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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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P-values differ in tests for normality between Mathematica and SAS

I am testing the following data for normality, in Mathematica and SAS: ...
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Reshaping associations, generalization of GroupBy

Let's say we have a set a\of associations: ...
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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 $kx,kz$-...
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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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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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How to properly plot a unit pulse? [duplicate]

I am using this function to plot ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 job....
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Define a function with multiple lines mathematica [closed]

How is this done? ...
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defining a function using other functions

I have the following code: ...
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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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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 that?...
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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. ...
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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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What is the function “oneflag_:0” in this expression? [closed]

The first function Pivotdown can zero out all entries in a column below a desired location. But l don't know the function of “oneflag _0".
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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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How to change the built-in function? [duplicate]

As you can see,the original Differences will get {} when your parameter is a list with one element just. Differences /@ {{1, 2, ...
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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 volume/...
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How can I put a defined symbol as the integrand of NIntegrate, without using a functional form with a pattern test?

Something like this, I define an integrand (really big and hairy, simple below) ...
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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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Simplification of rational function with Assume function [closed]

I didn't manage to simplify this expression : Simplify[Assuming[x > 0, -((2 Sqrt[x^2/(1 + x^2)^2])/x)]] Do you have ideas why the simplification is not ...
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Map if-function on a list

I need to convert a battery charging mechanism from Excel into Mathematica. This Excel function is about deciding if the charge/decharge rate is positive, then multiply with efficiency factor, ...
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Interpolation function way off

I have a simple list of data points to which I would like to fit an interpolation function. However, the results given by Interpolation[] gives an oscillating function which is not warranted by the ...
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Results in terms of a function

Let's assume I have a function $f(x)=\exp(10x^2)$, i.e. f[x_]:= Exp[10*x^2]. When I differentiate $f$ by evaluating the expression ...
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Discritizing an analytical 3D-function

I have the following Problem: I need a discretized amount of points in a 3D-volume. These points satisfy a condition to built-up a 3D-geometry. In my example below I selected a helical geometry. The ...
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Same name for functions in package and Global context

I am using a package that was written for Mathematica 3 while I am now working on Mathematica 8. I have issues with 2 functions in particular, Order and GraphComplement. They are a part of this ...
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Partial sum of a list

The problem I have is really basic but I just can't get my head around it. Suppose I have a list of ordered pairs A = {{a, b}, {c, d}, {e, f}, {g, h}, ...}. I ...