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

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Default value behaves differently when used in Function and when used with Cases

Consider this example: Cases[{4, x, 5 a , 6 x}, x_.*a_ :> x] (*{1, 1, 5, 6}*) It is clear that the _. took 1 as a ...
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Generating a permutation of elements in chunks

Is there a way for me to generate a list of permutations in "chunks" such that I needn't store everything on RAM all at once? Consider that (WARNING: DO NOT RUN! --- Will generate a list with 13! = ...
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Double application of NIntegrate produces unexpected error messages [duplicate]

In the course of trying to answer 69601, I encountered unexpected error messages. In highly simplified form, NIntegrate[NIntegrate[z y, {y, 0, 10}], {z, 0, 10}] ...
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Expressions containing globally undefined symbols inside a function where they are defined

Consider the following code. f[a_,b_]:=x; Clear[a,b]; x=a+b; f[1,2] It returns a+b. However, from a certain viewpoint, one ...
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Divide all but the maximal element in a list by 10?

I have a list of numerical data, and I want to write a program that will keep the maximum as it is, but reduce the rest by certain factor (such as 10). For example: ...
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Computing the fundamental matrix and its monodromy matrix

Assume $\dot x(t)=v(x,t)$ is a $T$-periodic, with respect to $t$ dynamical system. That is: $x\in\mathbb R^n,\quad t\in\mathbb R,\qquad v(x,t+T)=v(x,t)$. Let $x_0$ be a smooth periodic solution in ...
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Coefficients of a polynomial in powers of 10

Can I express a polynomial function in Mathematica in power (ScientificForm) ? I was trying: ...
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Replace variables and redefine a function

I would like to redefine a function f(x)=1+2x^2 to a new function g(y)=1+2y by using the replacement ...
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Minimizing a function with a constant $l > 0$

I'm VERY new to Mathematica and would like some help with minimizing a function. $$f(x) = \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{\frac{\left(l^4+x^4\right)^2}{l^4 x^2}}$$ I want to find which $x-value$ (probably ...
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Is it possible to find generating functions of infinite sequences with Mathematica?

I'm trying to find the generating function of a sequence as $(0,1,0,1,0,1,\dots)$ but reading Mathematica's help on FindGeneratingFunction[] seems to tell me that ...
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Josephus problem

See the Josephus Problem. My code takes in two numbers; one is the number of participants, and the other is supposed to be the number of players skipped between executions. ...
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Incomplete Integration in Area

Area[2 Sqrt[(1 - p^2)^2 - r^2], {p, 0, 1}, {r, 0, 1 - p^2}] is able to perform only the integral over r, leaving the integral ...
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Plot function failure, and understanding how mathematica selects recursion points for correction

I think it is best to start out by directing everyone to this link. The discussion concerns why the Plot function fails to accurately generate a simple sine wave for given parameters. The answer given ...
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Aborting from a Dialog box

I'm trying to abort a While cycle, with a dialog box. I've tried the following: ...
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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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Function that returns the second argument of Reap

I'm trying to create a function that returns only the second argument of Reap. Here's my naive guess of how it would go : Reap2[x_]:= Flatten[Reap[x][[2]],1] ...
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Can one generate the default output of Hash[expr] (from Mathematica <= 9) in Mathematica 10

Mathematica 10 silently changed the behavior of Hash when the algorithm is not specified explicitly using an option. Is there any way (such as an undocumented ...
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More Ticks::ticks errors in AbsoluteOptions in v10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 While the specific bug affecting Plot described in AbsoluteOptions prints error messages in V10 has been fixed in 10.0.2 there remain ...
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Can I find constants in a function?

Let's say, I have a function with a constant, e.g. $y(x)=x+c$, and a condition $y(0) = 5$. I want to type in something like Solve[{y[x]=x+c, y[0] =5}, {c}] and get ...
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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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choose any number e that is relatively prime to n

I try to write a command that means choose any number e that is relatively prime to n, like e^n [Congruent] 1 (mod n), but it didn't give me a value of e. e^n [Congruent] 1 (mod n)
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Difference between Evaluation>>Quit Kernel and Quit[]

What is the difference between Evaluation >> QuitKernel and Quit[]? Both seem to quit the kernel (and clearing all ...
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What is shorthand way of Reap list that may be empty because of zero Sow

Sometimes because of conditionals, you cannot guarantee that Sow will be called at least once. Reap[Sow[1]][[2,1]] results in ...
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How to conveniently stop a programme without aborting the computation

I have a programme that will have to run for a few days. However, I would like the user to have the option of stopping the computation of the code, without aborting it, when he desires, without ...
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Regarding Cycles and Lists of Functions

So, I'm trying to determine the Normal Matrix of a Least Squares Aproximation; I have a basis constituted by 8 functions f1,f2...f8; I have 9 points which constitute Datax = {x1,x2...x9} Now, I ...
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Binding trigonometric terms

I have many terms like A = Cos[Pi/18 + 2 x] + Cos[Pi/18 - 2 x] and I want to convert A to ...
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Defining a function using a preceding expression

How can I automatically define a function inside my Mathematica code using a result (expression) that preceded the point of definition. For example: ...
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Quantize a real-valued function?

I'm wondering if there's a built-in way in Mathematica to take a function whose output values are continuous, and quantize it to produce a step function. For example, I have the function ...
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How do I override options with my own defaults?

I'm calling a function f from within a function g and would like to pass any valid options for ...
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Where is the old option TraceInternal->True?

Already at least in version 2 (I think), the function Solve calls the function Roots. At that time, I had a rather dirty trick, that still works, to verify this: ...
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How to package a function for export?

I often post code for functions on Stack-Exchange, and then later find that they are unexecutable - that people can't use them because I mistakenly omitted some private functions or values that are ...
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Defining a function with algebraic parameters

I am trying to define and use a function to represent the eigenstates of a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, which have the general form: $$\psi_{n}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2^{n} n!}}\left(\frac{m \omega}{2 ...
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Define function over expression

Suppose I have the following expression system = x + y + z And I would like to define a function that contains this function, without explicitly typing the right ...
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How to sort the functions in a Package?

Once a Package like abc` has been installed, we can use "?abc`*" to scan all the functions defined in this Package. Now I ...
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Defining a function which displays odd numbers? [closed]

Define a function that takes as input an integer n and returns as output the product of the first n odd numbers., i.e., 1 · 3 · 5 · · · 2n − 1. Evaluate your function at 1, 2, 3 and make sure you get ...
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How to define a nested function like this?

For example, I want to calculate the limit of $\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+\frac{3}{1+\ldots}}}$. So I want to define: $f(1)=1$ $f(2)=\frac{1}{1+2}$ $f(3)=\frac{1}{1+\frac{2}{1+3}}$ Then I calculate ...
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How to find volume of an egg [closed]

I am a first time user of mathematica. I've been trying to figure out how to find the volume of a) f(x)=(ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d)sqrt(1-x^2). I have been scouring the internet for a solution on how to ...
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Lists for built-in functions that can work without brackets

I just noticed that Exit and Quit can work without brackets i.e. a single Exit or ...
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FinancialData Input

What does the function FinancialData require as input for natural gas: http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=NGG15.NYM Is it easier to export the natural gas data to ...
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Generating Random Real numbers with certain numbers not included

I'm writing a program that i need 1000 real number between -3 and 6. the code that I used for generating and saving them was l = RandomReal[{-3, 6}, 1000] But I ...
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Improving RationalInterpolation Result

The following code produces a {4,4} rational interpolation approximation accurate to 10^-6 or better over the range ...
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How to make a function from body with variable number of arguments?

Suppose I have an UNKNOWN function, which generates formulas with given number of x[i]. ...
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Composition of Multivariable function

I am trying to compose functions of xleft, maybe like xleft[xleft[f]] or even higher order. And here is my function: ...
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Diffentiating a function f with respect to x [duplicate]

I have a tabe y={10,20,30,40...} and x={62,63,64,65...} y is a function f and this function needs to be interpolated. How do I defferentiate the function f with respect to x?
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Taking function output as shown, and processing it regardless of its history

I am making some symbolical calculations for my quantum chemistry class. I am supposed to build a wave function composed of multiple other functions, each of which is also composite of some lower ...
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Complement[] changes order of elements?

Consider this example: Complement[{a, y, c, d, e}, {a, c}, {d}] (*{e, y}*) However, I was expecting the result to be: ...
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How to tell Mathematica that certain variables are real/imaginary, integer-valued, etc

I'm trying to expedite some quantum mechanical calculations by running them through Mathematica. Expectation values and stuff like that. When I say, for example, ...
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What is the simplest way to obtain function obect of a given function?

Suppose I have a function p of some arguments: p[x_,y_]:= (* something *) Now I with to pass this function as an object to ...