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How to auto-run user-interface in Player Pro

I am about to start constructing a UI that will be run with Player Pro. I have created the following notebook and marked it cells as initialization cells. ...
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Extract frames as image files from video files [duplicate]

I have a set of video files where the frame rate is 1 frame/sec and the file shows the evolution of a particular object with time. Now, I want to extract each frame of the video and analyze as ...
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How to reference StringExpression named parts from a package without full Context path?

I have a long StringExpression in a package returned by a function. There are some named parts in the expression that I would like to reference when I use the ...
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How to find numerically all roots of a function in a given range?

It is common that I search numerically for all zeros (roots) of a function in a given range. I have written two simple minded functions that perform this task, and I know of similar functions on this ...
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How to implement a more efficient inverse triangular recursion?

Consider the following inverse triangular formula $$\left( \begin{array}{ccccc} & & & & N_{i-p,p}\left(u_0\right) \\ & & N_{i-2,2}\left(u_0\right) & & ...
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Implementing the PCG random number generator

PCG ("permuted congruential generator") is a recently-introduced random number generator. PCG is a family of simple fast space-efficient statistically good algorithms for random number generation. ...
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How does thing[“property”] syntax work?

Many builtin "things" support the (usually undocumented) syntax thing["property"], and usually the available properties can be listed using thing["Properties"] (thing["Methods"] might work too). ...
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How to compare and remove x-coordinates (and the associated y-coordinates) that are less than previous x-coordinates?

I am using Mathematica version 9.0 and am trying to compare and remove x-coordinates, and the associated y-coordinate, that are less than previous x-coordinates. Below is an example using sample data. ...
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Turning an expression into a function inside another function

Say I have an expression g=Sin[q]; It is easy to turn it into a function, and to perform manipulations on this function (this and variants of this were discussed ...
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Dynamic programming: Fibonacci generator

I have the following piece of code: ...
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How to define a number of infix operators with predefined relative precedences

Reading a number of questions about infix operator notations I want to ask if somebody could reimplement the problem below in a simpler way, say modifying ...
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Program to demonstrate rotation according to quaternion values

On the Wolfram|Alpha website, I type quaternion(1,1,1,1) into the search field. Wolfram|Alpha shows a 3D transformation of the quaternion values representing the orientation of an object. I have 9 ...
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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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Clean & efficient bounding box non-intersection test

I would like a quick test to tell me that segments $ab$ and $cd$ cannot intersect in the plane. If the maximum $x$-coordinate of $a$ and $b$ is less than the minimum $x$-coordinate of $c$ and $d$, ...
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Efficient upsampling of multidimensional array

I would like to efficiently upsample a multidimensional array. It's a 5000*5 matrix where each element is a submatrix 12*12 and it is that 12*12 matrix I want upsampled (to 24*24). The upsampling ...
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How to write a loop

I try to create a table which will describe traffic paths at a crossroads. Instead of using copy-paste repeatedly, I would like to write a loop. For example: ...
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What am I missing in this highly oscillatory integral?

I want to numerically integrate this equation (in python without calling Mathematica): $\int_0^\infty {\rm d}k f(k) J_v(r k) J_n(s k)$ where $f(k)$ is a non-smooth function, $J_v$ are the Bessel ...
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How to define UpValues of NBSpline when the length of argument is unknown?

I mimic the built-in BSplineBasis[] to build a user-defined function NBSpline[], Namely, ...
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Checking the argument of user-defined function with side-effect method

Today, I answered a question of mine that asked two month ago. Please see here Now I would like to add the argument checking in this function. Then I used a method that Mr.Wizard answered ...
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A pre-parsed HoldForm

HoldForm holds an expression's parsed form not its actual "inputted form" e.g. ...
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How do I “evaluate in place” programmatically? Need to evaluate Defer[] result in non-interactive setting

I need to evaluate the result returned from an external package, which contains Defer in it, but do this in a script without user interaction. I am not able to ...
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How can you get the area of a region from an image?

Suppose we have a square of side "L" m, How can I calculate the hatched area, if the corners of the square are centers of circles. It can be generalized to any region? edit: This is the result I ...
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How to add AccuracyGoal and PrecisionGoal options in a numerical function?

There are many built-in functions that contain AccuracyGoal, PrecisionGoal and ...
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How to get the coordinates of points within an image?

How can I get the coordinates of an image, and make Mathematica draw the image from the coordinates found? I am interested in just the outlines of the regions. Here is an example of the kinds of ...
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How to select a submatrix containing similar elements from a matrix? [closed]

( This question is related but does not ( fully ) answer my questions. - Finding the position of similar elements in a matrix ) I have not written code yet, I am in the design phase of code for the ...
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Preventing Keys from appearing in Query Output (+ the casting of Ascending/Descending operators)

One of the challenges of coming to grips with Query's on Association's and Datasets is ...
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Write a function pollard[n, B] that tries to factor an integer n, using Pollard's p − 1 method with at most B iterations [closed]

This is what I got but it seems it's not working. When I test it, it just goes through and nothing gets returned. Is there something I'm missing? ...
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Is there a practical way to define a default value for missing keys in an Association?

Clarification Although I may be missing his point I currently feel that Leonid's comments below are misleading. I am not looking for anything that is not already a part of ...
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Implicit derivatives in one line. How do I do it?

I have this little script to derive implicitly $PrePrint = # /. {D[y_, x_, NonConstants -> {y_}] :> y'[x]} &; Example: ...
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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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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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Sum broken into two sub-sums according to a condition on the terms

I have a sum in mind, but I want to break it into two sums and get a separate total for each of the two. All cases where the square root is accurate, i.e., exact All cases where the square root is ...
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How to get multiplication of the elements of a specific list/Matrix

Assume there is a list: List1={a,b,c,d}; Then I want to get these calculation: ...
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How to check the option value?

Given that I have a function func as follow: To check the value of options, I using the step-by-step method If[] ...
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How to define an expression which is differently evaluated in calculations and printed

Let's say, we have a list: values = {1.2, 0.04, 0.9}; Is it possible to replace 0.04 by some expression, which displays as <...
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How to implement a custom random process object?

I want to implement a custom random process thing1 to pass to RandomFunction. The process I have in mind is conceptually extremely simple: two alternating Poisson ...
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Should I Remove the initial symbols of Module?

Often we use Module to construct complicate function. Consider that Module create new vars every time we run the function, should I remove the initial values at the end of Module-function?Or should I ...
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Fun/Frustration With Coding Coding Theory

I have code following from this post: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1317722/fun-frustration-with-coding-coding-theory I think I am done with the code, but now I face a single problem. The ...
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How to determine whether an expression can act as a “good” function?

It's not easy to see whether an expression can act as a "good" function. A good function refers to an operater that transforms symbolic entities like 1+x^2 or ...
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Arrange order of evaluations (please help these unit vectors) [closed]

I need help to control order of evaluations. Here I try to use Manipulate to control n unit vectors. Their positions are initially random but head left. The 2 operations are 1) translation: moving ...
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How is CellContext->CellGroup supposed to work?

After reading the documentation on the subject, I still cannot get CellContext->CellGroup to work. Here's a simple example. (Unfortunately, I cannot easily ...
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Can I do constraint programming in Mathematica? [closed]

I would like to know if there is a way to do constraint programming in Mathematica? I think there are no built-in functions, but maybe some of you know some additional packages addressed to the ...
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Functions behaving weirdly

The following code f[k_, n_] := Sum[2*(1 + Sum[f[k - j, n - m - j], {j, 1, k - 1}]), {m, 1, n - k + 1}] f[4, 7] f[4, n] gives the output: ...
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Confused by the opts : OptionsPattern[ ] pattern

I'm trying to make sense of the syntax in the clause opts:OptionsPattern[], as found in this standard "rule-based" (pseudo-)function definition pattern: ...
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Why this isn't a valid argument? [duplicate]

I am having truble understanding why F1 produces an error, since both time and velocity are the same kind of object: ...
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Mathematica Code Involving For Loops Not Completing All Iterations [closed]

First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm working on a portion of code related to the genetic algorithm that is not producing the expected results. What the code is supposed to do ...
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Is it possible to update Dynamic objects even when they are off screen?

I am using Dynamic and DynamicModule to display graphics/statistics generated from a long-running set of parallel tasks. The ...
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How to programmatically ask if Mathematica is running as an Administrator

To avoid execution problems in a program I need to know if Mathematica has been "Run as administrator". What would be the cleanest way to programmatically getting this information?