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

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User defined functions and decimal places displayed

I have a couple of complicated user-defined functions, one which calls the other, and I wish to control the number of decimal places displayed when I call the "mother" function. I have tried the ...
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In which version was this Extract syntax introduced?

In Mathematica 10.0.1 this works: Extract[{a, b, c, d, e}, {{{1, 3}}, {{5, 4}}, {{2}}}] {{a, c}, {e, d}, {b}} In ...
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Automatically discover the class of an arbitrary matrix

In Wolfram|Alpha it is possible to discover some specific classes to which a matrix belongs. For instance, typing this in Wolfram|Alpha ...
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Distance Time Warp (DTW) function implementation in mathematica

The DTW (Distance time warp) is given here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_time_warping There is an implementation of DTW in R as well as MATLAB. However i am unable to find something for DTW in ...
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Returning the 3-dimensional vector from a skew symmetric matrix

I'm trying to write a function that takes in a skew symmetric matrix and returns the corresponding vector. When I write the following code, it works when I leave it as variables, but it does not work ...
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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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C compiler error: the no library could be generated error

I have windows 8, Mathematica 9, and I've just installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with update 3. I'm try to run Compile with the option ...
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How to create a function like in Python

I want to call a function that would perform a function rather than assigning an expression to them. I.e. ...
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Why doesn't this pattern work?

I want the in-built function Count to count the elements in a list which are greater than a value. Example: ...
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How do I get a Do function to create a list?

I have a Do function which gives me a column of expressions. How can I get the Do function to give me these expressions in a list. i.e The do function gives me this: a b c d I would like it do give ...
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Problem in downloading “ToMatLab” package [duplicate]

Iam trying to download "ToMatLab" Package from http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/MathSource/577/ but it is showing me an error message by showing a big question mark and "File could not be ...
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Functions in functions

I have three functions f(x,y) , g(t) , and h(t) and somehow I have to find (d/dt)f(g(t),h(t)) where t = 0. How would I go about writing this in Mathematica? In this equation g(t) is taking place of x ...
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Unexpected behavior from Indexed (threading and messages)

I was going to include Indexed in this answer, thinking that it operated much as a List-only ...
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Extracting coefficients from a power series

I have a function defined explicitly as a power series: $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty{T_n}\frac{x^n}{n!}=\frac{\frac{x^3}{3!}}{e^x-1-x-\frac{x^2}{2!}}$$ and I would like to extract the coefficients $T_k$ as ...
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How can I evaluate only a single step of a recursive function?

Let's say have a simple recursive function for the Fibonacci sequence f[0] := 1 f[1] := 1 f[n_] := f[n - 1] + f[n - 2] but I want to see how it will expand in a ...
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Conditional replace of a column

Im trying to replace the value in the Nth column of a list if a condition is true, returning the modified list. I've tried modifying the answer from 61219 and been through most of related questions ...
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How to deal with the condition $u_i=u_{i+1}$ in B-Spline basis function?

The defintion of B-Spline basis function as shown below: Let $\vec{U}=\{u_0,u_1,\ldots,u_m\}$ a nondecreasing sequence of real numbers,i.e, $u_i\leq u_{i+1}\quad i=0,1,2\ldots m-1$ $$N_{i,0}(u)= ...
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Rigging a function to output a distinct value every nth call

There's some fixed script I am unable to alter (keeping things simple: Table[f[i], {i, 1, 10}]), , however, I can alter a function that the script calls (again, ...
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Trouble definining a function to use only certain heads

I'm trying to write a function that accepts only a particular Head (for example, prints only Symbols) using pattern matching. However, the following code has me a bit of confused. ...
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CoefficientRules for negative powers

CoefficientRules acts like the following. ...
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Mathematica doesn't simplify a simple expression

The question is simple as that. I have: ...
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How can I mix // with a function of two arguments? [duplicate]

I often find myself using // when playing around with expressions, but it is always cumbersome to have to switch to the full notation just to apply a function of ...
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Analog of GeneratingFunction for Newton series [duplicate]

GeneratingFunction gives the generating function for Maclauren series. I wonder if there a similar function for Newton series. If $$g(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^k}{k!}f(k)$$ Then g(x) is ...
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How to define a function that counts the exponents

I want to define a function $F$ described as follows: The input of $F$ is a polynomial such as m*u*x^4*y + n*v*x^2*y^3 where $m$ and $n$ are constants, and ...
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Time value of Money Functions combined

I am trying to combine multiple functions into one. I have defined following functions: (PV refers to Present value, FV refers to Future value, i or IPER refers to interest per period, pmt refers to ...
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Is there a way to revert to the built-in function after overwritting it using Unprotect

When using Unprotect, we can overwrite a functions definition: Unprotect[Sqrt] Sqrt[x_]="blahblah" Protect[Sqrt] Once this is done, can we revert to the built-in ...
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Visualisation of a recursive function

Is there a way to nicely visualize recursive functions? (diagrams/plots) More specifically I'm looking for a way to make contrast (visually) between e.g. the cosine function which if continuously ...
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Replacing columns of a matrix with zeros

I am to create a function that replaces columns 'm' through till 'n' with zeros. Here is what I have so far: ...
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How do I format Compile[] correctly?

My Mathematica skill is still rusty, so kindly bear with me. I'm having problem formatting expression to compile the function correctly: $\sum _{g=1}^G \sum ...
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Smoothing a single rectangular pulse in NDSolve

Hello I am interested in smoothing out the sharp edges of a single rectangular wave centered at the origin. I am looking for a smooth function that looks almost exactly the same as the square wave ...
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Fitting ellipse to 5 given points on the plane

Five points are required to define a unique ellipse. An ellipse has five degrees of freedom: the $x$ and $y$ coordinates of each focus, and the sum of the distance from each focus to a point on the ...
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Function to Expand exponentials

Is there a function similar to PowerExpand which expand exponentials? This would, for example, take Exp[5(a + b)] and ...
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Modifying parameters: Set::setps in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

Ok, this will probably be a silly question, but I can't get my head around it. I'm making a simple module that, given a list and two integers, will swap the position of the elements in the ...
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JordanDecomposition in Mathematica

I'm trying to find the Jordan Decomposition in Mathematica for $$ A=\left( \begin{matrix} 2& -5& 8&-12\\ 1& -2& 4&-8\\ 0&0&2&-5\\ 0&0&1&-2 \end{matrix} ...
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Find function inverse

I'm trying to find the inverse of a function: (30*x^2 (1 - x)^2) (* where 0<x<1 *) I tried all the following options: 1. ...
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How to explain NDSolve that functions must be positive only?

I have a simple system of differential equations to solve but both functions should be positive: x[t] > 0 and y[t] > 0 for all t. I was not able to explain NDSolve this fact so it goes x[t] < 0 ...
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Ted's explanation for the 3rd argument of ListCorrelate doesn't apply to the {1, -1} case?

I was reading Ted Ersek's explanation for the usage of ListCorrelate(.nb version can be found here) and noticed something confusing. It's the third example of ...
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Extracting the function from InterpolatingFunction object

I've used Interpolation[] to generate an InterpolatingFunction object from a list of integers. ...
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Incorrect output from InverseFourierTransform

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and fixed in 9.0.1 or earlier I am trying to compute the inverse Fourier transform of this expression ...
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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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StreamPlot in Mathematica

A $2\times 2$ linear ODE system can be visualized by StreamPlot in Mathematica. For example: ...
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Strange behaviour of MMA in derivatives of some standard functions

There are some peculiar things to be discovered in derivatives of some standard functions in MMA: Strange behaviour Example 1: Abs We have ...
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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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Strange behaviour of Set and Part when given a sequence

Consider this example: lis1 = {a, b, c}; lis1[[2]] = Sequence[e, f]; lis1 (*{a, e, f, c}*) lis1[[2]] (*e*) lis1[[2]] = Sequence[g, h]; lis1 (*{a, g, h, c}*) It ...
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Generating function for Newton series?

The function GeneratingFunction gives generating function for Taylor series. Is there a similar function for Newton's series? $$f(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k [f]\left (0\right)$$
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Complement[] changes order of elements?

Consider this example: Complement[{a, y, c, d, e}, {a, c}, {d}] (*{e, y}*) However, I was expecting the result to be: ...
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Is there a built-in function which detects singularities in a function?

Given a function f[x] and a region M in the complex x-plane, how can I find singularities of f in this region, i.e., issue a ...
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How can I export numerical data in a calculation-favorable format?

I am exporting some data into the txt file but since the values exported to this txt file expresses 10^6 to be *^6, I cannot use these numbers in calculations in other programs.. For instance, when I ...
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Wrapping Interval Notation for Take

I'm trying to implement the solution to a math problem in Mathematica, but my code can't handle a particular boundary case. I think that I could implement a function that would do what I want it to, ...
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Finding real roots for an eigth-degree polynomial

The context for this problem is identical to my first question. Unfortunately my previous result for $L$ was inexact since it was a relatively simple approximation. This time I have managed to produce ...