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

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Fitting ellipse to 5 given points on the plane

Five points are required to define a unique ellipse. An ellipse has five degrees of freedom: the $x$ and $y$ coordinates of each focus, and the sum of the distance from each focus to a point on the ...
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Function to Expand exponentials

Is there a function similar to PowerExpand which expand exponentials? This would, for example, take Exp[5(a + b)] and ...
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Modifying parameters: Set::setps in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

Ok, this will probably be a silly question, but I can't get my head around it. I'm making a simple module that, given a list and two integers, will swap the position of the elements in the ...
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JordanDecomposition in Mathematica

I'm trying to find the Jordan Decomposition in Mathematica for $$ A=\left( \begin{matrix} 2& -5& 8&-12\\ 1& -2& 4&-8\\ 0&0&2&-5\\ 0&0&1&-2 \end{matrix} ...
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Similarity of two plot to each other [closed]

I want get the similarity of two different plot by Percent ... I have many plots for comparison like below : y : ...
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Biot-Savart Law/Magnetostatics Solution

I am working on solving the Biot-Savart Law equation for the magnetic field around a charged ring of uniform current density. The expression that Mathematica gives is rather nasty, as expected. Notice ...
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Find function inverse

I'm trying to find the inverse of a function: (30*x^2 (1 - x)^2) (* where 0<x<1 *) I tried all the following options: 1. ...
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How to explain NDSolve that functions must be positive only?

I have a simple system of differential equations to solve but both functions should be positive: x[t] > 0 and y[t] > 0 for all t. I was not able to explain NDSolve this fact so it goes x[t] < 0 ...
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Ted's explanation for the 3rd argument of ListCorrelate doesn't apply to the {1, -1} case?

I was reading Ted Ersek's explanation for the usage of ListCorrelate(.nb version can be found here) and noticed something confusing. It's the third example of ...
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Iterator bounds error when defining function [closed]

It's been a while since I've done any multi-line functions in Mathematica, so maybe I'm just missing something. I've created the following function, and I immediately get an Iterator bounds error when ...
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Possible bug / numerical issues with HypergeometricU — any suggestions for a fast workaround?

I've encountered some problematic behaviour with HypergeometricU. I have a probability distribution on the positive integers that takes the following form after ...
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Extracting the function from InterpolatingFunction object

I've used Interpolation[] to generate an InterpolatingFunction object from a list of integers. ...
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Incorrect output from InverseFourierTransform

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and fixed in 9.0.1 or earlier I am trying to compute the inverse Fourier transform of this expression ...
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Find constants in a function? [closed]

Let's say I have a function f[x] with n constants, e.g. f[x] = c1 * x + c2*x^2 + ... + cn *x^n I also have n conditions to find those constants, e.g ...
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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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StreamPlot in Mathematica

A $2\times 2$ linear ODE system can be visualized by StreamPlot in Mathematica. For example: ...
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Strange behaviour of MMA in derivatives of some standard functions

There are some peculiar things to be discovered in derivatives of some standard functions in MMA: Strange behaviour Example 1: Abs We have ...
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Listable on first level

I have some function which take List as input. f[l_List]:=someActions[l] I need apply this function to a list of lists. Now I ...
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Strange behaviour of Set and Part when given a sequence

Consider this example: lis1 = {a, b, c}; lis1[[2]] = Sequence[e, f]; lis1 (*{a, e, f, c}*) lis1[[2]] (*e*) lis1[[2]] = Sequence[g, h]; lis1 (*{a, g, h, c}*) It ...
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Generating function for Newton series?

The function GeneratingFunction gives generating function for Taylor series. Is there a similar function for Newton's series? $$f(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k [f]\left (0\right)$$
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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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Is there a built-in function which detects singularities in a function?

Given a function f[x] and a region M in the complex x-plane, how can I find singularities of f in this region, i.e., issue a ...
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How can I export numerical data in a calculation-favorable format?

I am exporting some data into the txt file but since the values exported to this txt file expresses 10^6 to be *^6, I cannot use these numbers in calculations in other programs.. For instance, when I ...
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Wrapping Interval Notation for Take

I'm trying to implement the solution to a math problem in Mathematica, but my code can't handle a particular boundary case. I think that I could implement a function that would do what I want it to, ...
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System of Nonlinear equations with Gamma and Incomplete Gamma function

The next two nonlinear equations are cumulative ratios of a production system. The mathematical model includes two essential parameters (n, tau) that can be obtained by solving this system. I'm ...
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Finding real roots for an eigth-degree polynomial

The context for this problem is identical to my first question. Unfortunately my previous result for $L$ was inexact since it was a relatively simple approximation. This time I have managed to produce ...
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Why won't SparseArray let me store values with the head List?

When you attempt to define a SparseArray with elements that have the head List it complains: ...
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Get domain for a given function (including e.g. singularities)

I am new to Mathematica and this is probably a simple question, but I can't figure it out at the moment... f[x_]:=1/(x-3) Clearly the vertical asymptote is at ...
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How do I link the txt file data sheet to mathematica and extract exact elements that I would like to use in solving for x? [closed]

I am trying to solve for a numerical solution for an equation which contains variables that evolves as index i incrreases. The actual equation that I am using to extract solution for x with an ongoing ...
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What would be the inverse function for the following condition?

I tried the problem but i couldn't take above condition in question in terms of f(x)
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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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How to Nest a Function with three Arguments?

I have two functions with three arguments $f_x(a,b,t)$ and $f_y(a,b,t)$. And i need a nesting like this ...
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Use Mathematica to calculate the area enclosed between two curves

use mathematica Hence, calculate the exact area enclosed by these curves using Mathematica. $f(x)=x^3$ and $g(x)=x^5 - 2 x^3 - 3 x$ i have got the graph...now I'm stuck with finding the area
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Set of integers not divisible by smaller set of primes

Let $p_n$ be the sequence of prime numbers, and $s(x,n)=$ the set of integers less or equal than $x$ that are not divisible by $p_1,\dots,p_n.$ I can define it as follows: ...
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WordData [ ] returns ReplaceAll::reps error message

Situation: ...
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What is my problem with MeshFunction?

I want plot the max value in a sine plot. We can use the following code ...
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implement the ZOH in mathematica [closed]

well I'm trying to implement the ZOH in Mathematica, but I can't. Take a look, this is my script: ...
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Horizontally compress a picture with varying compression ratio [closed]

I have a function c[x] whose domain and range are both [0,1]. And I have a picture with width W, height ...
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How to use the output we see of expression when this expression is inside Dynamic

Consider this example: Manipulate[status = Dynamic[If[a < b, Yes, No]], {a, 2}, {b, 5}] The output of this calculation is ...
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How can I get the function of a plotted trajectory? [closed]

I solved two ODEs, which are a function of t, numerically. The first ODE is the vertical equation of motion and the second one is the horizontal equation of that ...
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Attaching functions to movable locators

I'm trying to create a manipulate plot showing the electric field due to a collection of point charges. At the moment I've created such a plot which allows the x and y positions of each charge to be ...
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Why isn't Lookup treated like other symbols?

With Mathematica 10, I wanted to overload Lookup using TagSetDelayed, but it doesn't work. For instance, if I define two objects ...
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Solving $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}+6 \pi ^2 A^2+3 W^2}}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{3 W}{2}$ for $W$

When I solve the aforementioned equation for $W$ or $A$ on Mathematica I get a long and ugly equation in return, namely one of the solutions for $W$ is: (attempt to read at your own health) ...
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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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How to define logical expressions for platonic solids?

A more general question would be: How to find logical expressions for 3D-objects described by closed polygon sets? Finally a simple question is more prolific, therefore: How to define logical ...
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RegionPlot3D run forever when plotting 3D ParametricRegion

when working with 2D, RegionPlot works fine with ParametricRegion as can be seen in this example: ...
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How to add periodicity to condition?

Is it possible to set the following function f[a], where a can be any real number? $$ f(\alpha) = \begin{cases} 1 ...
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How to prevent function from substituting the part of the parameter name if it has a subscript? [duplicate]

I have the following problem, when defining and using a function, that's supposed to have an outside parameter xmin: A[x_] := Exp[-x/Subscript[x, min]] A[5] ...
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Finding average error of the data

Considering I have some data, and I want to fit the data to a linear fit and find the average error from the linear fit, how can I do that using Mathematica? I have ...
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Compile Determinant [closed]

I would like to determine the determinant of a 4x4 matrix with the entries a[i,j] being functions of $i$ and $j$. I used Compile with code: ...