Questions on correct (or improved) formulation of Mathematica code to achieve particular results. Use this tag (not "symbol") for questions about all those odd @@ /@ # & and ~ characters.

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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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Why is EigenValues returning Root expressions?

This is the code I have: ...
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Compile with array operations

When I use the function f with only the Module ...
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My “N” turned red randomly [duplicate]

For some reason my N function showed up in red even though I haven't noticed it in that color before. The color actually makes the code much more readable but I just don't know if I should be alarmed ...
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Code Readability and Object-Oriented Code

The basic problem I have been running into is making readable code, where in other languages I am more familiar with I might have been using class or struct like objects. For example, you can imagine ...
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What is the difference between prefix/postfix notations and map?

I am new to Mathematica and just experimenting with the different programming constructs. I have been looking at Map and how to evaluate a function for a list of ...
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What is the right way to construct DynamicModule

When I'm creating DynamicModules for CDF purposes I'm usualy basing on my experience with that, particular goal and content rather than on deep insight. I want to ...
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A question about two ways to use Default

Usually we define a function with default values by the syntax x_:default, but there is another technique to do this by registering a global default value with ...
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Why aren't parentheses ( ) an expression in Mathematica?

Why aren't parentheses ( ) an expression in Mathematica? Can I get an expression in a form where parentheses are represented by an expression?
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Notation of partial derivative

I want to write partial derivatives of functions with many arguments. Why is it that when I type f[x,y] ctrl+6 (0,1) it turns out to be bad syntax? The output of ...
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Different behaviours of Default Argument

I don't really understand the behaviour of Default Argument. If I execute this command in Mathematica: In: {f[a], f[a + b]} /. f[x_ + y_.] -> p[x, y] ...
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What does ` symbol in ClearAll[“Global`*”] mean?

I have found an example for clearing all symbol definition by: ClearAll["Global`*"] But what does the symbol ` mean? It isn't the apostrophe ', yet it is not ...
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How to embed an image into a string?

Note: The bug described in the post is in Mathematica 9, and has been fixed in 10.0. The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings ...
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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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Difference between @ and @@

I am confused by the commands @ and @@. From the documentation, I learnt that @@ is the ...
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how to read in a file in the same directory?

Now I am writing a small package. I have written several files and put them in the same directory. And some files need to read in or include another file in the same directory. But when I simply write ...
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Why can't D[] be used in place here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it? Beginner question: Why can't I use ...
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Syntax for integrating over limits specified by a Table

I wish to use NIntegrate to compute multidimensional integrals. However, I don't want to manually input the limits for the dimensions. I want to store the ...
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Internal Representation of ?name and ??name

Code FullForm[Hold[?name]] Syntax::bktmcp: Expression "Hold[?name]]" has no closing "]". Syntax::sntxi: Incomplete expression; more input is needed . Question ...
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Why does the Front End group backslashes into pairs?

What is \\ for? Help finds nothing on it. An odd number of backslashes greater than one are grouped by two and the last one is displayed with a different color. ...
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Path queries for tree-structured data

Can anyone suggest documentation or tutorials for developing path queries and indices for (XML-like) tree-structured data? Suppose data is organized hierarchically in key->value pairs, eg: ...
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Matrix exponential via Cayley-Hamilton Theorem

I'm attempting to calculate the exponential of a matrix via Cayley-Hamilton theorem. (Following the "concrete example" from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayley%E2%80%93Hamilton_theorem) I am having ...
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Why is Euler's number an uppercase “E” and not a lowercase “e”?

Why is Euler's number an uppercase "E" and not a lowercase "e"? Isn't Euler's Number normally expressed with a lowercase "e"?
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How to select only NotebookObjects that are referring to ordinary notebooks? (not palettes etc.)

There is of course function Notebooks[] But, unfortunatelly it hasn't got useful options in this context. My question is how to pick ...
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Numbers in alternate bases transcend the evaluator?

It looks to me like a number in a base other than base 10 gets evaluated before the evaluator ever gets a chance to be tweaked. For example, FullForm[16^^abcdef] ...
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Guidelines on giving readable names to variables [closed]

I know that one cannot use underscore to a variable name, like degree_of_The_First_Polynomial. But for a long variable name, it ...
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Problem overloading D[] using UpValues

First I define an entry of UpValues overloading D[] for expressions with head ftest: ...
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Can someone explain this code for joining two lists by the first element of each sublist?

Background (which may be skipped, unless context is needed) I've recently begun learning Mathematica (and only up to chapter 3 of Wellin), but wanted to write some code to get a better feel for ...
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List reversion inspired by Python

In python, if you wish to reverse a list, here is the trick: range(10)[::-1] => [9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0] Note: ...
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Upon opening my notebook, I must evaluate cell for code to work properly

I am new to Mathematica. Once I evaluate the cell containing the code, my Manipulate works as desired; however, if I open the file and do not evaluate the cell, the Manipulate goes haywire. Can ...
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Force ellipsis to print an end of an expression

For pedantic reasons I want to display an infinite sum of fractions in fractional form (i.e. as 1/x not as x^(-1)) with an ellipsis at the end of the expression. I have tried a number of ways and ...
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Split dataset based on the first column [duplicate]

I have a dataset which I want to split based on the first column. The data looks like this ...
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Extracting equations from Piecewise expressions

Say I have a PDF: PDF[LogNormalDistribution[1.75, 0.65], x] Calculating it, Mathematica gives me an expression that looks like this: I want to extract the ...
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Setting the DifferenceOrder Option

I've been playing around with Method in NDSolve[...] and can't quite seem to figure out how to force ...
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What's the purpose of the Unique function?

As the title says: What's the purpose of Unique? I understand that it generates some unique symbol, but when and for what is it to be used? Are there applications ...
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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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Defining a function with parameters as variables

I have an expression V = (a[1] + a[2])b[1]. How would I define a function of a[1], a[2] and ...
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Get Axes Range of Plot?

Say I have some plot plot = Plot[Sin[x], {x,0,10}] (*as an example*) Is there a way I can get the x and y axes min/max values from the "plot" variable? If I ...
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Replacing a function in defined expressions

I'm having a little trouble with substituting functions into an expression. A minimal example is as follows: ...
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Substitution in parameters to “Which”

Why in this expression ...
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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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Explanation on why Compile statement works only if input and output sizes work

I found the following code: Compile[{{m, _Real, 2}}, Fourier[m]][Table[N[i - j], {i, 4}, {j, 4}]] which doesn't work correctly. But the following was posted as a ...
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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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Why there is no SlotSequence (##) form analogical to #[[ ;; n]]

I'm aware that this may be closed as offtopic but there are people around with "offtopic" knowledge :) So, in List context we can: ...
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NonLinearModelFit with Two Dimensional List of Weights

I'm currently trying to fit Planck's law (B[λ, T]) to measurements, thereby determining Planck's constant. I have a list of triplets containing wavelength, ...
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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...
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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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Looping with NDSolve?

I have a series of PDE equations that are solved with NDSolve for certain variables $a$ and $b$ - Now, I want to see the output at a time $t$ as $a$ and $b$ change; so I was thinking of a loop ...
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Decapitating “explicit” and “implicit” heads

This is a follow up to this question. So far, I named "explicit" heads to those that appear explicitly in the expression. For example, f[x] has an explicit head. I ...