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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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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Defining an operator

Let s be a positive integer and let DifferenceDelta be this function with step = 1. Define ...
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Plot producing many error messages when given complicated function

I'm new to Mathematica and am running in to all sorts of silly difficulties with coding in it. I'm trying to calculate a function f[x, k], normalise it with another ...
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Where did I go wrong with my implementation of finding a plane tangent to a surface?

I am working on finding the plane tangent to a paraboloid at a given point. My code: ...
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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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Usage of \[InvisibleApplication] and other related invisible characters

From the front end, \[InvisibleApplication] can be entered as Esc @ Esc, and is an invisible operator for @!. By an unfortunate ...
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Why only up to two \[Prime] superscripts are interpreted as derivatives?

I noticed that only up to two \[Prime] superscripts are interpreted as derivatives. Is there a reason for this restriction? Is it documented? ...
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Shortcut for Range[]?

I use Range a lot. Is there any syntactic shortcut for it, or do you always have to spell it out?
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Passing f[x][[1]] to FindRoot [duplicate]

FindRoot seems to fail for most examples of the form f[x_?NumericQ] := {x - 3 , x^3}; FindRoot[f[x][[1]], {x, 3}] ...
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Is it possible to use a mathematical expression as function name?

This might seem as a silly question, but is it feasible to use a mathematical expression as the name of a function? For example, I'm studying the cross section of Compton scattering and there is a ...
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Help with writing a polynomial series [duplicate]

I want to write and evaluate an expression something like Sum[x[i] Product[y[j], {j(!=i), 1, n}], {i, 1, n}] but with correct syntax, where n is a any number ...
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Where does Documentation Center introduce the basics?

While helping a user who mistakenly thought that log rather than Log was the correct built-in function name, I included a ...
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Levels and slots

I am struggling with levels and #, if I understand this I think I will be able to grasp the entire concept. ...
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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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The /. syntax in numerical methods [duplicate]

I have an analytical approximation method for solving an ODE and want to compare this to an NDSolve solution, but the syntax is confusing me. To get the solution from NDSolve, I define the ODE as eqn ...
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Constraint syntax compaction

Is there a more compact way to represent these constraints: NMaximize[{a+b+c,...
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Head and everything except Head?

I have been working on picking expressions apart using Head and Part and encountered a little mystery. Consider the canonical ...
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Why does Eigenvalues[matrix I defined] not work? [duplicate]

This is the code I have in my mathematica notebook. I want to find the eigenvalues of the matrix I created called Hmatrix as defined below. However when I type Eigenvalues[Hmatrix] I get the Hmatrix ...
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Constructing an Array from typed expression

I want to produce an array from expressions given by test[one][1] = 3; . . test[one][5] = 7; etc. Normally would use ...
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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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Why do two codes give different output?

I have tried the following to get the eigenvalues of several matrices of the type: ...
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Overlapping pure functions

Let say I need and option for Plot: RegionFunction -> (-6 < #2 < 6 &) But I also want those ...
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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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Assigning numerical values to constants results in complex coefficients in Equations of Motion

I am using Mathematica to get the Equations of Motion (EOM) for a mechanical system (using Lagrangian Mechanics). While I get the EOM in symbolic form, on introducing the following code for assigning ...
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Equation values into list

Suppose I have a function say $f=x^2$. What I would like is a list (or even better, a list with a grid) which resembles {{1,1},{2,4},{3,9}, ...}. Ideally one should ...
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DeleteCases vs. DeleteDuplicates for removing points within a critical Euclidean distance

I'm attempting to remove all points in an array which are within a Euclidean distance "ThresDist" of one-another. Using the command: ...
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How to get 'exact' expression for result

I have a result from Mathematica for which want to have the exact expression, i.e. all of the arguments of type # replaced. It is given by: ...
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Correct usage of GeoPosition

My goal is to trace a ray down to the ground. I have done: ...
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Shortening the syntax {var1, var2} /. # & /@ list

I noticed that I often turn out to have a list of substitutions in the form ...
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Extracting counts of contiguous zeros and ones from a binary array

I'm a novice with Mathematica, but you guys have been very helpful to me in the past. I have a binary array [100, J repetitions] consisting of zeroes and ones. I'd like to extract a histogram of the ...
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Bincounting a list

I'm a Mathematica novice here. I'm trying to execute the following code to add random 1's into a zero matrix, repeat this many times, and then bin/histogram the number of nearest neighbor 1s. Can ...
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Export file with semicolon at the end of line

Is there a rule that tells Mathematica to set a semicolon at the end of each line (except of the last one)? My MWE is: ...
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What do the hashtags represent in the result of Solve, and how should I use them? [duplicate]

There is a function that I'm trying to get the inverse of. My function is a simple polynomial: Tn[T_] := 4/9 T^3/Tc^2 + 5/9 T Now I tried to find ...
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Parentheses in pure functions: # & vs. ( # &)

I've been using Mathematica for years, and over time I have developed the habit of using: Select[data, (# == 1 &)] instead of ...
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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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Pattern match with Table for matrix dimension check

In Mathematica, often an expression involving matrices will encounter dimension mismatch errors, like we are multiplying a 3x2 matrix to a 3x4 matrix. Below we define a new symbol Dim, which can be ...
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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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Why does the first derivative of a piecewise continuous function have discontinuities?

I have this piecewise continuous function which is also continuously differentiable over time : ...
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Transfer of symbols between contexts

As many others (I guess) I'm struggling with the handling of contexts within Mathematica. I'm working on a new package definition with the usual syntaxt specified by the Mathematica documentation: ...
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What kind of hypergeometric function is it?

I found a formula for an integral of a product of three Bessel functions at The Wolfram Functions Site: I cannot understand what kind of hypergeometric function it is. The Mathematica code given ...
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Filtering the elements of an array to split them into two categories

So, I am new to Mathematica, and I am trying to write something that involves taking values from one array and separating them into two different arrays. My code for doing this is: ...
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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 is wrong with this Cobweb plot [closed]

Something is wrong with my cobweb plot code but I couldn't figure out where do the mistakes come from. So basically we have the iterative map $x_n == x_{n-1}^{2} - 3 \mu$. I would like to draw a ...
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Using single replacement rule to convert algebraic expression

I have been trying this problems for hours and cannot find any helpful clues. How can I convert $Sinh[3\theta]+Sinh[\theta]$ to a rational function of x given $2Sinh[\theta] = x-x^{-1}$ by using only ...
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Translating a “Point-to-Triangle” distance script from MATLAB to Mathematica

Update - Thanks everyone for your responses! After fixing a problem with vector normalization, the code below now works. I'm a new user, and I was attempting to port some Mathematica code from ...
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Solve this equation symbolically

I am trying to solve the equation for the quantity r = y/x symbolically: 3/y^4 == 3/x^4 + a/(x + 2 y)^4 with the requirement that we need to perform the ...
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How to tell Mathematica to make assumptions? [duplicate]

Say I want to integrate 1/(x^2+a^2) and I want Mathematica to know that $a>0$. What would be the command? Something like: ...