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

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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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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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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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Max of a table/list with indeterminate values

Suppose I have a Table: tab = {1., 2., 3., Indeterminate} When I type Max[tab] I get ...
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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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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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Variable naming changes everything

Bug fixed in 10.0.0 I am having a rather unusual problem I do not understand with Mathematica where renaming one of the variables of my function causes the function to stop "working". Here is the ...
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What does Internal`InheritedBlock do?

What does the function Internal`InheritedBlock do? How is it different from the regular Block?
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Two ways of map a function on the list: Which one is faster?

There are 2 ways to make a function listable on the list: Use Map or use SetAttributes. My question is, which one is faster, ...
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Is there an equivalent to MATLAB's linspace? [duplicate]

Does Mathematica have an equivalent to Matlab's linspace? I want to make a list with "start", "stop" and "number of points". What is the neatest way of doing this?
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Is it possible to get the order of inputs when “overloading” an orderless function?

When working with symbolic matrix operations or other objects which don't have commutative multiplication, it would be nice to not have to constantly switch out times for ...
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Sum or Product with Exclusions

Is there a built-in feature for handling things like: $$\sum_{\substack{i=0\\i\ne j}}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ and $$\prod_{\substack{i=0\\i\ne j}}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ or should I work out some ...
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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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In 10.1.0 BenchmarkPlot doesn't work?

In Mathematica 10.1.0 BenchmarkPlot from the GeneralUtilities package doesn't work; copying Taliesin Beynon's initial use of the function on this site: ...
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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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Calling Correct Function for Plotting DiracDelta

I am wondering what is the correct function in Mathematica to plot the true impulse function, better known as the DiracDelta[] function. When using this inside of a ...
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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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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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Permanently rounding numbers/values to a given number of significant figures

I am searching for a simple way of rounding and setting an input to a desired number of significant figures. There are a vast number of posts that discuss similar problems, but none address this ...
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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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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 SparseArray Properties? How and when should they be used?

A strange undocumented form of SparseArray is increasingly used in answers on this site: ...
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Pure Functions with Lists as arguments

Assuming I have two function: example 1: add[{x_, y_, z_}] := x + y - z add[{1, 3, 5}] If use pure function,I know I can write it as : ...
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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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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 can I differentiate Numerically?

Mathematica has two ways to integrate: Integrate and NIntegrate. But what about D? ...
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Is there a name for #1@#2&?

Why does the pure function # @ #2 & have no name? I'm asking because sometimes I find inelegant to write expressions like ...
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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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user defined functions, how to save them for future use?

I need certain user defined functions over and over. I was wondering how can I define and where and how to save them such that each time I start a notebook, these functions are available and need not ...
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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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Performance problems in new Sequence functions

The new-in-10.1 Sequence* family of functions should provide newly optimized methods for handling sequence problems. Happily in some cases they do! For example ...
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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 do I create a triangulated surface from points?

I have a set of points in a nx3 matrix and I would like to convert them into a surface, so that I may calculate its surface area. The function ListSurfacePlot3D creates the surface how I want it. ...
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How to create a dynamic expanding DisplayForm's styled like the ones in v10?

The display forms for objects like ClassifierFunction are nice clickable boxes I like this, and now I'm trying to create my a custom version of this for my ...
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Compability between Graphics coordinates and shifted projections in GeoGraphics

Bug status V. 10.0.0 - V. 10.2 I'd expect GeoGraphics to handle positions of points since they are provided with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I invoke the default complexity function?

Documentation on ComplexityFunction says: With the default setting ComplexityFunction->Automatic, forms are ranked ...
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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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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 can I save and recall my own function?

In MATLAB, I can save and recall my own function using an M-File(function or script) How can I do something similar in Mathematica? I already searched and know how to define functions and modules ...
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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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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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Why evaluation doesn't fail if arguments are invalid? [duplicate]

Sorry for a noob question, but this is something that I wonder about each time I work with Mathematica. Coming from standard programming languages (Python and Java), I expect my functions to fail ...