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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How to Write Partition with Infix?

The documentation says that using Infix ~, the following input f[e1,e2,e3,...] can be rewritten as ...
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What is the role of _ in this expression?

I'm fairly familiar with basic Mathematica, but some of its more advanced syntax (especially certain special characters) eludes me. In the Scope section in the documentation of ...
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How to define an expression which is differently evaluated in calculations and printed

Let's say, we have a list: values = {1.2, 0.04, 0.9}; Is it possible to replace 0.04 by some expression, which displays as ...
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Can't get a plot from piecewise parametric function [closed]

I can't seem get a 3D plot from r[t]. Any suggestions? ...
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How to make a StreamPlot with three variables and two expressions

I'm trying to make a StreamPlot in Mathematica with three variables. I already have two variables, x and y, that make an ellipse via StreamPlot[{-y,x}] but I ...
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What is the meaning of Range[10] /. {x_ /; PrimeQ[x] -> x^2}? [closed]

I'm currently doing a unit at university that touched briefly on Mathematica, but the final exam will feature multiple choice questions from Mathematica (along with excel and matlab). This leads to ...
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What is a good way to code long, complex, compilable algorithms?

The functional paradigm of the Wolfram Language used in Mathematica is all around wonderful. For intense numerics, Mathematica comes with the ability to Compile ...
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Mathematica and special functions

How is it possible that Mathematica doesn't recognize it's own definitions of special functions ? I tried as input: ...
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Failure in the use of FullSimplify

My question is about an apparent failure of the function "FullSimplify" to simplify an easy algebraic expression. This is the expression that I ask Mathematica to evaluate: ...
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Sign of a symbolic expression as a function of parameter values

I need to know the sign of the following expression for p[t] = z/(1-a), as a function of the parameters {a, b, c, z}: ...
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How to evaluate sum with different coefficient in each term?

I would like to know if there is a syntax that allows me to enter a sum that has coefficients that vary for every term? I have no interest in evaluating them numerically, but rather to keep them as ...
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Matrix with infinity on main diagonal

The question is trivial, however, there might be unexpected solutions. What would be nice way to create a square matrix with $\infty$ on main diagonal, and some arbitrary constant everywhere else? My ...
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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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GCD of Table entries

This question is from a newbie, so please be gentle in thrashing if I'm missing something very basic. How can I use GCD on a matrix/vector entries stored as Table. For example, if ...
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Treating expressions as symbols [duplicate]

I'm trying to do something like this: test = {x, y}; With[{test[[1]] = 3}, x/y] However, the following error is printed: With::lvset: "Local variable ...
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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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Testing Conditions in For Loops

I am attempting to create a set of coefficients that satisfy a set of conditions using the Do function and If statements. I did this successfully with a basic set of conditions: ...
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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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Why are SetProperty and PropertyValue not working here?

I have a very simple graph, a loop: ...
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Why minimization does not work with symbolic array as arguments

If I try to minimize with constraints a function of several variables, with Gamma regularized function involved in the constraints it seems to works, as shown below (this is just a dummy example ...
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Negative accuracy numerics ( 0``-128 notation )

What does it mean to have a negative accuracy number? I understand 0``128 to mean "the number zero to 128 decimal points". Mathematica corroborates this: ...
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How to make sure input is an ODE

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around why this isn't an ordinary differential equation. ...
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How To Use D[ ] to Define a System of PDEs

We have two variables $u_{1}$ and $u_{2}$ which are functions of $x,t$. That is, $u_{1}=u_{1}(x,t)$ and $u_{2}=u_{2}(x,t)$. Consider the the system of partial differential equations $$\frac{\partial ...
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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 ...
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Integrate using \[Esc] int \[Esc]

I like writing integrals symbolically instead of using Integrate[]. I suddenly seem to not be able to do this and am confused. I type \[Esc] int \[Esc] then ...
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Partial derivative of defined function with vector input

Background: Have written a formula for the refractive index for a glass slab (n) that depends on the variables t,a and d. Now I want to calculate for example some sort of error and I'll be needing to ...
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What is the correct idiom for mapping a 0 value in a modulo n expression back to n?

What is the correct idiom for mapping the $0$ value in a modulo $n$ expression back to $n$. For example if I want to be sure that any integer value maps back to the index for a character in the ...
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What does this “Cos[1.theta]”mean in Mathematica? [duplicate]

{{u[theta] -> 2.22328*10^8 - 2.22328*10^8 Cos[1. theta]}}
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Block Matrix Multiplication [closed]

I have a = {{-1}, {0}, {0}} b = IdentityMatrix[3] c = {a, b} d = {{7}, {2}, {0}, {0}} and would like to compute e = c.d ...
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How do I apply a conditional append rule to plot randomly chosen points?

I'm working on an attempt at forming a sort of "Mandelbrot" set using Newton's method and randomly chosen points. Effectively I need to define a loop for Newton's method to determine whether my points ...
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What is the difference between Composition (@*) and sequential applications (@)?

What is the difference between f@*g@*h@x and f@g@h@x Both evaluate to f[g[h[x]]] ...
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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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What does a single @ do? [duplicate]

I have a simple expression: N@Log2@g[2048] I understand that N is Numerical value , that a function called g is being ran with 2048 as its first argument. But ...
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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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SetterBar Display using MatrixForm

I have vAwGOptns = { {{0}, {0}}, {{1}, {0}}, {{0}, {1}}, {{1}, {1}} }; and would like to select ...
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NDSolve emitting dvnoarg error [closed]

I'm trying to solve this simple system of ODEs, but it gives me the error "The function v1 appears with no arguments". I've attached a screenshot of the code. I hope someone could help me, I really ...
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Using Nearest on a 2D List (seeing extra parentheses)

I am working a problem involving colliding particles. I define a list of particle diameters (effectively a bin distribution). I need to know if two particles collide, in what bin diameter should I ...
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How can I make a summary of all the commands of Mathematica?

I would like to have a simple way to get summary information about all the many commands built into Mathematica. How could I do this? Is there a site I may refer to?
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Using list elements as function calls ?

Is it possible to take elements of a matrix or list and use them as arguments of a function? I have a matrix of values, something like this; ...
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RecurrenceTable [closed]

I got an error saying ...
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Assigning to a variable with a computed name [duplicate]

I wish to assign about a dozen variables to complicated expressions. to ensure that the correct variable is assigned to the correct expression, I’d like to do something resembling ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...