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How to combine a set of Plots, including self-drawn Inset/Lines/Circles?

I have a set of 9 plots which should be combined into one plot. Each of these plots contains a ListContourPlot, some circles, lines and an ...
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Delete duplicates by a criterion

The description This question came from my recent work. I achieved four groups points by data processing and then visualized them with Mathematica (shown as below) And I know that ...
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Can I define an axiomatic (Boolean algebra) system and prove theorems using Mathematica?

The general question is Can I define an axiomatic system and prove theorems using Mathematica? The more concrete one is about Boolean algebra. I consider this axiomatic Boolean algebra system ...
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Call Haskell from Mathematica and return the results inside Mathematica

I would like to learn Haskell using Mathematica's environment. I know there is the RLink protocol. Is there a similar protocol for Haskell?
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Is there a way to check whether two notebooks share the same variables?

When I code in Mathematica, I often re-use code from old notebooks which fulfilled a specific purpose; for example, one testing for soft matches in strings, or one that identifies outliers on a graph ...
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Localizing Pattern Names

When I want to define a function that uses a pattern, how should I localize the pattern name (i.e., x_ localizing the symbol x)? ...
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The value of an option inside a native function

I'm looking for something similar to AbsoluteOptions but that can be evaluated inside the function. That is, I want to read the absolute settings of options ...
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How to create an ImagePartition type-of-function that generates parts of different sizes

Background: I partition images to polygons ( squares ) and color them with VertexColors. I want to use a minimal number of polygons while still showing a clear resemblance of the original image. - ...
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How can I suppress Print in parallel evaluation?

When using a function that includes Print statements, one can suppress the output by ...
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How can I create a 3D representation of an object with known coordinates and adjacency table in mathematica?

Basically I want to create an object with specified coordinates and adjacency table, like in page two of this article. I'm completely new to using Mathematica, any help would be great! EDIT: So I ...
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Plotting: DensityPlot produces artifacts

I am trying to plot the electric potentials of bouncing balls using the following code: ...
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Forecast Future Stock Prices - Brownian Motion - Again

excuse me, I think I have here a technical problem with Mathematica yesterday I posted the question with the title: Forecast Future Stock Prices - Brownian Motion I am still not very experienced but ...
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Merging Financial Time Series

I am trying to merge two or more financial time series. For example, ...
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How to force Return[] to return from an arbitrary point (like in C++)?

I need to test some complicated conditions to calculate a Return value. But MMa doesn't let you Return[] from anywhere the way C++ does. The structure of my Module is similar to this: ...
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Dynamic lists as function arguments

Suppose I have a function that requires a list is as input. I.e. f[list_]:=DoSomethingWithList Now, if I pass a variable as Dynamic like this ...
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How do Forms affect the interpretation of Expressions?

Below are three formats for representing an undirected edge between vertices a and b: ...
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Why the function cannot achieve the expected result?

Today, I write a toy code (Framed the prime in a list) to practice Mathematica programming ,which as shown below: Trail 1: ...
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How to automatically restart Mathematica kernel after out-of-memory error

I want to run a Mathematica code repeatedly, even after the kernel shuts down when it is out of memory, because I have designed my program to continue appending the data to a file. Currently, I have ...
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How to linearize an expression automatically?

I would like to automatically linearize some long equations in the scope of variational calculus. Here follows an example of what I need to do : Given two variables $a_1 = q_1 + \delta q_1$ and $a_2 ...
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Simplifying already defined symbols

Consider the following code: ClearAll[x, y] x = y; y = 2; ?x ?y This will store $x$ being equal to the variable $y$, and $y$ having the value of $2$. Now switch ...
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How to make GraphicsGrid with content tight inside it?

I am trying to use GraphicsGrid to typeset some labels for my plots. I found the labels look little better when I use GrapicsGrid vs Grid. The labels have equations in them and not just plain labels. ...
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union several arrays of same flag(date for example) efficiently

Suppose I have several arrays from data files which look like: arrayi = {{datei1, xi11, xi21, ...}, {datei2, xi12, xi22, ...}, ..., {datein, xi1n, xi2n ,...}} ...
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How to use Mathematica for traditional programming

I am new to the structure of Mathematica. I understand that in the notebooks, one enters the symbolic expressions and evaluates them. But I need to generate some simulated data and do that a few ...
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Executing a .m file from the Linux command line

I have some code in a file named Demo-3.m, It can be evaluated in Mathematica 9. The final expression in the file is ...
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Need help with exception handling

I have read the docs for Catch, Throw, and friends multiple times, and I confess that I find them utterly incomprehensible... ...
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Recursive Euclidean algorithm in Mathematica

Can anyone explain to me how do I use a recursion, if I don't know the limit? For example, I need the remainder $r$ of the Euclidean algorithm for $\gcd(a,b)$ which equals $0$. I figured out that the ...
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How do I create an array by applying a function to the index of each element?

I am looking for something like matrix(m, n, f), but for Mathematica rather than MuPAD, and for arrays rather than matrices. That is, I'm looking for a(n ...
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Call Functions From File Without Modifying Context (Sandbox)

Let's say I have file named test.m containing test[arg1_] := ( Print[arg1];) What is the best technique for calling test like ...
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Using single replacement rule to convert algebraic expression

I have been trying this problems for hours and cannot find any helpful clues. How can I convert $Sinh[3\theta]+Sinh[\theta]$ to a rational function of x given $2Sinh[\theta] = x-x^{-1}$ by using only ...
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Computing closest set of points to each point in large set — running out of memory (arrays unpacking)

I have a large set of points in 3D and I'm trying to identify all the points that lie within a certain distance of each point. Then using this data store the vector between the pairs of points. I ...
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how to get the size of a directory(total size of all files under this directory or its subdir or …)

I use Mathematica10 in my Win7 and I want to estimate the amount of disk space occupied by each dirs. I try the code(the code was copied from How do I find the amount of free space on disk?, actually ...
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How can I do a Do While loop [duplicate]

Many languages have a Do While loop, how can I do one in Mathematica ?
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How to download pictures from webpage automatically?

Today, I read a good web page about love which owns many beautiful pictures. It is fussy for me to download every picture hand-by-hand, so I'd like to use Mathematica to do this case automatically. I ...
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How to program a clickPanel for chemical elements (like a periodic table)?

The command ColorData["Atoms", "Panel"] indicates RGBColors of "Atoms" by clicking a panel. As I don't want to reinvent the wheel, I asked myself: How to ...
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Assign clipboard object in mathematica when print screen is pressed (windows)

Mathematica runs behind, while another window is selected. When I press print screen, I want mathematica too detect this and call a function with the picture as argument. ...
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Why am I not getting a numeric response?

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Using function to transform a list

I have a list like that: {{Integer,String},....}, integer ranges from 1 to 900 and String "I" to "IV". And I need to find which pair of {x,y} each sublist is related to, so i can get a new list like ...
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RandomFunction and Histograms

RandomFunction[QueueingProcess[3, 5], {0, 15}] Histogram[data, Automatic, "PDF"] gives a very nice way to see the histogram based on the specified process. ...
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Programming for matrix manipulation

I want to write a programme which operates on nd x nd matrices. The programme looks the matrix as a n x n block matrix where ...
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Apply Collatz Funtion to solve and print the answer

Good day to all! The objective of my task is apply the collatz function for a number x1 and print the exact number of iterations until ...
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How to define a nestable Baseform function, BaseForm output becomes BaseForm input

Mathematica won't change a number's BaseForm recursively: 63969 // BaseForm[#, 16] & // BaseForm[#, 8] & // BaseForm[#, 2] & Well, I inspected former ...
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Defining an anonymous function using another function but with fewer arguments

In MATLAB you can use an anonymous function with another function to define a new function with fewer arguments as long you define the excluded argument before, e.g. ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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How does FindInstance work?

I was asked a question one day: find an integer n such that the first five digits of 5*7^n is 12345. It's very nice that I can quickly write code like this: ...
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Difference between Directory[] and NotebookDirectory[] .. a trailing /?

The following was the code: Directory[] NotebookDirectory[] The output was ...
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How to make a pattern to change x^(2/y) to (x^2)^(1/y) for any x and y?

This might have been asked before. Please let me know if it is. I was looking at an interesting Mathematica question in students forum and trying to solve it, and a chance to learn more about ...
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Do “objects” in Mathematica have to be declared?

A while ago I learned a trick which allows one to imitate object-oriented programming in MMA using SubValues: ...
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Discritizing an analytical 3D-function

I have the following Problem: I need a discretized amount of points in a 3D-volume. These points satisfy a condition to built-up a 3D-geometry. In my example below I selected a helical geometry. The ...