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Enforcing correct variable bindings and avoiding renamings for conflicting variables in nested scoping constructs

Using global variables the following turns an "expression" into a Function: expr = 2 x; Function[x, Evaluate[expr]] Of course ...
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How to avoid returning a Null if there is no “else” condition in an If contruct

I need to use If but with only one option that is if "a" then do "b", else do nothing. So I wrote If[a,b] but the problem is ...
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Mathematica 10.0.x freezes in Initializing kernels

Bug caused by paclet update and fixed by paclet update. I updated to Windows 10 and have been running Mathematica fine on it for over a month. For some reason, it has just stopped working. I don't ...
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Can we use letter with a subscript as a variable in Mathematica?

I tried Subscript[a, 0] = 1 (* 1 *) Clear[Subscript[a, 0]] ...
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What is the difference between Reduce and Solve?

Solve and Reduce both can be used for solving equations. Just by working with them, I know there are some differences between ...
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What are some useful, undocumented Mathematica functions?

There have already been some questions about some undocumented functionality in Mathematica. Such as (please add to these lists!) How can one find undocumented options or option values in ...
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How can one find undocumented options or option values in Mathematica?

Mathematica has a lot of undocumented or poorly documented options. How does one go about working out if there is an undocumented option that might solve a particular problem? How does one work out ...
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How do you convert a string containing a number in C scientific notation to a Mathematica number?

Suppose I have a string containing the C-representation of a floating point number, for example s = "1.23e-5" and I want to convert this to a Mathematica number. ...
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How to modify function argument?

Usually in programming languages, function arguments are normal local variables, which can be modified. Is this not true in Mathematica? ...
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How to perform a depth-first preorder traversal of an expression?

Due to confusion of terminology on my part I asked the wrong question before. Since it has already received other answers I shall not edit it, but instead ask the question I meant to in the first ...
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Finding unit tangent, normal, and binormal vectors for a given r(t)

For my Calc III class, I need to find $T(t), N(t)$, and $B(t)$ for $t=1, 2$, and $-1$, given $r(t)=\{t,t^2,t^3\}$. I've got Mathematica, but I've never used it before and I'm not sure how to coerce ...
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How are parameters evaluated for a Plot in Manipulate

I am trying to get my head around how Manipulate evaluates functions in a Plot. I have read the introduction to Manipulate, and introduction to Dynamic, but I still ...
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Scan vs. Map vs. Apply

I cannot understand the difference between Apply, Scan, and Map. I have tried to play with ...
17
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Elegant manipulation of the variables list

I have a list of global variables (some of them are indexed variables), for example: varsH = Hold[U0[1], U0[2], B0, V0[1], V0[2]] Or (if it is easier to handle) ...
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General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it?

I was just evaluating a couple of expressions and started to get errors like this: ...
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$\LaTeX$ and Mathematica

I quite often would like to draw graphics in my $\LaTeX$ documents using Mathematica. I have encountered three problems. I would like to know if there are any workarounds to these problems I would ...
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Mathematica Destructuring

Context I'm writing a function that look something like: ...
18
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Annoying display truncation of numerical results

I have a lot of data to inspect. An example of a number in my program is 123.189094 This gets displayed as 123.189 ...
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2answers
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How to manipulate 2D plots?

When it comes to visual analysis, large datasets or data with intricate internal details often makes plotting in 2D useless, as the outcome is either just a fraction of the full dataset, or no details ...
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when is f@g not the same as f[g]?

I have always thought that f@g will give the same result as f[g] in all cases, and it is just a matter of style which one to use ...
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Can I simplify an expression into form which uses my own definitions?

This seems like a simple thing to do, but I couldn't find anything relevant from Mathematica documentation. So suppose I have an expression: a*b/(a + a*Cos[a/b]) ...
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4answers
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Can a function be made to accept a variable amount of inputs?

I have a function that takes two inputs and processes them for a single output. What I need is one that can take a varying number of inputs. and process them to a single output. Is this possible in ...
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Clear complains that a subscripted variable is not a symbol or a string?

Here's a small listing where I've used EscqEsc to typeset θ in the notebook: ...
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3answers
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How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression?

One may observe that MakeBoxes does not give the actual Box form of various expressions: MakeBoxes[{1*^4, 000123, a*b c}] ...
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Assigning values to a list of variable names

As part of a calculation I need to do something like this Evaluate[{aaa, bbb, ccc}[[ index]]] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} so if index is ...
20
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2answers
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Usage of Assuming for Integration

For some reason, when I enter the following integration in Mathematica Assuming[{k ∈ Integers}, Integrate[ Exp[ I k t], {t, -π, π}]] the result turns out to be ...
14
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What is the difference between Set and SetDelayed?

I have a problem with defining a function and most of time I get confused by Set or = and ...
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Recovering data points from an image

Unfortunately, some data can only be obtained in picture form (Japanese publications anyone?). Since this cannot be worked with, it has to be converted to a dataset that can; I was wondering whether ...
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Functional style using lazy lists?

Let's say I want to answer the question "what are the first 400 palindromic prime numbers?" The first approach that comes to my mind from the set of languages that I know is to use some sort of lazy ...
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Internal`Bag inside Compile

Since Internal`Bag, Internal`StuffBag and Internal`BagPart can be compiled down, it is a ...
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Understanding CDF

Update Since more and more issues are revealed as I venture deeper into the world of CDF, I decided to make this thread more general and hopefully more useful. I now posted my findings as an answer, ...
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How to avoid nested With[]?

With[ {v1 = #}, With[ {v2 = f[v1]}, g[v1, v2] ] ] How to avoid nested With[] like the above? I'd like to use ...
49
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How to “Copy as Unicode” from a Notebook?

I spent some time manually editing a post replacing Mathematica ASCII \[Alpha] with Unicode α. I did this by laboriously ...
39
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2answers
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Generating a broken or snipped axis in ListPlot

I have two data sets, data1 and data2. For example: ...
92
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1answer
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Programmatic formatting for Mathematica code - possible?

It seems to be both an interesting programming challenge and a very useful practical application to have a Mathematica program which would allow one to pretty-print Mathematica code, so that it is ...
51
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4answers
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Placing a ContourPlot under a Plot3D

I would like to combine a 3-dimensional graph of a function with its 2-dimensional contour-plot underneath it in a professional way. But I have no idea how to start. I have a three of these I would ...
41
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Calling MATLAB from Mathematica

How can I call MATLAB functions directly from Mathematica and transfer data/variables between the two systems?
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how to differentiate formally?

I have been wrapping my head around this for a while now and I have not found a solution so far. I want to work with an arbitrary number of variables in mathematica and use some built in functions. ...
51
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What is so special about Prime?

When we try to evaluate Prime on big numbers (e.g. 10^13) we encounter the following issue: ...
6
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Programming with Dynamic

I don't understand the following: f[a_, b_] := a + b ls = {1, 2, 3}; MapThread[f, {ls, {10, 20, 30}}] This yields ( as expected ) {11,22,33} If I change ...
72
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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 ...
77
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1answer
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Open-source IntelliJ IDEA plugin to support Mathematica development

Although we already had a question asking for development alternatives to Wolfram Workbench, I want to ask a more specific question: One of the most advanced IDE's especially for Java programming ...
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How can I implement dynamic programming for a function with more than one argument?

Dynamic programming is a technique for avoiding the repeated computation of the same values in a recursive program. Each value computed is immediately stored. If the value is needed again, it is ...
48
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How to abort on any message generated?

Mathematica is a bit unusual as a programming language because it never stops on messages, regardless of whether the message is an error, a warning or just an informative message. It simply prints the ...
43
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Character edge finding

The following line of code finds the edge of a character: ...
24
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3answers
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I'd like to display field lines for a point charge in 3 dimensions

I'd like to display field lines for a point charge in 3 dimensions. Not a force field (short arrows) but continuous field lines that start on the charge.
49
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2answers
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Head and everything except Head?

I have been working on picking expressions apart using Head and Part and encountered a little mystery. Consider the canonical ...
18
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3answers
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How to get the real PlotRange using AbsoluteOptions?

The problem in general involves the unreliable behaviour of AbsoluteOptions when option values are implicitly specified (e.g. ...
19
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2answers
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Using a list of tuples in a pure function

I want to use a list of tuples within a function to make assignments. Say I want to make assignments of the form value[i,j] = val What I have is a list of ...
57
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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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