Questions on writing non-trivial programs in Mathematica. Do not use this tag for questions on plotting/graphics or for questions on doing mathematics with Mathematica, where the focus is more on the math than the program.

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Implement settable properties

I am looking for advice on implementing the following. (It is possible that the answer is that it is simply not a good idea to do this.) I would like to have an object similar to ...
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Retrieve rendered graphics via WSTP

I am planning on using Mathematica as calculation- and rendering backend for an application, i.e.: Call Mathematica via WSTP and by using EvaluatePacket have it ...
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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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Find permutations with constraints without using Permutations

EDIT: To clarify, the bottleneck right now is available RAM, so any answer should keep that in mind (I cannot store all T! lists of length ...
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How to extract both first and last rows of each group from unbalanced panel data

This is a follow up question form my last question click here. I have unbalanced panel data such as : ...
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How can I use NestWhileList instead of While in this case?

OK, the problem occurred when I challenged with Project Euler No. 10 The sum of the primes below 10 is 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 17. Find the sum of all the primes below two million. My code is: ...
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Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice?

I consider myself a pretty good Mathematica programmer, but I'm always looking out for ways to either improve my way of doing things in Mathematica, or to see if there's something nifty that I haven't ...
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How can a function know in which function it was evaluated?

Hello my second question here might be very hard. I am asking for something "magical", if i define a function g and i call it inside a function f, how can g have information about the outer function ...
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How can I overload a function with multiple bracket-slots so f[a][b] and f[a] can coexist?

Maybe this is not even possible: I want to create a function f that can have two input brackets like: f[a_][b_:1]:= a*b and ...
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Need help updating an old Mathematica worksheet

I found a notebook that symbolically applies the multiple time scales method to any differential equations. I don't like just using other people's code so I am going through the author's work line by ...
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Open Excel file with Mathematica

I would like to open an Excel file and manipulate it as a COM object. While I'm able to open an instance of excel with ...
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Is this 30% slowdown in Mathematica 10 due to DownValues lookup time?

Running several numerical self-programmed packages I realized already some time ago that Mathematica 10 needed between 20 and 40% more time. I did already report this of course with a simple example ...
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Issue with Set function

Tables often come with column headers. Indexing the columns with the header is a natural thing to do. Although a proper dictionary is the usual solution in such a case, I find it often practical and ...
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Is it possible to build/simulate/extract data from a System Modeler model completely inside a notebook using the MathModelica language syntax?

See examples in: http://www.mathematica-journal.com/issue/v10i1/contents/MathModelicaPaper/MathModelicaPaper_2.html It seems to be ruled out by the statement (Chapter 2 intro): "The subset of the ...
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How to improve this function that selects parameters from arbitrary distribution using Recursion?

Below, I have defined a function using Which to select model parameters based upon various conditions. My questions are: Is there any danger in writing this function using Recursion? Is there a more ...
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Trying to write a program to find an approximate harmonic function on a given graph using relation method

So given an undirected graph with two vertices that have fixed values assigned to them, a harmonic function is a function that assigns values to all other vertices such that the value assigned to each ...
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Using mathlink/WSTP with fortran

I would like to access Mathematica functions from within a Fortran program. I am unsure how to start (which is probably related to my lack of up-to-date Fortran knowledge). Is it necessary to write a ...
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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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Perceptron: Do loop not returning a value

I am trying to write a function that finds a simple best fit line for some data (Perceptron algorithm). Sadly it returns no output at all. Here's the code below: ...
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What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users?

As you may already know, Mathematica is a wonderful piece of software. However, it has a few characteristics that tend to confuse new (and sometimes not-so-new) users. That can be clearly seen from ...
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How to plot points with error circles on map with latitude/longitude grid

I am currently working on a project to model the location of icebergs in the northwest atlantic. When an iceberg is sighted, an error circle is plotted around it (with a bivariate normal probability ...
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How to construct custom operators with precedence?

I need to combine data structures in operations analogous to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (and more). I need more than one operation of each type, i.e. more than one method of ...
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Hypothesis Testing and Formatting Output

I am trying to write a function that tests hypotheses and gives me a nice table but I can't. I need forum's help. For example, I have the following data ...
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Association and rudimentary object-oriented programming

Doesn't Association provide us rudimentary object oriented programming via constructs like ...
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Best way to modify values in a list of rules?

Recently I had to solve a problem similar to this: Let's say I have a list of list of rules ...
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Using FindMinimum with matrix input

I define the following function which spits out a number S when I feed it a dxd square matrix: ...
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How can I invoke the solution of NDSolve to determine a parameter in my equation just inside NDSlove?

I am trying to solve a differential equation by NDSlove for $h(x,t)$. It reads $$h_t=h_{xx}-V_h-\lambda(t)$$ where $V_h$ is a given function of $h(x,t)$ denoted by ...
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Ways to protect certain parts of expressions

I am currently working on a quantum mechanics problem where I try to find equations that relate different states of a many-body system. The states are described by sets of pairs of integers, like ...
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Simulations using alternative initial conditions

With help from some of you guys here in this forum, I have developed the following code, which works perfectly. My questions are: how to automate the simulations with varying initial conditions. In ...
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Iterating a model with 2nd order difference equations using Manipulate [duplicate]

I have a model including first and second order difference equations. It works for the case of first difference equation, which is below: ...
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Nested mapping of a function

If I use the construct f[#] & /@ f[#] & /@ f[#] & /@ {a, b, c} my function works, but if I use ...
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Finding column-wise ranks of values in a multidimensional list

I often have to find ranks of values in a list. However, Mathematica does not have built-in functions for that, or may be I'm just not aware of them. I can easily find ranks of a row/column vector. ...
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Why does this cause an error? [closed]

In[73]:= f[x_] := Save["C:\\Users\\user\\Desktop\\file", x <> x] f["###"] During evaluation of In[73]:= Save::sym: Argument ...
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How to efficiently find parts of a string with beginning and ending specified?

I'm trying to find specific URL addresses from a html document. The addresses can be found between the strings "href=\"" and "\" class=\"listing". The problem is not including strings like this: ...
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Easiest way to create a binary variable

Binary variable is often used in applied statistics. However, I had a hard time to figure out how to create it. Somebody might have better idea how to do it. I have two variables say x and y as ...
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Stringing functions together

My professor introduced Mathematica to my class for the first time this week and gave us the following assignment. Also a disclosure that this is the first computer science class I have taken and the ...
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converting DO loop into NestList form

I would like to rewrite this Do loop using NestList. Can you help me? ** DO loop ...
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Modifying Game of Life code so that the lattice can be seeded with life forms

I want to modify Game of Life code so that the lattice can be seeded with one or two new life forms like: ...
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Copy Built-in function to new name

It is know that some built-in functions are system function and changing their properties may cause trouble. Suppose for example I want to change features of Cases: ...
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How can I do multiple (double) integral with periodic boundary conditions?

I am trying to do a simple double integral $\int_0^l \left[\int_0^l h^3 h_{xxx}dx\right]dx$ with periodic boundary conditions $h[0,\tau]=h[l,\tau]$ $h_x[0,\tau]=h_x[l,\tau]$ ...
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GatherBy based on condition imposed on index variable

Excuse me. This might be user specific question but I need your help. I have an indexed data, where positive integers are used for indexing data. I am trying to group data putting condition on index ...
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Finding a “not-shortest” path between two vertices

In designing a routine for making a simple three dimensional (5x5x5) labyrinth, I realized that my solutions (a solution is a labyrinth includes a single path from {1, 1, 1} to {5, 5, 5} in a 5 x5x5 ...
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Creating Mathematica packages

I'm building a package to help me write packages and their documentation. In this post I explained how to make a package and its documentation. In the answer I provided I describe how to build a very ...
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Implementing a back button (in CDF)

I have a rather large notebook, which contains a lot of hyperlinks to different parts of the notebook. Is it possible to make a back button (maybe as a docked cell button?) so that when a reader ...
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Mathematica style guide?

I encountered this site today https://code.google.com/p/google-styleguide/ regarding the programming style in some languages. What would be best programming practices in Mathematica, for small and ...
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Struct equivalent in Mathematica?

I really miss having something like a struct in Mathematica. I know of (and regularly use) a couple of programming techniques which feel like a ...
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Having used Mathematica as a “gateway” language, where to from here?

I have been using Mathematica for about a year. It is the first language that I have attempted to learn. I'm still very much a newbie, but there are moments I feel more like I am waving than drowning. ...
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Exctrating data information from a file.txt

I really did previous long search in the site and I couldn't find any answer that might help me. So I am asking it. I have the following data set, ...
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ControlType -> None Vs. Module inside Manipulate (i.e. making everything local)

I'm building a program on another one made available in the Wolfram Demonstration Project. I've noticed that in the original code (working flawlessly) many variables were made local inside the ...