Questions about implementing or applying functions which: (1) always yield the same result for the same input, (2) are independent of outside information, and (3) produce no side effects.

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Substitute a function's definition for its name

I'm having trouble with a function which is supposed to work on another function. Simplified version: ...
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Pure “Select” function over matrix

I have several lists of tuples in the following shape: l1 = {{1, 134}, {2, 314}, {3, 164}} I do want to select, from each list, list elements fulfilling a ...
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Using Through with SlotSequence

I have an expression consisting of a few pure functions added together like so: f+g+h I want to add the bodies of these functions together and make that a pure ...
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Use Map with multiple arguments over a nested list

I noticed there are a few similar questions to mine on here, but I couldn't figure out how to accomplish this mapping. I have sets of data I want to plot, which represent intensity and frames, and I ...
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How to write an operator that acts on pure function (to give another pure function)

I would like to write an operator oper that acts on a pure function f with an undetermined number of arguments, with the syntax ...
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Sum of Integers with a Pure Function

How would I find the sum of an argument, with the constraint that they are all integers (so if the argument contains a non-integer value, the function will not evaluate). I came up with these two: ...
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Pure Function that adds all arguments

the question asks to create a pure function that adds any number of arguments. Is the following acceptable? sum := Plus[##] & It does work, but can it be considered a pure function? I felt like ...
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How-to implement iteration over a result of an iteration in a functional way

I have a pure function f:= #1 * #2 * #3 &; Which I can invoke in a following way: f[#,2,3]& /@ {1,2,3} Which ...
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Memoization with pure functions?

Is this possible? If I have a simple function, say: f=If[#>0,1,2]& then for each value of # this will re-evaluate f right? Is it possible to define a ...
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Interpreting Mathematica output or producing cleaner output

Could someone please explain what the following would look like in standard math notation (or explain to me what this means): ...
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Expressing a definite integral as pure function with the upper-bound as it argument

Suppose i have an integral which has a closed form, $\quad \quad \int_{a}^{b} f(x) dx=F(a,b)$ I want to use output function $F$ as a pure function, like ...
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Wrong autogenerated package from notebook containing #key and Part as subscript

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and persisting through 10.1.0 or later Mathematica v10.1.0, under Windows 8.1 x64 Mathematica v10.0.2, under Windows 1) Define a function in an initialization cell: ...
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Use of parenthesis and pure function

I had read that when using a pure-function it was a good general practice to enclose the function and the associated ampersand in parenthesis. (#^2 &)[a] I ...
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What are the cool kids talking about when they use ##&[]? [duplicate]

All the cool kids are apparently using ##&[] for Unevaluated @ Sequence[] but I have no idea what either means. ...
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Conflict with variables in pure functions

Consider the following snippet of code. Clear[f, g] f[x_] := Function[{i}, x]; g[h_] := Module[{Z}, Z[i_] := Print[h]; Print[h]; Z[1]; ]; When ...
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Having trouble reading this output (pure functions) [duplicate]

I'm after decoupling some odes and trying to solve them using mathematica but my output is in terms of Functions and InverseFuntions and I'm afraid I have no idea how to translate the output into ...
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How to programmatically covert a function-like rule to a pure function?

Is there a programmatic way to convert a Mathematica rule that acts like a typical mathematical function of one variable into the equivalent pure function? For example, the code should convert ...
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Using Solve without introducing extra variables

First post here. I've tried searching for an answer for this for a few days now, but it seems the search terms (solve, slot, etc) are too generic to be helpful. I'm struggling with understanding how ...
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Patterns for destructuring “Function” function arguments

I want to define a function for finding a Jacobian matrix of pure vector function of vector argument. I try ...
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Functional equivalent of a For loop referring to consecutive elements in a list

I have implemented this function which smooths the values in a list by, if it encounters a zero, replacing this entry by the average of its two neighbours (apart from the first and last values of the ...
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How to make a symbolic vector into a pure function?

As part of a set of functions to implement a steepest descent algorithm I created my own n dimensional gradient function. It is defined as follows: ...
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Pure function, one slot refers to List-position

I used all my google-fu trying to find how to make this work; read the docs as well. What have I missed? I feel sure this can't be a new question, but I can't find anything Here is is: ...
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How to Fold (FoldList) this in a more compact (efficient) way?

Example code: x = Table[something[i], {i, 5}] Table[Fold[f1[#1, f2[#2, a], a] &, x[[i]], {c1, c2, c3}], {i, Length[x]}] This above is just an example. I ...
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What happens when you divide by ##?

I've been playing around with sequences a bit. In particular with using ## with unary and binary operators. Let's start simple, the following all make some kind of ...
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How to make a density plot with composed functions [closed]

I want to create a monochromatic density plot of the E-field around an optical vortex. To do this I've written ...
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What does the expression “Total[funca[a,#] & /@ #] & /@ {x,y}” possibly mean?

Can the expression be simplified as "Total[funca[a,#]] & /@ {x,y}"? What does the double of "& /@" mean? Where can I find some reference? Updated According to Mr.Wizard's answer, I now know ...
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Why does the documentation call functions “pure”?

Clearly, functions in mathematica are not pure functions according to the definition on Wikipedia (no side effects - basically implementabe with table lookups): ...
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Why is `B /. h -> #2 &` not a pure function?

I am trying to plot the energy surface of the mean field Ising model, but I am running into a problem with setting the MeshFunctions for the plot. ...
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Operate over list of pure functions

I have list of pure functions (All functions are InterpolatingFunction) i.e {{a, b}, {c, d}, {e, f}, ...} and I would like ...
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How can I mix // with a function of two arguments? [duplicate]

I often find myself using // when playing around with expressions, but it is always cumbersome to have to switch to the full notation just to apply a function of ...
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Syntax for Table with a pure function

I have: g = #1^2 + a #2^3 / #1 & Now I wish to make a Table evaluating this from 1 ...
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Algebraic expressions on pure functions

I would like to know how to perform algebraic operations with pure functions. Simple version: Here's a silly toy model: I want to transform the algebraic expression Sin*Cos into the function ...
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How can I make a “self-referential” replacement operation self-contained?

Fairly often I find use for replacement rules that call themselves on the right-hand side of the rule, e.g.: ...
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Why is either Listable or HoldFirst not working?

Starting with a fresh kernel, I evaluate the following: ...
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Mma10 mystery: Failure of pure function substitution with Interpretation?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 I had code to display with subscripts from Displaying index as subscript on output: e.g. C[i] -> C_i with Notation[...] or Interpretation[..]? which ...
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How can I change the scoping of a pure function returned by a function in a package?

I have written a small Mathematica package that contains a module that solves some differential equation with initial conditions. Suppose that the solution to this differential equation defines some ...
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How to use multiple pure functions correctly?

I have used Mathematica for two years.And usually,I can use single pure function(#&) rightly.However,for the use of multiple pure function,I always make all ...
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How to find all symbols in an expression and perform an operation on them?

========== motivation =========== Suppose, for example, I have an incoming expression like m = (3-I)x + 4(x y)/(Cos[y]) I want to find all the symbols in ...
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Correct slot assignment when mapping from different lists using pure function

Given expr = u == a1 + a2 x + a3 y; and uRep = {u1, u2, u3}; xyRep = {{x1, y1}, {x2, y2}, {x3, y3}}; I'd like to generate ...
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Why is Chop ignored in Plot?

I want to plot multiple functions with the same settings side-by-side, so I use the pure function construct (for clarity, I only use one function in this example) ...
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Requiring NumericQ in Pure Function

Potential duplicate, but doesn't seem to solve my problem: Using patterns in pure functions I have a function that returns an InterpolatingFunction, and it works ...
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Third syntax version of LogitModelFit: unexpected result of “BestFit”

The third listed syntax version of LogitModelFit allows one to specify input in a simple way: Only a design matrix (with a row of values of the explanatory input ...
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Define a function that returns a function with a variable number of arguments

Previously, I've defined a function with a variable number of arguments with the following method. ...
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How to exchange two arguments?

Recently, I have being using Mathematica to write my undergraduate paper. I want to use two pattern lists such as { A -> a, B -> b, c -> C, ....} and ...
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What is happening in Map[Function[x, x^2], a + b + c] from the Pure Function tutorial

The Pure Function tutorial gives an example: Map[Function[x, x^2], a + b + c]. I would expect the output to be (a + b + c)^2, ...
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`Slot` (#) interfering with evaluation

In the following I am using one function makeFunc to assemble two functions a[t] and b[t] to ...
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How to input pure function to package?

I would like to input a pure function into a custom written package, but am running into a variety of errors. The package I have created is as follows: ...
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Replacement rules in combination with pure functions to make a change of variables

I have defined my function in this way w = f[r,Θ] ; After some calculations i obtained my results with respect to the previous function. For instance: ...