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

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Gather dependency on list order?

I get intrigued about Gather behavior on this post. I thought that Gather was invariant under list order? Here is the result I ...
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How to plot periodic function's graphic?

How to plot periodic function's graphic? For example, $f(t) = t$ when $-5<t<5$ and $f(t+10) = f(t)$. ...
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How to define a function of z[bar], etc

Using Displaying index as subscript on output: e.g. C[i] -> C_i with Notation[...] or Interpretation[..]? I have often ended up wanting to define functions of annotated variables to better match my ...
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Why does MapIndexed return the index in a list?

MapIndex returns the index in a list instead of as shown in my revised example. I can work with it (or work around it), but what's the design concept? It seems ...
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How hide symbolic definition of a function?

How can the actual definition of a function be hidden from a user? I want the user of a notebook to be able to evaluate a real-valued function f of a real variable at any particular numeric input yet ...
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How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points?

How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points? For example, what is the best way to find the maximum of ...
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Simplifying polynomials in non-commutative variables

I would like to be able to simplify a polynomial in two non commuting variables, the desired result being that in every term one variable occurs to the left of the other variable. An example would be ...
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Obtaining the name of a variable as a string [duplicate]

Suppose that I have an arbitrary variable myVariable. Is there some function fun -- either built-in or one that I can define -- ...
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Is it possible to use RandomChoice to choose without other choices being evaluated?

I'm trying to do this: i1 = 1; i2 = 1; RandomChoice[{ (i1 = i1 + 1), (i1 = i1 - 1), (i2 = i1 + 1), (i2 = i2 - 1)}] In order to chose randomly which ...
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How to enter an equation into FindFit?

I have the equation ...
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Using NMinimize Properly

I'd like to find the point on a Bezier curve that's closest to some other point. The tricky thing is that because Bezier curves can loop around, the distance function can have multiple local minima ...
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Why the EuclideanDistance of these 2 exact points generates the warning N::meprec?

The two points are: pts = {{1/4 (-1 - Sqrt[5]), Sqrt[5/8 - Sqrt[5]/8]}, {1/4 (-1 - Sqrt[5]), -Sqrt[5/8 - Sqrt[5]/8]}}; EuclideanDistance @@ pts ...
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How to make a function work on symbols in a specific context

Let us say we have two sets of symbols $(x, y, z)$ with the same names that live in two different contexts: ...
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How to find the numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ of the function?

I want to find four numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ of the function $f(x)= \dfrac{a x + b}{c x + d}$ satisfying the conditions $f(-6)=4$, $f(-5)=5$, $f(1)=3$ and $f(2)=2$. I tried ...
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How to get Cases to wrap results in an arbitrary head?

A number of functions provide for results to be wrapped in an arbitrary head. This is very important in cases where the results should not be evaluated. Take ...
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Phase Unwrap List Of Points: Implementing continuous phase/Arg function for List of Points [duplicate]

I am looking for a function to unwrap phase of a list of points as done here for the continuous case. I have the Re/Im data as my input and would like the unwrapped phase as the output. Does anyone ...
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How to find first list element that differs from average of N previous elements by more than a given amount?

Given a list of real numbers, I need to write a function that returns the value of the first element in the list that differs from the mean of the previous $N$ elements by greater than $P$ standard ...
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How to find the domain and range of an implicit function?

For example, we have this curve: $$ x^2 + y^2 = 1 $$ Is there a function in Mathematica for finding out that the ranges for $x$ and $y$ are both [-1, 1]? What ...
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NestList with a list inside?

I'm new to Mathematica, and was looking for more efficient ways to implement the Do loop below. a, ...
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User-defined Distance Functions with extra parameters [duplicate]

The Nearest function accepts a customized distance function. For example, a simple case that works well is ...
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Why is a function I defined in a package not visible when I load the package? [duplicate]

I made a package containing some functions in the following way. ...
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Not FullDefinition for Save. MachineID not Protected?

Is there a way to set what symbols's definitions I do not want to store? Consider the following code: ...
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Map a function conditional on elements at multiple relative positions in a list

I figure this question has many solutions, and if an answer already exists it would be nice just to be referred to it. I need a function that 'maps' over my list and produces a list of equal length ...
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Errors in evalauting an expression

I have the following: Constants: b3b = 2; G = (1/eps^2); a1 = 3; a3 = 4; xc = 0.3; Functions: ...
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How can I break through Function's HoldAll attribute to force evaluation of a body element?

The question concerns creating a function. Let consider the following code With[{f = Function[t, Cos[t]]}, {First[#], f'[#]} & ] which returns ...
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How to generalize and speed up this program?

There is a vector whose length is $n*m$, we can part it into $n$ sections in order. I want to define a function to compare the $i$-th and $i+1$-th section and find the minimum. The program for $n=m=3$ ...
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BSplinefunction and its derivative

Hi I am trying to use curve fit some data using the BSplinefunction. I havent been using Mathematica long, so my questions might be quite basic. ...
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How to compute a discrete histogram of a list [duplicate]

I'm trying to compute the discrete histogram of a set of values. By histogram I mean the absolute frequency a value appears on the dataset, by discrete I mean the values are from a discrete set, e.g. ...
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Understanding output of multivariable integration

I'm new to Mathematica and I'm trying to integrate this function: ...
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Scope of expression in a user-defined function

I have the following code: fbasic = A + R + Z*Z *Z*Z; f[A_, Z_, R_] := fbasic + R; f[0, 2, 3] The answer I am getting is ...
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Defining functions with changing number of variables [duplicate]

I am working with a bunch of functions of the form fn[x1_,x2_,x3_,...,xn_] := x1x2+x2x3+...+xnx1 where $n$ changes. Is there a way to create these functions ...
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How to avoid writing $K$ loops?

I want to evaluate a mathematical function of $K$ variables each of variables varying between 1:N. One way to do this is writing $K$ loops and varying variables accordingly, as shown below: ...
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Find time since last 0 in list

When I have a list of data (measured per day), is it possible to define a function that gives the nr of days since the data has been 0? I tried working with...
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Create continuous function from list

I have a list of data (measured per day) that I want to use as imput for another equation (say f). The problem is that the input I need for f needs to be a continuous function of time. Is it possible ...
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Writing a function that returns a (usable) function

I am trying to create a function that returns Arnold's Cat Map of size n iterated k times. I can get something out of the Function command, but I can't figure out ...
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How to use If to select arguments min & max in Range?

I want to call Range[] with its arguments depending on a condition. Say we have ...
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Inverse function

What probably could be the inverse of following function? ...
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How can I define a sequence of functions?

I need to define a function fun, and then re-define this function iteratively. The code is given at the end. First, a function ...
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Defining functions in a loop [duplicate]

I have a symbolic solution to a linear system with respect to some variables a[i,j] which depend on a parameter t. sol=Solve[...,Table[a[i,j],{i,0,n},{j,0,n}]] I ...
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Positive integrand giving negative answer

I'm integrating a positive function f(t) times sin(t) from 0 to pi/5 and get -38. Actually f is slightly negative for a short time (smallest value ~ -0.0005), but far from enough to explain this. ...
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How can the behavior of InterpolationOrder->0 be controlled?

In ListPlot and Interpolation, the option InterpolationOrder->0 uses two different ...
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Counting the number of operations performed during a calculation

I need to know how can I count the number of operations performed during a calculation of a CompoundExpression. In some of these expressions there are ...
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Call Functions From File Without Modifying Context (Sandbox)

Let's say I have file named test.m containing test[arg1_] := ( Print[arg1];) What is the best technique for calling test like ...
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Expansion of functions in the real domain

When I try FullSimplify[FunctionExpand[x^(1/12)(1/12) LerchPhi[x,1,1/12]]] I have a nice answer with many complex numbers. Is there any way to have the ...
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Inverse on a restricted domain

I have a function, whose domain is [0,1]. The function is f = Piecewise[{{Exp[-β * (-Log[#])^α], 0 < # <= 1}}, #]& with ...
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plotting hypergeometric functions

Does anyone know why a plot of a hypergeometric function turns out differently in Mathematica than in Maple? The function I'm plotting between x=-30 and +30 is: ...
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CDF with numerous independent manipulate objects

I have been working on my senior project that involves the creation of a CDF with multiple Manipulateexpressions. I need to protect my code so I have been trying to ...
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Ordering under assumptions

I have a three-element list which contains inverses of a function u, like so: ...
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Replace inverse function

I'm solving an expression like so: Solve[u[x] == u[a] + u[b], x] Mathematica returns {{x->(u^(-1))[u[a]+u[b]]}} If I ...