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

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Plotting a complex function [duplicate]

What does it mean if this message appears: {Im[(1-E^Times[<<3>>] f)/(1-Power[<<2>>] f)]-0,Im[(1-E^Times[<<3>>] f)/(1-Power[<<2>>] f)]-0} must be a list of equalities or ...
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What's a good style for inheriting Options[] of built-in function?

Options[myPlot] = Options[Plot]; myPlot[args___] := ... When defining a "wrapper" function like the above, I'd like it to inherit the ...
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Should Read[] not close its Stream? [closed]

I read a record from a file. Read[file,Record]; It reads and opens a stream. Should Read not close its stream after ...
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Position function not always retuning an answer even with no apparent problems

I'm having some problems with Position. Sometimes it will give an empty list instead of the actual position of the element I am looking for when that element is ...
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Alternative to using global variables in functions?

Often times I find myself using unevaluated variables (i.e. they show up blue) as dummy variables in whatever I'm returning such that I can evaluate them as needed later on. A simple example is as ...
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Plotting piecewise function with distinct colors in each section

I have a piecewise function that I would like to plot but I was wondering if it is possible that each part of the function that is plotted when its corresponding condition is true be plotted with a ...
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Is there a summary of answers Head[] can give?

Sometimes you need to check for the type of an expression. You use Head[data] to get answers. Some data: ...
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Is there documentation on the comparative performance of Mathematica functions? [duplicate]

Recently I have been solving some Project Euler problems. I find there are always several ways to do the same thing. For example, one could join two lists like this: ...
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how to generate functions with changing array size?

I want to write a function in Mathematica which has two inputs 'n' and 'd', and the output should be (in Latex notation) $$F(n,d) = \sum_{i[1],...,i[n] =0; i[1]+...+i[n]\leq d}^{d} C[i[1],...,i[n]] ...
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How can I get the right hand side of a delayed expression?

Imagine there is a given function f, defined with SetDelayed, say f[x_] := Sin[x]^2 + Cos[x]^2. Is it possible to get rhs of ...
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Expansion in Basis Functions

I am trying to create an expansion of the form f[x,y]->Sum[Cn[x] y^n,{n,1,order}] To replace the function f by the ...
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Permanent minors

The function Minors yields the minors of a matrix. Is there a function that yields the permanent minors of a matrix?
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Solving a differential equation for a variable in a function

This may sound like a very trivial question, but I need to solve a differential equation as follows: ...
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What is the command to find function invariant?

What is the command to find function invariant? http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/AFunctionInvariantUnderAGroupOfTransformations/ what is algorithm it use to calculate this? Edit there is a book ...
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Define a Plot3D function with custom options [duplicate]

I am trying to define a Plot3D function with custom options, following (this previous SE question), but I'm running into a brick wall. I've narrowed the problem to the following 'toy' code: ...
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Confusing efficiency and evaluation when returning pure functions? [duplicate]

I have a function that takes some time to evaluate, that's meant to be a polynomial approximation to a function. The polynomial is defined by a list of coefficients, so I have the function ...
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Problem using the DifferentialEvolution method of NMinimize [closed]

I have a function of 20 parameters, which 3 of the parameters are my physical parameters, and the others are pull terms to fix the errors. The goal is finding the global minimum of this function, to ...
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Named patterns as function argument descriptors

I have a function timeToMinutes that takes a 24-hour time as a string argument (in digital clock format, e.g., "15:47") and converts it to the number of minutes ...
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Radon function result's repeatability

I want to get a Hough transform of some edged image. When I compare the same transformation on the same image I got different results. ...
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Extract function arguments

Is there a way to extract the arguments of a function? Consider the following example: I have this sum ...
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Is there an $n^{\text{th}}$ root function in Mathematica?

Is there a way to find $\sqrt[n]{x}$ with Mathematica beside of x^(1/n) as this is something different, because this is not always the same $$(-1)^{\frac{2}{4}}=i ...
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Does pass-by-value affect the performance of function calls?

I only have a little coding experience in C, and I remember I was told that pass by reference is more efficient than pass by value since the parameters don't need to be copied. Since there is no pass ...
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How do I create a matrix of functions?

I'm trying to create a matrix in which the elements are functions of two variables, but I can't figure out how to do it. Is it possible? The only way I could figure out is to define the matrix in ...
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Enforcing correct variable bindings and avoiding renamings for conflicting variables in nested scoping constructs

Using global variables the following turns an "expression" into a Function: expr = 2 x; Function[x, Evaluate[expr]] Of course ...
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Expression for the real 7/3 power

I need an expression for the real 7/3 power of a real-valued function, i.e., a reformulation of f[x_] := g[x]^(7/3) that works for negative values of ...
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Replacing functions

Given an expresion 'e' in terms of a function 'f' and given another function 'g', how could I write a Module that replaces the function f to g in the expresion e and returns it? An example: ...
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Forcing evaluation of ArgMax

How to force evaluation of ArgMax before its output gets used in Solve? Background: I'm trying to solve for the Nash ...
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Solving for vector elements in a function to which the vectors are not passed explicitly

I want to define a function which takes in two integers (indicating the lengths of 2 vectors), and solves a simple set of expressions at a set of points to find all the values in both the vectors. so ...
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Speeding up code by avoiding repeated evaluation of a function

I want to speed up my code and I have two ideas, but I don't know how I can implement them. Here is a little part of my code, which I want to improve: ...
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Function definition and delayed assignment

I need to define the following function MyWavelet[n_]["PrimalLowpass", prec_ : MachinePrecision] := Table[(-1)^(j - 1) h[[2*n - j]], {j, 0, 2*n - 1}] which ...
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Function with custom Options and modified Options for built-in Symbols

I couldn't find a more descriptive title, but I guess an example will explain my problem. I set up some customized Grid function including some additional ...
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Manipulate and Turning Expressions into Functions

I've been trying to use Manipulate to do interactive plotting, but I've been running into a few problems with saved expressions. I have an expression saved as "func" and I want to work with it and ...
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Creating a nonperiodic function in mathematica

I want to create a non-periodic square wave with values of 1 and -1(not necessarily alternating). For e.g. I want to convert an arbitrary array like {1,-1,-1,1,-1,1,-1} into a function. I tried ...
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Downvalues vs. Scoping for Functions

Regarding my recent question on using a default value for a function argument when a pattern was not met yielded some interesting answers, but the general consensus was "Yes this can be done, but ...
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Solve with v9 (issues with Subscript, Overscript, Superscript etc)

The way Solve works has changed in v9 ... in essence, to get the answers that one obtained under v8, one now often has to specify a lot more information about all ...
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Block attributes of Equal

I answered “Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise” with: ...
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Print out all functions in Mathematica

Sometimes I only remember parts of a function name and I want find that function name quickly, and if I search in the document center, it will give too much informations related to that and difficult ...
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Optimizing the performance of an algorithm

First - a bit of an introduction. If you're only interested in the code, you can skip this section. The following question is drawn from Dennis E. Shasha's Puzzling Adventures, and is listed under ...
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Define a second name for a function [duplicate]

I'm working with an own package of functions. During development I noticed, that my naming scheme is not that clever; for example some of my functions are starting with capital letters. But I have ...
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How to export/import function values [duplicate]

I have a function with two variables: f[x_,y_]:=f[x,y] = ... I calculated some values (they are fractions like 435345345/3424242424) and would like to store the ...
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Function argument to default under certain condition

Inspired by this and this question (and how I handle this in practice), what is the best way to default a function value when a certain condition is met? For example, if a function is defined as: ...
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How to declare a function of variable?

In my program, there are many functions relying on spatial coordinates: x, y, and z, which are also functions of time t, i.e., composite function. I need to differentiate some functions for example f: ...
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Method that can be used to collect the variables of a function

Suppose we have a function f[x, y, z] and we want to get all its variables Sequence[x,y,z], what method can we use then? The ...
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How do I write a function that can be used in a rule to modify both sides of an equation? [duplicate]

I sometimes need fine grain control over equations in Mathematica in order to help me understand how to solve a problem manually. A greatly simplified example of a session might be something like ...
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Plot[] breaks behavior of custom data handling function - Recursion

I am working on a utility to analyze a set of data. I want to process the data with a sliding window, in such a way that there is an output associated with each sample of data. To start, I have a ...
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How can I calculate a limit with a free variable?

For example, when I evaluate Limit[(1 + x^n + (x^2/2)^n)^(1/n), n -> Infinity] Mathematica does not output any result. When I evaluate ...