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How to set similar constraints on multiple variables in Solve

In this equation: var = {x, y, z, m}; Solve[x + 2y + z + m == 14 && And @@ Thread[2 <= var <= 3], var, Integers] {{x->2,y->3,z->3,m->3},{x->3,y->...
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How to get the long logic expression with a terse method

I have a long logic expression (x==2||x==3||x==4)&&(y==2||y==3||y==4)&&(z==2||z==3||z==4)&&(m==2||m==3||m==4) How to get it by a terse ...
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How to assign options to a variable?

I want to redefine a function similar to Plot like this: ...
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Syntax question for declaring variables [duplicate]

I have a very basic syntax question for declaring $X_{hb}$ a variable. f[Subscript[X, hb_]] := Subscript[X, hb] In mathematica instead of writing the ...
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how to convert a bundle of if statements into a simple one.

hi i am just trying to create a matrix depending on some specific conditions for which i designed these codes which work fine but i want to concise these codes. ...
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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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Why is Reap result nested? [closed]

A minimal (toy) example for my question: i= 1; Reap[Do[Sow[i = (i + 1)^2], {4}]] (* {Null, {{4, 25, 676, 458329}}} *) I presume the entire result is a ...
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Why SetDelayed won't work

I'm trying to do this: Riffle[list = {a, b, c, d, e, f}, tem = RandomInteger[1, Length@list-1]] {a, 0, b, 0, c, 1, d, 0, e, 0, f} But I think this method is ...
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How to use Composition when the functions have two parameter

There are some basic instructions about Composition on this site, but I'm still confused on how to use it when the functions I am composing have two parameter, such ...
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Relational operators on vectors

How do I use relational operators on vectors? {1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2} (*outputs {1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2}*) More generally, I want ...
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Plotting with NestList[]

So I want to use the NestList[] function, but i'm not sure how to achieve this for a system of equations like I have here $P_{n+1} = (rP_n +sQ_n)(1 - \frac{P_n + ...
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Solving a System of Equations syntax confusion

I have a system of two equations which I would like to solve in terms of a third unknown variable $s$. ...
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Basic Syntax Question — Variables for a function

I am looking at the following mathematica code Subscript[ff, r1_, r2_, CC_][x_, y_] := (r1 x + r2 y) (1 - (x + y)/CC) Subscript[gg, r1_, r2_, CC_][x_, y_] := x ...
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Why does FromDigits transpose its argument (sometimes)?

a = {{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6}} ; FromDigits /@ Transpose@ a == FromDigits @ a (* True *) The only "strange" syntax I've found in the docs is But it doesn't ...
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Module that prints first m positive odd integers and returns the square root of the sum of them

I am working on this problem and I feel like I've come so close. Write a module that takes as input a positive integer m, prints the first m positive odd numbers and returns the square root of the ...
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can the color in MeshStyle be specified by a ColorFunction, such as “SunsetColors” for example. If so, what is the correct syntax?

This is an example given in Help: Plot3D[Sin[x y], {x, 0, 3}, {y, 0, 3}, MeshStyle -> Gray] Could this be changed to something like ...
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how to manipulate indices in a table/vector

Perhaps I'm missing something very basic. Could somebody guide me how to manipulate indices of a list. For example, if I have ...
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Iterating my function by $4$ using NestList — Syntax Confusion [duplicate]

I want to iterate my function $f(x) = 13xe^{-x}$ by $4$ multiple times. That is, $f, f^{4}, f^{8}, f^{12},\cdots$. Using Nestlist[f,x,4] I can get $f,f^{(2)}, f^{(3)...
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Pre-define list of variables to set them in bulk

I understand this is likely tremendously simple, but I cannot work out how to do the following: vars = {b,c} *define variables* vars = {1,2} *set them* Then I ...
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Where did I go wrong with my implementation of the trapezoidal rule?

One method for doing quadrature, called the trapezoidal rule, improves accuracy by connecting the points on the curve corresponding to the points of subdivision with line segments, forming trapezoidal ...
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Extract all elements from a list that belong to a set or have a set element as an argument

EDIT: Added that I want to extract not only the variables from a specific set, but also functions involving variables from a specific set. Given the set ...
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Problem with Fourier coefficients

I have just started using Mathematica with v9.0. I am trying to follow a computation from a book on Fourier series with the function $f(x)=x$ on the interval $-\pi < x < \pi$. Here is the code ...
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Using the Nest function — Confusion on my output

I have the following code and output where the original function is $f(x,a) = a^2 - x^2$. ...
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Syntax Error for the following code

I have the following code in mathematica ...
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Recognition Power Head for numeric value

We know: Map[Head, {a, a^2, a^3}] (* {Symbol, Power, Power} *) and Map[Head, {2, 2^2, 2^3}] all of them will be known as <...
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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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What explains non-working (black) variables?

I'm a bit new in Mathematica 10.3 and have had strange problem. Sometimes, variables appear in black and obviously prompt and error when used. ...
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Double arguments and place of the underscore

Could someone explain me of this bit of code below is correct: Is it possible to define a function with a second bracket, see below, i.e. f[x_][y_]? And what does ...
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what do those signs #1, #1^2, #1^3, & mean here? [duplicate]

I have read common pitfalls page and the documentation page but I still don't understand what do those signs mean here? ...
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Orthonormalization of non-hermitian matrix eigenvectors

When using Orthogonalize[] one can specify which definition of "inner product" is to be used. For example, ...
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Why do Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica give different answers? [closed]

I've just got my hands on Wolfram Mathematica and tried to see if I can figure out how to use it by myself. I've plugged in an integral $\int \frac{dx}{(1-x^2)^{2/3}}$, knowing that the result is $\...
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Morse Code Spacing

Trying to make a function to convert text into morse code and play the sound. Have it pretty much completed, but I cannot get mathematica to emit no sound so I can have a pause between the dots and ...
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Referencing elements of ArrayRules

How do I call elements of ArrayRules by their indices rather than by Part[ArrayRules[list],i]? I'd like to call the element that ...
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Aliases for keys?

The syntactic sugar for alternatives in replacement rules is clean: {a|b|c-> 1, d->2} Are there any analogous shorthands for keys in associations. I want ...
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Products of Differential Operators

I have a differential equation defined as the product of operators which I want to expand out into a polynomial in powers of $z\frac{d}{dz}$ $\qquad \prod_{n=1}^p(z\frac{d}{dz}+a_n)$ However when I ...
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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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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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What does the syntax <<X>> mean? [duplicate]

What does the syntax; << X >> mean? Where X is a number? Cheers
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V10's Operator Forms - what are they good for?

V10 introduces an operator form for several functions perhaps primarily due to their role in queries as part of introducing data science functionality. At first pass it seems a lot of effort to add ...
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How to obtain the gradient of a function as a function?

The Grad function allows me to get the gradient of a function like this: ...
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Compile decreases the number of returned list elements

I have: LogisticMap = Compile[{μ}, ({μ, #} &) /@ Union[Drop[NestList[μ # (1 - #) &, .2, 300], 100]]]; Then: ...
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I would like know why “&” came after “FrontEndToken[”New"] here [duplicate]

I am a newbie to this Mathematica world who lives in South Korea, which is not a desirable place to have people to discuss Mathematica. So I came here, even though this question may look very simple ...
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What makes items with head `Function` different?

I apologize beforehand for the muddleheadedness of this question. It reflects the fact that I'm trying to interpret outward "behaviors" of Mathematica expressions without having any understanding of ...
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Binary decision diagrams (BDD) syntax error

I am new here (and to Mathematica) and would like to rebuild a simple binary decision diagram that I found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_decision_diagram A code has been provided as part ...
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Nested function with an increasing argument

If, for example, I have a nesting function like Nest[1 + x^n (#) &, 1, 3] it gives the result ...
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Java anonymous functions from JLink?

JLink is really great to act on Java objects and access Java static methods. I'm asking myself if there would be a way to have access to a more recent Java syntax that allows anonymous functions, ...
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Assign variables from list inside With or Module

I have found that it is possible to assign variables from lists, as follows. r = {1, 2, 3}; {a, b, c} = r; b 2 However, ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

Documentation discrepancy present through 10.3 According to the documentation for FileNames under Details: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an ...
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Import names into notebook namespace [duplicate]

I have function that at some point has list of strings (e.g. {"apple","pear"}) and I want to declare (initialize) those variables in notebook namespace to default ...