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

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How trustworthy is NMaximize?

Suppose I solve a constrained optimisation problem using NMaximize. How confident can I be of the accuracy of the result? For concreteness, suppose that F,G are ...
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Function that creates a table from two lists

I have two lists shown below: list1 = {(0,0,0,0),(0,0,0,1),(0,0,1,0),...,(1,1,1,1)} list2 = {1,5,5,5,...,5} How can I construct a function that outputs a table similar to this: $$\begin{array}{c|c} ...
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Help with functions in Mathematica

Still learning how to do things in Mathematica. I want to make a function that has many parts. Doing this in something such as Java, which I am familiar with, would be simple. In Mathematica I have ...
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Find minimum function value in data and give coordinates of minimum

I create with Table an array containing the function value of some function and the n1and ...
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Fitting data in form $f = f_0 + c A^x$

The Fit[] function in Mathematica can fit data in form of $f = f_0+c_1x+c_2x^2+...$ ($f_0$ and $c_i$ are unknown constants), is there a function can fit date in ...
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What does IndexBy do and how exactly does it work?

I just saw the function IndexBy in the autocomplete suggestions and I was curious to know exactly how it works. Unfortunately, there's no trace of it in the ...
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Is there a function that filter positive values x = f(x), and return zero for all negative values? [closed]

I'm searching for f that will comply this definition : x = f(x) where x is natural >= 0 0 = f(x) where x is natural < 0
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How to create a line due to requiriements?

Considering we have three lines, and know the intersection points (How to find intersection points of lines?) How can I draw a line that will cross the intersection point of the two lines and will be ...
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How to find intersection points of lines?

Considering I have three functions f1 = -x + 1; f2 = x - 1; f3 = x + 3; How can I find the intersection points of this functions? Thanks. This didn't work ...
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What is the product of 1+1/p^2 over all primes p? [duplicate]

Can Mathematica Sum or Multiply over the set of all primes? I can get an estimate of my question in the title with: ...
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Problem about an ant walking up a hill

An ant is walking up a hill given by $f(x)$. At what point can it see a blade of grass. I've been working on this problem with Mathematica and by hand. Help with either would be fantastic. The ...
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Using an external Pattern breaks Format

I noted while writing this answer that using an external Pattern on Format doesn't work: ...
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Using Inner to calculate a log likelihood

I am trying to use the function Inner to calculate the sum of log likelihoods of a custom probability distribution 'custom' applied to a vector of data 'vData'. The custom distribution changes ...
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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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Plotting self-made functions [closed]

EDITED AS SUGGESTED I have defined a function, which takes two values and returns a function n(x), like so ...
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Using MovingMap to calculate percentage changes

MovingMap (new in version 10) applies a function to discrete data over a moving window. This is very convenient for calculating the percentage change of a series. ...
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Summation of functions

I want to define a function that is a sum of other functions. For this, I define functions of the form ...
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Dirichlet convolution of two lists [closed]

The Dirichlet convolution of two arithmetic functions f,g is defined by $f*g(n) = Sum_{d|n} f(d)*g(n/d)$ How can I get the Dirichlet convolution of two lists? For example: Input: ...
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How to set a shared variable Power (a modified one)?

Unprotect[Power]; Power[0|0., 0|0.] = 1 ; Protect[Power]; Table[0^0, {i, 5}] No problem at all. ParallelTable[0^0, {i, 5}] ...
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subtlety of self-defined function and its evaluation [duplicate]

I wrote a simple code as follows f[x_,y_]:=NIntegrate[x+z,{z,0,1}]; g[x_,y_]:=NIntegrate[y+z,{z,0,1}]; VectorPlot[{f[x,y],g[x,y]},{x,0,1},{y,0,1}] then ...
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Mathematica function to generate a different 4 digit number [closed]

I m looking for a function that permit me to generate a different 4 digit number (>0) each time (to 4^10 possibilities) corresponding to a parameter that will never be the same (like current ...
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Enumerating tuples from a larger space such that all pairs of values are present at least once

I am trying to write a function that will accept a list of N lists and returns a list of N-tuples that represent all pairs of values from the original N lists at least once. To illustrate with an ...
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How to define a list of symbols as a list of functions?

I have a list in Mathematica for example P={1+t,1+t+t^2,1+t+t^3}; My question is, how I can define each element of this list be a function of ...
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Cannot use Part in Pure Function [duplicate]

I need to select some lists in the nested list of form of {{1,2,3},{2,3,4}}. I have used Select to complete my work. But when I tried Position, it doesn't work. For example, ...
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Mathematica defines a function as list

This might be a very silly question but i'm defining a function as: \[Chi][AR_] := ((AR^(2) - 1)/(AR^(2) + 1)); which is clearly a scalar function of AR; however ...
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Creating an autokey cipher function

Can someone help me with putting what I can say in words into code. I want to create autokey encrypt and decrypt functions (just wanting help encrypting and then can figure out decrypting). Everything ...
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Is there a documentation generator for Mathematica?

I'm looking for a way to document the functions of my packages inline, preferably inside comments. There should be a Doxygen type tool for this that takes comments and that generates html from markup ...
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Sort two lists at the same time, based on another

I am new to using Mathematica and I can not find a solution to what I am wanting to do. I want to take a list such as: x = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8} and a second list ...
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Function does not initialise variable as changes are made in the manipulate function

My function "DefineRss[]" takes in three arguments and outputs a plane value. It sits in the first argument of the function plot3D and that in turn sits in the manipulate function The function also ...
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What method does `NIntegrate` uses by default?

There is a variety of algorithm for performing numerical integration (See wiki). What method does NIntegrate uses by default? I looked on the documentation page and I saw that the function ...
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Shorthand for operations?

Mathematica has a large number of built-in symbols, and I am unsure when there is a shorthand for the operation I am trying to perform. Question 1: Is there a shorthand for the function ...
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Can Mathematica return the first few terms of a sequence given the first few terms of a Dirichlet Generating Function?

For example: a=Sum[1/n^s,{n,1,6}]; Expand[a^2] returns a big mess. I want to see something like: 1/1^s + 2/2^s + 2/3^s + 3/4^s + 2/5^s + 4/6^s + ... + 1/36^s.
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Determining default value from previous arguments [duplicate]

How does one specify a default value for an argument which is dependent on the previous arguments of a function? For instance, consider the function ...
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What is primary, function computation or function application?

What is the order of computations here? g[x_]:=x^2; f[x_]:=Sqrt[g[x]]; Map[f, Range[100]] Does this code first get $f(x)=x$ and then gives its values or for ...
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Minimize under constraint on an interval

I want find the minima of a (multivariable) function under a constraint which has to be fulfilled on a whole interval, let's say $$ \nabla f (\underline x) = 0 \ \\ \ c(\underline x,s)\geq0\ \forall ...
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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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PrimitiveRoot function

The function PrimitiveRoot[n] claims to return the smallest primitive root of n. I believe this is not true. For example ...
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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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DeleteMissing issues [duplicate]

Has anyone had problems with the DeleteMissing function in Mathematica 10.0.2? I find that it rarely works. Most of the time it returns a list which still contains ...
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Evaluate list of functions at a certain point

I have a list of functions (actually they are derivatives) of the type: {D[g[x,y],x],D[g[x,y],y]} I would like to evaluate all of these functions at a point, ...
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Problem with FindRoot applied to functions

I am having difficulty with the error "is not a list of numbers with dimensions..." when using FindRoot (and other numerical routines in Mathematica) to solve equations numerically when the argument ...
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My code of plotting a two-variable function is too slow [closed]

I have a code in which my complicated function to be plotted is F(x,p). I would like to graph it for 5 values of p equal to 10^7, 10^8, 10^9, 10^10 and 10^11 for x values between 0.01 and 0.99. All ...
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How can I change variable passed to a function? [duplicate]

Sometimes I'd like to make a function, which would take an argument "by reference" instead of usual "by value". This is semantically similar to what e.g. AppendTo ...
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RegionPlot fails when given function with internally redefined variables

I've just upgraded to v10, and have noticed that some of my trusty old notebooks which used RegionPlot now fail to run. I've boiled down the problem I'm having to ...
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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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Finding x when sin(x) = -.758 [closed]

I'm not understanding how to find all the angles for when sin(x) is equated to a negative decimal can someone explain to me how to find it..? So far I came up with 49.288 degrees, and 229.288 degree. ...
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Applying the square root of operator on polynomial functions

I am trying to apply an "operation" on polynomial functions: apply the operator $(\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}-y\frac{\partial f}{\partial z})^2+(\frac{\partial f}{\partial y}+x\frac{\partial ...
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Polynomial expansion of operator

I am new to Mathematica, I am trying to generate the polynomial function of a operator. So for example, the operator $L $ is $\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}+\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} $, and I want ...
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Display level of recursion of a recursive function during execution

Given a recursive function, is there some simple way to display or store the value of recursion or "how many levels deep" the function is at a given time? For instance, if we wrote the recursive ...