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

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Is FullGraphics an abandoned function? Is there an alternative?

FullGraphics hasn't worked entirely for a long time and the situation appears to be getting worse instead of better. In Mathematica 10.0 and 10.1 a simple usage ...
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Performance problems in new Sequence functions

The new-in-10.1 Sequence* family of functions should provide newly optimized methods for handling sequence problems. Happily in some cases they do! For example ...
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More Ticks::ticks errors in AbsoluteOptions in v10

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4 or later While the specific bug affecting Plot described in AbsoluteOptions prints error messages in ...
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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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Possible Bug in LinearSolveFunction with Sparse Vectors

Bug introduced in 5.0 and persists through 10.4.1 LinearSolveFunction is new in 5.0 Consider the following set of equations and corresponding variables: ...
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KeyIntersection fails (?) when an association is empty

I think I found a bug in KeyIntersection (Mma 10.2). To illustrate, input the following: ...
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How to instruct MatrixLog to work with singular matrices?

How to instruct MatrixLog to work with singular matrices by ignoring the zero eigenvalues (thus only acting on a subspace orthogonal to the matrix kernel)? I'm ...
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What is the difference between GenerateDocument and TemplateApply[NotebookTemplate[

Bug introduced in V10.0 and persisting through V10.4 Since V10.3 the bug still remains but additionally the Genarate and ...
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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 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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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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How to know the string data/settings, of some options/functions

It is known that several functions and options take some sort of input in this form: option->"something" function["something"] The simple example for this is ...
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Why does FromDigits transpose its argument (sometimes)?

a = {{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6}} ; FromDigits /@ Transpose@ a == FromDigits @ a (* True *) The only "strange" syntax I've found in the docs is But it doesn't ...
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Using an external Pattern breaks Format

I noted while writing this answer that using an external Pattern on Format doesn't work: ...
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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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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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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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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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Monitor CUDA function

Is there a way to monitor CUDA function without bringing much performance reduction. For example, Map can be monitored by ...
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Is there a documentation generator for Mathematica?

I'm looking for a way to document the functions of my packages inline, preferably inside comments. There should be a Doxygen type tool for this that takes comments and that generates html from markup ...
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Extracting an equation from an interpolated function

Im trying to use LibraryLink to do some calculations in C but part of the expression i want to calculate is an Interpolating Function. C cant use that obviously so I'm trying to shift it to a data ...
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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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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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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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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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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 http://...
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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) A^c_{\rho}(x)...
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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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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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Function output

I would like a function that computes Cartesian product of two sets z=(Tuples@{#1,#2}), and computes the number of elements in this set(list) ...
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Input List of Images into a cloud deployed API function

I'm new to APIFunction and CloudDeploy, but essentially, here's my situation: I have a function (let's call it ...
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Covariance matrix estimation when number of variables is larger than number of observations

It is well known that the sample covariance matrix estimator results in a singular matrix if the variables is larger than the number of observations. One solution is to apply shrinkage estimators. ...
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Computing an inexact derivative with some terms preserved in exact form

I am beginning to learn Mathematica and have the following question: How can I return a derivative with exact numbers instead of one involving numerical approximations? My original, single variable ...
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Marginal distribution with weight

Given a multi-variate distribution $P(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})$, I would like to obtain the marginal distribution $$P_m(\mathbf{x})=\sum\int_{\mathbf{y}}P(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})W(\mathbf{y})$$ In my ...
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Construct single InterpolatingFunction from a mathematical combination of other IF's

Let's say I have an interpolated function f, like I might get as the solution to an NDSolve: ...
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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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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 dict = Nearest[WordData[]] ...
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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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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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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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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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Panel size undesired behaviour

This is next question from the series: better avoid Panel if you care about details. previous about FrameMargins In the ...
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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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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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Is there any point to using a variable as a function parameter?

Normally one only sees patterns as function parameters: fun1[x_]:=x^2 Is there any point to using a variable in a function definition: ...
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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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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 ...