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

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Does Mathematica have Month Range and Day range?

It is known that CharacterRange["a", "z"] gives list of characters from a to z. Does Mathematica have something similar for weekdays and months of the year? ...
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Problem with Maximize

As $\{p1,p2,p3,p4,p5\}$ represents a probability distribution and $l1,l2$ are the eigenvalues of a stochastic matrix, the function $f$, as defined below, has to be maximized over a certain region. <...
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Problem with InverseFunction of Sqrt

I want to build a table of InverseFunctions, f.e.: ...
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Is it possible to specify which range that slot takes from?

consider this example: ...
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Circular membrane vibration simulation

I'm new in Mathematica and I'm trying to simulate the vibration of a circular membrane for math project but I don't even know how to start. The wave equation describes the displacement of the ...
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How can I get the number of slots in Function?

Suppose that I define f = Function[#1 + #2]; And I want to define a new function, argsNum, so that it returns a number of ...
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Why would this function work only when I make a copy of the variable? [duplicate]

Why would this function work with a copy of the function variable: ...
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Why is Query so much slower than Part?

Time for another of these(1),(2) as yet another new-in-10 function appears to have poor performance compared to older alternatives. This time: Query appears to be ...
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How to generate specific function using BSpline command/

I want to generate an approximation function that fits a curve to points. My goal is to obtain an actual formula. Is this possible with the BSpline function? Using the following code: ...
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Solving a trigonometric equation with one parameter

I have the following equation: 2 a^2 k^2 Sin[b k] - 6 a (k Cos[b k] - Sin[b k]/b) == 0 I set the value of b to 1, and I want ...
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How to prevent function from passing values to slot

For the following example: {#, #} & /@ {1, 2} I am trying to find a method to hold one of the slots (or both ) so that the function do not pass the values to ...
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Use of Strassen's algorithm

Strassen's algorithm is an algorithm for matrix multiplication that is asymptotically faster than the naive one. In practice, the matrices involved have to be quite large before Strassen's algorithm ...
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Compare elements in a list

Assume that there are three different points in x-y coordinate like: p1={4, -1}; p2={5, -2}; p3={1, 5}; In order to compare these points to each other in a ...
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How can Mathematica solve 7 equations and want to find 7 variables [duplicate]

I have 7 equations as below * e1 := (1 - a) p Subscript[A, 0] Subscript[s, K ] ! *SubsuperscriptBox[(s), (L), (-a)] = (1 - b) Subscript[B, 0] (1 - Subscript[s, K]) (1 - Subscript[s, L])^-b; ...
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prime-palindromic number selected from a list

I want to find all prime-palindromic numbers up to 5000. Prime-palindromic numbers are numbers that themselves and their reverse digits are both primes. For example, 31 is a prime-palindromic number ...
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An argument pattern that my function can treat as Times[constant, variable]

I want to define a function of two variables, func[f_, g_], such that when it sees a general constant multiplying one of the variables, say ...
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Probable Bug in HighlightMesh with 2D Convex Hulls created via ConvexHullMesh

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.2 One nice way to view the new and exciting Mesh objects introduced in Version 10 is by utilizing the function ...
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Speeding Up Image Processing Functions

I am working with stacks of 1024x1024 timelapse microscopy images that I am performing a series of image processing functions on to help segment each image. These functions include ...
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How do I constrain variables to a user-defined domain in ArgMax?

I am trying to ArgMax a function over x, but x is only defined between ...
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Is there a function for nearest power of 2 in Mathematica like nextpow2 in MATLAB?

I am looking for something like nextpow2 in MATLAB like this: P = nextpow2(A) returns the exponents for the smallest powers ...
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why Level does not sort output according to their levels

Consider this example: Level[a + f[x, y^n], {0, Infinity}] (*{a, x, y, n, y^n, f[x, y^n], a + f[x, y^n]}*) Why the output is sorted in this way. why not ...
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About Compile Function

I have a function that take p as a parameter, p is a 2X3X3 list, ( a 2X3X3 list can like { {{2,3},{1,2.},{1,1.}}, {{2,3.},{1,2},{1,1}}, {{2,3},{1,2},{1,1}} } ) the function just as: ...
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Computational complexity of symbolic determinant

I'm using the Det function in Mathematica to compute the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix $A$ with entries of the form $a+bt$ with $a,b$ integers and $t$ a variable, and I would like to know what ...
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Is there a list of Octave functions mapped to the related Mathematica one? [closed]

I am just wondering if there is a list of the related Mathematica functions that correspond to Octave functions. For example. ones(n) maps to ...
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Make Mathematica show function template's arguments in different lines (i.e. in column) by default?

I feel a bit uncomfortable with Mathematica 10's layout. I mean, I'm impressed how powerful functional programming can be and so on, but it's me or those programs are often just a bunch of nested ...
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Convolving data set with gaussian profile

I have a spectrum looking like List, and I want to convole it with a gaussian of the form PDF[NormalDistribution[μ, σ], x] (where σ also depends on x). The raw ...
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Why is AllTrue much slower than VectorQ?

This seems to be a theme with V10, a new function dedicated to a specific task doesn't live up to expectation performance-wise. Mr. Wizard has already uncovered 2 such functions here and here. So how ...
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Speeding Up Replacing of Labels in Large Matrix?

I am Mathematica novice and am trying to find a fast way to replace labels in some rather large matrices (512x512 or 1024x1024) that have resulted from segmenting images with WatershedComponents or ...
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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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DeleteDuplicatesBy is not performing as I'd hoped. Am I missing something?

Déjà vu: a new-in-v10 function should provide a better solution to an old problem, but my enthusiasm is curbed when I run timings. This time the function is ...
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Plot3D unable to understand input function [closed]

I'm attempting to plot the Wigner Function of the Morse Oscillator defined as ...
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deleteduplicates Delete elements of a list [duplicate]

I have a math problem about Mathematica, I am looking help from you. I hope that you could help me. The Math Problem: list= { {0,0,1},{1,0,0},{0,1,0} ,{1,2,3}}; ...
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Using Map in a function definition

I want to calculate the hessian of a matrix. So each element gets replaced by a 2 by 2 matrix. ...
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Is it possible to calculate with declarations only?

simple Example: maximize $u(x), x$ solution would show constraints: $\frac{\partial u(x)}{\partial x} = 0$ $\frac{\partial^2 u(x)}{\partial x} < 0$ etc... or do I always have to explicitly ...
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Why is the new PositionIndex horribly slow?

This issue has largely been mitigated in 10.0.1. New timings for the final test below are: ...
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Shorter syntax for Fold and FoldList?

I find it tedious to write out the following: a = {1, 2, 3, 4}; Fold[f, First @ a, Rest @ a] f[f[f[1, 2], 3], 4] It ...
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Why doesn't a Composition[] hold its arguments and what can be done about it?

Now that Composition (also RightComposition) has shorthand syntax I am more inclined to use it, however what I feel should be ...
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Timing: how make a program to work faster using built in functions and tables

I want to improve my code to make it working faster even for very large numbers. ...
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Will Version 9 functions all work in Version 10?

Having developed a substantial code base in Mathematica 9, leads me to ask these important questions prior to downloading and installing Mathematica 10. Will any Mathematica functions from the ...
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Bug in NDSolve (Mathematica 9.0.1)? [duplicate]

The following code performs many times the same identical operation, but the time it takes increases systematically. This seems to be a problem of Mathematica 9.0.1 and above. Mathematica 9.0.0 does ...
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Combining functions - is this a case for Piecewise?

I have a function $Eb1$ which was the subject of a question I asked recently - you can see it here on stack exchange. Now, in that example it's specified between a boundary $r_n$ and $r_o$ where $r_o &...
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How to track row swap in Gaussian elimination?

How do I track which rows were swapped in the Gaussian elimination using RowReduce? I am doing metabolic control analysis on a mathematical of the energy metabolism I have in Mathematica. I need to ...
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Why are functions called first-class objects in Mathematica?

I've heard lots of people say a function is a first-class object in Mathematica. "Everything is an expression, including function." "There is no distinction between functions and data." Having read ...
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Finding maximum or minimum of implicit functions

is there any built in function that can be used to find maximum or minimum of implicit functions? For example, if we have the equation $$x^2 + y^2 = (2 x^2 + 2 y^2 - x)^2,$$ then we can visualize the ...
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Which functions automatically generate new functions?

In his video http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/video.php?channel=362&video=1643, Wolfram gives the following example: the output from dict = Nearest[WordData[]] ...
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Funny behavior of Ellipsoid function

From its description I thought that the normalizations of the directions d_i of the semi-axes did not matter when using the ...
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Laplacian in D Dimensions

Is it possible to compute $\Delta F=\nabla^2 F$ for $F=F(x^1,x^2,…,x^D)$ with $D$ finite? I seem to be only able to specify spherical coorindates, for example, if I want to leave standard ...
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Cannot solve equation

I just started using mathematica and I'm facing a problem that I just can't solve. I want to solve the following equation: Code: ...
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How can I define a function that takes a list of reals?

I'm trying to define a function f which takes a list of reals. My purpose is to build a function which I can give a list of reals, integers or strings and have it ...