Questions dealing with optional named arguments of Mathematica functions.

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Extract values for ViewMatrix from a Graphics3D

Under More Information in the help page of ViewMatrix the following entry can be found With the setting ...
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Functions with Options

Suppose you want to create a function which has optional arguments. Maeder's book "Programming in Mathematica" covers the topic extensively up to version 3, but some things have changed/evolved since ...
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How can one find undocumented options or option values in Mathematica?

Mathematica has a lot of undocumented or poorly documented options. How does one go about working out if there is an undocumented option that might solve a particular problem? How does one work out ...
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Is it possible to change the color of plot in Show?

For example: p = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}] Is it possible to write options in Show to change the curve's color for example into ...
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How to get the real PlotRange using AbsoluteOptions?

The problem in general involves the unreliable behaviour of AbsoluteOptions when option values are implicitly specified (e.g. ...
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Evaluating an If condition to yield True/False

I would like to decide whether an option passed to my custom function has the value Automatic or something else. This is my attempt: ...
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How to find out which method Mathematica selected?

There are commands like NonlinearModelFit[] or NDSolve[] that have the option Method it ...
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Fixed color scale in multiple density plots

I think there should be a simple solution for my current problem, but neither StackOverflow (or the help of Mathematica) or Google have it. I have to plot multiple density plots with a color ...
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How can I create a function with optional arguments and options?

Is it possible to create a function with optional arguments that also takes options? Here is a simple example. I have a function f with option "g". It also has ...
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How can I work out which functions work with SetOptions?

Not all functions seem to work with SetOptions. e.g. ...
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Plot Option Precedence while combining Plots with `Show[]`

I like to build sophisticated plots by combining simpler ones with Show[]. Typically this involves setting non-default Plot-Options with the different ...
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Evaluation of OptionValue[]

I have a function that takes an OptionsPattern and I want to access several options, say a, and ...
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Method -> {“AxesInFront” -> False} for Graphics3D

I'm aware of two ways to manage positioning of Axes for Graphics3D: AxesOrigin and ...
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Number format of axes in a plot

How can I have a conditional format of the values appearing in the axis of a plot ? I have in mind the number format options available in Excel for plots as described here ...
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Solving/Reducing equations in $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$

I was trying to find all the numbers $n$ for which $2^n=n\mod 10^k$ using Mathematica. My first try: Reduce[2^n == n, n, Modulus -> 100] However, I receive ...
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Function with custom Options and modified Options for built-in Symbols

I couldn't find a more descriptive title, but I guess an example will explain my problem. I set up some customized Grid function including some additional ...
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Setting options of expressions similar to using SetOptions on objects

Introduction I often have the problem that in an expression, I want to change an option. If we are sure the option is not present, we could simply use ...
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About number truncation of ticks display in ListPlot

In my problem, I need to plot a figure in a relatively small region of the $x$ axis, e.g., ...
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Running an initialization cell on Mathematica start up [duplicate]

I am writing a bash script to run a bunch of Mathematica .nb files serially. So I thought I'd convert my Mathematica cells into ...
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How to tell mathematica not to resolve stiffness issues

Very often I solve partial differential equations that are nonlinear and could be up to 4th order. In these cases, it is usual for the solution determined by ...
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Is it possible to separately call the default value of a variable which isn't at the end of the sequence?

After reading this post I recalled an old question I once met. We know that we can set default values for variables of a function: ...
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How to remove ticks?

I wanted to remove the Ticks in my coding but i can't. Here when i try to remove the Ticks the number also gone. I need numbers ...
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Factorizing polynomials over fields other than $\mathbb{C}$

I'd like to take a polynomial in $\mathbb{Z}_5[x]$ of the form $ax^2+bx+c$ and factor it into irreducible polynomials. For example: Input... x^2+4 Output... ...
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More Ticks::ticks errors in AbsoluteOptions in v10

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.1 or later While the specific bug affecting Plot described in AbsoluteOptions prints error messages in ...
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Set the style of a cell

I know it's possible to programmatically change options on the selection in a notebook. I'd like to create a button that lets me change the style of a cell. It's a style that doesn't have a keyboard ...
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When to use GenerateConditions -> True

Many functions, usuallly those involving integration, take a GenerateConditions option which often defaults to False, or at ...
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Chart illustrating options that affect Graphics/Graphics3D objects

In Mathematica there is a seemingly never-ending list of parameters that affect the appearance of Graphics and Graphics3D ...
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How to save plots in grayscale

As sophomoric as this question seems, how should I save plots in grayscale in Mathematica? I generally like eps images for their scalability and I use ghostscript or other third party perl scripts ...
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Pass Options to Export[]

I'm working with Options to change the look and feel of some generated Graphics by passing Options to several functions, one of them being Export[]. For example: ...
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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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How to reverse the direction of the y axes

I have a similar question to this one. Unfortunately, the answers there didn't help me. I would like to plot a simple function with the normal Plot function. ...
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Pass list of options to Plot3D

Consider the example plotOptions = {PlotPoints -> 10, MaxRecursion -> 2} Plot3D[x y , {x, 0, 10}, {y, 0, 10}, plotOptions] Why does this causes the error: ...
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Change all Options of Plot Dynamically

I am trying to make a series of changes in the appearance of the Plot of some function. I am trying to use Manipulate for my experiments. I tried to change the following code ...
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SetOptions and Cell

I'm trying to change the CellLabel of Cells using SetOptions[Cell, CellLabel -> "test"] or ...
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Quickly look-up usages, options and attributes of symbols

When I'm writing code in the front-end, I find myself very often looking up the list of options of a symbol over and over again in the documentation center. In most cases you find there a list of ...
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Inline documentation of “Properties”

Context I find the documentation has become a bit of a maze, in particular given the more recent convention of having keywords has strings rather than Mathematica Keywords. For instance, ...
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Dealing with nested options

OptionValue allows for recent versions of Mathematica (I think as from 7) to easily access optional parameters if they are explicitely given to a function or their default values otherwise. For big ...
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How to plot a curve with border around the line?

This can be useful if the curve is passing over both dark and light backgrounds (like well-done subtitles in movies).
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Why doesn't Mathematica use uniform criteria for validating Options?

Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}, pp -> 0] Gives as expected: Plot::optx: Unknown option pp in Plot[Sin[x],{x,0,1},pp->0]. >> However: ...
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Where is the old option TraceInternal->True?

Already at least in version 2 (I think), the function Solve calls the function Roots. At that time, I had a rather dirty trick, that still works, to verify this: ...
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Pass by reference for an option argument

Pass by reference can be faked by using HoldAll or something similar in the definition of a "Function". But can pass by reference be faked for symbols passed as ...
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Is there a good reason for the removal of this FrameTicks syntax?

In past versions of Mathematica one could use a terse syntax for FrameTicks: {bottom, left, top, right} In 10.1 this syntax is no longer recognized requiring the ...
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Why does ListPlot ignore some global options?

Bug introduced in 7.0.1 or earlier and fixed in 8.0.1' Why does the following plot no use the global PlotMarkers option? ...
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Labels and tickmarks inside Frame

Is there a way to force Plot and related functions to place the tick labels inside, rather than outside a frame? For example, consider, ...
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How to preserve clipping when exporting a framed histogram with font embedding?

I work with histograms and would like to export it to EPS format. I've noticed that my exported image loses the PlotRangeClipping option that I set up when I export the plot. This is true for at least ...
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Passing unquoted strings (poor man's enumeration)

I would like to be able to pass an unquoted string as a parameter to a Mathematica function [that I am writing] and have it show up without evaluation if the string happens to be defined. Thus I would ...
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What does MaxStepFraction do?

I find that with NDSolve[...] while solving a partial differential equation, changing the MaxStepFraction from ...
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Fractions formatting in Column / Grid

Fractions are squished in GridBox: ...
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Is there a way to globally set when to treat a very small number as zero?

I understand that I can use Chop to force a very small number to be treated as 0 and can use ...
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Setting non-standard ImageResolution for EMF export as default

Mathematica has a bug in that BarCharts and ListPlots with Filling will export as a ...