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

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Write C/C++ programs calling Mathematica functions

I need to write a C/C++ program and call some functions in Mathematica especially those like Solve or NDSolve. The problem is ...
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Generating a list of pure variables

I want to pass a list of pure variables to a function, in which the ordering of the variables matters. For instance, if I want a palindrome, my function might be: ...
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distance between two curves

I try to compute the distance between two curves. I use the EuclideanDistance to do that. Here my code: ...
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Can Mathematica check if two expressions give the same output for integer input?

Let me give the background for this question. I'm using WebAssign to assign homework problems, and WebAssign has a built-in mechanism which can grade problems using Mathematica commands. For ...
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Can I force a function to quit and return some value after a certain amount of time has passed during its evaluation?

Imagine I provide some random input to function like FindInstance[], and I observe that, despite the existence of good solutions, the function will, with some ...
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How do I define the domain of a function?

I have a function of two variables, f[x_, y_], and I would like to restrict the domain to values of x and ...
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Sqrt — how to get negative branch?

One of the many attractions of Mathematica is that integers are generally treated as exact symbolic entities, and not just as numbers. I was just playing with Sqrt, and was puzzled by what appeared to ...
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How to sum over a List

list = {11.5575, 11.397, 5.52734, 4.0878, 2.54815, 1.86652, 2.55028, 2.14952, 1.6242, 1.34117} I have a list of numbers. How do I make a function that creates a ...
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Using undefined function in an expression

I want to use undefined functions in expressions to be simplified. For example. I want mathematica to simplify this input $(f^{\prime\prime}(t),g^{\prime\prime}(t))\cdot (-g^\prime(t),f^\prime(t)) $ ...
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3D plot of two 2D functions

I would like to plot two 2d functions in a 3d coordinate system. Examples are z = x^2 and z = y^2. Each function has one ...
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changing a symbol into a function variable

Struggled for a while on this problem and hopefully you can help... I have a mathematical expression that currently has a symbol where I used to have a function variable. How do I make the symbol ...
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How does Plot evaluate its argument? [duplicate]

I have a list of about twenty InterpolatingFunctions that I'd like to plot. They are interpolations from experimental data (frequency spectra between 100 and 5000 ...
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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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Series expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials

I am trying to expand a polynomial in terms of orthogonal polynomials (in my case, Hermite). Maple has a nice built-in function for this, ChangeBasis. Is there a ...
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Transform a list of functions to a composition

How do I apply a list of functions in a nested way? Example: functionList = {f1,f2,f3} RequiredCommand[functionList,Pi] such that the required command returns ...
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Obtaining a function from the function

Assume that; ...
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FindMaximum inconsistency

The code below seems to work for n<11. But for n=11, and above, it outputs newa then just outputs "beep" sound. WhyTheBeep says "The kernel Local has quit ...
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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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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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Accessing list elements by name

First, a bit of a long introduction to my problem: I only have a few weeks of Mathematica experience. I am creating a mathematica application that calculates some material properties of steel based ...
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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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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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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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Define a color function using Piecewise

How can I define a ColorFunction for my ContourPlot using Piecewise? For example after ...
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Building a continued fraction

I've completed a problem that involves approximating $e$ by a continued fraction: $$\frac{N_1}{D_1+\frac{N_2}{D_2+\frac{N_3}{\ddots+\frac{N_k}{D_k}}}}$$ with the $N_i$ being the list ...
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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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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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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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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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How to use ScientificForm in computation

Lets say I want to add 2 values : ...
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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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Finding Limits in several variables

Is there a way to find a limit of a multivariable function, like $$\lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)} f(x,y)$$ with Mathematica? When $f$ is continuous, we can use $$\lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)} ...
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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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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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How make f[{x,y}] evaluate as f[x,y]? [duplicate]

I frequently encounter the situation where I have a function of two real variables defined, e.g.: f[x_, y_] := 9 - x^2 - y^2 But then I need to feed into ...
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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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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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Why does the first derivative of a piecewise continuous function have discontinuities?

I have this piecewise continuous function which is also continuously differentiable over time : ...
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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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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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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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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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A Faster way to combine two Lists of different structures into one of a different structure [duplicate]

I have the following two lists (each containing over 500,000 elements). Here is a sample: ...
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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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Evaluate Numerator and Denominator Separately

I have this function. ...
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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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Permanent minors

The function Minors yields the minors of a matrix. Is there a function that yields the permanent minors of a matrix?