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Meaning of backtick in floating-point literal

If I compute, say, 1/3//N, Mathematica displays 0.333333 as the result. When I copy that output to use elsewhere, the paste ...
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Coding mistake? [closed]

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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Convenient string manipulation

With Mathematica I always feel that strings are "second class citizens." Compared to a language such as PERL one must juggle a lot of code to accomplish the same task. The available functionality is ...
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How can one define an infix operator with an arbitrary unicode character?

You can setup "UsefulFunction[a, b]" to use custom infix notation "a [LeftRightArrow] b" as follows: ...
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Syntax Coloring for “Possible Unwanted Assignment” Issue

Apparently Mathematica's syntax coloring engine believes that the second assignment in the following code excerpt (concocted for illustration purposes only) is a "Possible Unwanted Assignment" since ...
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Syntax colouring when using Symbolize

I need to use symbols with suffixes in order to make my code readable in relation to the Eurocodes. To do this I use Symbolize from the ...
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Working with PhysicalConstants

I recently found the PhysicalConstants` package. First I thought this was nice, since I didn't have to look up some quantities all the time and copy them into the ...
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Why does ++++x return an increment of 2 when the value of x is only incremented by 1?

This line returns 3: x = 1; ++++x However, the value of x after the increment is only ...
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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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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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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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Working of Date[]

Date[] returns the current date of local system, Date[1] returns {2012, 11, 15, 17, 41, 0.3161629}, ...
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Difference between Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] and Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}]

Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] vs Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}] My question is: why is the output different? ...
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Why can't I use Sequence to perform a Select like task?

Suppose I wanted to write down a list of $p^2$, for $p$ a prime between $1$ and $20$. I would expect Table[If[PrimeQ[k], k^2, Sequence[]], {k, 1, 20}] to work. ...
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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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How to generalize a formula?

This is a piece of my code: ...
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Setting a binary operator Flat

I defined a binary operator in as the first statement in a new Mathematica notebook. {x1_, y1_} ⊕ {x2_, y2_} := Module[{}, Print["do anything"];] where the code ...
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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...
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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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How to insert an expression in a Mathematica program?

I need to insert a very large expression in a Mathematica program. So I first Put[large expression,"file"] and then use Block[{}, Get["file"];...] to ...
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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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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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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 do I interpret the following syntax?

I have been given some code with the following line PeriodicExtension[g_, x_] := If[Abs[x] < Pi, g[x], PeriodicExtension[g, x - 2 Sign[x] Pi]] I do not ...
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How can I specify a numerical order for variables?

I need to specify that a variable is less than another, and greater than yet another, in a Mathematica program, because I will later apply a test to them that will determine what functional form to ...
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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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Evaluating an If condition to yield True/False

I would like to decide whether an option passed to my custom function has the value Automatic or something else. This is my attempt: ...
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What is the difference between Set and SetDelayed?

I have a problem with defining a function and most of time I get confused by Set or = and ...
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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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Why does Mathematica use [[ ]] notation for array indexing?

I am confused by why Mathematica uses [[3]] to get the 3rd element, or [[i,j] to get the i,j-th element of a 2D array. This ...
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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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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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Is it possible to make the Button execute two or more actions?

According to the help: Button[label,action] Is it possible to make the button execute two actions?
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Can I use Table without the appropriate bounds?

I´d like to use the Table command without defining n, so that I can have a list of n ...
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Output of plots from within Do[ ] Command

I am wondering why the following does not plot the way it's written and exactly how does the Do[] function operate? I think I could be using it incorrectly. ...
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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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Distributing PlusMinus consistently

I would like to give the built-in function PlusMinus, which is undefined by default, the intuitive meaning: considering all possible combinations of $+$ and $-$. ...
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Using the result of Solve in subsequent calculations

I'd like to know how to use the results of Solve in later calculations. Here's what I'm doing now: This is my expression ...
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Indices and variable definitions in Mathematica

Does anyone know how I can do this in Mathematica? Just an example.. Defining indices and variables (defined over indices), "mapping" variables and indices: ...
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Convert operator to string

How to programmatically convert an operator such as Equilibrium into its displayed form as a string? The conversion should work like this: ...
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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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“A number in base b” and pure functions: why doesn't b^^# & work?

Why do the following not work (in Mathematica 7)? 2^^ # & /@ {1000, 1101} and 2^^ # & @ 1101 This does work: ...
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What is an alternative to using backticks in separating namespaces from function names?

What is an alternative to the backtick (`) in separating the namespace from the function name? Can the function be called without using this symbol? I think in ...
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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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Integrating with multiple indicator functions

I am trying to calculate an integral involving multiple indicator functions, such as: $$ h(u,v,w) = -\int_0^1 J^{\prime\prime}(s) (I_{(0,s]}(u) - s)(I_{(0,s]}(v) - s)(I_{(0,s]}(w) - s)\, ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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Syntax for prefix mode with multiple arguments using @ shorthand

Is it possible to use the @ symbol with multiple arguments? The Prefix command suggested not. If so, why?
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Mapping multiple parameters of a function to specific values

I am a little bit confused by the documentation for Apply (@@). I want to define a list of parameters, for instance: ...