# Tagged Questions

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

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### Apparent issue with derivative of FractionalPart [duplicate]

This issue came to my attention from Math.SE: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1015325/is-the-derivative-of-x-on-0-1-always-equal-to-1/1015342#1015342 To summarize, it appears that ...
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### simulate a 32-bit signed integer overflow in a recurrence function

Considering the following recurring equation: which is this factorial function: I want to find the value of x where f(x) = 0. Actually, the solution is impossible with Mathematica, and it's ...
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### What is the shortest way to switch between heads of nested functions

consider this example: f[g[x]] what is the shortest way to switch between heads of nested functions to produce. g[f[x]]
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### Function pattern to support listed and non-listed arguments [duplicate]

I often want to write functions that take as an argument either a) a rule or b) a list of rules. As an example, when using Replace with just one rule, it does not ...
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### Error: in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

I am trying to set part of a Doubly-indexed list aInitialPopulation to cNumHeg. Specifically I am trying to set the 3rd part of the list aInitialPopulatiom[[cNodeNumber]] to cNumHeg. My (attempted) ...
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### Using Integrate to define a function

I'd like to define a function by way of the output of a definite integral with symbolic bounds. For instance, F[m_,k_] := Integrate[x,{x,m,k}] would define ...
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### RowReduce doesn't work for this matrix?

I have this matrix A={{0,1,1,w},{1,0,1,x},{-1,0,1,y},{0,1,1,z}} where w, x, y, z are arbitrary constants. This matrix should be row reduced to the form ...
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### Which Mathematica function has the longest name (by character length?)

I came across DamerauLevenshteinDistance[u,v] in the documentation center so that got me thinking: Which documented Mathematica function has the longest name? ...
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### Why does the documentation call functions “pure”?

Clearly, functions in mathematica are not pure functions according to the definition on Wikipedia (no side effects - basically implementabe with table lookups): ...
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### Should this be equal to Gamma function or not?

I define the following function: Nat2[s_] := InverseFourierTransform[FourierTransform[1/t, t, w] (-I w)^(s - 1), w, x]/Cos[Pi (s - 1)] /. x -> 1 I expected ...
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### handling division by zeros and line equations

today I was writing a code which takes some line equation and a circle equation,finds intersection points that are on $II$ and $III$ quadrants,draw a tangent line to circle from that point and then ...
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### Multiway Systems Rules List Management

I'm working with a multiway system and I have a number of different mutation rule lists. I need an efficient way of managing which rule lists I apply. Here is the basic multiway system code that I'm ...
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### Plotting a function in {X(Y),Y} space

The code below generates some data and defines a function f[x,cb]:=NMaximize[expr,x] that upon being evaluated returns: {function value at max $x$,the function maximizing $x$}. ...
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### Why do big-O terms disappear in definite integrals since Mathematica 9?

In Mathematica 8, when I computed the following input: Integrate[Series[Cos[x], {x, 0, 2}], {x, 0, a}] Mathematica returned an expression that had a O[a^4] in ...
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### How to redefine the type of multiplication in Det

I would like to redefine the type of multiplication that is used in Det (calculates the determinant). Instead of the standard multiplication I would like to use a custom function Fun[a,b] (which takes ...
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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 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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### 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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### FlipView can't handle CurrentValue[“MouseOver”]. Kernel crash

Is this code crashing your Mathematica session? (it can so look out :P) ...
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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 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### Collapsing summation

I am trying to write a command to collapse the sum of terms into an expression with summation. Something like ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...