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Mathematica's steps towards the result of a definite integral

I am interested in this definite integral: $$ \eqalign{\int_0^\infty {x^2 \log(1-e^{-x})}\; dx\cr } $$ That is: ...
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How to write my own interpolation method

I was comparing results of spline interpolation in Mathematica and C++/gsl-library Results of interpolation are different if I use ...
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What algorithm does Plot use to determine abscissas?

(I'm hoping this question is not hopelessly naive...) My understanding is that Plot's strategy is to generate a list of abscissas, evaluate the argument expression ...
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Possible Method for MatrixExp

Well, probably a hard question, but I think it's better to cry out loud :). I noticed that MatrixExp owns Method option when ...
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What are the hidden specifications for FindRoot

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system" (or a nonlinear equation 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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Does FindFit use symbolic differentiation?

Does FindFit use symbolic differentiation when optimizing by least squares a non-linear function?
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The idea behind Stiffness switching method with NDsolve [closed]

Does the Stiffness switching method with NDsolve switch just between multiple variants of 4th order Runge Kutta method or it uses also other methods?
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What calendar is Mathematica using for dates in the distant past?

It appears that Mathematica treats all dates as proleptic Gregorian dates by default, a hypothesis that can be easily tested by using AbsoluteTime to compute the ...
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Custom Methods for NMinimize/NonLinearModelFit

Is there a way to write custom methods for NonLinearModelFit or NMinimize? To give background, I currently have a batch of code that uses NonLinearModelFit with NMinimize as the method to do ...
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The default ColorFunction of DensityPlot before v10?

The default ColorFunction of Plot, Plot3D before v10 is respectively mentioned here and ...
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What method does `NIntegrate` uses by default?

There is a variety of algorithm for performing numerical integration (See wiki). What method does NIntegrate uses by default? I looked on the documentation page and I saw that the function ...
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Root finding: zeroes of Mathieu function

I am finding the roots of the Mathieu sine function, and find Mathematica and Maple do not agree on the solutions. For example, consider the solutions of ...
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Anyone knows the algorithm used by NullSpace function?

NullSpace function gives a list of vectors that forms a basis for the null space of the input matrix. When the rank of the input argument matrix $M_{m\times n}$ is ...
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Algorithm for converting truth tables to Boolean functions

The function BooleanFunction is able to convert a truth table into a Boolean function. Does anyone know what is the mathematical background and/or algorithm that ...
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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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How to make work Plus function? [duplicate]

I have a little problem. I have k = 1.56343*10^9; r = 9.10492*10^18. And I should receive a (2*r*r-k*k)/2*r*r, it equals to ...
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Why does list assignment with a packed array result in unpacked values?

Bug introduced in 5.2 or earlier and fixed in 10.1.0 This is another question on the design choices in Mathematica. I understand that without direct reply from the developers it may not be ...
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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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Pick bug? level 0 matching

A previous discussion of this issue (Is there a bug in Pick?) accepted that matching at level 0 is not a bug in Pick. Was that correct? I am not yet persuaded. ...
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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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Built in function without Attributes Listable works as if it has Attributes Listable

Can Built-in function works as if it has Attributes Listable even if it doesn't have that ...
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Miller-Rabin algorithm [closed]

I want to implement the Miller-Rabin algorithm in Mathematica to check if a number is prime with at least 99.99% probability. I used this: ...
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PlotRange->Automatic the exact function used to calculate outliers

I know that PlotRange->Automatic does the following: "the distribution of coordinate values is found, and any points sufficiently far out in the distribution ...
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Derivative of Vectoral NDSolve Interpolated Function / Rule Solutions,/., and Vector NDSolve [duplicate]

I need to find the instantaneous phase and instantaneous frequency for a rotating system. I am having difficulty making the math work with interpolating functions. First, here is a problem without ...
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Plot function failure, and understanding how mathematica selects recursion points for correction

I think it is best to start out by directing everyone to this link. The discussion concerns why the Plot function fails to accurately generate a simple sine wave for given parameters. The answer given ...
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Citation of the algorithms used in FindGraphCommunities

For my research work I need to put a comparison of different community detection algorithms. Instead of implementing all those algorithms once again, I would like to use the methods already provided ...
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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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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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Why do big-O terms disappear in definite integrals since Mathematica 9?

In Mathematica 8, when I computed the following input: Integrate[Series[Cos[x], {x, 0, 2}], {x, 0, a}] Mathematica returned an expression that had a O[a^4] in ...
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Birch clustering in Mathematica

I want to implement birch clustering in Mathematica. MAthematica only has 4 methods of clustering, is there any implementation for Birch clustering? Birch clustering is much faster than K means ...
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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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Get name of hidden inbuilt functions (like Ticks drawing)

how do I get the name and definition of a builtin Mathematica functions? For instance, I would like to see how default Tick plotting function is implemented. However, it is not clear where it is and ...
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Implementation of Series function

I'm trying to evaluate the partial derivatives of some function F[x,y] at some point, i.e. ...
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What Algorithm Does Mathematica use to Calculate Betweenness Centrality for Unweighted Graphs?

Recently asked this question http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/888369/betweenness-centrality-how-long-does-mathematica-take on the Mathematics SE. Does anyone know, as a follow up, what ...
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Use of Strassen's algorithm

Strassen's algorithm is an algorithm for matrix multiplication that is asymptotically faster than the naive one. In practice, the matrices involved have to be quite large before Strassen's algorithm ...
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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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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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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 ...