# All Questions

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### Can Reduce *really* not solve for x here?

Sometimes I get the feeling I'm just flailing blindly with Mathematica. Is solving for $x$ in the equation $$\frac{\cosh (x/2)}{x} = \sqrt{2}$$ really beyond the scope of Mathematica? I try to ...
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### How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...
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### Filling a polygon with a pattern of insets

I am trying to fill a shape with diagonal lines. I am aware of Texture, but it rasterizes the fill pattern, which is not desirable. Here was my crack at it: ...
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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 ...
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### Saving Mathematica kernel state?

If I save a notebook, I only save what I see. That is, if I close Mathematica and reopen the notebook later, all previous calculations are lost, except for those things I've output. Now I know that ...
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### How can I make threading more flexible?

Threading automatically with Listable functions requires the argument expressions to have the same length (or for one of them to be atomic). For nested lists the ...
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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. ...
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### Customizing syntax highlighting for private cell styles

Is there any way to set up a cell style with a particular syntax highlighting? For example, I'd like to have a CProgram cell to write in blue the C special words. I have done it by setting ...
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### Does Mathematica support variable frame rate for any video format, in analogue of GIF-style “DisplayDurations”?

The good old GIF animation format allows us to set the duration of each individual frame in the animation separately. This is especially useful if some frames in ...
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### How to make traditional output for derivatives

Hello again after some pause. i have a problem how to present partial derivatives in traditional form, not as Mathematica gave it to me in its notation. So I want to present this ...
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### Replacing composite variables by a single variable

To replace a single variable by another variable, one can simply use the the replace all (/.) operator (e.g., ...
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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 ...
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### Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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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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### Once more on object orientation in Mathematica: does it have to be so hard?

Recently I came across a set of problems which would be solved most easily within an object-oriented approach. I first attempted to solve them by other means, but found the complexity of the code ...
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### Labeling individual curves in Mathematica

I need to create a plot for export and inclusion in a report. Is there a better way to label curves than PlotLegends? From what I've read and my personal ...
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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 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 ...
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### Extract current viewing parameters from a 3D view?

Is there a way to find out the current viewing parameters of a 3D view? What often happens is that I create a view, for example: ...
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### How to make MapAt work with Span?

Span (;;) is very useful, but doesn't work with a lot of functions. Given the following input ...
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### Generating evenly spaced points on a curve

In the KnotData package a simple command such as points = Table[KnotData[{3, 1}, "SpaceCurve"][t], {t, 0, 2 Pi, 0.1}]; will ...
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### Antialiasing in 3D

Is it possible? Is it platform specific? Does it rely on the graphics hardware? Why does the antialiasing slider under Preferences > Appearance > Graphics do nothing? I remember seeing some ...
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### Prepend Information to Warning Messages

I have a function running within a Do loop that sometimes issues a warning. I'd like to prepend the warning with the loop ctr so that I can go back and debug that instance later. Basically, I would ...
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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.
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### What is the most efficient way to add rows and columns to a matrix?

Say I have a matrix m and a vector v. ...
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### What can I use as the second argument to Return in my own functions?

Having found out about the second argument to Return I played a bit with it, and the following tests all resulted in ...
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### Common subexpression from two expressions

I am working with some unpleasantly tedious polynomials, which need to be manipulated in various ways (integrate with respect to some variable, differentiate with respect to another). Since these ...
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### How do I perform string matching and replacements?

What are, and how do I use Mathematica's string matching and replacement tools?
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### Problem with ContourPlot

I tried these ...
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### Why do buttons with ChoiceDialog freeze the front end?

Pressing the button below will freeze my front end. An unpainted white dialog box comes up, then it completely freezes, and I need to forcibly kill the front end. CPU usage stays at zero during ...
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### Profiling from Mathematica

I've always wished I could do some profiling like you get in Wolfram Workbench, but directly from Mathematica, without using or having Workbench. If it is possible, how can I do it?
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### How to make a 3D globe?

There are many ways to create a 3D Earth that is rotatable (see here, here, related here), but most of them have some drawbacks. These issues mainly stem from either ...
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### How can this confetti code be improved to include shadows and gravity?

Here's some confetti: ...
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### Automatically generating a dependency graph of an arbitrary Mathematica function?

Has anyone written a function to pull the function dependencies of a function? That is, it would be nice to have a function that returns a list of function dependencies as a set of rules, terminating ...
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### Is it possible to change the color of plot in Show?

For example: p = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}] Is it possible to write options in Show to change the curve's color for example into ...
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### Open Excel file with Mathematica

I would like to open an Excel file and manipulate it as a COM object. While I'm able to open an instance of excel with ...
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### Why does Simplify ignore an assumption?

Here is the example: Simplify[x + y, x + y == a] Simplify[x + y, x + y == 5] Mathematica 9 output: x+y 5 I expect the ...
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### How to load a package without naming conflicts?

This question applies to any package, but I encountered this problem while working with graphs. There are symbols in the Combinatorica package (such as ...
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### How to inject an evaluated expression into a held expression? [duplicate]

I know that there are methods to structurally manipulate held expressions (discussed e.g. here), but I failed to apply those for this particular problem: ...
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### How to pass a symbol name to a function with any of the Hold attributes?

Given a function with the attribute HoldFirst, HoldAll or similar, and a variable, list, how ...
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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. ...
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### How do I automatically evaluate a cell when a notebook is opened?

I'm trying to put together a GUI in Mathematica and need to evaluate one cell to kick that off. Is there a way to automatically evaluate that cell when the notebook is opened? Here is an example of ...
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### Using Evaluate and Evaluated -> True in Plot

A few use cases: (1) This, as expected, returns (almost) immediately: f[x_?NumericQ] := Evaluate[(Pause[1]; x)] Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 1}] (2) This takes ...
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### Confused by (apparent) inconsistent precision

$$e^{\pi \sqrt{163}} \approx 262537412640768743.99999999999925$$ E^(Pi Sqrt[163.0]) N[E^(Pi Sqrt[163.0]), 35] NumberForm[E^(Pi Sqrt[163.]), 35] returns ...
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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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### Metaprogramming in Mathematica

Being functional, and having no "quotation", i.e. essentially treating data and programs semantically same, Mathematica seems naturally capable of doing metaprogramming. But could anyone construct a ...
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### How can I extract data points from a black and white image?

Consider the following graph (source): Is there any way to extract the data points from this image in a semi-automatic way? I have seen, and tried the methods suggested in this question, but they ...
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### Implementing a first person view of 3D objects in a scene

I've created the following scene with a Chinese-style building surrounded by trees, and a horse and a rabbit grazing on the grass in Mathematica (don't ask me why there's a bust of Beethoven in ...
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### How can I make an X-Y scatter plot with histograms next to the X-Y axes?

I just saw a nice plot there: How could I implement that in Mathematica — by which I mean the plot structure, not so much the styling.
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### How to distribute proprietary Mathematica code

If I want to make package-code completely unreadable, in a way that the end-user can only call my functions, but has no way to re-engineer my definitions, how would I do that? I know I can use ...

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