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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why does LyapunovSolve solve non-standard form?

LyapunovSolve[A,Q] solves the equation $A P + P A^T = Q$ for $P$ whereas the standard form (wikipedia,lecture notes, p.25, linear control systems) of the Lyapunov ...
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Better Autocompelete for the Front-End

I wonder if it is possible to improve the front-end's autocomplete capability. Compared with some other more sophisticated editors/IDEs, such as eclipse, Mathematica's front-end does not provide a ...
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Crosscorrelation for nonperiodic signals

I want to detect patterns (of an absorption spectrum which is nonperiodic) with Mathematica automaticly. I have found CorrelationFuncion but as far as I understand, ...
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How can I call the R-programming packages in my Mathematica?

I am trying to call the R-programming package called highfrequency in my Mathematica so that I can use its function rCov. I ...
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Mathematica Lattice Reduce Command

I'm going through a very old copy of "Mathematica: A System for Doing Mathematics by Computer" for self practice. I'm on chapter 3, and ran into the LatticeReduce ...
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cycloid parametric [closed]

How do I enter 3 parametric equations for cycloids corresponding to circles with radii 1, 2, and 4. I have tried ...
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Missing control for depth of Inner

Working on a mechanics problem, I stumbled on something peculiar: Since Inner is a generalisation of Dot, it changes its ...
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How to add a part of a list to a function?

I want to be able to add a specific portion of a list to a part of a function but this fucntion intakes 6 variables where as the list is of example: ...
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Why the same function defined by Set and SetDelayed look different? [duplicate]

I am novice to Mathematica and maybe my question looks kind of silly, but nevertheless here is it. I input two functions: ...
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Show how Eliminate arrives at reduction

Does anyone know how to get Mathematica to show how it arrives at the following result? ...
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Putting two functions in one manipulate plot

I have a problem that is somewhat related to this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7727668/putting-two-plots-in-a-manipulate-whilst-keeping-the-plots-visible but I would like to plot two functions ...
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Help creating a simple function

Can someone help me to create a function. The truth I'm new in Mathematica and I don't understand well the way functions work in I. I need a function that animate some rectangles according to a curve ...
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Integrate[] does not work when the function has an antiderivative function

This function (1 + (1 + 1/(2*Sqrt[x]))/(2*Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]))/(2*Sqrt[x + Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]]) has the antiderivative function, since ...
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using a Mathematica function to define a new function

I'd like to define a function of three variables which produces a new, named function of a single variable, where this final variable is not a member of the first three. So I'd like something where I ...
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using Module in NDSolve

I am trying to solve a set of two wave equations where solution of first equation defines initial conditions for the second one. And I would like to use Module to define those equations as a function ...
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Apply functions to functions yields slow execution speed

I'm trying to write a function that parametrizes a curve c(t) by its arc length. Technicly I'm finished but if I plot the result for an example curve like ...
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Matrix exponential MatrixExp[] vs Sum[MatrixPower[]] doesn't match?

I might be an idiot, but I cannot get the manual expansion of $e^{At}$ to match the MatrixExp[A t] result. For example, I have the following: ...
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Apparent issue with derivative of FractionalPart

This issue came to my attention from Math.SE: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1015325/is-the-derivative-of-x-on-0-1-always-equal-to-1/1015342#1015342 To summarize, it appears that ...
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In there a way to derive the inverse value of CDF format MultinormalDistribution?

Is there a way to produce the inverse value of multinormal distribution function in CDF format with 0.05 significance level? I found the function called ...
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simulate a 32-bit signed integer overflow in a recurrence function

Considering the following recurring equation: which is this factorial function: I want to find the value of x where f(x) = 0. Actually, the solution is impossible with Mathematica, and it's ...
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What is the shortest way to switch between heads of nested functions

consider this example: f[g[x]] what is the shortest way to switch between heads of nested functions to produce. g[f[x]]
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Function pattern to support listed and non-listed arguments [duplicate]

I often want to write functions that take as an argument either a) a rule or b) a list of rules. As an example, when using Replace with just one rule, it does not ...
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Error: in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

I am trying to set part of a Doubly-indexed list aInitialPopulation to cNumHeg. Specifically I am trying to set the 3rd part of the list aInitialPopulatiom[[cNodeNumber]] to cNumHeg. My (attempted) ...
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Using Integrate to define a function

I'd like to define a function by way of the output of a definite integral with symbolic bounds. For instance, F[m_,k_] := Integrate[x,{x,m,k}] would define ...
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RowReduce doesn't work for this matrix?

I have this matrix A={{0,1,1,w},{1,0,1,x},{-1,0,1,y},{0,1,1,z}} where w, x, y, z are arbitrary constants. This matrix should be row reduced to the form ...
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Which Mathematica function has the longest name (by character length?)

I came across DamerauLevenshteinDistance[u,v] in the documentation center so that got me thinking: Which documented Mathematica function has the longest name? ...