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

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Why does list assignment with a packed array result in unpacked values?

This is another question on the design choices in Mathematica. I understand that without direct reply from the developers it may not be possible to give a definitive and exhaustive answer to "why" ...
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How is the mysterious Raw function used?

I have never seen an example use for the mysterious Raw function: Raw[h, "hexstring"] constructs a raw data object with head h, and with contents ...
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What Method options does FindInstance accept?

While answering Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints it became clear that for this problem FindInstance would be better ...
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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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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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Strange Integrate behavior (a bug!)

The following two calculations should give the same result. After all, integration is a linear operation. I have pasted the code below in case you want to play with it. ...
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Is everything in Mathematica ultimately stored as a rule?

My current understanding about Mathematica is that everything, at the lowest level, ends up as replacement rules. First question: is this true? Second question: does Mathematica "gloss over" these ...
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Is there something like MaxProcessorUsed?

For standard procedures it is easy to test if the implementation is better or worse than other by using Timing etc. It does not help us with creating ...
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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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Make Mathematica show function template's arguments in different lines (i.e. in column) by default?

I feel a bit uncomfortable with Mathematica 10's layout. I mean, I'm impressed how powerful functional programming can be and so on, but it's me or those programs are often just a bunch of nested ...
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Can Mathematica Operators be combined in a linear fashion for readability?

Here's a simple example. Suppose we want to find the off-diagonal matrix of m: m={{1,2},{3,4}} This can be solved fairly simply by extracting a list of the ...
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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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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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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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“Off-label use” of Mathematica functions for performance

Assisting an acquaintance with a simulation where a very large number of binomial probability calculations are required, I pointed them to a slightly obscure function to dramatically speed up their ...
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Do a gauge transformation for a Chern-Simons theory?

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian density: $$ L=\epsilon^{\mu\nu\rho}\big(\sum_a A^a_{\mu}(x) \partial_\nu A^a_{\rho}(x)-\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{1}{3} f^{bca} A^a_{\mu}(x) A^b_{\nu}(x) ...
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Gather dependency on list order?

I get intrigued about Gather behavior on this post. I thought that Gather was invariant under list order? Here is the result I ...
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Finding the argument set for internal functions in Mathematica v9.0

I've recently run into a problem with importing TIF stacks in Mathematica: Slow import of multigigabyte TIF image stacks On the advice of Simon Woods and others, I've been looking into the behavior ...
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Mathlink and multithreading

In order to make my computations faster I have developed a C/C++ application calling Mathematica kernel and performing many operations using Mathematica functions for equation solving. Now I want to ...
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ProbabilityDistribution PDF on boundary points

I would like to evaluate the PDF of a custom ProbabilityDistribution at the min and max values. However, PDF[...] returns 0 at ...
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Automatically discover the class of an arbitrary matrix

In Wolfram|Alpha it is possible to discover some specific classes to which a matrix belongs. For instance, typing this in Wolfram|Alpha ...
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Distance Time Warp (DTW) function implementation in mathematica

The DTW (Distance time warp) is given here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_time_warping There is an implementation of DTW in R as well as MATLAB. However i am unable to find something for DTW in ...
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Evaluating standard functions of general quaternions symbolically

Mathematica can easily compute exponentials and logarithms of concrete quaternions: ...
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Maximizing Large Multivariable Function over Region with Parameter Constraints

Brand new Mathematica user here. I have a complicated function to maximize, and thought I would try software like Mathematica instead of taking derivatives by hand. I found some Mathematica ...
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Which functions automatically generate new functions?

In his video http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/video.php?channel=362&video=1643, Wolfram gives the following example: the output from ...
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A math function similar to “LatticeReduce” for finding linear independent basis

We would like to ask a math function similar to "LatticeReduce" for finding linear independent basis. The input is a list of vectors $M=\{v_1,v_2,v_3,\dots\}$, with the following property: There is a ...
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Complicated output from simple Eigenvalues problem

I have code that uses Eigenvalues on matrices of various sizes. But the output of what should be a very simple problem, namely finding the eigenvalue of a 1x1 matrix, is overly complicated. ...
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Can BreadthFirstScan be modified?

I would like to obtain a "slick" implementation of A*-search algorithm on Graph objects, using the built-in BreadthFirstScan (if that is possible at all). I noticed that BreadthFirstScan is static in ...
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Are there some other ways to solve a second PDE except DSolve?

I have a partial differential equation as follows: $$\frac{\partial p(x,t)}{\partial t}=\text{Dp} \frac{\partial ^2p(x,t)}{\partial x^2}-\frac{p(x,t)-\text{p0}}{\tau }$$ What I try to do was to get ...
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What are the differences between these functions when used for NMaximize?

In short, the question is how to construct the function you want to optimize? ...
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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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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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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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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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Inconsistent linearity of inverse Fourier transform

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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How do I choose only one branch of ArcTan?

I have a problem concerning ArcTan drawing a graph using ListPlot. I import a table of data: ...
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Speeding Up Image Processing Functions

I am working with stacks of 1024x1024 timelapse microscopy images that I am performing a series of image processing functions on to help segment each image. These functions include ...
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Expression for evaluating multiple functions?

I am constructing 3D data points for a plot and corresponding to specific conditions "manually". I define the values of five parameters [these I always have to define myself]. From those, I evaluate ...
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How to find matrix exponential using RootSum?

From what I've been able to deduce, Mathematica uses a root sum scheme to determine the exponential of a matrix. Can someone please explain to me the theory behind this? I've searched, but have had no ...
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Find eigenvalues without filling the matrix

Is it possible to find eigenvalues of a matrix without filling it? The matrix elements are given by a known function f[p1,p2]. This is relevant for a matrix too ...
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Derivative of the Absolute Value Function in Mathematica looks very different from the actual answer

Derivative of the Abs Function in Mathematica looks very different than the actual answer. Why? How to correct this? For example I entered ...
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How to apply an rule to factors matching a certain form

Suppose we have many expressions involving irrational ArcTan expressions (such as ArcTan[Sqrt[3],5]) along with other irrational factors (such as ...
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Slow mixture fitting when having ill-conditioned covariance matrices. How to make it faster?

I'm using Mathematica 9.0 to fit multidimensional observations with a gaussian mixture. To do so I first adapted these steps to ensure that the mixture parameters are well defined (see ...
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Distinction between 2 NETTypeInfo answers

In a NETLink application I checked all the types offered by LoadedNETTypes[] according to the following: ...
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Decapitating “explicit” and “implicit” heads

This is a follow up to this question. So far, I named "explicit" heads to those that appear explicitly in the expression. For example, f[x] has an explicit head. I ...
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parameter NDSolve

the question I need to solve is: t x'[t] == -x[t] + y[t], t y'[t] == -5 t^2/x[t]^2 + x[t] - y[t], x[1] == 4, x[b] == 1 in order to solve the coupled ...
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Positive integrand giving negative answer

I'm integrating a positive function f(t) times sin(t) from 0 to pi/5 and get -38. Actually f is slightly negative for a short time (smallest value ~ -0.0005), but far from enough to explain this. ...
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CDF with numerous independent manipulate objects

I have been working on my senior project that involves the creation of a CDF with multiple Manipulateexpressions. I need to protect my code so I have been trying to ...
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How to Output Chi-Squared Statistics when using NonLinearModelFit

I am using NonLinearModelFit for some curve fitting and I was wondering if NLM is able to output chi-squared/leastsquared statistics from the best-fit parameters and confidence intervals. From my ...