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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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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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 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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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 Plot-Commands,...
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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 find out which method Mathematica selected?

There are commands like NonlinearModelFit[] or NDSolve[] that have the option Method it ...
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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 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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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 function....
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Triangle that collapse cells

I'm not very good in English , so is hard to explain but how put the triangle in the left that deploy or collapse a group of cells ?
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Change the height of a function being plotted

How do I alter the height of any function plot using the Plot function? Mathematica seems to limit the height of the plot up to the range of a function and distort ...
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Prompt a set of possible options

Recent versions of Mathematica dynamically prompt a list of possible options. For example, when typing Plot[x, {x,0,1}, PlotStyle-> After typing the arrow, ...
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Programming scripts to create and modify stylesheets: problems with contexts

I am trying to emulate the shift and shift+tab feature in the Outline.nb stylesheet that comes with Mathematica. I added the following code to a private ...
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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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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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Arrows on axes in Plot3D

I use the following code to draw Arrows on Axes in 2D graphics: ...
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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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More Ticks::ticks errors in AbsoluteOptions in v10

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4 or later While the specific bug affecting Plot described in AbsoluteOptions prints error messages in ...
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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 http://peltiertech.com/...
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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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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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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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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 NDSolve...
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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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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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Method -> {“AxesInFront” -> False} for Graphics3D

I'm aware of two ways to manage positioning of Axes for Graphics3D: AxesOrigin and ...
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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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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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Front End options

Inspired by a recent question and others like it, and not finding an existing duplicate, I ask: What is the hierarchy of Front End options? How do they work? How can their values be set and recalled?...
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How can I make FilledCurve smoother?

In How can I generate and randomly assign color to annular sectors? J.M. showed an interesting way to create a sector graphic using FilledCurve. Unfortunately it ...
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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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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option [duplicate]

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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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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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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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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AbsoluteOptions prints error messages in V10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 I am trying to use AbsoluteOptions in V10 but I am getting the Out with some errors as see in this picture: does anyone have same issue?
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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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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 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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Writing functions with “Method” options

I'd like to implement several behaviors for a particular function using a Method option added to the function definition: ...
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New behavior of PlotRange in Mathematica 10

In Mathematica 10, when I plot data that has small changes around some non-zero value, the plot chooses a PlotRange that "collapses" the data so that the variations ...
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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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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a WindowSize like ...
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SyntaxInformation: take allowed options from multiple symbols – possible?

Suppose I have a function like Options[f] = {foo -> 1}; f[opt : OptionsPattern[{f,g}]] := h@g[Sequence @@ FilterRules[{opt}, Options[g]]] I purposefully do ...
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Creating a NearestFunction that returns an index

I use Nearest repeatedly for large data sets. For example pts = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {1000, 3}]; Nearest[pts, {0, 0, 0}] I ...
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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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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 ...