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GeoMarker opacity

I was surprised today when I discovered that GeoMarker seems to ignore the Opacity directive in ...
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Can anyone guess what Internal`RadicalMemberQ does?

There is an undocumented function Internal`RadicalMemberQ which takes two arguments. But whatever input I try for the two arguments, it seems to crash the kernel (...
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Parsing a caffe prototxt file?

Caffe has its own visualization tools, for instance you and draw all the layers in a network easily like so: But I wanted to analyze a network structure myself in mathematica, so I started to write ...
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Where can I find tutorials or examples about Internal` packages and other useful packages? [duplicate]

As an intermediate level Mathematica user, I consider one of the greatest barrier on my way to a higher level of programming is the lack of knowledge about extra packages like Internal` package or ...
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How do I prevent Root and RootSum from expanding over quadratic roots?

For quadratics, RootSum[a #^2 + b # + c &, Cos[#] &] Immediately turns into and also, ...
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What does the symbol Continuation do?

There is a symbol Continuation (residing in the System` context). There is no usage or documentation for this symbol. ...
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What are Package` context symbols for?

The Package` context contains the following: What is the use of these undocumented functions? I found a reference to these in ...
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Pareto optimal fronts using internal function?

Reading this question: How do I estimate the Pareto front in my multiobjective optimization problem? I found @Daniel Lichtbau's interesting answer. Yet I don't know how such an "internal function" ...
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What function superseded SpaceForm?

In older versions of Mathematica you could use SpaceForm to leave a certain amount of spaces when writing to a file. For example, if we have the following data: <...
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How to use the symbols in System`Private`? [duplicate]

Looking at Names["SystemPrivate*"] gives: I'd really like to use and look at the code for some of these symbols, e.g. ...
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Uploading sketch to Arduino from Mathematica

Since the device drivers for Arduino used by DeviceExecute have very poor performance for writing and receiving serial data to/from Arduino compared with the device ...
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What are the main differences between RawArray and PackedArray?

What I know: PackedArray is documented (to some extent) in "Developer Utilities Package", RawArray is just mentioned in ...
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What's in a ValueList?

I discovered a command System`Private`ValueList in my .mx dumps. It's an internal command and thus undocumented, but from the ...
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Configurable tolerance for numerical equality?

In standard C++ the double values for 1. + 1.2*^-16 and 1. are not considered equal. But in Mathematica, I get the following: ...
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Certainty of the New Vertex Name after using EdgeContract

It appears that when I use EdgeContract on an undirected graph, the vertex that is the result of contracting an edge is always named the smaller of the two vertices....
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LibraryLink: Asynchronous Examples

Inside the directory structure of LibraryLink there are several example files. Basically, they are divided in two types: Synchronous: demo.c, demo_error.c, ...
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Why is SatisfiabilityCount faster than SatisfiableQ?

Consider the following (large) Boolean expression, which arose in a SAT problem. (The expression is not satisfiable.) ...
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V10's TypeSystem - what are these function useful for? [closed]

The symbols in the TypeSystem` context are clearly used for working with Datasets, but they seem powerful. I was hoping that someone could help explain how they work and is they are useful for ...
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Parameter of “CopySpecial” can't be “MathML” or “CopyAsTeX”?

Consider the following sample: ...
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How does Internal`PolynomialFunctionQ work?

I found that Internal`PolynomialFunctionQ performs much better than PolynomialQ. Here is a huge random polynomial in 12 ...
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Ways to obtain a BoxObject

Is there any way to get a BoxObject, except with EvaluationBox or ParentBox? So usually one ...
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How to know the usage of undocumented function like LinearAlgebra`BLAS?

BLAS is not documented in mathematica. Using ?LinearAlgebra`BLAS`* gives But None of the function has a detailed usage information Click any of the ...
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strange timing result of LinearAlgebra`BLAS` in mathematica? [closed]

BLAS is short for "Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms". It is a famous collection of routines for doing linear algebra. I just know from Oleksandr R. that mma can directly call BLAS under the context "...
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What is FrontEnd`AttachedCell?

Perhaps it's not accessible from the front end, but what is this so-called attached cell? ...
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What pseudo-random number generators are available to Mathematica users?

One would think I should be able answer the question I pose in the title for myself by reading the Documentation Center article ref/SeedRandom, but it's not so simple. That article does give a list ...
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Documentation for undocumented symbols RandomMatrix and SharingList?

In version 10.2, there are symbols Random`RandomMatrix and System`SharingList. I tried some experiments of my own, but could ...
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Undocumented function SumOfSquaresReps

There is an interesting (and documented) number-theoretic function in MMA called PowersRepresentations[$n$, $k$, $p$]. It gives the distinct representations of the integer $n$ as a sum of $k$ non-...
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What Method values are available for Plot?

The Documentation Center article on Plot notes under Details and Options that Method is one of the options for ...
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Undocumented fourth parameter of Collect; how long has it been there?

While tinkering with How to get a list of monomials of a polynomial without coefficients? on a whim I tried a fourth argument in Collect and found: ...
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What will happen if I set ExclusionsStyle for points in 2D plot?

For example f[x_] := (x^5 - 4 x^2 + 1)/(x - 1/2); Plot[f[x], {x, -1, 2}, Exclusions -> {f[x] == 0}, ExclusionsStyle -> Dashed] Has the ...
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How to retrieve current FaceForm?

The current colour in a Graphics object can be retrieved using CurrentValue["Color"] for use in Dynamic stuff. Example: ...
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Can Someone Please Explain Internal`$SameQTolerance?

If I input Internal`$SameQTolerance (* output = 0.30103 *) which is the approximation of Log[10,2], or ...
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Is there a way to control which special forms Normal converts?

Normal documentation reads: Normal[expr] converts expr to a normal expression, from a variety of special forms. But is there a way to control which special ...
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How can I make FilledCurve smoother?

In How can I generate and randomly assign color to annular sectors? J.M. showed an interesting way to create a sector graphic using FilledCurve. Unfortunately it ...
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What's the goal of the Macros` package?

I see in the Mathematica install a Macros` package. In windows the paths is for example: ...
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Possible Method for MatrixExp

Well, probably a hard question, but I think it's better to cry out loud :). I noticed that MatrixExp owns Method option when ...
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What are SparseArray Properties? How and when should they be used?

A strange undocumented form of SparseArray is increasingly used in answers on this site: ...
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In 10.1.0 BenchmarkPlot doesn't work?

Bug introduced in 10.1 This bug was resolved in 10.2.0, but another bug was introduced in 10.3.0 persisting through 10.3.1 and finally resolved in 10.4 In Mathematica 10.1.0 and 10.3.0 ...
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Understanding HoldSequence and ReleaseHoldSequence in Error Handling

I was playing with GeneralUtilities`PrintDefinitions in V10.1, and find some of native Mathematica functions using ...
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Documentation of the frequently-used functions in the context of Internal` and Compile` [duplicate]

In this site, I have gradually found out that there is a collection of functions in all kinds of answers. For instance, Compile`GetElement, ...
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Enigmatic message about MaxBend

Referring to the method I proposed for Problem with ParametricPlot Mathematica 10.0.2 throws an enigmatic error message: ...
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Why is a symbol still found after changing its context?

It seems that we can change the context of symbols: In[1]:= x = 1 Out[1]= 1 In[2]:= Context[x] = "foo`"; But then x is still ...
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Undocumented options for “BalloonEmbedding” in GraphLayout

From an error message, I see some options of the BalloonEmbedding method for GraphLayout: ...
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What are all the Properties that ColorData supports?

The documentation for ColorData reads: Possible properties in ColorData["scheme","property"] include: ...
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What does IndexBy do and how exactly does it work?

I just saw the function IndexBy in the autocomplete suggestions and I was curious to know exactly how it works. Unfortunately, there's no trace of it in the ...
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Reading from a socket stream

I noticed an undocumented socket package (SocketLink) in Mathematica (Using version 10, not sure when it was actually added) and wrote a barebones HTTP responder ...
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Is there a build-in function converting a quantity to one with mixed units (such as feet and inches)?

For example, I want to convert 179 centimeters into 5 feet and 10.4724 inches instead of 70.4724 inches (as this website did). Maybe in the future I would need to convert days to {years, months, days} ...
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What is the purpose of Internal`LocalizedBlock?

I have come across the (internal) use of of the function: Internal`LocalizedBlock I am trying to determine its purpose. It seem to behave like ...
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When is are these additional docked cell styles used?

The the style "DockedCell" is automatically used for Docked Cells even when no Cell style is specified. In the section of ...
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Lists for built-in functions that can work without brackets

I just noticed that Exit and Quit can work without brackets i.e. a single Exit or ...