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 series of Do[ ]'s with a single Table[ ]?

Edited to provide more information (sorry I don't know how to format matrices here) I would like to replace: m = 4; ...
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Why is my answer being displayed with “Subscript^(0,1)[a,b]”? [duplicate]

I type in my equations using ctrl+- to make it look nice and my answer outputs in "Subscript^(0,1)[a,b]" form? What is going on? In the answer some bits are displayed with the actual subscripts and ...
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Differentiating a Dot Product

I apologize if this type of question has been asked before, but a preliminary search turned up nothing. I would like to differentiate dot products. For example, consider taking a derivative with ...
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How to display output as symbols?

I have this piece of code which populates a matrix following different rules depending on row and column number: ...
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Why is ^^ff not the same as ^^ToExpression[“ff”]?

I want to convert a hexadecimal string to a decimal (base 10) number: 16^^ff 16^^ToExpression["ff"] The 1st line returns the correct answer of 255, while the 2nd ...
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Holding Input Windows

I am creating a Mathematica document which contains a list of proofs in various fields of Mathematics so that I can easily review whenever I would like. First, I create a large set I call 'proofs' ...
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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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Return only one numeric solution to equation [duplicate]

Consider a simple plane equation 2x-3y+4z==7 I just want some position vector on that plane. For example, {7/2,0,0} would be ...
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How to reverse the direction of the y axes

I have a similar question to this one. Unfortunately, the answers there didn't help me. I would like to plot a simple function with the normal Plot function. ...
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Dot when used in a pattern becomes Times… Why?

In[1] := Hold[a.b] // FullForm Out[1] := Hold[Dot[a,b]] So far so good. ...
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Incorporating Built-In Function Options/Parameters into Shorthand [duplicate]

Shorthand syntax provides an alternate way to apply functions and, in many cases, improves readability. A simple example would be ...
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Conditional range in a parametric plot

I have a program that needs to be done like this: ParametricPlot[ equation, If[x < 1, {x, 0, t}, {x, t, 2}]] But Mathematica didn't seem to recognize the ...
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How can I define a ⊕ operator?

What is wrong with the following code? CirclePlus := SparseArray[Band[{1, 1}] -> {##}] & a_ ⊕ b_ := CirclePlus[a, b] SetDelayed::write: Tag Function in ...
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Pathological behaviour when evaluating a sum

When I declare the function $f$ as follows: f[n_] := Sum[x/Sum[Sqrt[y], {y, 1, x}], {x, 1, n}]/n the input ...
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Making nice code: choosing one of several procedures

Happy new year mathematica gurus of stack exchange! As I see it one of the major obstacles in getting decent at programming mathematica is that, not only do you need to learn how certain commands ...
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Why can Format be used on the left side?

I am learning Mathematica in random order by reading its documentation. This approach is what I like most when learning new things. Consider the following 2 cases. Syntax A: ...
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Why does the iterator index in Table not work here?

I type the following command line Table[D[#1,varx[[i]]] &,{i,3}] where varx is a vector of dummy variables ...
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What are the min and max arguments to EdgeDetect?

What are the min and max arguments to EdgeDetect, for all methods and specifically "Sobel"? How do I find the limits or ranges ...
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Changing Default Color for Titles, Sections, Subsections, etc., and Items (bullet color) [duplicate]

I'm new to Mathematica 9, and I assume there must be an easy fix for my problem, but I have not been able to find any yet. Essentially, I want the default color for the text of all of my titles, ...
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Is it possible to insert arguments into functions when they're used like Function@ or //Function?

Is it possible to insert arguments into functions when they're used like Function@ or //Function? Sometimes I need to do this, but then I have to return to the standard function usage: Function[] ...
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Limit won't compute

Does anyone know why the limit: ...
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Manipulate, Import external table, save as CDF, mail presentation

For my work I do data analysis. Most of these analysis are done on big databases with milions of records. I would like to make a manipulate (or animate) using a external dataset and create a CDF ...
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Clear complains that a subscripted variable is not a symbol or a string?

Here's a small listing where I've used EscqEsc to typeset θ in the notebook: ...
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Finding the square root of a squared number?

Taking the square root of the square of a number Variable set to a real value I'm wondering why these examples a = -4.3; Sqrt@a² Sqrt@(a^2) Sqrt[a^2] Sqrt[a²] ...
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Treat all variables as local in a module [duplicate]

In most languages, any variable defined inside a function is considered local. ...
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import a list of replacement rules

I have a text file with a set of replacement rules, of the form x^3y^2 -> 4, xy^2 -> 2, ... for example. I'm having some issues trying to figure out ...
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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 ...
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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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Syntax error for optional pattern, but only in debugger

This expression (explained here by Leonid) evaluates fine unless Evaluation->Debugger is enabled: h[x : (_Integer) : 1] := x Syntax::sntxf: "x:" cannot be ...
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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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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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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: ...