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Why is Mathematica limiting the execution time of my calculation? [duplicate]

Is there a Front End option (or programming option) in Mathematica 9 that limits the amount of time that functions take to execute? I have a function (as part of a Mathematica Application) that shows ...
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Programming Mathematica - Introduction by Paul Wellin [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice? Can anyone recommend a decent book on programming mathematica ? I came across this which looks to be ...
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Efficient replacement of conditional nested Do over elements of a matrix

I have two matrices like these: m1=Table[Random[],{i,10},{j,10}] m2=Table[Random[],{i,10},{j,10}] I want to create a new matrix in which its main diagonal ...
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How to count number of {True,True} outputs?

Do[Print[{x + y + z == 3, x + y > z}], {x, 1, 2, 1}, {y, 1, 2, 1}, {z, 1, 2, 1}] If I run this syntax I get a series of Outputs, I am trying to Count only the ...
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Finding the square root of a random number with Newton's method, using While/Do/For loops?

I am trying to construct a program that will find the square root of a number, using Newton's method, which is $$x(n+1) = x_n- f(x) / f'(x_n)$$ The number, will be a random number, generated by: ...
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Making nice code: choosing one of several procedures

Happy new year mathematica gurus of stack exchange! As I see it one of the major obstacles in getting decent at programming mathematica is that, not only do you need to learn how certain commands ...
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Replace with position and order number

question conversion1 : Convert "[AA]AB[AA]BB[AA]B[AA]CCC" to "[A1A2]A3B1[A4A5]B2B3[A6A7]B4[A8A9]CCC" conversion2 : Convert ...
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Basic Programming in Mathematica - How to build a loop [closed]

I want to build a loop with the following rules: I have a list a={5,7,8,9,5,6,8,6,7,8}. I want to print the mean of the first two ...
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Help in Bifurcation Diagram

My dears, I need to plot a bifurcation diagram for the following non-linear systems represented by the next Mathematica code ...
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How to replace identical positions in two different lists

Assume that I have two lists like : list1={1,2,3,4,5}; list2={a,b,c,d,e}; I want to replace some elements from list1 into ...
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How to update a list in a function in each iteration

There is a list with numbers 1 to 8 ( p1 ) and another list (j) which contains 4 numbers which shows different 4 positions of ...
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Using Outer with Compiled functions that accept more than 2 arguments

How does one use Outer with a compiled function that accepts 3 or more arguments. Alternatively, how does one create a compiled function with 3 or more arguments ...
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Speed Up Sampling of Perimeter of Polygon

I have a polygon whose vertices (points) are defined by some image coordinates that I have manually selected. The polygon is used to create a mask for a region of interest in a microscopy image. ...
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Creating a list of lists as a function of a list

I have a list of length n whose elements are all 1 and -1. For each -1 in the list i want to create a list with a -1 in the same spot and a 1 everywhere else. For example: A list like {-1, -1, 1} ...
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Minimize user defined function

I have a user defined function h[i_,j_] and I would like to find its minimum value over all integers $1 \leq i \leq 100$ and $1 \leq j \leq 100$ and $j \leq i$. I would just like Mathematica to try ...
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Select rows from table by keys

I am looking for a way to iteratively select all sublists with the same ID (my 1st column, residual columns are AbsoluteTime entries). First, I obtained the list of ...
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Equivalent of Python's “all” function in Mathematica

The Python function def isPrime(n): return all(n % i for i in xrange(2, n)) checks if a number is a prime number by using ...
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Iteration of a function

I have a function $f(x)=x^7+k$ I want to iterate $xn+1=g(xn)$, 50 times starting with $x0=1$ and keep the last 10 values I want to assign these values to a function ...
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What is the equivalent of FORTRAN 77 COMMON BLOCK in Mathematica?

I am in the process of converting a FORTRAN 77 program to Wolfram Language. I have several COMMON BLOCK statements in FORTRAN 77. My question is how to deal with them in Wolfram Language? My ...
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How would one set up a conditional to evaluate at the last output value (wondrous numbers) [duplicate]

I know this is pretty fundamental, but I'm trying to learn Mathematica on my own and this is stumping me. I know 5 is wondrous and it takes 5 steps to reach one, but I can't figure out the input to ...
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intermediate steps of a Mathematica operation

How to make a multiplication or division, the intermediate steps. The numbers can be rational - decimals? it seems the OP merely wants Mathematica to show him how to multiply and divide the way ...
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How to find total distance covered when I have a list of GeoPositions?

So I have a list of GeoPositions and I need to find the distance covered in that order? I know I can find the distance from each city and then add them all up but I was wondering if there is any ...
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RandomVariate form a Specific Distribution with Restrictions

There are a lot of questions about generating random numbers form both uni-variate and bi-variate distributions. Mathematica has a lot of built in distributions for that purpose. However, I could not ...
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Find Roots in Do loop

Task: Finding roots in loop t = List[1, 2, 3, 4, 5] fx[x_] := a*x^2 - 5 List[Do[Print[FindRoot[fx[k] == 1, {a, 1}]], {k, 0, 5}]] Output: Currently the output is ...
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Transform linear system into a matrix form

I have a system of linear equations in variables $A_n$ of form: $$ \sum _{k=-K}^K h_k A_{n-k} J_{n-k}\left(\frac{(1-i) \text{$\eta $Sqrt}(n-k)}{\sqrt{2}}\right)+A_n\left(\frac{(1-i) \eta ...
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Millionaire quiz in mathematica

so here's the deal. I'm trying to write a millionare quiz in Mathematica. Now, this has been already done in other coding languages, specifically I've seen it done in C here: ...
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How determine The most possibility probable with programming

i have a scatter chart of probable of happen some thing like below chart link of google chart i what determine the probable The most point in below chart , can use a mathematic method to determine ...
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Plot roots of B(z) according to angle small to large

I have the following function: B[z_]=((z*(z - 0.5)*(z + 0.5))/((1 - 0.5*z)*(1+0.5*z))) I want to plot the roots this polynomial according to angel like below ...
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Requesting explanation of FitModel code

I am struggling with understanding the code given in this original post I understand how the tests are conducted, both of them. However, I do not understand this part: ...
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Doing vector manipulations on Mathematica

This is hopefully a simpler version of this previous unanswered question of mine. Let me just focus on the two expressions $F_2^{(s)}$ and $F_3^{(s)}$ given in A.3 and A.4 of page 19 of this paper. ...
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How to create functions of arbitrary number of variables? [duplicate]

In the following code what would be the simplest way to generalize it to say some $N_f$ number of $z$ instead of just $z_1$ and $z_2$? ...
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Code to draw geometry doesn't run

I'm new to Mathematica and have no background whatsoever in programming, although I will teach myself soon. I was wondering if one of you programming pros could help me out. I received a code from ...
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Module that prints first m positive odd integers and returns the square root of the sum of them

I am working on this problem and I feel like I've come so close. Write a module that takes as input a positive integer m, prints the first m positive odd numbers and returns the square root of the ...
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ReplaceAll - Position of list arguments not displayed properly [closed]

This code A[1, 2, 4, 5] /. A[a___] -> Position[{a}, 4] return {} Why this code not return 3 (a position of number 4) ? I ...
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Ask about the variable and constants in partial derivative in a loop

EDITED I have a function in a list like : func={2(x^2)+x*y+3(y^2)}; I want to have a UI that ask me which parameter (x or y) is a variable in a ...
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Fibonacci Line Search Method

I am attempting to write a code to find to bracket the minimum of a function using the Fibonacci Line Search Method, I believe my code is well written but I am not ...
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FindShortestTour to solve Traveling Salesman Problem

I'm trying to write my own code to find the shortest route but I'm lost on how or where to start. Does anyone have any idea how the FindShortestTour function works? What type of algorithm or structure ...
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InterpolatingFunction used to work with mathematic 7 but not working with mathematica 10

This code is used to work perfectly with Mathematica 7 and now it is not working with Mathematica 10. Any help is appreciated. CL05 = InterpolatingFunction[{{0.5, 11.99999999999999}}, {1, ...
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Subroutine execution repetition

I like to write second and third lines repeated operation only once as a separate module with some Name. In each main program line a set of different set boundary conditions data is given,Name invoked ...
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For loops in Mathematica [duplicate]

I'm actually the first time using loops in Mathematica. For example, I have: For[i = 1, i <= n, i++, For[j = 1, j <= n, j++, ....] How it is possible now ...
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More efficient implementation for comparing coefficient lists in a Do-loop

I'm wondering how to speed up the following code so it actually computes for $n=2$: ...
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Euler's method for system of differential equation

I need to program Euler's method to solve a system of two diffferential equations of first order. Fist, I have programmed the Euler's method for just one differential equation: ...
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How to automatically put the part of a variable name after the first letter in symbolized subscripts?

So here is what I have thought: Use ToString and StringLength in order to get the number of characters in the variable name. If it is bigger than one, change variable name by putting everything but ...
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Pseudo-code for rules of probability?

I am having a hard time in Stats understanding some basic rules of probability and set-theory, namely $P(A|B)$, $P(A\ \textrm{and}\ B)$ and $P(A\ \textrm{or}\ B)$ where $A$ and $B$ depend on each ...
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Handling Overflow

I have a notebook which takes in a user-defined function and starting value and tracks the orbit of the particle under iteration of the function. The problem occurs when the user enters a starting ...
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How to run Mathematica using Mac Terminal

My question is so trivial and I'm sure most people in here know exactly how to do this, however I still don't know how to run Mathematica in Mac terminal! I need to use all the cores of my computer ...
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Automating sequential import of data from web

I am trying to import data from multiple web pages hosted by a single online source. The data is posted by the source as one data set per web page for each week of the year. I would like to import the ...