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

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Error checking and trapping techniques with Throw and Catch

Mathematica provides several mechanisms for checking arguments and trapping errors in a function definition. Typical methods are : Definitions with argument patterns, definitions with ...
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How to “ignore” an element of Map or MapIndexed

Say I have some function that I'm applying every element in a list to... if that element matches some criteria: ...
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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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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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How to deal with the condition $u_i=u_{i+1}$ in B-Spline basis function?

The defintion of B-Spline basis function as shown below: Let $\vec{U}=\{u_0,u_1,\ldots,u_m\}$ a nondecreasing sequence of real numbers,i.e, $u_i\leq u_{i+1}\quad i=0,1,2\ldots m-1$ $$N_{i,0}(u)= ...
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Nest , Fold … is there an extension for more than 2 arguments?

Fold is an extension of Nest for 2 arguments. How does one extend this concept to multiple arguments. Here is a trivial example: ...
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Solving $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}+6 \pi ^2 A^2+3 W^2}}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{3 W}{2}$ for $W$

When I solve the aforementioned equation for $W$ or $A$ on Mathematica I get a long and ugly equation in return, namely one of the solutions for $W$ is: (attempt to read at your own health) ...
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Solve trigonometric equation

I'm looking for a solution (graphic, numeric or analytic) for a function of the form: $$a^2\tanh(x)=\tan(ax),\quad a ≥ 1,\ x > 0$$ preferably using Mathematica. Any advice?
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Gamma Incomplete Function representation in Mathematica and Matlab

I am confused about Gamma Incomplete function calculation in Mathematica and MatLab: For example, in Mathematica: Gamma[5,3] = 19.56 But in MatLab: ...
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ReplaceAll[] and Limit[] don't give correct results for this expression under extreme variables [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients 1/x^2 + (3 + x)/(6 (1 - Exp[x] + x)) ——This is a ...
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How to completely delete the head of a function expression

Is there any way to completely remove the head of an expression function? For example, how would I remove the head Cos from ...
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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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Function returning Null along with other unexpected expressions

When I use some function, at the end along with the output I get some NULLs returned that I don't understand the reason for and are highly undesirable. For example, when I define the reversal of list ...
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What are Root objects with multiple polynomials?

In Mathematica 9 a new flavor of Root object with multiple polynomials was introduced. For example, ...
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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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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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How to represent a continuous monotonic phase of Airy functions?

Note: In this question I am concerned only with real-valued variables and functions. DLMF, §9.8 Airy Functions, Modulus and Phase, formula $9.8.4$ defines the phase of Airy functions: ...
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How to express trigonometric equation in terms of of given trigonometric function?

How can I express a trigonometric equation / identity in terms of a given trigonometric function? using following trigonometric identities ...
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What is the difference between prefix/postfix notations and map?

I am new to Mathematica and just experimenting with the different programming constructs. I have been looking at Map and how to evaluate a function for a list of ...
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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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Growth of functions

Does somebody know if Mathematica can be used to calculate the growth of functions, that is in Big O, Theta, and Omega and find proper $n_{0}$ and $c_{1}$, $c_{2}$ respectively?
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Simplify function notation

I have some calculations with arbitrary functions. In the output, Mathematica always shows the functions with its arguments. I would like to tidy the notation a bit, by hiding the arguments in the ...
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Why do certain values in ArcSin not fully evaluate?

This is a continuation of: Why do certain fractional values in TriangleWave not evaluate? The analysis by R.M and rasher revealed that problem to reduce to the behavior of: ...
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Is there a bug in Pick?

I wanted to use the Pick function with a condition. But there seems to be an issue here. Take a look at this: ...
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Partitioning a list of numbers the Mathematica way

I have two sorted lists, one list will be called the "fences" and the other the "values" Fences could be: $\{1, 5, 9, 14\}$ Values could be $\{-1, 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15\}$ I want to ...
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Plot the minimum of a list of functions

This is my first question on any stack-exchange site and I'm also very new to using Mathematica software so please excuse/correct me if I mess up. I would like to take a list of functions of a single ...
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Using With to scope over pure functions

Consider this example: given an option for a function func as "x" :> (a&), how can one assign different values to ...
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Difference between @ and @@

I am confused by the commands @ and @@. From the documentation, I learnt that @@ is the ...
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Tally repeated evaluation of function

How can I tally the result of repeated evaluation of a function? n=100000; f[]:=RandomInteger[{1, 4}] Tally@Table[f[], {n}] When ...
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Make a differentiable smooth sawtooth waveform

So, I am trying to understand the effect of sawtooth waveform on a mechanical system model. For example, a system of a plate and a box on it. And then we try to oscillate the plate. In order to do ...
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Manipulating slots in a pure function

How does one manipulate the slot numbers in a pure function? Some trick with Evaluate or Hold? I'm aiming for something along ...
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A bug in Commonest in version 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 m_goldberg demonstrated that in Mathematica 10 Commonest does not behave as the documentation indicates that it ...
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How to pass composite function list to SortBy?

In order to sort alphanumeric-as-string data of the form {"T3", "T14", "T1", "E2"}, so that "T14" comes after ...
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Define Log so that negative reals evaluate on lower edge of branch

I need to get Mathematica to evaluate the logarithm of a negative real number using the lower branch instead of the upper branch, so that while ...
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Get the name of a symbol passed to a function

I'm trying to get the name of a symbol passed to a function with this: f[x_] := {SymbolName[x], x} SetAttributes[f, HoldFirst] x = 5; f[x] But ...
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Why does Hash return different values in Version 7?

This function does not work correctly for me. The generated Gravatars do not match the ones actually produced by using the corresponding address. The problem was traced to differing output from the ...
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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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Why can't D[] be used in place here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it? Beginner question: Why can't I use ...
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How to rename a built-in function?

I want a built-in function renamed without loss of any properties, I want the shorter name to appear in all results and to be recognized as input. Is it possible?
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How to find the non-differentiable point(s) of a given continuous function?

For example, the non-differentiable point of the function $f(x)=|x|$ is at $x=0$. How to find the non-differentiable points of a continuous function that is defined numerically?
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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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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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Selecting for 2D points that are within a threshold distance of an upper- and lower-bound number of points

I have a very large set of 2D points: numberOf2DPoints = 10^6; pointList = RandomReal[{0, 1000}, {numberOf2DPoints, 2}]; I'd like to find a way to quickly ...
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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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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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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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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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ArcTan[z] and ArcTan[x,y], Restriction and Conversion

In Mathematica there are two different forms for the arctangent (inverse tangent), namely ArcTan[x,y] which gives the arc tangent of $y/x$, taking into account ...
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Generating function for Newton series?

The function GeneratingFunction gives generating function for Taylor series. Is there a similar function for Newton's series? $$f(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k [f]\left (0\right)$$