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NestList and RandomChoice from a list of functions

I am tryingg to modify Chaos Game Fractals from Wolfram Demonstrations. The part I am having problem with is this. Original code: ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

bug present as of 10.0.2 According to the documentation for FileNames: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an error: ...
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How to get array/list of results of RotationMatrix?

For most other functions, passing in a list of arguments will return a list of results. E.g. t = Range[0, 10]; m = N[Sin[t]] returns ...
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Prefix operator with low precedence

The question is simple, but I will elaborate on the background as well for those interested in the idea: How to define a new operator with specified precedence value? Background Mathematica was ...
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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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Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 7?

There is documentation of the incompatible changes made to Mathematica with each major release: Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 1 Unfortunately that documentation simply stopped ...
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Head of a MatrixForm expression?

An example in http://www-zeuthen.desy.de/theory/capp2005/Course/hahn/mathematica.pdf amounts to the following ...
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Cannot use Part in Pure Function [duplicate]

I need to select some lists in the nested list of form of {{1,2,3},{2,3,4}}. I have used Select to complete my work. But when I tried Position, it doesn't work. For example, ...
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Trying to calculate derivatives of spherical harmonics

I am trying to confirm what is shown on this website: http://functions.wolfram.com/Polynomials/SphericalHarmonicY/20/01/01/0001/ But when I type ...
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HSQLDB database webserver access

I need a database that runs its connection over http and not tcpip. The "HSQLDB (webserver)" jdbc driver should be able to do just that. The following code launces the webserver but the OpenSQLConnect ...
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Is there a name for #1@#2&?

Why does the pure function # @ #2 & have no name? I'm asking because sometimes I find inelegant to write expressions like ...
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Table of references [duplicate]

I have a list of variables (say a, b, c, d, e) that I want to assign in a single command. {a,b,c,d,e} = {1,2,3,4,5} would ...
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Form a matrix to have inequality elements

It looks like a silly question, but I could not find any answers online. Your help is greatly appreciated! Say I have two lists now. ...
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For Loop in Mathematica {n, factored form of x^(n)-1} for 95<=n<=105

I am new to mathematica. I am trying to write a for loop to print out {n, factored form of x^(n)-1} for 95<=n<=105. I have followed the directions of another for loop, and gotten the following ...
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Can't comment strings with '*)' inside it

I believe it's a bug in notebook's comment parser. I can't comment strings with *) inside it. Something like: ...
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Associativity of `/@` [duplicate]

Why are the following not equivalent: Map[Line, Map[(Print[#]; #) &, {{{2, 1}, {1, 1}}, {{-2, 1}, {3, 1}}}]] which produces ...
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Fastest way to make division between a number and elements in a list [duplicate]

I have a list y={{a,b},{c,d},...} of dimension {10^5, 2}, and number x. I want to divide only the second part of each element of the list by x, and have as result a new list {{a,b/x},{c,d/x},...}. ...
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Local evaluation works, CloudDeploy did not work

I a playing around with my programming cloud account. What I have found, interactive functions often are not working because there are several details that are not implemented into the cloud. So I ...
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Full superset not displayed on Manipulate slider

I wish to incorporate ODE solution with Bondary condition sets: ...
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Syntax error in debug mode

It appears that in debug mode, the \[Piecewise] symbol gives syntax error. Is it a bug? Are there ways to fix that except write it in the input form?
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HoldForm[Operator ##] on some list

Recently in response to this question Mr.Wizard suggested an unusual way to summing numbers. This doesn't seem to be documented. ...
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Help for properly writing simple derivative expression

I need help to write the following expression (only 1 iteration): f(x) = ...some basic function... f[X0,...,Xp] = f(p)(x0) / p! What I have so far: ...
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Shorter syntax for Fold and FoldList?

I find it tedious to write out the following: a = {1, 2, 3, 4}; Fold[f, First @ a, Rest @ a] f[f[f[1, 2], 3], 4] It ...
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While Loop Not Looping [closed]

no matter what I do, the following function always returns the first v. This does does not make sense to me at all. It should loop and reevaluate v and only stop when v matches the condition. What am ...
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Position of elements in a list satisfying some criteria - Understanding the syntax [closed]

From this post: if one wants to know the position of the elements of a list that satisfy some criteria, (s)he can do something like that: ...
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How to get the outermost command evaluated first?

I have an expression like ToString[Stuff[...]]. I plan on having the Stuff[...] be manipulated as a string according to the output of other parts of the program. The problem is that Mathematica tries ...
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Array in Sum in Minimize - error “Part specification x[1] is neither a machine-sized integer”

Help please M = 10; z = Array[x, M] {x[1], x[2], x[3], x[4], x[5], x[6], x[7], x[8], x[9], x[10]} ...
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Matrix exponential MatrixExp[] vs Sum[MatrixPower[]] doesn't match?

I might be an idiot, but I cannot get the manual expansion of $e^{At}$ to match the MatrixExp[A t] result. For example, I have the following: ...
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RegionUnion issues with many Regions

The new RegionUnion[] function is just what I needed if only I could get it to work. I have many non-overlapping regions that I will need to use as plotting domains ...
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Superscript prime symbol

x\[Prime] looks like $x_'$, ugly right? Is there a way to make a symbol with prime to look like $x'$? That's what I'm trying right now: ...
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Constructing symbol definitions for With

I would like to be able to define two arrays, one containing symbol names and one containing the values of those symbols, for use in constructs such as With. For ...
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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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Postfix Double Slash Notation with Multiple Parameters [duplicate]

Examples A convenient shorthand that I use frequently is the "double slash" notation to string commands together. For example, I can write: ...
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How a novice user better understand the Q/A [duplicate]

A novice user reading Q/A here: I sometime need to just understand the syntax and meaning of commands exampled here. where is the best place to find it?
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Moment generating function for custom distribution [closed]

For some reason the following fails. I tried everything I could, and I don't know what else to try. ...
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Element-wise list operation on list of lists [closed]

Suppose a function F operates on list A: $$A=\{a_1, a_2,\cdots, a_n\}$$ I have a list of lists, B: $$B=\{A_1, A_2,\cdots,A_m\}$$ Is there a syntax to specify that F should operate on members of B, ...
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Flatten command: matrix as second argument

One thing I could never wrap my head around is how Flatten works when provided with a matrix as the second argument, and the Mathematica help isn't particularly ...
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Calling Table with custom iterator

I often find myself in situations where I, for example, need to build a table for some expression, but want to set the number of points rather then the step size, so the code ends up looking like this ...
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CreateDialog opening two windows instead of one

I'm having issues working with code from Mathematica 9.0.1 since I've updated to 10.0.0. My previous code involved using packages to set functions, and then those packages were loaded and the ...
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Several functions in one RegionPlot with different grayscale

I try to plot the following, but something seems to be wrong in my code and I can't figure out how to fix it: ...
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SyntaxForm not correctly parsed by FrontEnd

When using TagBox with SyntaxForm, I noticed sometimes it is not well parsed by the ...
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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Appending functions to a list [duplicate]

Could someone please explain the difference between these methods, and possibly a nicer way to get the first result? (This is a toy example and in my real program I'd like to use ...
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How to see abstract syntax tree of Wolfram Language expression

I mean, suppose I have this expression: 2 + 2 I want to get something like this: Plus[2, 2] as an output. I've tried FullForm, but this just evaluates 2+2 and returns 4. Is this even possible?
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Matrix Multiplication in context of row and column vectors

I've been looking at some matrices in Mathematica and I've noticed something very weird: They're extremely temperamental when it comes to dot products! For example, if I have the following, ...
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Is there a syntax for single-line comments for notebooks?

I'm aware that I can use (* ... *) to comment out stuff in a notebook. Many languages have a syntax for single-line comments, such as ...