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Selecting expressions from a sequence that are not subexpressions of earlier elements

I have a While loop that generates and prints an expression on each iteration (there can be thousands of iterations). UPDATE: Some expressions are generated in ...
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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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Is it possible to enclose code into collapsible/expandable regions? [duplicate]

In some programming languages (e.g. C#, Visual Basic) there are language constructs that have no effect on the execution of code whatsoever, but exist solely to allow grouping fragments of code into ...
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How to return matching sublists or empty list

How to return matching sublists or empty list m1 = {{1, 0.5}, {2, 0.4}, {3, 0.1}}; m2 = {{1, 0.5}, {0, 0.4}, {0, 0.1}}; Commonest[Join[m1, m2]] out: ...
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How to implement Kemeny-Young method? (rank aggregation problem)

Prehistory I am trying to make some statistical analysis of some experimental data, arises from measurements made ​​on an ordinal scale. I faced with the problem of rank aggregation: to get from ...
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How to insert / merge a list into another list?

Background: I am working on a 2D geometry algorithm where I need to insert a list of 2D points into another list of 2D points. Somewhat to my surprise I found no Mathematica function capable of doing ...
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Remove versus ClearAll

What is the difference between Remove and ClearAll? I thought that "not being recognized by Mathematica", which is the effect ...
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Programming Multipolar Expansions in Spherical Tensors

We have that a density matrix can be written in a basis of spherical tensors: $\rho =\sum _{K=0}^S\sum_{q=-K}^K \rho _{\text{Kq}}^{(S)} T_{\text{Kq}}^{(S)}$ for example for a 3x3 matrix, $S=1$, ...
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How minimize a function involving abs $(|\ldots|)$?

I am trying to decide the best way to solve this: Minimise $Y = | K + ax^2 + bxy + cy^2 |$, with decision variables $x$ and $y$ and $a > 0$. I also have a number of convex and affine ...
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Workflow in the Mathematica and Workbench IDE

After visiting one of the Wolfram presentations, I started writing code for my number theory research project in Mathematica because I found it to be faster than Sage. I downloaded Workbench and ...
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How to find the longest matching sublists in a list

Given a list of 2D points, i.e. {p1, p2, ..., pn} the list may contain equal points, i.e. pi = pj. In this case it may also be true that a sublist of ...
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My code for solving n queens problem Compile Failed

I want to make my code for solving n-queens problem faster, but it seems that MapIndexed can't be compiled. Mathematica return CompiledFunction::cfse: Compiled ...
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Gram Schmidt inner and outer products

I know the Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization generates an orthonormal basis from an arbitrary basis. I need help with: Write a program that inputs a list $\{b_1,\dotsc,b_n\}$ of linearly independent ...
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How to get control over DepthFirstScan?

Is there a way to conditionally take control the flow during a depth-first scan against a TreeGraph? I have a tree graph whose nodes are constructed as object, and there's a method ...
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Benefits of using Intellij IDEA as Mathematica IDE? [duplicate]

I use Intellij IDEA for Java programming, but have not really considered it for Mathematica. I saw a video with a Wolfram programmer who was describing it as "essential" for him, but from what I could ...
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Export Code to Pseudocode?

I'm writing a paper and all my code is in Mathematica. The snippets are mostly simple, and consist of loops, maps, variables, and conditionals. I'd like add it to my paper, however, not many academic ...
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Is there anything like a C pointer (or returning a reference) in $Mathematica$?

I want to do in Mathematica what the following does in C. ...
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How to replace data in a list (tree) in a functional Mathematica way?

I have list containing 2D points in various groupings, i.e. points, lists of points (figures), lists of lists of points (patterns) and finally a list of patterns. The list also contains other data, ...
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How and when to use Evaluate?

A month ago, I used Mathematica to solve my experiment of the Test Technology of Mechanics Engineering. The exeriment is mainly about the Fourier Transform and verify the validity of the theory of ...
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Programming a Meijer G related result

I am not that new in Mathematica, but I do not remember I have ever used it for programming (like we may do in Java). I have an important result given here by this integral: $$ \int_0^{+\infty} ...
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How can I type-check the arguments of a Mathematica function?

(For educational purposes) I defined the following functions: Translation (in $\mathbb{R}^2$): trM[vec_] := {{1, 0, vec[[1]]}, {0, 1, vec[[2]]}, {0, 0, 1}} ...
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When should I use Apply (or Function) and when @@ (or &)?

This is a rather general question, which I fail to answer myself. I guess it is mainly due to my insufficient knowledge of the precise terms. If I understand correctly, the following are equivalent: ...
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How to correct my code for solving the Josephus problem?

Problem Decription Recently, I have been reading the book Schaum's Outline of Mathematica (2nd Edition), where I encounted the problem: Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian of the first ...
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Better code to find Narcissistic number

My code finding Narcissistic numbers is not that slow, but it's not in functional style and lacks flexibility: if $n \neq 7$, I have to rewrite my code. Could you give some good advice? ...
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How to combine two usages of # into one and speed up the code?

I have a function num with two variables, matf and matg. How can I combine the last two lines of code below into one? The code is aimed to find out the maxiaml count bel when we give each $i3 = ...
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Improve the performance of solutions to Project Euler (#14)

Problem I have following code, when n<=10^5 it's not slow, but n>2*10^5 it's became very slow. I think maybe some temp value greater than 2^31-1, so make compile invalid. Could you give any idea ...
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ParallelMap and Sow/Reap - not behaving as expected? [duplicate]

Is ParallelMap and Parallelize@Map expected to work with Sow and Reap construct. This is a rather brief toy code to find all Primes just to force the use of Sow/Reap inside Map ...
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Implementation of smoothing splines function

I have some problems by writing a module for spline smoothing. Actually i am trying for about two weeks. My listing is here: ...
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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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How to compute the Lovász number for the given graph in Mathematica?

Here is a graph whose adjacency matrix is ...
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Raise systemwide keypress event

Is there a way to raise system-wide "keypress" events programmatically from within Mathematica? Say "Ctrl+C" or "Ctrl+V", which all other programs can recognize? This is an attempt to gain simple ...
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Reconstruct text pages cut by shredder

Q1: I have a page of printed text file, but it was cut by a paper shredder (from top to bottom). You can download all the paper fragment here. There are some examples of them. How can I reconstruct ...
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How to unprotect GeneratingFunction

I'm trying to add custom downvalues for GeneratingFunction, and to do so I thought I just had to Unprotect it. However, that ...
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How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points?

How to find the maximum of a function on a set of discrete points? For example, what is the best way to find the maximum of ...
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Find a word's linguistic pronunciation

Is there a way to get a word's linguistic pronunciation given the word as a string? I would like a function LingusticPronunciation such that, for example, ...
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Searching linked lists that contain lists?

Following the advice I've read here and other sites, I've been trying to use the Mathematica equivalent of a linked lists... ...
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Efficient priority queues?

I'm trying to figure out how to transfer the concept of a priority queue to the functional world. Searches have turned up some implementations that use Append and other expense list copying ...
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Numerical differentiation methods

Is it possible to write a code in Mathematica that implements various differentiation methods (like forward, central, extrapolated, etc.)?
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How to get Cases to wrap results in an arbitrary head?

A number of functions provide for results to be wrapped in an arbitrary head. This is very important in cases where the results should not be evaluated. Take ...
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How to find first list element that differs from average of N previous elements by more than a given amount?

Given a list of real numbers, I need to write a function that returns the value of the first element in the list that differs from the mean of the previous $N$ elements by greater than $P$ standard ...
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Clustering of peaks in 2D spectra

I'm having some problems clustering data in a 2D spectra and will really appreciate some help. I've been playing around with the FindClusters function but wasn't able to tune it appropriately. Maybe ...
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Pick elements of largest absolute value

For example, given list = {{1, -3, -5}, {2, 1, 6}, {0, 2, 4}, {-9, 2, 6}} should return: {-5, 6, 4, -9} Updated I found ...
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How can I append Mathematica variables to an output file preserving both names and values? [duplicate]

I have a Mathematica program that calculates a series of large vectors that I need to save for future reference (in addition to some scalar values). I want to save all these to a file, tagged by their ...
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What's wrong with my code for finding primes?

From here I found a fast method to make prime list, the python version works well, but my Mathematica version does not. Obviously ,169 is not a prime number. What's ...
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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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Programming Mathematica in plaintext, i.e. no formatting, non-notebook

I'm new to Mathematica and I've just begun reading Paul Wellin's Programming in Mathematica. The book, like many other books and online tutorials, revolves around using the notebook, with all its ...
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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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Consecutive Print to target same output Cell

Is it possible to conveniently direct the output of consecutive Print statements to the same output without actually accumulating the output in a temporary string/variable. This would be useful in ...