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How to set the position of the palette when use CreatePalette[]

When using CreatePalette[], the palette created always shows up on the upper left corner. Is there a way to make it show up at the center of the screen, just like ...
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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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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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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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Transformation of a simple logic statement

I'm designing a logic circuit and I was wondering if the following two things are equivalent: (x <= y) and (x < (y + 1)) I can't think of any set of numbers that would make these two things ...
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How to put some values from a list into a function in a Do loop

I want to program a code in MATHEMATICA in order to calculate some values in different iteration. For example, assume this list: list={1,2,3,4,5} Now assume that ...
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Avoid making repeated Random Integer in different iterations

Assume following code : Do[ i1 = RandomInteger[{1, 5}]; i2 = RandomInteger[{1, 5}]; While[i1 == i2, i2 = RandomInteger[{1, 5}]] , {k, 1, 4}];` This ...
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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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Heat Transfer equation by numerical methods

I want to solve the following heat conduction equation using numerical methods: D[u[x, t], t] -alpha*D[u[x, t], {x, 2}] == 0 u[x, 0] == 1/(1 + x^2)^0.25, u[-10, t] == u[10, t] == 0, ...
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What is the fastest way to extract a substring from a huge string?

I develop an algorithm to find the most common substrings of a given length n up to a certain distance l in front of a pattern p in a huge sequence S. E.g. I want to find the most common hexamers ...
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Finding lags of time series with `Do`

I have generated two time series, S[t] and P[t] as follows: ...
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Hide MathKernel Tab on Taskbar when using C++ [duplicate]

I am connecting to MathKernel.exe using C++ via MathLink on Windows. Hence, to create the link, this is what I use: ...
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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amended some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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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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Read expression from Mathematica via Mathlink C++

This is a simple C++ program to send an expression to the_Mathematica_ Kernel and get its response. ...
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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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Evaluate function of two variables using nested Do loops

Is there a more efficient way of evaluating a function of two variables on a rectangular grid the the following nested Do loops? ...
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Solving a dynamic program via recursion

I'm trying to use recursion to solve a joint inventory/ dynamic pricing problem as in monahan, petruzzi and zhao 2004. I tried to solve for y[t] and ...
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MLEvaluate() Function Gives Error

I am trying to link my C++ program to Mathematica Kernel. I am trying to use the MLEvaluate() evaluate but I receive an error while compilation. My codes are as below: ...
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A* algorithm for finding shortest path in a graph

FindShortestPath finds the shortest path between two vertices in an edge-weighted graph, allowing a choice between the Dijkstra and Bellman-Ford algorithms. In my (limited) understanding, both of ...
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Using NVIDIA 3D Shutter Glasses with Mathematica

Mathematica has great capabilities to display 3D Graphics rendered to the 2D screen. This should make it perfectly suited to use the Graphics3D system together with an NVIDIA Graphics card, a 3D ...
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Using Mathematica in Conjunction with LyX. Path Issues?

I am attempting make life easier, and, instead of using Mathematica at the same time that I'm using LyX (a front end for LaTeX), I was hoping that I could just use LyX and use the CAS option to do ...
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Generating Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns

I am doing some research on some combinatorial object called GT-patterns. They are generated from three parts of data. Two integer, partitions (sequences of weakly decreasing numbers), $\lambda = ...
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Programming- cryptography

I have defined the following function in Mathematica to get a SET OF m SETS (these sets are the codes {p,q,d,e,n} for the ...
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How can I draw this particular phase diagram in Mathematica? [duplicate]

Sketch the phase diagram for systems with the following velocity functions where a and b are constants with ...
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DifferentialEvolution scaling factor randomization

Using NMinimize for finding global minima, one can choose the DifferentialEvolution method. You can find a (not so) detailed ...
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How to write series of Do[ ]'s with a single Table[ ]?

Edited to provide more information (sorry I don't know how to format matrices here) I would like to replace: m = 4; ...
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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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Holding Input Windows

I am creating a Mathematica document which contains a list of proofs in various fields of Mathematics so that I can easily review whenever I would like. First, I create a large set I call 'proofs' ...
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Pairwise distances of points and classification using GraphDistanceMatrix

The challenge Given $n$ points in $\mathbf{R}^3$ and a cutoff distance, $d$, I would like to determine all pairs of points that are separated by less than the given cutoff distance, $d$, and all ...
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Finding all possible solutions to a math mind game

In the example below the letters shall be replaced by numbers. The numbers are from 1 to 9, and each letter has the same number ...
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Schedule programing problem with integer linear programming

I know how to model this question on paper, but I don't know how doing it in Mathematica. Imagine , there is a university student who want to choose courses for this semester and he got the ...
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Plotting in the “Manipulate” function - simple coding

Hello Mathematica community, my name is Preston! I have a real quick question that should be easy to answer. Alright, so for a research project that I'm involved it at my university, I need to ...
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Can Mathematica functions have static variables?

In C, one can have variables that are declared static. These are not re-initialized every single time a function is called. ...
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How to test whether an expression is a valid variable?

I would like to test whether an argument is a valid variable for functions like Solve and DSolve. For instance several ...
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How to visualize the structure of this dynamic programming code

I am studying Mr. Wizard's answer to this question which tries to identify elementary circles in a graph. That answer uses dynamic programming technique to simplify the code. The underlying guideline ...
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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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Create a new infix operator [duplicate]

It is well known that the infix operator @@ is used as a short form of Apply. For example, both ...
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Compiled version of user-defined function

I have a function for parameter estimation with these codes: ...
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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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Changing Default Color for Titles, Sections, Subsections, etc., and Items (bullet color) [duplicate]

I'm new to Mathematica 9, and I assume there must be an easy fix for my problem, but I have not been able to find any yet. Essentially, I want the default color for the text of all of my titles, ...
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Memory leak issues

I am working with noncommuting objects and basically I am using Mathematica to sort large expressions by normal ordering and simplifying them. To this end, I first create an object called ...
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Piecewise function with user-input interval

I would like define a function g[data,bins,x] which is a piecewise constant function taking value data[[i]] in the range ...
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Need help looping a notebook evaluation

I'm a new user and would like to find the minimum value of soln1[30] obtained after repeating the following evaluation (below) for 1000 cycles (for instance). I can obtain sequential values of ...
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Mathematica Application in Real Life

As an 'user'-level in Mathematica, I mainly use built-in Mathematica function and benefit Mathematica as a mathematical tool-box for my specific scientific problem. My level is not yet ...
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Sum slowing down computations

I am trying to compute higher order Casimir invariants for some representations of certain groups. I can get the quadratic, cubic and quartic but beyond that things are taking too long to the point I ...
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Calculate mean square displacements for different particles from a excel file

I have the particle movement data in the following format: ...
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Determinant of a random matrix consisting of integers

I am trying to implement a function that finds the determinant of a random matrix consisting of integers. This is the code I have written so far, but I am stuck. Suggestions ? I want to find a ...
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Find the best parallel lines to a given data set

I have a set of data in an uptrend. I would like to find two BEST parallel lines to contain all the data but I don't know how to approach it, anyone can help ? Thanks.
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What's the best way to generate all the upper triangular matrix whose singular values are given?

For example, given $\lambda_1 = 1, \lambda_2 = 2, \lambda_3 = 3$, what's the best way to generate all the upper triangular matrix ($3\times 3$) whose singular values are $\lambda_i$? Note:Given a ...