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What calendar is Mathematica using for dates in the distant past?

It appears that Mathematica treats all dates as proleptic Gregorian dates by default, a hypothesis that can be easily tested by using AbsoluteTime to compute the ...
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Clipboard with transparency

After reading this question I have determined that Rasterize[Graphics[Circle[]], "Image", Background -> None] allows you to do ...
19
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Transparent textures don't show

EDIT For now, I'm going to accept Brett's answer. It's a way to get transparency back by having 3D calculations done in software instead of hardware. It addresses the symptoms but not the ...
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Install trial version of Mathematica 9 next to genuine Mathematica 8

This morning I installed the trial version of Mathematica 9. After I discovered that Export[] is disabled in trial versions, I wanted to use my genuine Mathematica ...
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Printing exported PDF graphics fails (version 8)

When I export even simple graphics, say, a DateListPlot to PDF under Windows, it refuses to print on any of the printers at work. Acrobat (Reader X) throws three ...
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How to compute the inverse CDF properly?

Note: this has been fixed in version 9. I want to compute the CDF and inverse CDF of the hyperbolic distribution: ...
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What is the most convenient way to change options for Graph[] objects?

What is the most convenient way to change options such as VertexLabels in existing Graph objects? (Version 7 users note: ...
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Practical uses of DynamicWrapper

I am looking for practical uses of the function DynamicWrapper . I read documentation and know whatever it says. I would appreciate a clear example of a useful ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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How to export and import Graphs with additional data?

I'm trying to export and then later import graphs with additional data added such as VertexLabels and EdgeLabels. When I export ...
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Why does LogLinearPlot sample its argument outside the specified domain?

I experience a weird bug in the function LogLinearPlot. If the input is an interpolation function, such as the one created like this, ...
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Undocumented syntax of FilledCurve [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undocumented form for FilledCurve[] A nice trick to get the outline paths of letters is to use the PDF exporter/importer ...
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2answers
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Problem importing URL with Greek characters

I'm considering buying a car. So I thought why not make a web-crawler in Mathematica to pile-up car data? Brilliant idea. Then I found this Greek website, gocar.gr, which just so happens to have all ...
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Extra factors appear when evaluating Euler integrals

Note: this is fixed in version 9. When I perform the double integral in Mathematica, Integrate[(x (1 - x))^z (y (1 - y))^z, {x, 0, 1}, {y, 0, 1}] which ...
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NExpectation behaves oddly with EmpiricalDistribution

Note: this is fixed in version 9. My question concerns the usage of NExpectation and Expectation and why I see the behavior I ...
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592 views

backward compatibility

When producing or enhancing code, it is tempting to use recent new primitives of Mathematica introduced in version 7 and 8, but for library code or in preparation or future version change in ...
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Typography messed up in prints

For a long time now I've had trouble printing Mathematica files. While the .nb itself displays just fine on my screen, the kerning is awful when printed. Screen: Print: And in case you ...
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211 views

How to Write into multiple files?

Note: this is fixed in version 9. I want to put expressions into multiple files simultaneously, with the following code: ...
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188 views

Issue with PathGraph

I am having a strange issue with PathGraph. Executing PathGraph[{a, b, c}] or ...
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DateList not using current year when a year is not specified

According to the documentation when using DateList but not giving it a year it should use the current year. It is not doing that for me. Instead it uses 1900. ...
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Download Mathematica 8 Trial

My school uses mathematica 8 on several of their computers. I would like to download a trail version for my home computer. I would like the same version. Is there a place I can download mathematica ...
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LogPlot axes labels destroyed when working in high precision

(I'm using Mathematica 8.) I have a Taylor series: poly = Normal[Series[E^x, {x, 0, 10}]] I want to produce a log-linear plot of the error. This is easy enough ...
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Break[] inside ColorFunction

f[x_?NumericQ]:= (Do[Break[],{i,1,2}];x) Plot[x,{x,0,1},ColorFunction->(ColorData["Rainbow"][f[#]]&)] Break::nofwd: No enclosing For, While, or Do found ...
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Mathematica 9 does not read mathematica 8 “.mx” files

Having written a lot of code on M8, I recently switched to M9 and tried to run the code on M9, the code starts by loading an .mx file written by M8, but M9 wouldn't read the .mx file saying that it ...
8
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BubbleChart Text Tooltip's

Is it possible to display "name" in the tooltip? It won't chart the full dataset, so I can't make a custom labeling function that takes it in. ...
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Alternative to NotebookLocate or NotebookFind

In Mathematica 8.0 and older, there are two ways to select cells based on cell tags. NotebookLocate["CellTag"]; NotebookGet[EvaluationNotebook[]] and ...
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Problem with ContourPlot3D

The following line works fine: ...
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How do you use SystemsModelFeedbackConnect?

I'm trying to grasp the new control system functions in Mathematica 8. I'd like to connect a controller model to a model of a plant to simulate the behavior of the system. I define a simple servo ...
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Problem with NIntegrate when WorkingPrecision is specified

I am trying to evaluate this integral numerically: $$ \int_0^{\infty } m \exp (-m) J_1(m){}^2 \, dm $$ Everything is OK when only the integration method is specified: ...
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Bug in GeneratingFunction?

According to the documentation GeneratingFunction[a[n],n,x]==Sum[a[n]x^n,{n,0,Infinity}] However, for $a_n=1/(n+2)$ I obtain ...
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Interpolation on an unstructured (mostly-structured) grid in 4D+

I frequently need to perform interpolations on an unstructured grid. Mostly, with the purpose of filling grid holes and then later continue with regular grid interpolations. Mathematica V9 and V10 ...
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3answers
555 views

ListPolarPlot not showing full plot range even with PlotRange -> All

I have a list of data dpdOt (given below) with associated angular coordinates thetaplot, which when plotted using ...
6
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1answer
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Bug in LengthWhile?

Is this a bug or my MMA went insane or I'm missing something? LengthWhile[Reverse@IntegerDigits[1000], # == 0 &] works fine, but with SameQ instead of Equal, ...
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1answer
199 views

DistributeDefinitions not working for compiled functions

This is fixed in Mathematica 9.0.0. I'm having trouble with parallel evaluation of compiled functions. Here is a simple example illustrating the problem: ...
6
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1answer
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Infix strange behaviour

Maybe this is a bug or maybe Infix acts differently than the other functions. The fact is that both: TreeForm[Infix[f[x, a]]] and ...
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Issue with FindCurvePath

I have a problem with the function FindCurvePath. In some cases it crashes the Mathematica 9 Kernel. Here an example, where it crashes the kernel: ...
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2answers
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Wavelet Packet Transform in Mathematica 7 and 8

For finding location of spikes in a time series I used to transform the data into wavelet space using DiscreteWaveletPacketTransform [ data, filter, 0] and then ...
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Is Mathematica 8 compatible with Mac OS X 10.9?

Does anyone know if Mathematica 8 works with OS X 10.9?
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Customize startup

Is there a way to personalize the startup? I want, for example, that mathematica starts Maximized (not slightly-less-than-maximized as it usually does) with a notebook (also maximized) with a zoom of ...
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Problem with plotting eigenvalues

I want to plot the eigenvalues of a matrix which is dependant on a parameter (well, actually I want to plot a tight-binding electronic band structure). The dimension of the hamitonian matrix is ...
5
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187 views

Why does Arrow not work well with Scaled coordinates in 3D?

I am a little puzzled by the fact that if I try to use Arrow with Scaled coordinates in 3 dimensions the arrowheads are all over ...
5
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What changes in Dynamic have occurred from Mathematica 7 to Mathematica 8 that might induce incompatibilities?

I have a function that outputs a Manipulate (say FAnimated[params_]:= Manipulate[F[params,t], {Time, Animator[t]}] where F ...
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Expansion of $E(i c \mid m)$ at $c\to\infty$?

Currently, I am using a Windows machine with Mathematica 8. I noticed a difference in a series expansion of the function EllipticE[] in comparison with a result ...
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NullSpace[_, Method->“OneStepRowReduction”] is sometimes wrong; how can I work out when this happens?

(This is on MMA 7.0.1.0 on OS X) I've just found a large matrix m for which NullSpace[m] and ...
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Does Mathematica 8 work on Windows 8?

I just saw that Windows 8 RTM has showed up on Technet, and I've been wondering if I should upgrade my main machine. I've been trying to determine the compatibility of various app with Windows 8 and ...
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Can't simplify Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2

Why doesn't FullSimplify[ Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2, Assumptions -> {{a, x} ∈ Reals}] simplify to (a*Cos[x])^2 but this query ...
4
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1answer
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A problem about CompilationTarget -> “C” [duplicate]

In my Windows 7 system, I installed two Mathematica versions (V8 and V9) In V8 Compile[ {{x}}, x^2 + Sin[x^2], CompilationTarget -> "C"] ...
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2answers
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RunScheduledTask didn't execute itself the first time, why?

I have a problem with RunScheduledTask (new in Mathematica 8). A task that I usually need to do is to set a cron to start at a specific time and repeat itself at the same time every day (or the same ...
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1answer
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Using DistributionFitTest on custom distributions in Mathematica 8

I originally posted this question on Stack Overflow, but I didn't get any answers, and I'm hoping to have better luck here. I'm trying to compute the goodness-of-fit of a bi-modal Gaussian ...