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V10's Operator Forms - what are they good for?

V10 introduces an operator form for several functions perhaps primarily due to their role in queries as part of introducing data science functionality. At first pass it seems a lot of effort to add ...
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when is f@g not the same as f[g]?

I have always thought that f@g will give the same result as f[g] in all cases, and it is just a matter of style which one to use ...
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Generating an ordered list of pairs of elements from ordered lists

I have a pair of ordered lists. I want to generate a new ordered list (using the same ordering) of length n by applying a binary operator to pairs of elements, one from each list, along with the index ...
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How is + as an infix operator associated with Plus?

How is + associated with Plus? Suppose I want to define a head FooBar and have it ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of functions with V10 operator forms?

Version 10 sports operator forms for many functions like Map, SortBy, Select which allow you ...
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Having the derivative be an operator

How do I create an operator which acts like a derivative to everything to the right of it: for example: $ \left( \partial_x + \partial_y + z \right ) x \psi $ How do I make that evaluate to: $x ...
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What happens when you divide by ##?

I've been playing around with sequences a bit. In particular with using ## with unary and binary operators. Let's start simple, the following all make some kind of ...
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Replace operators

/. can be used to replace variables but how can one replace operators. For example in a * b, ...
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How to find range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers?

How can one find the range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers? ...
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Using MapIndexed[List] on a dataset fails — why?

The following works: MapIndexed[List]@{1, 2, 3} (* {{1, {1}}, {2, {2}}, {3, {3}}} *) This works too: ...
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Performing Computations on Sets

I would like to find a permutation of $\quad S=\{\frac{1}{10}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{4}{7}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{2}{3} \}\quad$ that maximizes the sum of theses elements raised to unique powers: ...
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Change associativity of the @ operator

The @ operator in Mathematica is right-associative by default, i.e. f@g@h evaluates as f@(g@h) Is it possible to make the ...
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Operate over list of pure functions

I have list of pure functions (All functions are InterpolatingFunction) i.e {{a, b}, {c, d}, {e, f}, ...} and I would like ...
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How do I expand a sum?

I have a problem with Mathematica's symbolic manipulations. As an example, consider the following expression: $$\sum _{i=1}^n -2 x_i \left(-a x_i-b+y_i\right)=0$$ How do I get Mathematica to expand ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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How to make a binary function associative? (Or define an n-ary function?)

Suppose I have a simple function that I assign to an operator f[a_, b_] := a + b CirclePlus = f Then I want to write ...
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What is the mathematical meaning behind D[f]?

y = a + b x; I can understand this output of the ordinary differentiation of y w.r.t. x ...
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How to change coordinates of a differential operator?

I'm doing a basic quantum mechanics problem and am trying to learn how to do it in Mathematica. Any help would be much appreciated. $\vec{L} = \vec{x} \times \vec{p}$ where $\vec{x}$ has ...
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Element-wise list operation on list of lists [closed]

Suppose a function F operates on list A: $$A=\{a_1, a_2,\cdots, a_n\}$$ I have a list of lists, B: $$B=\{A_1, A_2,\cdots,A_m\}$$ Is there a syntax to specify that F should operate on members of B, ...
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Associativity of `/@` [duplicate]

Why are the following not equivalent: Map[Line, Map[(Print[#]; #) &, {{{2, 1}, {1, 1}}, {{-2, 1}, {3, 1}}}]] which produces ...
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ComplexInfinity/Indeterminate error when evaluating derivative

Motivation: I want to find the coefficients for the polynomial that is obtained when one adds together the first $n$ natural numbers to the power of $a$; that is, when you consider $1^{a} + 2^{a} + ...
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How to define the Poisson bracket in Mathematica

If $f,g$ are functions of the independent variables $\{q_1, q_2, ..., q_N, p_1, p_2, ..., p_N\}$, then the Poisson bracket is defined as: \begin{equation*} [f, g] = \sum_{i=1}^N \left(\frac{\partial ...
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How to find (numerical) value of a derivative at point?

I have the following function: f[0, 0] = 0 f[x_, y_] := Exp[-(x^2 + y^2)^(-1)] How do I find its partial derivatives at any given point, including $(0,0)$? This ...
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Computing list elements that refer to earlier elements and two other lists without iteration

I am attempting to compute the elements of a list, $\{a_i\}$ given lists $\{b_i\}$ and $\{c_i\}$ using the following formula: $a_i = \frac{1}{c_1}(b_i - \sum_{j = 2}^{i}c_{j}a_{i-j+1})$ for $1\leq i ...
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How to construct custom operators with precedence?

I need to combine data structures in operations analogous to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (and more). I need more than one operation of each type, i.e. more than one method of ...
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Question on operator: // N

I've seen a notebook with the following: ...
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Exponential of a Differential Operator

In Mathematica, is it possible to exponentiate a differential operator such that the operator will act on a function, $f(x,p)$? Specifically, I wondering if I can get Mathematica to do this: ...
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HoldForm[Operator ##] on some list

Recently in response to this question Mr.Wizard suggested an unusual way to summing numbers. This doesn't seem to be documented. ...
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Factoring a differential equation into an operator product

Following the fundamental theorem of algebra, I can (as stated here in Sec. 1.1.4) factor an $n$th-order linear ordinary differential equation $$ a_n \frac{d^n x}{dt^n} + a_{n-1} \frac{d^{n-1} ...
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Defining the Moyal Product in Mathematica

What would be the best way to define the Moyal Product, $f(x,p)\star g(x,p)$, in Mathematica? $f(x,p)\star g(x,p)$ may be written as $f\star ...
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Scalar product operator of complex vectors

What is the scalar product operator for complex vectors (or matrices) in Mathematica? The usual $Dot[]$ doesn't work. E.g. here is what the Mathematica gives $$\{1,0\}.\{I,0\}=I$$ but the answer ...
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why I can't define a commutator operator in this way?

I am trying to define some operators I used frequently.For example, I defined a KroneckerProduct operator as $ \otimes $ as follows: a_$ \otimes $b_:=a.b-b.a and this works fine. Then I want to ...
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Avoid writing explicit form of operator

I would like to evaluate the following (simplified) expression with Mathematica : $\frac{\delta}{\delta J} \exp[(J(x)+K(x)) \Delta (J(x)+K(x))]$ where $\Delta$ is a differential operator independent ...
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Operator and VariationalMethods [closed]

I'm trying to get the variational derivative $\delta E$ respect to $\Phi$ of this functional $$ E[\Phi] = \int d^3r\ \left[ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2\Phi + V(\vec{r})\Phi^*\Phi + ...
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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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Differential operator squared

I defined a one-dimensional momentum operator $\hat{p}=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial{x}}$ in Mathematica p = -I * h * D[#, x]& and I want to get the ...
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Operator-Input Form for Lists?

The documentation on Operator-Input Forms shows the following example which suggests that there is an alternative, convenient, operator-style, tidy technique for inputting lists. However, there is ...
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Gateaux (directional) derivatives and higher order differentials of a functional

I would like to calculate the Gateaux derivative of a functional (i.e. a function depending on functions). A simple example for the Dirichlet functional: $L(u(x))=\int_0^1 \frac{1}{2} (u'(x))^2 dx$ ...
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Custom operators; custom pattern matching with pure functions

What I'm trying to achieve in Mathematica is the creation of a binary operator whose operands are both pure functions over the natural numbers. The result of the operator should be another pure ...
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Define operator algebra

My objective is to work out commutators like this $$[f(x,y)\partial_x^2+g(x,y)\partial_x+h(x,y),a(x,y)\partial_x^2+b(x,y)\partial_x+c(x,y)]$$ or ...
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Displaying the meaning of an operator using Information

I'm using CircleTimes ($\otimes$) operator defined as a_\[CircleTimes]b_ := KroneckerProduct[a, b] so I can use ...
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Creating the Nabla operator as a operator

How can I define the nabla-operator as a an operator, acting on everything to the right of the operator! Also taking \[Del]^2 would give the second derivivates. I wish to be able to write ...
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Extract differential operator from differential form

Let's say I have : a*u''[x]+b*u'[x] where a and b are constant I would need to get ...
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Polynomial expansion of operator

I am new to Mathematica, I am trying to generate the polynomial function of a operator. So for example, the operator $L $ is $\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}+\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} $, and I want ...
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Replacing values of a function

I have recently starting using Mathematica and have recently come to what seems as an impasse in my understanding of the language. If this is too "tell me how to do it" I would certainly understand. ...
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Column Operation - Subtract part of nested list from part of another nested list [duplicate]

I have two lists with x- and y-coordinates with different z-coordinates of the form {{x0, y0, z0_1}, {x1, y1, z1_1}, ..., {xn, yn, zn_1}} and ...
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Computing with matrix differential operators

I am looking the achieve a working set of Mathematica functions that would allow me to take products, commutators, etc. of (2x2) matrix differential operators and apply them to vector-valued functions ...
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Shorthand for operations?

Mathematica has a large number of built-in symbols, and I am unsure when there is a shorthand for the operation I am trying to perform. Question 1: Is there a shorthand for the function ...
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Operator operation

There are two basic operators r={x,y,z} and p=-I*h*{D[#,x] , D[#,y], D[#,z]} &. The angular momentum operator is defined as ...