This tag is for requests for books, online resources, etc. that deal with the Mathematica system and its applications. This tag is also for asking references for algorithms used within Mathematica.

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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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Are you interested in purchasing David Wagner's “Power programming with Mathematica”?

I recently contacted McGraw-Hill to see if they have a mechanism in place for printing out-of-print books that are still of interest. Specifically, I asked about "Power programming with Mathematica" ...
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What is the best Mathematica tutorial for young people?

As Conrad Wolfram said at the TED conference, in the future kids should focus more on new technology. Computers compute better than humans, so we should focus more on thinking and getting the ...
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Adaptive sampling for slow to compute functions in 2D

EDIT: Although I have posted an answer based on my current progress, this in incomplete. Please see the "open issues" section in the answer. Most plotting functions in Mathematica adjust the ...
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What Mathematica book to buy?

I have used Mathematica for several years but at a pretty low level - piecing together built-in function inefficiently and fearing the sight of # and &'s when I see others use them (I never do). I ...
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Learning Finance with Mathematica

Background My math background is strong by CS standards, probably normal by mathematica standards. (i.e. familiarity with real analysis, linear algebra, managed to read the proof of the prime number ...
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Cheat sheets or reference cards for Mathematica

In order to improve my workflow with Mathematica, I'm looking for cheat sheets. The purpose of such reference cards is to be printed and to stay on the desk during the learning of a new programming ...
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Is it necessary to have a prior computational background or is it possible to learn Mathematica as a first programming language?

I have a background in economics and I'm very interested in learning Mathematica but I'm afraid of starting out because I have seen that most programmers already have a good background in some kind of ...
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Documentation of the frequently-used functions in the context of Internal` and Compile` [duplicate]

In this site, I have gradually found out that there is a collection of functions in all kinds of answers. For instance, Compile`GetElement, ...
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Mathematica for Computer Scientists

Background I've coded in C/Scheme for 10 years. I have a BS CS. I've recently become very interested in pattern-matching (lisp's match macro), and term rewriting systems, which brought me to ...
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Which ray-tracing software is compatible with Graphics3D?

I am interested in working alternative to Mathematica's FrontEnd for rendering Graphics3D produced by Mathematica. The requrements are: An ability to import ...
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Any manual on cell grouping management?

Recently I come back to the problem of cell grouping and performed extensive search on this site and on MathGroup archive for information on how to use the possible values of the ...
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What method does NDSolve use for solving PDEs?

What is NDSolve's mode of operation? I use it to solve partial differential equations and never gave it too much thought. Recently, I came across this question. ...
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Reference request for neural network programming in Mathematica

I'm looking for a good reference/book on programming neural networks in mathematica. I've been working through Freeman's "Simulating Neural Networks with Mathematica," but it is from 1994 so is quite ...
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Do you know of any web-based university course that is entirely Mathematica based?

Does anybody known of a web-based university course entirely built with Mathematica? I mean one where the whole course (lectures/labs/exams) is presented in Mathematica FrontEnd form. My point is ...
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Strategies for simplifying complicated expressions

I have a very complicated expression involving trigonometric functions, complex numbers etc. You may find it here as it is too long to be pasted here. You may also find a screenshot of it here. ...
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Advanced graphics with Mathematica

Ten years ago I bought a book by Tom Wickham-Jones, Mathematica Graphics: Techniques and Applications. I read parts of it but then I forgot its existance. In recent years I read the nice book of ...
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Where to begin? [duplicate]

I was looking at the Mathematica website today and just decided to buy the software. I've spent too much time juggling annoying symbolic expressions by hand that actually learning to do things with a ...
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Which symbol gets DownValues or OwnValues when using SetDelayed?

I have been looking at various usages of Pattern objects. Here's a number of ways to define the same thing: mod[x_] := {x} ...
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Making an application based on user input

I purchased Mathematica a few days ago, and although I am a mathematician, my programming and Mathematica knowledge is close to zero. So please help and point me to some resources for the following ...
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Mathematica learning resource dealing with bayesian inference

Is there any good resource dealing with both Mathematica and bayesian inference?
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Resources on Mathematica and strong AI (a.k.a. AGI)

David Deutsch (physicist / quantum computing theorist) wrote an article for Aeon Magazine last year: On Artificial Intelligence that got me thinking. The article assesses and critiques the ...
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Mathematica Reference Book on Reliability Engineering?

Can anyone suggest a reference book titled “Reliability Engineering Using Mathematica” or similar that contains the version 9 or version 10 functionality ? Some topics/chapters I would be interested ...
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Recommended book on random processes to understand new functionality in Mathematica 9?

I am interested in exploring the new functionality on random processes available in Mathematica 9, but I am not familiar with all of the underlying mathematics. Could you recommend a book that ...
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Controlling the time step in NDSolve?

I generally use NDSolve for stiff non linear partial differential equations of 4th order. I find that a BDF1 method generally does well to placate my beast of a PDE. I've also tried out ...
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Mathematica Courses or Bootcamps?

Related questions and link: Do you know of any web-based university course that is entirely Mathematica based? What is the best Mathematica tutorial for young people? http://www.wolfram.com/...
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Are there any offline tutorials for Mathematica?

As can be seen from my questions, I am struggling to make Mathematica do something useful. The amount of tutorials on the Wolfram web site is a bit overwhelming, especially that I don't have too much ...
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Is there a free version of the Springer book “Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica”?

Is there a free version of the Springer book: $$\text{Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica}$$ by Rose and Smith ... available on the internet?
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Any ideas on how GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is implemented?

GeneralMiniMaxApproximation is used to construct minimax approximations of parametrically defined functions. I am curious about how ...
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Book about using Mathematica in real world engineering projects

So far I've abused Mathematica by only using it as a notebook. That's a big waste since I've bought a student-life time Mathematica 9 / SystemModeler license. My problem is that I'm not inspired to ...
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A book or tutorial/guide for “Systems Interfaces & Deployment”

I'm looking for a complete guide (call it a book, tutorial, guide or whatever) about some programming topics which are not enough covered by Mathematica Documentation Center, in my opinion. Topics ...
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Sensitivity Analysis: Global Sensitivity and Screening

I have a model which accepts several input parameters and now I want to study the sensitivity to certain parameters as described in here: Cross Validated Answer and in Wikipedia. There is also a link ...
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Are there any videos that show how different Mathematica expressions are evaluated?

Are there any videos that show how different Mathematica expressions are represented internally as object graphs and demonstrate how they are transformed during an evaluation? I am asking because I ...
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References on time series analysis

I am interested in time series analysis. I used to evaluate my data by means of Excel. However, I found that Mathematica is a powerful tool that can process different kinds of mathematical operations ...
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Where I can find the CD version of Stan Wagon - “Mathematica in action” 3rd ed. book?

I've just started my license and I need the code to focus on implementing my programs. I can't make the code in the book run. Can anyone help?
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Looking for an extensive gallery of Mathematica's 2D graphics

I am having a hard time conveying to my co-workers why I think that what they consider "advanced", "high-quality" scientific graphics1 does not hold a candle to what one could do already do with ...
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Are there any build-in or third-party packages for general topology or algebraic topology in Mathematica?

I am learning general topology (wiki) and algebraic topology (wiki). Are there any build-in or third-party packages for general topology or algebraic topology in Mathematica? Through googling, ...
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Is the source code available for examples in the “Mathematica Cookbook” by Sal Mangano?

I looked around a bit and didn't seem to find it. Not as obvious as Wrox books make it, for example. I came across a pdf of the book online [I paid for the paperback] but pasting the code from the ...
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mathematica for learning? [duplicate]

Mathematica looks like an extremely powerful tool. I would love to have it in my toolbox. Unfortunately, I can hardly add two numbers together. I think the application of math through programming is ...
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Reference request for logic programming in Mathematica

I'm learning Mathematica(v8) to use it to program formal logic. Can anyone recommend a logic-specific tutorial text? A reference list of logic-related functions would also be very appreciated!
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What are quick references to mathematica that fit my needs? [duplicate]

I have read this question and this one but I think mine is different because they're searching for a way to learn mathematica comprehensively and basically but I'm searching for just some quick way ...
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Multiple dynamic equations for plotting?

Say I have a bunch of equations between variables e.g. h=bcd, i=hce, j=ihbd, ...
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Intensive test parallel computation?

I need an example of a not-too-complicated yet intensive parallel computation in Mathematica. The result of the computation should be known before hand. I need this to test the capabilities of a ...
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Where can I find tutorials or examples about Internal` packages and other useful packages? [duplicate]

As an intermediate level Mathematica user, I consider one of the greatest barrier on my way to a higher level of programming is the lack of knowledge about extra packages like Internal` package or ...
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Any examples how the software industry uses the Mathematica in production? [closed]

Many researchers prototype the algorithms in Mathematica. I know the Mathematica is great for doing the scientific research. But what about the software industry? Do you know some companies that use ...
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Is there documentation on the comparative performance of Mathematica functions? [duplicate]

Recently I have been solving some Project Euler problems. I find there are always several ways to do the same thing. For example, one could join two lists like this: ...
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Examples of (well coded) packages using custom notation

Which packages do you know of, that have the following properties: using custom notation (for input AND output would be preferable) well coded & designed (from your subjective perspective!)
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Resources for bioinformatics or computational biology

I am looking for some textbooks/websites to learn applications of Mathematica to bioinformatics/computational biology. Searching on Amazon and Wolfram books section did not result in any direct hits. ...
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How to write or extend operators like $*\!\!*$

I'm stuck on trying to define simplification rules for NonCommutativeMultiply, much like ExpandNCM found in Documentation Center, under Applications. For example, I'd like ...
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What are rules in Mathematica and what are its uses? [closed]

I'm new to Mathematica. I have been going through the official reference and came across this article on rules to which I was led by a Google search on how to ...