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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How to perform a depth-first preorder traversal of an expression?

Due to confusion of terminology on my part I asked the wrong question before. Since it has already received other answers I shall not edit it, but instead ask the question I meant to in the first ...
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How to perform a breadth-first traversal of an expression?

Mathematica provides functions that perform a depth-first traversal, or which use such a traversal, including: Scan, Count, ...
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Converting a nested for loop from MATLAB

In MATLAB I have the following series of nested for loops that update a matrix. (It's not my code, but someone else's that I'm trying to replicate - I don't know ...
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DynamicModule inconsistent behavior; was: DynamicModule persistent UI changes

Update: I'll restate the question in hopefully more terse and clearer terms. To illustrate the issue, run this and save the resulting notebook: ...
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Why can't I pass in a product of matrices in my modified matrixform? [duplicate]

In attempt to build a function that would work like MatrixForm but would wrap a matrix with brackets, I tried the following function: ...
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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 program a clickPanel for chemical elements (like a periodic table)?

The command ColorData["Atoms", "Panel"] indicates RGBColors of "Atoms" by clicking a panel. As I don't want to reinvent the wheel, I asked myself: How to ...
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Populate an upper triangular matrix from a vector of elements

What is the best way to populate an upper triangular (or alternatively: lower triangular or symmetric) matrix from a vector of elements? This example input: ...
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Help with programming(using list) [closed]

I would like to make a program which gives me what is the greater natural number "n" less than an arbitrary given natural number "k" which satisfy: for each prime divisor "p" of n, p^2-1 divides n. I ...
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Using least independent rectangle area to separate every point

Description I want to add vertical line and horizonal lines between data to make every point have an independent rectangle area. In addtion, every independent rectangle has a number ...
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1answer
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Construct a function that can generate a geometry by extruding a section

Toady I want to construct a geometry shown as below: I know the Mathematica has the functions like Cylinder, Sphere and so ...
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deleteduplicates Delete elements of a list [duplicate]

I have a math problem about Mathematica, I am looking help from you. I hope that you could help me. The Math Problem: list= { {0,0,1},{1,0,0},{0,1,0} ,{1,2,3}}; ...
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Computing the average over the values of the boxes surrounding a box in a grid

Recenty,I encounter a problem described as below: I have a table that owns many boxes,and each box has a sequence like 1,2,3,4,etc.In addition,every box has a value. Now I want to make the ...
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1answer
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For-loop only executes first line in body

I have a simple For[] loop: ...
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12answers
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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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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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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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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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1answer
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How can I rewrite my code to make it simpler?

Two months ago,I written a function IRobot to caculate the $I_{xx},I_{yy},I_{zz}$ and $I_{xy},I_{xz},I_{yz}$,shown as below: ...
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Settings to disable global scope

I am building a fairly large application in Mathematica, and globally scoped variables are causing issues. I would like globally scoped variables to be out-of-scope for my expressions, except by ...
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Handling failed FindRoot calls

I want to handle FindRoot calls which did not converge (e.g "thrown" error message FindRoot::cvmit) ...
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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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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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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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Using Findroot within a loop

I am trying to get solution to an equation in a loop. The isolate equation works ...
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1answer
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Defining a new matrix product of matrix function

Suppose I have two matrices A, B, whose entries are functions of x. Suppose they are 2*2. In the product, each entry is of the form $\sum_k A_ik B_kj$. There are two summands corresponding to k=1,k=2. ...
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EndOfFile error

I have a LARGE file (14.6 GB) that I want to separate into several smaller files. Because of its size, using Import/Export is not feasible, I think the most reasonable way of handling this would be ...
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Performance tuning in Mathematica?

What performance tuning tricks do you use to make a Mathematica application faster? MATLAB has an amazing profiler, but from what I can tell, Mathematica has no similar functionality.
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Is learning haskell still necessary to MMA users? [closed]

I'm major in Math and I had learned haskell for one week. But I'm unaccustomed to its coding style. I saw many people said if you want to master functional programming, then you shall use haskell. ...
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How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?

Background: I use code from An Efficient Test For A Point To Be In A Convex Polygon Wolfram Demonstration to check if a point ( mouse pointer ) is in a ( convex ) polygon. Clearly this code fails for ...
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Obtaining the envelope of an oscillating function and perform fitting

There is an elegant way to obtain the envelope of an oscillation function explained here http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/27854/15966 My question is how to modify the code below so I can fit ...
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multiple sequential definitions, defining own set function

I want to define a function for doing multiple definitions, where I apply the same function f to all values, and definitions are done not at the same time but after ...
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Plotting: DensityPlot produces artifacts

I am trying to plot the electric potentials of bouncing balls using the following code: ...
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How to localize the symbols x,y, A, B in the following program? [closed]

I see a example in Paul Wellin's Programming with Mathematica An Introduction, 4th edition: ...
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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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Timing Differences

In More efficient implementation for comparing coefficient lists in a Do-loop link, george2079 posts in his first answer a piece of code that takes 352 seconds to compute. When I run this same piece ...
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Elements of a List according position in axis

({{a, b}, {c, d}}) a, b, c and d are Lists of 300 length. Their first 4 elements must specify their position in the column (1 column, 2 column, etc) and the ...
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How to represent the lines that are formed by the intersection of two planes?

I am trying to set up Brillouin zone and representing the lines that are formed by the intersection of two planes is part of my step. I have tried the sample sections from the graphics guide book, but ...
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How to use Mathematica functions in Python programs?

I'd like to know how can I call Mathematica functions from Python. I appreciate a example, for example, using the Mathematica function Prime. I had search about MathLink but how to use it in Python ...
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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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Differences between 'Solve' and 'LinearSolve' [closed]

Using the function 'Solve' I can do the following: Solve[a x + y == 7 && b x - y == 1, {x, y}] I get the following output: I want to get the same output using 'LinearSolve' instead. How ...
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Automatic Cuda/CPU code; Fast programme run [duplicate]

I have developed my thesis codes by means of Mathematica software in a .nb file format. Despite using the available Parallel code capabilities and doing all the numerical integrations by means of ...
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How to construct a coordinate system that owns detailed calibration in the 3D enviroment?

Recently,I write a program to demonstrate the forward kinematics of the SCARA robot.The code showed as below: Using this function to construct the BigArm and ...
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How to output (anything) if any error happens

I have long code which goes through iteration process. some times I get error messages. I want to get the iteration numbers (or any kind of output indications) when errors happen. for example, how ...
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How to eliminate the need to double evaluate a Manipulate so that a Module in its Initialization section works?

Using V 8.04 on windows. I think this issue might be related to the fact that Mathematica reads main body the Manipulate before evaluating or running the Initialization option. Or, might be ...
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Higher RAM handling by 32bit Mathematica [closed]

Can 32 bit Mathematica run program which requires more than 4GB RAM ?
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Clearing arguments passed to a Module

Is there a possible way to clear the arguments passed to a module to release some memory. I believe that arguments passed to modules are passed by value rather than pass by reference. e.g. I have the ...
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Using a LocatorPane

I have a network of a power grid where the edge are the power lines and the vertices are loads or generators. I was wondering how I can import an image into Mathematica to derive some sort of ...
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CSS Selectors for Symbolic XML

Symbolic XML is a convenient way of managing XML in Mathematica, at least for casual use or small tasks. Here and elsewhere you can find examples of XML handling in Mathematica, including XSLT/XPath ...