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Where can I get detailed information on how the Plot command works?

The command Plot[x^2, {x, -3, 3}, PlotStyle -> Arrowheads[{-.025, .025}]] /.Line -> Arrow produces this output. What I don't understand is what ...
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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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Find the smallest positive integer that satisfies a certain condition

I know Mathematica is really powerful when it comes to functional operations like applying a list of tasks to a list of variables. Sometimes I feel like it isn't the most powerful tool when it comes ...
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What is the underlying algorithm for GroupElementToWord?

What algorithm is Mathematica 9 using for GroupElementToWord[group, g]?
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Finding hidden treasure (aka finding undocumented functions) [duplicate]

I was searching for a way to determine if a point is within a polygon and stumbled upon rm -rf's answer. (actually, I really wanted to find a point within a ...
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What is the formula Mathematica uses for ZetaZero?

What is the formula/algorithm Mathematica uses for the ZetaZero command?
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What algorithms does NSolve use?

I've been using NSolve to find roots and now I've been wondering what underlying algorithm mathematica uses. It's probabaly similiar to ...
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How does LocationTest choose its “AutomaticTest”?

Is there a way of determining how LocationTest chooses its "AutomaticTest"? Sometimes it's clear from the ...
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Given two samples, how does LocationTest select its AutomaticTest?

How does LocationTest select its "AutomaticTest" when testing two samples? Background: A previous post poses a similar question ...
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How to implement FittedModel like objects

In the course of making some RLink wrappers I want to have some richer containers like Mathematica does with its FittedModel ...
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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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Open an MX file used by the kernel [closed]

I am working on a graph, and I am using Mathematica function FindGraphCommunities to analyze the properties of this graph, but I have no idea about the algorithm ...
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Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least in version 7, the performance of a / b and a - b is not ...
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How to interpret the FullForm of a SparseArray?

SparseArrays are atomic objects, but they do have a FullForm which reveals information about them. What is the meaning of the ...
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What is the most convenient way to read definitions of in-memory symbols when we don't have the source files? (Spelunking tools)

Note: I put Simon's implementation on GitHub. Contributions welcome! When trying to read the definition of already defined (package or built-in) symbols using ...
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Algorithm in RandomChoice[{w1,w2,…}->{e1,e2,…},n]?

I wonder if someone happens to know the actual algorithm implemented in the particular overload of RandomChoice that handles explicitly presented discrete ...
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Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll?

Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll? Are there typical situations where $Failed is ...
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How to determine BLAS/LAPACK implementation used internally for numerical matrix operations?

Is there a command which reveals which implementation of BLAS and LAPACK are used in Mathematica's matrix operations such as Eigensystem? I asked a related question ...
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Method used by FindFit

Using FindFit, Mathematica selects an optimal algorithm when Automatic is selected. I'd like to know the name of the method ...
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Blend code for built-in ColorData schemes

Hi I want to get a blend similar to "SunsetColors". To make those slight modifications, I would like to know the precise blend of that color scheme. My try: ...
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Internals of Prime function [duplicate]

Does anyone knows how exactly Prime works ? For example how Prime[1000000000] is calculated ? The only information I found was ...
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What are the limits of the Prime-functions? [duplicate]

Will Prime and PrimePi test up to 3 * 10^12? Where can I find the limits for these funtions? ...
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What is the default ColorFunction for Image3D?

What is the default ColorFunction for Image3D? I find it a bit confusing that the most intense colour is not shown where the ...
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What are the algorithm details of FindRoot?

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system". But I ...
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Methods for NonlinearModelFit

I am using NonlinearModelFit for a thesis project. I get quite different results if I change the Method to LevenbergMarquardt or QuasiNewton or ConjugateGradient ...
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JewishNewYear date limitation

The documentation for the function "JewishNewYear" in the "calendar" package declares that the year argument must be between 1900 and 2100. No explanation is given for this limitation. The function ...
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How does Mathematica solve eigenvalues?

I believe mathematica uses some techniques beyond our book. According to the text book it is not possible to solve eigenvalues of which the matrix has not completely eigenvectors, or of those matrix ...
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How does Interpolation really work?

I'm looking for some explanation or advice, not help in solving something. Recently I finished my program and my supervisor said "Ok, now it's time for your first paper: write a scientific text about ...
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Underlying Algorithms for List Manipulation Functions

Does anyone know, or know of a link for the underlying algorithms used for list manipulation functions? Specifically: Union with and without the ...
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How does Plot work?

I considered the following function: sin[x_] := Module[{}, Print["x=", x]; Sin[x] ] in Mathematica. Next, I tried to plot it using: ...
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How does Mathematica determine that an evaluation should be terminated?

How exactly does Mathematica determine that evaluation of particular expression should be finished and the result should be returned? Here are some examples of unclear behavior which have arisen, ...
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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 ...
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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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Problem with Covariance Matrix Output in NonlinearModelFit

I am running NonlinearModelFit based off of some simulated data and trying to fit to a function with more than one parameter. Eventually, I would like to fit to 5 ...
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What's inside InterpolatingFunction[{{1., 4.}}, <>]?

I'm curious what's inside the InterpolationFunction object? For example: ...
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Daubechies scaling function

In Mathematica in wavelet package with the following codes Phi[x_, j_, k_] := 2^(j/2) WaveletPhi[DaubechiesWavelet[3], 2^(j) x - k] Mathematica computes ...
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The default bandwidth of the SmoothKernelDistribution function

I am researching the Silverman rule of thumb for bandwidth selection. Below is a sample of my code, from which it seems that BW=63 is close to the default parameter given by Mathematica (2 images are ...
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How does Mathematica's LowpassFilter work?

I don't really understand the documentation for the LowpassFilter[] function in Mathematica. In the course I have about signal processing, low-pass filters come in ...
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How does Mathematica's FindSequenceFunction work? [closed]

Mathematica's built-in function FindSequenceFunction can find out a closed form of the general terms of a given integer sequence. Anyone knows how it works? Is ...
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How does Mathematica calculate the nth prime?

When I enter Prime[2000000000000], the two-trillionth prime, Mathematica gives 61427839512211 for the answer after several ...
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Any ideas on how GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is implemented?

GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is used to construct minimax approximations of parametrically defined functions. I am curious about how ...
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Implementation of Decompose

I'm curious as to how Decompose works so I decided to use Trace with the option ...
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What algorithm is Mathematica using for FirstPassageTimeDistribution[]?

What algorithm is Mathematica 9 using for FirstPassageTimeDistribution[]? Is it attempting to use PseudoInverse[] on the ...
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How does FindShortestTour work?

How are FindShortestTour and the algorithms therewithin implemented internally? Also: Can I access some form of incremental, in-progress result during evaluation? ...
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Apart may use Padé method: what's that?

How does Apart work? The page tutorial/SomeNotesOnInternalImplementation#7441 says, "Apart ...
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Design considerations behind `O` (a.k.a. BigOh, a.k.a. Landau Order)

This works without any warnings: O[Log[x]]. This raises a warning: O[x^2]. I have a few questions around this: Why is it a ...
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Efficiently appending points to a NearestFunction

I have a program which works with a list of points (in 3D, but it could be in 1D as well, it won't make a difference). Within a loop, it keeps adding new points to the list. To calculate the ...
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What algorithm is Mathematica 9 using for “SpectralEmbedding” of graphs?

When I specify that a graph should be realized using the "SpectralEmbedding" procedure, what paper / algorithm for spectral embedding is this based on? I was unable to find any documentation for ...
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How could I implement the equivalent of NextPrime

I would like to know what an implementation of the function NextPrime would look like if it were implemented in Mathematica's core language.