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

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Piecewise function with a function as argument

I want to define a piecewise function, which has two arguments, one of which is a function of the other's piecewise argument. I am giving an example ...
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How can define a set of nested parameters

I would like to know how I to define a function with a nested set of parameters (or whatever you would like to call it). For example, how would I get the following function ...
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Variables Inside Functions Not Evaluating

x = 5*y function1[y_] := x function1[5] Am I wrong in thinking that function1[5] should equal 25? Instead this comes out. ...
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Using an InputField to define a function to compose with a sequence

I am still trying to figure out Mathematica (started early August). I am trying to write a program that will accept an arbitrary function and an arbitrary sequence that can start at an arbitrary ...
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First evaluation fails

I am fairly new to Mathematica (version 7), so please bear with me... I have duplicated, in Mathematica, a program that I originally wrote in C (it generates OEIS sequence A191837). The problem is ...
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Applying And to lists of Booleans

I'd like to take {True,True,False} and {True,False,False} and apply And to get ...
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Get the first element after the first sequence of length N of consecutively increasing values

I'm looking for an efficient way of extracting the first element after the first sequence of N consecutive elements in which the values are increasing. If these are the data of a toy example: ...
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Determine whether some expression contains a given symbol

Given a symbol t and an expression expr, how can I determine whether or not the symbol t ...
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How to explain the results of the following integrals?

Why does the following program lead to different results of a21 and a211? ...
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How can `SquareWave` be used as the input in `OutputResponse`?

I'd like to compute the response of a TransferFunctionModel when driven by a SquareWave. Here's a simple example, ...
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Counting negative values in list

I would like to count the negative values of a list. My approach was Count[data, -_] which doesn't work. How can I tell Mathematica to count all numbers with ...
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Implementation of builtin function Fold

In the documentation for fold, it says Fold[f,x,list] gives the last element of FoldList[f,x,list]. But this is surely not the way it is implemented, right? ...
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RootSum result manipulation/simplification

Consider the sum sum1 = Sum[ k/( k^7 - 2 k + 3), {k, Infinity}] ...
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Evaluation of self-defined functions

I defined a function that I call disc which I want to minimize later. The function is defined as ...
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Why is the CTRL + / not working?

I've learned how to use this shortcut to input fractions in the 2D form, it worked nice on my notebook but I can't make it on my desktop. Any tip on what could be happening?
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Assessing argument type in set delayed function definitions

I'm wondering how to properly assess the type of arguments passed to functions defined with :=. I want my functions to be the most efficient, unambiguous and clear ...
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Constructing lists by applying functions to another list

Suppose f is a function of two variables: $f = f(x,y)\quad$ and $L$ is a list. Could someone help me in defining a list of the form: $D = \{f(x,y)\ |\ x \in L,\ y \in L\}$ I tried this: ...
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Sum or Product with Exclusions

Is there a built-in feature for handling things like: $$\sum_{i=0}_{i\ne j}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ and $$\prod_{i=0}_{i\ne j}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ or should I work out some sort of ...
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How to substitute variables in interpolated function?

I'm looking for the way to substitute variables in interpolated function again to original one. (I want to know how to get P(r, theta) from Psol(v, w).) The original variables : ...
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How Can I Use Conditional with Rational Domain Restrictions [duplicate]

I am reasking this question in a new thread. My previous post How Can I Use Solve/Reduce Output? seemed to have led to a an interesting dissussion of how to (better) solve the problem that produced ...
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How Can I use Solve/Reduce Output

Suppose I want x and y to be rationals Solve[ x^2 + y^2 == 1, {x, y}, Rationals] I am ...
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How does RootOfUnityQ work?

How does Mathematica's RootOfUnityQ function work? That is, how does Mathematica know if a number is a root of unity? Example: Let $x = \frac{1-i \sqrt{2+\sqrt{5}}}{1+i \sqrt{2+\sqrt{5}}}$. Then ...
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Get unevaluated option value?

This is kind of a follow-up to this question. I want to be able to define a function that takes an option, and then, inside the function, retrieve and test the unevaluated value of the option. For ...
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ProbabilityDistribution PDF on boundary points

I would like to evaluate the PDF of a custom ProbabilityDistribution at the min and max values. However, PDF[...] returns 0 at ...
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Pass function or formula as function parameter

I can write either Integrate[x^2, {x,0,3}] or f[x_] = x^2 Integrate[f[x],{x,0,3}] and get the same computation. Suppose I ...
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Speed up Mathematica code involving Convolve

I'm trying to plot the averaged autocorrelation function of a random wire profile $\xi(x)$ which is build from unitsteps which are each L units long. To calculate the average I'm generating nMax ...
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What is the difference between Set and SetDelayed?

I have a problem with defining a function and most of time I get confused by Set or = and ...
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Evaluating an If condition to yield True/False

I would like to decide whether an option passed to my custom function has the value Automatic or something else. This is my attempt: ...
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Function output from DSolve

I want to get a function as output form DSolve. For Example : sol = DSolve[{Q''[t] + 40 Q'[t] + 625 Q[t] == 100*Cos[10*t], Q[0] == 0, Q'[0] == 0}, Q[t], t] I ...
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What does “EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[]” do?

I found the undocumented EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[] by browsing the lists of available symbols, but I have no clue about its purpose. The name is ...
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Finding all partitions of a set

I'm looking for straightforward way to find all the partitions of a set. IntegerPartitions seems to provide a useful start. But then things get a bit complicated. ...
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Comparing the last output of a nested function with all the previous ones

my main question is how I can compare the last output of a nested function with all the previous ones and stop iterating when I find a repeating value. (I have 2 other questions but I think they are ...
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Why won't Mathematica Integrate my function?

My code: ...
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Expectation over a list with nested-mapped expressions

I need expected values of a list where the random variable to take expectations over should be an input into expressions defined earlier. I suspect Set[] and SetDelayed[] tripped me. (Or Map and ...
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How can I assign a Fit result to a function?

I have this code ...
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How to Compute Aggregate Best and Worst Cases for a Large Number of Estimates?

I need to aggregate multiple estimations, but I haven't been able to find a built-in function in Mathematica that aggregates multiple probablity estimations (I am specially interested in estimations ...
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How to find the domain and range of a function with Mathematica?

I'm studying calculus and in some exercises I am asked to find the domain and range of a function. Does Mathematica have already a built-in function for this? I can imagine some ways of doing so, ...
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About minimizing calculations when using ComposeList

I have a lot of functions to use in a iterative way, and I need some of the calculation results. For example: ...
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How to nest my own “times” function to get powers

I have a "times" function. I'd like to create a power function using it. It should look like this for an 6th power: ...
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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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Custom function not returning any output

I'm trying to write a custom function but it isn't returning any output. Here's my code so far: ...
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How to create a rectangle wave (duty cycle $\ne$ 50 %)?

I'm trying to use phase-shifted SquareWave[] functions to create a rectangle wave: ...
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decompose a number (less than 255) in a sum of powers of 2

Is there a built in function that would take a number and decompose it into a sum of powers of 2? The numbers will be non negative less than 256. For what it's worth I'm trying to understand a paper ...
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How to make the Show function work in this case?

I can't get this to work, the Show function shows only the first plot. Why this happens and how to solve it? Show[Plot[x^2, {x, 2, 10}], Plot[1 - x, {x, 1, -10}]] ...
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Conditions for Piecewise[ ] Command

I am trying to plot a function in which is piecewise defined. I found the Fourier coefficients of this, and my question is how to define even & ...
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Evaluate continued fraction

Mathematica has the ContinuedFraction[] function to give the continued fraction expansion of a rational (or approximation of a real) number. I'm interested in the ...
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Why does Solve and Sum give different answers when according to Table it is the same sequence?

I have been thinking about a piece of code today, but I don't understand why I get different outputs from two in my mind similar Mathematical sums. First I observe that the Table command for this: ...
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Output of plots from within Do[ ] Command

I am wondering why the following does not plot the way it's written and exactly how does the Do[] function operate? I think I could be using it incorrectly. ...
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(Non-Convex) Polygon Union and Intersection Functions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Intersecting graphics Back in 2009 I posted a question in comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica looking for a function which generates the union of two (not necessarily convex) ...
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Using Nest inside NestList

I need results like this: {Cos[Cos[x]], Sin[Cos[Cos[x]]],Cos[Cos[Sin[Cos[Cos[x]]]]], Sin[Cos[Cos[Sin[Cos[Cos[x]]]]]], ... } I've tried to use ...