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Shorter syntax for Fold and FoldList?

I find it tedious to write out the following: a = {1, 2, 3, 4}; Fold[f, First @ a, Rest @ a] f[f[f[1, 2], 3], 4] It ...
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Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 7?

There is documentation of the incompatible changes made to Mathematica with each major release: Incompatible Changes since Mathematica Version 1 Unfortunately that documentation simply stopped ...
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While Loop Not Looping [closed]

no matter what I do, the following function always returns the first v. This does does not make sense to me at all. It should loop and reevaluate v and only stop when v matches the condition. What am ...
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Position of elements in a list satisfying some criteria - Understanding the syntax [closed]

From this post: if one wants to know the position of the elements of a list that satisfy some criteria, (s)he can do something like that: ...
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How to get the outermost command evaluated first?

I have an expression like ToString[Stuff[...]]. I plan on having the Stuff[...] be manipulated as a string according to the output of other parts of the program. The problem is that Mathematica tries ...
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Array in Sum in Minimize - error “Part specification x[1] is neither a machine-sized integer”

Help please M = 10; z = Array[x, M] {x[1], x[2], x[3], x[4], x[5], x[6], x[7], x[8], x[9], x[10]} ...
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Matrix exponential MatrixExp[] vs Sum[MatrixPower[]] doesn't match?

I might be an idiot, but I cannot get the manual expansion of $e^{At}$ to match the MatrixExp[A t] result. For example, I have the following: ...
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RegionUnion issues with many Regions

The new RegionUnion[] function is just what I needed if only I could get it to work. I have many non-overlapping regions that I will need to use as plotting domains ...
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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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Constructing symbol definitions for With

I would like to be able to define two arrays, one containing symbol names and one containing the values of those symbols, for use in constructs such as With. For ...
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How can I mix // with a function of two arguments? [duplicate]

I often find myself using // when playing around with expressions, but it is always cumbersome to have to switch to the full notation just to apply a function of ...
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Postfix Double Slash Notation with Multiple Parameters [duplicate]

Examples A convenient shorthand that I use frequently is the "double slash" notation to string commands together. For example, I can write: ...
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How a novice user better understand the Q/A [duplicate]

A novice user reading Q/A here: I sometime need to just understand the syntax and meaning of commands exampled here. where is the best place to find it?
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Moment generating function for custom distribution [closed]

For some reason the following fails. I tried everything I could, and I don't know what else to try. ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

According to the documentation for FileNames: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an error: ...
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Element-wise list operation on list of lists [closed]

Suppose a function F operates on list A: $$A=\{a_1, a_2,\cdots, a_n\}$$ I have a list of lists, B: $$B=\{A_1, A_2,\cdots,A_m\}$$ Is there a syntax to specify that F should operate on members of B, ...
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Flatten command: matrix as second argument

One thing I could never wrap my head around is how Flatten works when provided with a matrix as the second argument, and the Mathematica help isn't particularly ...
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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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CreateDialog opening two windows instead of one

I'm having issues working with code from Mathematica 9.0.1 since I've updated to 10.0.0. My previous code involved using packages to set functions, and then those packages were loaded and the ...
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2answers
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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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SyntaxForm not correctly parsed by FrontEnd

When using TagBox with SyntaxForm, I noticed sometimes it is not well parsed by the ...
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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1answer
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Appending functions to a list [duplicate]

Could someone please explain the difference between these methods, and possibly a nicer way to get the first result? (This is a toy example and in my real program I'd like to use ...
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How to see abstract syntax tree of Wolfram Language expression

I mean, suppose I have this expression: 2 + 2 I want to get something like this: Plus[2, 2] as an output. I've tried FullForm, but this just evaluates 2+2 and returns 4. Is this even possible?
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Matrix Multiplication in context of row and column vectors

I've been looking at some matrices in Mathematica and I've noticed something very weird: They're extremely temperamental when it comes to dot products! For example, if I have the following, ...
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Is there a syntax for single-line comments for notebooks?

I'm aware that I can use (* ... *) to comment out stuff in a notebook. Many languages have a syntax for single-line comments, such as ...
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Defining a function with parameters as variables

I have an expression V = (a[1] + a[2])b[1]. How would I define a function of a[1], a[2] and ...
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V10's Operator Forms - what are they good for?

V10 introduces an operator form for several functions perhaps primarily due to their role in queries as part of introducing data science functionality. At first pass it seems a lot of effort to add ...
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Is it possible to use infix notation ~ for functions with one argument or more than 2 arguments?

According to a Mathematica textbook, we can write N[x,n] by using infix notation as x ~ N ~ n. How about other functions with ...
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How to embed an image into a string?

Note: The bug described in the post is in Mathematica 9, and has been fixed in 10.0. The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings ...
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Why can't I pass in a product of matrices in my modified matrixform? [duplicate]

In attempt to build a function that would work like MatrixForm but would wrap a matrix with brackets, I tried the following function: ...
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How would one minimize with respect to an unknown number of variables?

Say I had a function like the following: f[n_] := Sum[a + Subscript[b, k], {k, 0, n}] Such that ...
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What is the right way to write a function that includes other functions?

I want to include multiple sub functions: $b(x) = 10x$ $w(x) = s + b(x)$ $c(x) = x^2$ into two main functions: $ua(x) = w(x)-c(x)$ $ub(x) = w(x)-c(x)^2$ As a reaction to this answer, I wrote ...
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Why is there no PositionFunction in Mathematica?

Too often I have seen the programs of inexperienced users greatly slowed by using Position in an iterative fashion, when far faster would have been to compute a ...
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Why doesn't a Composition[] hold its arguments and what can be done about it?

Now that Composition (also RightComposition) has shorthand syntax I am more inclined to use it, however what I feel should be ...
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Is there a command returning information about a particular object? [closed]

Suppose I have a variable var1, a function MyFunction, and a graphic SomePlot. I remember ...
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Combining functions - is this a case for Piecewise?

I have a function $Eb1$ which was the subject of a question I asked recently - you can see it here on stack exchange. Now, in that example it's specified between a boundary $r_n$ and $r_o$ where $r_o ...
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Resolving initial / boundary condition conflicts ?

This is likely very simple, but I often run into trouble with inconsistent boundary conditions for PDEs; While I know Mathematica sometimes produces "false" errors for spatial derivative conditions, ...
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1answer
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How to joint symbolic expressions together [duplicate]

I want to joint symbolic expressions together to create a another symbolic expressions. one way to do that is as follows: ...
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Using Table with arbitrary number of variables [closed]

Let $P=\{p_1,...p_n\}$. I would like a way to implent Table[Expression,{$p_1$,lim},{$p_2$,lim},...,{$p_n$,lim}] where n and lim are parameters defined by the user. Any ideas?
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Extract what symbol is set by SetDelayed, Set, TagSet, UpSet, SetAttributes, etc

One of the recent features of the Mathematica Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA (www.mathematicaplugin.halirutan.de) is a Structure View which let's you see information about several definitions that are done ...
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Scalar product operator of complex vectors

What is the scalar product operator for complex vectors (or matrices) in Mathematica? The usual $Dot[]$ doesn't work. E.g. here is what the Mathematica gives $$\{1,0\}.\{I,0\}=I$$ but the answer ...
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How do I plot a Taylor polynomial of various degrees in two variables? [closed]

I want to plot the Taylor polynomials of $f(x,y)= Sin(1 + x + y^2)/(4 + x^2 + y^2)$ of degrees 4 and 7 around the point $(0,0)$ over the rectangle $[-\pi,\pi]\times [-\pi,\pi]$ I am currently using ...
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Differences between 'Solve' and 'LinearSolve' [closed]

Using the function 'Solve' I can do the following: Solve[a x + y == 7 && b x - y == 1, {x, y}] I get the following output: I want to get the same output using 'LinearSolve' instead. How ...
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How to output a bat file and execute it?

I tried to write a bat file which helped me rename files. Command to do this in that file is "ren file1 file2" which is equivalent to RenameFile[file1,file2]. ...
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Getting “Null” output from package?

I have a script written to test a package as follows: ...
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Syntax highlighting conflict

I'm trying to syntax highlight this expression: x=$\sqrt{\pi }$//N and from various sources I've learned that x (the assigned symbol) belongs to context Global while the Pi and N belongs to System. So ...
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My “N” turned red randomly [duplicate]

For some reason my N function showed up in red even though I haven't noticed it in that color before. The color actually makes the code much more readable but I just don't know if I should be alarmed ...
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Correctly substituting a matrix into a scalar equation [duplicate]

I am having trouble correctly substituting a matrix into an (originally) scalar equation. For example: A = {{3, 1}, {1, 2}} cp = CharacteristicPolynomial[A, x] ...