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What are the arguments supplied to ColorFunction in MandelbrotSetPlot?

On the document of MandelbrotSetPlot, it said: With ColorFunction->f, where f is a function, the argument of f is a real number in proportional to the number of ...
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Finding out all undocumented values for “Properties” in XxxData[] functions

No, XxxData[] is not a new function in Mathematica 11. I am just using that name for all curated data-related functions. As you know, ...
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In which version was this Extract syntax introduced?

In Mathematica 10.0.1 this works: Extract[{a, b, c, d, e}, {{{1, 3}}, {{5, 4}}, {{2}}}] {{a, c}, {e, d}, {b}} In ...
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RawArray crashes the kernel

fixed in 10.0.2 RawArray seems to crash the kernel on my machine RawArray["Byte", {}] Is this a bug? Any insights why this happens? My system: version 10.01 ...
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Listable functions thread over Associations; is this documented?

Thanks to a somewhat misapplied use of MapThread I learned of this behavior: ...
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How to obtain a complete list of WordData's “Properties”?

Command WordData["Word", "Properties"] seems to return an endless list of properties, such as: "Definitions", ...
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Undocumented overload for Graph?

I stumbled (here, in the expression for the block diagram) upon a version of Graph that I don't see in the documentation over here. That documentation admits three overloads (the following are in my ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

Behavior remains unchanged through Mathematica version 10.1.0 As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to ...
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Specifying non-conflicting PlotTheme options

A bug or limitation in 10.0.0 affects a few of these examples; it was resolved in 10.1.0. I am trying out Mathematica 10 on https://programming.wolframcloud.com. ...
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TableView displays negative numbers incorrectly

I'm trying to substitute TableForm with TableView because TableView is more handy with big data . But on my Mathematica 9.0.1 (ubuntu 14.04_64bit) there is a problem with negative numbers: ...
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Undocumented use of Integrate: Integrating over regions

I have come across a few questions asking about integrating over regions. And while the answers are impressive there should be a better more consistent way. So my question is, are there ways, ...
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Undocumented WolframLibraryData::evaluateExpression

It seem there's this promising function in the callback object provided to MathLink C functions: ...
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Undocumented form for Extract

Prompted by a comments conversation here, here's an interesting (and often performance enhancing) use of Extract: ...
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SparseArray internal structure [duplicate]

According to the documentation: SparseArray is treated as a raw object by functions like AtomQ and for purposes of pattern ...
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How to use Undocumented Functions Prism, Tetrahedron and Hexahedron

Taking a look at this question and this one, I checked to see if Mathematica really does not have a Prism primitive. To my surprise the function ...
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What does ImageSize -> 1 -> 1 mean?

On the page http://www.wolfram.com/language/gallery/blur-faces-in-an-image/ the example code has ImageSize -> 1 -> 1. I am unfamiliar with this chaining of ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Graphics`Mesh`FindIntersections[ ] fails to detect intersections

Graphics`Mesh`FindIntersections[ ] is an undocumented function for, well, detecting intersections very efficiently. Take a look: ...
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Behavior of Reduce with variables as domain

When using Reduce, I accidentally put a set of variables as the domain. To my surprise, it not only seems that Reduce expects ...
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The second argument of Signature

I've noticed that Signature can have an undocumented second argument. What does it do? Signature[{1,2,3,4}, ?]
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Any ideas on how to use the Region` context?

If you type ?Region`* you'll get: which seems a bunch of interesting and not documented symbols. Any idea (or experience) on how to use them? Edit By ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature? [closed]

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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“ClosingActions” option for FrontEnd`AttachCell [duplicate]

I'm looking to find the possible values for the ClosingActions options FrontEndAttachCell. I have found ...
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Strange behaviour of Internal`InheritedBlock

I was going to post an answer for fast way to replace all zeros in the matrix. I was even quite happy because timings were the same order of magnitude as others. The idea was to overwrite ...
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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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How to write beveled fractions?

How to write beveled fractions like ${}^a/_b$? In contrast to $\frac{a}{b}$ and $a/b$ (see this question).
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Finding hidden treasure (aka finding undocumented functions) [duplicate]

I was searching for a way to determine if a point is within a polygon and stumbled upon rm -rf's answer. (actually, I really wanted to find a point within a ...
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Workaround for Import not supporting the \leqslant TeX macro

$\{A\leqslant x\leqslant B\}$ Copy the code into Notebook, and you'll lose the less sign, this can be rendered well in ...
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Accessing temporary value of a Nest evaluation

The function Nest[] must store the temporary values in the memory somewhere (those values that would form the entries of the list which is returned by the ...
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How can I manipulate TemporalData?

Version 9 introduced TemporalData but, truth be told, the documentation doesn't suggest that one can do much with it. Many of us have probably assumed we'd be ...
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What are all the named Mathematica styles?

This question came to mind because of this answer to a recent question. Under Style, the Mathematica Documentation Center says the following about named styles. A few common named styles ...
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What's inside InterpolatingFunction[{{1., 4.}}, <>]?

I'm curious what's inside the InterpolationFunction object? For example: ...
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Strange behavior of undocumented RawArray and ArrayObject expressions

I discovered several strange results and inconsistencies while trying to understand what undocumented RawArray and ArrayObject ...
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Is there a method to enumerate the keys/values of System`Utilities`HashTable

Lacking from the simple API of System`Utilities`HashTable is a method to enumerate the keys/values. ...
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What does Internal`InheritedBlock do?

What does the function Internal`InheritedBlock do? How is it different from the regular Block?
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Does Graphics`Mesh`SimplePolygonQ[] work for you?

Graphics`Mesh`SimplePolygonQ is an undocumented function. I'm using Mathematica 7, and when I try: ...
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What's the simplest way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y error bars?

Sometimes I get really tired of Preparing data for making an ErrorListPlot using Thread and friends. Is there a simpler way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y ...
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Parameters for the CIE XYZ Color Space in Mathematica

In Mathematica, producing a color based on its RGB parameters is easy; one can use (for example) ...
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A Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] peculiarity

I have been unable to explain the behavior of Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] on the following (highly simplified) example: ...
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Is there a “GrabHand” and “OpenHand” MouseAppearance in Mathematica?

MouseAppearance[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 5}], "LinkHand"] Unfortunately I cannot get a screen grab to show the link hand but it is a cartoon hand with a finger ...
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How to get a list of available appearance/styles/Methods?

This is a basic question but I haven't found any answer yet :/ Available appearances for Button[] are mentioned in Help, those ...
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations?

Introduction Mathematica 9 has introduced a new predictive interface. For each output, it suggest possible actions the user might want to take. How can this interface be extended so that it will ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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How can I know if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern?

What would be the best way to detect if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern ? An invalid string pattern p would lead to an error in ...
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Specifying a graphics object for the width of a median marker

In a previously posted question VLC used the element specification {"MedianMarker", filledCircle[10], Black} in a box and whisker chart, where ...
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What is the complete list of valid FrontEnd Packet types?

In response to my question How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression? John Fultz answered with a method using the hilariously named ...
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What does “EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[]” do?

I found the undocumented EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[] by browsing the lists of available symbols, but I have no clue about its purpose. The name is ...
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What Method options does FindInstance accept?

While answering Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints it became clear that for this problem FindInstance would be better ...
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TeXToBoxes and BoxesToTeX BoxRules options

A recent question has gotten me to look more into the tex conversion rules. Consider the following latex string: ...
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In InputField, how to prevent Shift-Return from generating a new cell?

When running the following in a notebook (not a deployed CDF file), it can sometimes be annoying that accidentally pressing Shift-Return breaks out of the user ...