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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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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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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A question about the syntax [on hold]

I have $3$ elementary questions to ask and I thank you in advance. Question N°1. What is the right syntax for $$y\equiv0\pmod {2}$$ in the code below? ...
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How to Write Partition with Infix?

The documentation says that using Infix ~, the following input f[e1,e2,e3,...] can be rewritten as ...
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What is a good way to code long, complex, compilable algorithms?

The functional paradigm of the Wolfram Language used in Mathematica is all around wonderful. For intense numerics, Mathematica comes with the ability to Compile ...
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Using Table with arbitrary number of variables [duplicate]

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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What is the role of _ in this expression?

I'm fairly familiar with basic Mathematica, but some of its more advanced syntax (especially certain special characters) eludes me. In the Scope section in the documentation of ...
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How to set the values into some variables from different lists [duplicate]

I have a list of Values and a list of variables. I want to set the Values into Variables. Assume the following code: ...
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How to define an expression which is differently evaluated in calculations and printed

Let's say, we have a list: values = {1.2, 0.04, 0.9}; Is it possible to replace 0.04 by some expression, which displays as ...
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Can't get a plot from piecewise parametric function [closed]

I can't seem get a 3D plot from r[t]. Any suggestions? ...
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How to make a StreamPlot with three variables and two expressions

I'm trying to make a StreamPlot in Mathematica with three variables. I already have two variables, x and y, that make an ellipse via StreamPlot[{-y,x}] but I ...
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What is the meaning of Range[10] /. {x_ /; PrimeQ[x] -> x^2}? [closed]

I'm currently doing a unit at university that touched briefly on Mathematica, but the final exam will feature multiple choice questions from Mathematica (along with excel and matlab). This leads to ...
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Testing Conditions in For Loops

I am attempting to create a set of coefficients that satisfy a set of conditions using the Do function and If statements. I did this successfully with a basic set of conditions: ...
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Failure in the use of FullSimplify

My question is about an apparent failure of the function "FullSimplify" to simplify an easy algebraic expression. This is the expression that I ask Mathematica to evaluate: ...
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Mathematica and special functions

How is it possible that Mathematica doesn't recognize it's own definitions of special functions ? I tried as input: ...
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Sign of a symbolic expression as a function of parameter values

I need to know the sign of the following expression for p[t] = z/(1-a), as a function of the parameters {a, b, c, z}: ...
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How to evaluate sum with different coefficient in each term?

I would like to know if there is a syntax that allows me to enter a sum that has coefficients that vary for every term? I have no interest in evaluating them numerically, but rather to keep them as ...
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Matrix with infinity on main diagonal

The question is trivial, however, there might be unexpected solutions. What would be nice way to create a square matrix with $\infty$ on main diagonal, and some arbitrary constant everywhere else? My ...
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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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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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GCD of Table entries

This question is from a newbie, so please be gentle in thrashing if I'm missing something very basic. How can I use GCD on a matrix/vector entries stored as Table. For example, if ...
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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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how to manipulate indices in a table/vector

Perhaps I'm missing something very basic. Could somebody guide me how to manipulate indices of a list. For example, if I've u = Table[Subscript[u, i], {i, 1, lp + 1}]. I've these u in an expression, ...
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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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Treating expressions as symbols [duplicate]

I'm trying to do something like this: test = {x, y}; With[{test[[1]] = 3}, x/y] However, the following error is printed: With::lvset: "Local variable ...
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Why aren't parentheses ( ) an expression in Mathematica?

Why aren't parentheses ( ) an expression in Mathematica? Can I get an expression in a form where parentheses are represented by an expression?
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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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Why minimization does not work with symbolic array as arguments

If I try to minimize with constraints a function of several variables, with Gamma regularized function involved in the constraints it seems to works, as shown below (this is just a dummy example ...
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Negative accuracy numerics ( 0``-128 notation )

What does it mean to have a negative accuracy number? I understand 0``128 to mean "the number zero to 128 decimal points". Mathematica corroborates this: ...
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How to make sure input is an ODE

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around why this isn't an ordinary differential equation. ...
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How To Use D[ ] to Define a System of PDEs

We have two variables $u_{1}$ and $u_{2}$ which are functions of $x,t$. That is, $u_{1}=u_{1}(x,t)$ and $u_{2}=u_{2}(x,t)$. Consider the the system of partial differential equations $$\frac{\partial ...
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Integrate using \[Esc] int \[Esc]

I like writing integrals symbolically instead of using Integrate[]. I suddenly seem to not be able to do this and am confused. I type \[Esc] int \[Esc] then ...
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Partial derivative of defined function with vector input

Background: Have written a formula for the refractive index for a glass slab (n) that depends on the variables t,a and d. Now I want to calculate for example some sort of error and I'll be needing to ...
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What is the correct idiom for mapping a 0 value in a modulo n expression back to n?

What is the correct idiom for mapping the $0$ value in a modulo $n$ expression back to $n$. For example if I want to be sure that any integer value maps back to the index for a character in the ...
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Syntax for FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle

I know FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle is undocumented, but its name suggests it does what I need. What is its syntax? I have already tried several variations of the ...
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Block Matrix Multiplication [closed]

I have a = {{-1}, {0}, {0}} b = IdentityMatrix[3] c = {a, b} d = {{7}, {2}, {0}, {0}} and would like to compute e = c.d ...
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What is the difference between Composition (@*) and sequential applications (@)?

What is the difference between f@*g@*h@x and f@g@h@x Both evaluate to f[g[h[x]]] ...
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What are the cool kids talking about when they use ##&[]? [duplicate]

All the cool kids are apparently using ##&[] for Unevaluated @ Sequence[] but I have no idea what either means. ...
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How do I apply a conditional append rule to plot randomly chosen points?

I'm working on an attempt at forming a sort of "Mandelbrot" set using Newton's method and randomly chosen points. Effectively I need to define a loop for Newton's method to determine whether my points ...
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Separate output screen; clearing (cleaning) output screen

Is there a way to split the screen so that the code is on top visible, and execution of code look at the bottom? Is there any way to clean the screen from previous runs, so that the result of ...
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HSQLDB database webserver access

I need a database that runs its connection over http and not tcpip. The "HSQLDB (webserver)" jdbc driver should be able to do just that. The following code launces the webserver but the OpenSQLConnect ...
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What does a single @ do? [duplicate]

I have a simple expression: N@Log2@g[2048] I understand that N is Numerical value , that a function called g is being ran with 2048 as its first argument. But ...
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Syntax error in debug mode

Bug persists through 10.1 It appears that in debug mode, the \[Piecewise] symbol gives syntax error. Is it a bug? Are there ways to fix that except write it in ...
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Infix form of PutAppend ( >>> ) does not work with variable

I'm new to Mathematica, so I suspect this question involves either a misunderstanding involving variables or the usage of >>>. On a webMathematica page ...
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Get Axes Range of Plot?

Say I have some plot plot = Plot[Sin[x], {x,0,10}] (*as an example*) Is there a way I can get the x and y axes min/max values from the "plot" variable? If I ...
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SetterBar Display using MatrixForm

I have vAwGOptns = { {{0}, {0}}, {{1}, {0}}, {{0}, {1}}, {{1}, {1}} }; and would like to select ...
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Can someone explain this code for joining two lists by the first element of each sublist?

Background (which may be skipped, unless context is needed) I've recently begun learning Mathematica (and only up to chapter 3 of Wellin), but wanted to write some code to get a better feel for ...