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

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plotting after solve does not display anything

I'm quite new to Mathematica language, I am trying to figure out where I am making mistakes in Plotting a specific function that depends to other variables: I want to plot ...
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Different behavior of Power between versions 9 and 10

Rather by accident I've noticed that the following trivial code produces different output in Mathematica 9 and 10: -((-1)^n) Mathematica 9: $-(-1)^n$ ...
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RealDigits and functional style

So while thinking about Replacing numbers of which you only know certain digits I have faced, again, a problem that I find hard to extract from RealDigits' output ...
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If Statement in function does not evaluate

I've written a function that should try to simulate a "triangle-wave-signal", given a few parameters. It looks like this: ...
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Want to map over both the file data and the file names of the data source files

I have a lot of experimental datafiles I would like to plot first and check, if they can be used for further analysis or not. To avoid importing every single file I used FileNames and than mapping. ...
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Vertex descendants subgraph

Keywords: vertex, ancestors, descendants, subgraph, directed graph, flow subtree So let's say we have a TreeGraph: ...
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Alternative to Sign

The Sign function works in a very straightforward manner: Sign[8] Sign[-8] Sign[0] ...
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Unexpected behavior from Indexed (threading and messages)

I was going to include Indexed in this answer, thinking that it operated much as a List-only ...
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What is the difference between defining a function and specifying the type of argument, versus applying a test to that argument?

Say I want to create a function that evaluates differently based on what type of argument is given. I've found two ways of doing this, ...
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Problems using a function as an argument

I made a function: f[x_]:=x^2+1 and when i use it on, for example f[5], i get the answer 26. . But when i use it on: PollardRho[a_, f_] := Module[ {}, Return[f[a]] ] And when i write ...
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How could I define a function as the solution of equations in Mathematica?

I have posed a specific question yesterday but it may be too trivial to answer. I think the question could be asked in a more general way so it is easier to answer. Then I could solve the original ...
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Using the Solve function [closed]

I am new to using Mathematica and am attempting to find the roots of a function using the Solve[] function. I can replace $f[x]$ within Solve[] with the actual function and it will work that way, but ...
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How do I run 1-855 data points( imported from excel sheet) into a formula to obtain value for each data point?

I am very new to Mathematica and I just couldn't figure out the solution for the following problem. I have two columns in an Excel file. I have imported the 1st column as ...
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Oddity with ToExpression [duplicate]

Is this a bug? ToExpression["3231.432"] 3231.43 I would have expected the following: 3231.432 I am using Mathematica 10.2.0
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Associations complement

So I'd like to complement two associations through shared keys... not the best description, so here's an example: ...
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Revolve a non one-to-one function about the y-axis

I am attempting to revolve $f(x)=-x(x-3)(x-2)^2$ about $x=0$. What I have come up with is that I need to redefine each interval between the relative extrema as a separate function, and then treat it ...
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Define a function interactively with sum

I have to define a function which has 1e4 terms added up together. f(x1, x2) = (sum i, j, k, l from 1 to 10) (C(i) * C(j) * C(k) * C(l) * exp( (alpha(i)+alpha(j)) * x1 + (alpha(k)+alpha(l)) * x2 ...
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Computing the Caputo fractional derivative of a polynomial

In fractional calculus, the Caputo derivative of a monomial has the following form: $$\operatorname{\mathit D}_t^\alpha\,t^\beta = \frac{\Gamma(\beta+1)}{\Gamma(\beta-\alpha+1)}t^{\beta-\alpha}$$ I ...
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How is the DistributionFitTest[data, dist] function actually using the dist parameter?

The first "Applications" example given for the DistributionFitTest of the Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center is: Analyze whether a dataset is drawn from a normal distribution: ...
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Simple plot but the origin is not clear [closed]

I am having problem with the simple plot below. Plot[1/(1-x), {x, 0, 1}] I got the result: As you can see the origin (0,0) is not clear. The value of the function at x = 0 is one but it is not ...
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Having trouble taking derivative of a function and assigning it to a new function [closed]

I am trying to take the derivative of a function and assign it to a different function name, but I am getting an error message (I think). Here is my Mathematica input: ...
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Why is this 2D plot so slow?

I first do a 3D Plot of four surfaces (eigenvalues of a $4\times4$ matrix) over $kx,kz$ (setting $ky=0$ all along). And then I try to give a 2D plot along three connected particular lines in ...
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What are some useful, undocumented Mathematica functions?

There have already been some questions about some undocumented functionality in Mathematica. Such as (please add to these lists!) How can one find undocumented options or option values in ...
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Do Any of the filter functions perform a LOESS or LOWESS filter?

From the Data Transforms and Smoothing guide there is a link to the Linear and Nonlinear Filters guide. Do any of these filter functions perform a LOESS or LOWESS filter on set of paired data? ...
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Why doesn't this pattern work?

I want the in-built function Count to count the elements in a list which are greater than a value. Example: ...
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Double arguments and place of the underscore

Could someone explain me of this bit of code below is correct: Is it possible to define a function with a second bracket, see below, i.e. f[x_][y_]? And what does ...
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Partitioning a list when the cumulative sum exceeds 1

I have a long list of say 1 million Uniform(0,1) random numbers, such as: dat = {0.71, 0.685, 0.16, 0.82, 0.73, 0.44, 0.89, 0.02, 0.47, 0.65} I want to ...
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How do I write a function inside a ArgMin

I want to solve this ArgMin[NIntegrate[(Tanh[x] - Erf[x/a])^2, {x, -5, 5}], a] and it does not work, what is the correct way to do this? ...
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using Map to apply 2 lists to the LCM function - help [duplicate]

I have 2 lists of numbers and I want to quickly compute the array of answers to the LCM function for the 2 lists and a 3rd static number. I tried the following ...
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Find a family of curves

I have a diagram with seven curves (each with a different parameter). My goal is to find a function for the family of curves (i.e. a single function not just for the seven parameters, but for all ...
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Using functions in Solve [closed]

i wanted to calculate the real roots of a function. To my knowledge the function i defined has no real roots, so i expected an emptyset, but instead i got some Root[...#..] answers by Mathematica. ...
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Personal Reminder with Speak capability repeats multiple times

I am trying to create a personal reminder for myself using the Speak function in Mathematica hoping that the computer speaks the task only once at the designated time. However, I have found that the ...
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How to tell Mathematica to get the real-only inverse function?

The problem I have is that Mathematica seems to play better with complex numbers so that the result of N[InverseFunction[Function[x,x^3]][-1]] is ...
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Multiple functions with shared arguments in Manipulate

I am trying to define multiple functions with the same set of parameters and then put them in a Manipulate to simulate their behavior. Ideally it should be something like that: ...
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Getting an explicit representation of the function returned from Interpolation [duplicate]

I am using Interpolation to get an InterpolatingFunction that fits a set of points. For example, ...
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How to apply a user-defined function to a list [closed]

I'm using Wolfram | Alpha Pro; I have a function f[n] = 351n^(-0.7); How do I apply it to each element of a list like {2, 9, 22}? f/@{2, 9, 22} just results in ...
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Interpolate the discrete list into continuous function

I have a data whose list plot shows up following graph I would like to interpolate the missing data and make the function continuous but for particular x-coordinate there is multiple values of $y$ ...
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Function with many lines that takes image as parameter not returning same result as if I run the same lines of code

Running the exact same lines of code in a function produces just a return of the original image without any points identified, whereas when I run the exact body of the function line by line it works ...
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How to find the value of a variable using solution of Simultaneous equations? [closed]

I have to find the value of p where p=a1*x+b2*y; using the solution of the equation ...
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Need help interpreting a small block of code [closed]

I have recently "inherited" some Mathematica scripts which I need to interpret to write in some other languages (Maple and C++). I have never used Mathematica before so I have been learning on the ...
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Fitting a curve to an image object: not a superellipse, not an egg curve.. what else?

I'm facing the problem of quantifying the morphology of objects with such a shape (nannoconids... they are fossils). One of the final goals is to produce a solid of revolution and compute ...
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The basic primitive recursive functions

How can the basic primitive recursive functions be expressed in the Wolfram Language? Apparently here's an example for primitive recursion: ...
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Goal optimization: finding the best combination of capacitors and resistors resulting in given properties

I want to edit @MarcoB answers (because the code he gave doesn't answer the question appropriately)->(the function that need to be optimised is not implemented as asked) But it seems like I am having ...
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A function about prime gaps

I want to define a $f$ function on Mathematica such as this. $f[k]$ gives the smallest $m$ holds $2k=Prime[m+1]-Prime[m]$. For example, $$f[1]=2$$ $$f[2]=4$$ $$f[3]=9$$ $$f[4]=24$$ How can i do ...
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Building functions using WolframAlpha? Any other general examples welcome :)

I want to build my own version of SubsetQ using WolframAlpha to return True or False. ...