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Finding the position of a specific value in a list

Is it possible to easily find the position of a specific value in a list? For example, if the list is {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},...,{xn,yn}} I would like to know the ...
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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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Functions in a different context are replaced with infix forms of their namesake in System`

So, in an attempt to help out Fabian with his question, I did what I often do, and created a new symbol in the Pillsy` package that I could play with. Since it was ...
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What does the slash-colon symbol do?

I came across a bit of code that uses the syntax /: and I don't know what it does. I can't find its documentation, or maybe I'm just not looking properly. The code ...
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Constructing a Summation with a Variable Number of Inner Sums

I have a question regarding multiple sums. And my second index depends on the first index. Here it is: $$ \sum_{d=1}^{P}e^{-d}\sum_{\substack{1\leq k_{1}\leq Q \\ 1\leq k_{2}\leq Q \\... ...
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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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How do you set an Optional parameter with a global variable on a Function defined in a Package

In a Package I am writing, I'm trying to define a function with an Optional parameter in it that is set to a global variable. ...
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Accept Infinity as an Integer argument

I have the following function, albeit contrived: Foo[x_Integer] := Module[{i}, i = 1; While[i <= x && i <= 10, i++]; i - 1 ]; I am ...
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Cases[data,Colon[key,_]] vs. Cases[data,key:_] toward XPath, XQuery

Exploring methods to index and search tree-structured key:value pairs via named-entity index (key paths) as opposed to Position-based indexing. Using Rule as ...
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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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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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NMinimize with defined function call getting error NMinimize::nnum

I want to call the NMinimize function for my own defined calculations but I got an error. Below is a simple example. ...
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Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise

Say I have two matrices (or, as in my case, higher order tensors) $A,B$, and I want to solve the equation $A=B$. To do so , I need a list of equations that equate entry-wise the elements of $A$ and ...
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Error when using rule as a list index - { i, x[[i]] } /. i -> 5

I can't seem to use a rule to index a vector. x = Range[10]; { i, x[[i]] } /. i -> 5 I get the following error when evaluating the above code, even if the ...
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Brackets in output make unable to use output to identify matrix element

I'm trying to write a code where each matrix element swaps with a randomly selected neighbor (cardinal directions only) to redistribute the matrix. So far I've been able to replace an element with its ...
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Functions vs. patterns

Every time I define a new function, I wonder which construct I should use: true functions obtained by using Function, or rule-based syntax. For example, these are ...
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Differentiation w/o assiging concrete values

v = Subscript[v, 0]*Sin[(Pi*S)/Subscript[S, 0]]; a = dv/ds v; a = D[v, s] returns ...
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Why doesn't PatternTest work with Composition?

While playing around with the solutions to this question, I've found some very strange behaviour: ...
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Single dot textual form

How do I render a letter with a single dot above it? I see \[DoubleDot] and \[TripleDot] are readily available, but what about ...
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Using variables in function names

I want to make a list of plots and my functions are named C1, C2... Cn. The command I wish ...
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Multiple colors in Graphics[] environment

There are other questions on the site that are similar to this one, but the answers provided didn't help me. I want to draw disks of different radii. Each radius is the absolute value of a variable, ...
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Representing second derivatives with a double overdot

I would like to express a second derivative with two dots above the variable. You can do this with a first derivative by saying: ...
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Flatten at a certain level

In an earlier question the brainteasing fourth syntax variant of Flatten was discussed. I see that with ...
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With versus Function

I've seen people compare Block with Module and With as scoping constructs, and try to figure ...
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Change syntax from other programs to mathematica syntax

Is there a good way to transform syntax from other computer algebra systems or from latex to mathematica syntax?