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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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Accuracy of PrimeQ function

Using PrimeQ in Mathematica 10 on integers up to $2\cdot 10^{5717}$ the function appears to work. The Documentation for Mathematica 5 says that ...
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Multiply integrand with -1, and the precision changes?

"After multiplying the integrand of NIntegrate with -1, the Precision of the output will ...
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How can I access the Criterion function of KI method in `FindThreshold` for a dataset?

I want to find a threshold for some data set, using Kittler-Illingworth minimum error thresholding method (KI method). To do so, I use the Mathematica built-in function ...
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What is behind experimental function: FindFormula?

In version 10.2 there is a new experimental function: FindFormula[]. I suspect that a genetic programming algorithm (symbolic regression) is behind this new ...
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The theory/algorithm knowledge behind the built-in Discretize* and Boundary*

The ComputationalGeometry package was built-in in V10 distribution. In classical computational geometry field, the following questions were investigated. Convex ...
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Meaning of the character sequence after an Entity's name

Mathematica can interpret an entity when you type Ctrl+=, like this: Then we'll get an entity We can get the InputForm You will get a canonical name ...
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Show how Mathematica defines a function

Is there a way to show how Mathematica defines a function, such as In: Something[Sqrt], Out: Sqrt[x] -> x^(1/2) As far as I understand it the command ...
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What kind of preprocessing does Mathematica do when I use EdgeDetect on an image?

I am doing my own implementation of Canny and Sobel in another language (not in Mathematica). I was testing the EdgeDetect method (Sobel and Canny), and my own, and ...
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Heliocentric coordinates in PlanetData

I tried to use planets' HeliocentricLongitude and I wonder if anyone has any insight on what coordinate system they use. I took vernal equinox times from http://ns1763.ca/equinox/eqindex.html and ...
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The algorithm of ListGraphs[n,m]

I'm not sure if this is a Mathematica problem, math problem or a CS problem, so if this is off-topic please transfer it. In the package Combinatorica there is a ...
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How does ListPlot3D interpolate data?

I have data of the form {{x1, y1, f(x1, y1}, {x2, y2, f(x2, y2)}, ...}. I need to interpolate the data to get an interpolated ...
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How is pattern specificity decided?

Mathematica has a notion of pattern specificity, which is a partial ordering on patterns. The rules (e.g. DownValues, ...
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Algorithm used by Fit[]

Does anyone know what algorithm Mathematica's basic Fit[] function uses? Is it proprietary? I'm trying to do some pretty basic, linear, polynomial data fitting ...
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Is the Method -> Automatic option for Classify not deterministic?

I just prepared an (well known) example in machine learning, the weather dependent determination of whether to play golf or not, as shown in this picture (of a corresponding Dataset) Now I set up ...
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What CPU instruction set extensions does Mathematica support?

Most CPUs in desktops and laptops nowadays are backwards compatible with the x86-64 instruction sets. But newer CPUs also have additional instruction set extensions like AVX 2, FMA3, and BMI/BMI2 ...
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What is the encoding used when exporting images as MOV with “VideoEncoding” -> “MPEG-4 Video”?

I have a few rasterised images generated in Mathematica, and I want to output them in a video file, ideally using H.264 encoding. I found the following command. ...
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Symbolic derivatives are being calculated numerically

Just found the following while debugging a problem. Mathematica is calculating the derivative of IntegerPart[x] in some odd way: ...
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The implementation of FunctionRange

How exactly does the FunctionRange work? What kind of algorithm does it use? I looked it up in the manual but it doesn't provide any references or even a name of ...
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How many clusters does DominantColors return?

Is there any documentation on how it automatically chooses the number of colors - does it use X-means or some other heuristic to determine the number of clusters it automatically returns?
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How does Mathematica calculate $\sin(\pi/5)$?

Consider: Sin[Pi/5] which returns: $$\sqrt{\frac58-\frac{\sqrt5}{8}}$$ Does anyone know how to figure out the trigonometric identities used by Mathematica to ...
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What is the default ColorFunction for MatrixPlot?

I think the the default ColorFunction for ArrayPlot is ...
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What governs images resizing in the FrontEnd environment

What is responsible for the middle Row images' size? And why single image row is different? ...
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How was Mathematica built?

I've been wondering this for a while now: How was Mathematica built? Is it written in Haskell? C++? I'd love to get a taste of the wizardry behind this incredible software.
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Is there a method to look inside at the internal code of Built-In functions? [duplicate]

How can I look at the code of built-in functions? Is there something like this: LookInsideFunction[SubsetQ] RETURNS ...
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What algorithm do the Compress and Uncompress functions use?

Compress and Uncompress are used internally by Mathematica to compress things like 3D data in notebook files - data that I'd like to read independently. Does anyone have any idea if the compression ...
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How does Plus work on machine precision Real arguments?

I thought Kahan's summation method would make a nice example for students to use to think about round-off error [W. Kahan, Pracniques: Further Remarks on Reducing Truncation Errors, Commun. ACM 8  ...
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Why this upvalue doesn't escape from Sum?

Probably a hard question, but I decide to cry out loud :). This is actually another problem I encountered when answering this question. Consider the following transform rule stored as an upvalue: ...
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BoxWhiskerChart Notched: how is the notch calculated?

I am aware of one convention for the uncertainty in a median: it is 1.58 * IQR / Sqrt[n], where IQR is the inter-quartile range and n is the number of data points. This was proposed by McGill, Tukey, ...
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What is the underlying algorithm to simplify sums of reciprocals of polynomials?

Flipping through Wolfram's blog entry on Leibniz, W noted Huygens' interview test for the young Leibniz, namely to determine: $$ \sum_{n\ge2} \frac{1}{{n \choose 2}} $$ It's one thing to do this by ...
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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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How to show steps of Integrate[Exp[-(I*(s*t))]/(Sqrt[2*Pi]*Sqrt[s]), {s, 0, Infinity}]? [duplicate]

I am trying to use Wolfram Alpha in Mathematica 10.2 to show me the steps for calculating the integral in the title, i.e I have written the following command: show steps of ...
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How does Matematica compute the CDF of the binomial distribution?

I want to know, how Mathematica actually implements the cumulative distribution function of the binomial distribution. Which algorithm does Mathematica use to compute ...
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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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Does LinearSolve know that I gave it a Sparse lower triangular matrix?

Let $\mathbf L$ be a nonsingular numeric (non-symbolic) large, lower triangular sparse matrix. Let $\mathbf b$ be an appropriately sized vector. I want to solve $\mathbf L\mathbf x=\mathbf b$. ...
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What values of $\delta$ and $\eta$ are being used in LatticeReduce?

The Lenstra–Lenstra–Lovász algorithm has a parameter $\delta$ with $1/4 < \delta < 1$, where roughly speaking the closer $\delta$ is to 1 the longer it takes, but the better basis reduction you ...
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What type of solver does Mathematica use in LinearSolve

I have a question regarding linear equation solvers. For a specific 9-diagonal matrix, every method I tried in C++ (Gaus, GCC, BICGTAB) didn't work (even though they worked for other matrices). But in ...
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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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Default algorithm in NonlinearModelFit

Does anyone know the default algorithm used in NonlinearModelFit? The documentation gives several possible algorithms, but I can't figure out what it uses if you do not specify the algorithm. Thanks. ...
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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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What's the algorithm behind markov classifier in Classify function for text classification?

https://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/new-in-10/highly-automated-machine-learning/find-which-author-wrote-a-text.html The above url show the use of Classify ...
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How does Accumulate work?

Accumulate can be used to compute the partial sums of a list. The partial sums can also be computed using a For loop but this ...
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The difference between “SymbolicProcessing” -> 0 and restricting the function definition to numeric values only

The Documentation tells us that there are two ways to disable symbolic processing of the integrand by the NIntegrate function when it is known that it just slows ...
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SetSystemOptions is obsolete? What is next? [closed]

When running the following code on Mathematica 10.2 SetSystemOptions[ "CompileOptions" -> "CompileReportExternal" -> True]; I received the message: ...
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What methods does Maximize use like $\mathtt{Maximize}\left[\left\{3 x^2+2 \sqrt{2} x y,x^4+y^4=1\right\},\{x,y\}\right]$

I used Maximize for the maximum value of $3 x^2+2 \sqrt{2} x y$ when $x^4+y^4=1$ , $x>0,y>0$. What methods does Maximize ...
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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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How does Mathematica resolve symbolic systems of inequalities? [closed]

Before getting into my question, let me provide some context: I recently started using Mathematica to automatically perform stability analyses that I previously did by hand. A major part of the ...
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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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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 ...