating function arguments importance?

If I have a function: y = 2a + 5b + c It can be easily seen that b is the most important parameter, next ...
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Stop function evaluating input at time of definition [duplicate]

I would like to create a function that acts on whether the input is even or odd, e.g.: In[644]:= f[a_] = If[EvenQ[a], 2 a, 3 a]; f[2] Out[645]= 6 I've ...
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Generation function of recurrence sequence

I'm trying to find generation function of recurrence sequence ...
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Strange behaviour of Internal`InheritedBlock

I was going to post an answer for fast way to replace all zeros in the matrix. I was even quite happy because timings were the same order of magnitude as others. The idea was to overwrite ...