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Wagner's trick to monitor FindRoot no longer works in Mathematica version 8

I recently learned that we can use Print as a monitoring tool. My favorite is Ted Ersek's example ...
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1answer
346 views

Are there advantages to using additional arguments of common functions rather than alternative ways of calculating with lists?

(Apologies for the long question title.) One of the interesting, if sometimes confusing, things about Mathematica is that there is always more than one way to do things. Even intermediate users can ...
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Where is the old option TraceInternal->True?

Already at least in version 2 (I think), the function Solve calls the function Roots. At that time, I had a rather dirty trick, that still works, to verify this: ...
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250 views

How do I get a list of allowed values for an option?

When using Mathematica how can I get a list of the allowed values of an option? As an example I can use the Options command as follows - ...
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638 views

Why are all the lines commented when I create a Mathematica script?

When I created a Mathematica script, I found that all my lines were commented out (when opened with vi or gedit or any other ...
15
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656 views

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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260 views

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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Measure a DensityHistogram[] pair similarity

I study human vision and more specifically eye-movements. "If we display 2 symmetrical patterns (20 min one after the other), will our gaze distribution be symmetric is my research question." The 2 ...
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1answer
608 views

Can the position of Tooltips be changed?

Is it possible to change the position of tool tips, which currently always appear to the lower right of the mouse position. In the screen grab below the mouse is over 10000000 and the tooltip appears ...
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How can I create a ColorFunction using Blend?

As shown below, I am trying to find a cool way to show some variance weighted deviation from the mean. There are 10 attributes that I compute the distance for. How can I add a color function such ...
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203 views

Clearing a specific definition

Consider the case where a symbol has multiple definitions attached to it, a /: Subscript[a,2] := 1 a[b_] := 2 a[b_, c_] := 3 How does one clear (/unset/remove) ...
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Partitioning with constraints on subsets

Given the following data: constraints = {{11, 2}, {11, 3}, {11, 4}, {11, 6}, {11, 9}, {1, 6}, {5, 6}, {2, 5}}; weights = {3, 7, 3, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 1}; I ...
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How do I understand ListCorrelate(contains $\{k_L,k_R\}$) when it works for 2-dimentional data?

Two months ago, I asked a question here And @nikie give me a solution: The intuitive way to understand ListCorrelate is that the kernel is "moved" to every ...
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5answers
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Mismatch between numerical and analytic evaluation of an integral

I evaluated the following integral NIntegrate[Sqrt[r] Abs[Cos[(k + 1/2) Pi r]], {r, 0, 1}] getting as a result 0.413232 for ...
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6answers
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Why can't I define vector v as having subscripted elements v_1, v_2, v_3…?

I'm a very beginner in Mathematica 8 programming. While trying to play a little with tensor analysis I encountered a problem. How to define for example vector in such manner: v={$v_1,v_2,v_3$} For ...
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2answers
125 views

Why the Block command does not forget the $ContextPath variable

I do not understand this behavior: ...
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1answer
377 views

Why does Mathematica give an incorrect answer to this multiple integral?

This is not a new problem but I would like to understand why Mathematica gives the result that it does. (Volume of a hypersphere) ...
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1answer
552 views

Simulating discrete time stochastic dynamic systems

What is the canonical way of simulating discrete time stochastic dynamical systems in Mathematica using the new functionality of Random processes? To take a concrete example, lets consider the ...
13
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2answers
542 views

Single-Window-UI not possible?

I'm still very frustrated about the separation of the menubar (File, Edit, Insert, ...) and the open notebooks in different windows. I would prefer to have the menubar directly above each notebook in ...
13
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2answers
861 views

Mathematica Sec and Csc

How can I prevent Mathematica from using the "old fashioned" functions "Sec" and "Csc"? In Germany these functions are "old fashioned" as they are not taught anymore at school.
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3answers
2k views

Mathematica script - passing command line arguments

When using Mathematica script #!/usr/local/bin/MathematicaScript -script Print[$ScriptCommandLine] and running it with some arguments: ...
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7answers
778 views

DeleteCases on list of Strings

Consider the following: data={"AB","CD","AF"}; Now I would like to delete all String from data which starts with "A". ...
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3answers
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How to evaluate the 0/0 type limit in Mathematica?

When I use Limit to evaluate the $k \to 0$ limit of ((k + 2) (α^2 - Sqrt[α^4 + k]) + k)/(α^2 - Sqrt[α^4 + k] + 2 k) If ...
13
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2answers
561 views

Saving a notebook without output lines

Is it possible to change the way Mathematica saves so that Out[] lines are never included? I have a .nb file that processes a ...
13
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2answers
979 views

Symmetrical image transformation for a kaleidoscope-type image

I've been trying to write a little kaleidoscope-type manipulate, using images rather than graphics, and using ImageTransformation as a way in. However, I'm starting ...
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2answers
487 views

How to get grid lines at all (log) tick marks in Version 10?

In Version 7 using GridLines -> Automatic (or All) would put a grid line at every log-spaced tick mark: ...
12
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3answers
842 views

How can I type-check the arguments of a Mathematica function?

(For educational purposes) I defined the following functions: Translation (in $\mathbb{R}^2$): trM[vec_] := {{1, 0, vec[[1]]}, {0, 1, vec[[2]]}, {0, 0, 1}} ...
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217 views

Selective evaluation of blocks of code in a Manipulate

Is it possible to attach certain pieces of code to certain controls in a Manipulate? For example, consider the following Manipulate ...
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3answers
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How can I transfer mathematical expressions between Mathematica and Maple?

Is there a simple way to copy mathematical expressions between Mathematica and Maple (or at least in one direction)? I mean only expressions built from numbers and predefined mathematical functions, ...
12
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1answer
271 views

Use TextRecognize to grab timestamps from a video frame

I have microscope videos that have a timestamp overlay to them, and it would be great if I could extract this for each frame to add to my metadata. TextRecognize ...
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2answers
290 views

Transform fancy usage messages in 1D string

When we look at the usage messages of built-in functions nowadays (not in the good old times, when they were a simple descriptions) we see that although they look pretty in the front end, it is really ...
12
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3answers
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How to place legend labels for Histogram and ListLinePlots correctly?

I would like to place AxesLabels: For x axis at center of the Histogram and LineListPLots. For y axis rotated 90 degree anti clockwise. I don't see any options for it? ...
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0answers
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Dual complex integral over implicit path using contour plot

Context I am interested in doing double contour integral over paths which are defined implicitely. For the sake of debugging, let's assume its $$\oint_{\cal C}\oint_{\cal C} \frac{1}{u\, x} d u d x$$ ...
12
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4answers
511 views

Calculate proportion of values for dates

At work, we were discussing when is it the best time to change to winter tires for bikes and/or cars. Using WeatherData[] and ...
12
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3answers
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Manipulating the axis on a ListLinePlot

I am trying to create a plot using ListLinePlot in which the x-axis is represented in a logarithmic scale, and is reversed (so larger values are on the right side). ...
12
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3answers
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How to do System dynamics simulations / diagrams in Mathematica?

System dynamics is an approach to understanding the behaviour of complex systems over time. It deals with internal feedback loops and time delays that affect the behaviour of the entire system. What ...
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3answers
1k views

How to set tick label precision [duplicate]

When I make a plot like Plot[Exp[x], {x, 1 - 10^-9, 1}] The resulting plot looks like . Notice all the ticks on the x-axis are all labeled 1. Is there any ...
12
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1answer
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How to install and configure Intel C++ Compiler for Mathematica correctly?

I wish to try the trial version of the latest Intel C++ Compiler for Windows with Mathematica. I have downloaded the current version of Intel® C++ Composer XE 2011 for Windows and installed only the ...
12
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1answer
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How to export transparent raster plots?

Is there an easy way to get transparent plots that work with Save Graphic As using a compatible file format such as GIF or PNG? I tried ...
12
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2answers
367 views

Compile for deployment

Is there any way (other than the manual one) to grab all the functions a notebook uses from the different user-defined packages and putting everything into one file to deploy the code for e.g. CDF? I ...
12
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Function does not compile with Greater in it

I have to speed up a matrix-calculation and would like to use Compile for it, though it fails and produces an unknown error message: ...
12
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2answers
658 views

How to set focus of a dialog window?

I have a dialog, which, when pops up, requests input from the user. How can I set the window up that the focus is on the InputField of the new window (i.e. the ...
11
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1answer
151 views

BaseStyle ->AbsoluteThickness[somenumber] doesn't work in version 10?

Users of version 9 might be surprised by this outcome: Plot[{Sin[x], Cos[x]}, {x, 0, 5}, BaseStyle -> AbsoluteThickness[5]] It seems that ...
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Plot Matlab icon

I started to explore this on a whim and hasn't succeeded yet… Some introduction for the icon is found here but I can't understand it very well. (I admit that, though playing with ...
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3answers
227 views

How to efficiently find moments of a multinormal distribution?

I have a multinormal distribution with covariance matrix $\sigma$ and zero mean. I want to find moment $$ E[x_1^{r_1}x_2^{r_2}\cdots x_n^{r_n}] =\,? $$ Of course, there is a build-in function ...
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470 views

Soft-Match String Comparison

I have a list of names in which I would like to check for duplicates. However, within the list, the duplicates may not show up as exact duplicates of each other - for instance, ...
11
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1answer
346 views

Precise cropping with ImageCrop

The built-in ImageCrop function "effectively removes borders from image whose pixel value distribution is almost uniform" (emphasis mine). I need an efficient ...
11
votes
1answer
271 views

Is it possible to use Compile on a function with optional arguments?

My Mathematica is a little rusty, so apologies in advance. I think my problem is quite simple, but I can't seem to find the answer on my own! Simple example : ...
11
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1answer
1k views

How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Note: This is fixed in 9.0.1. In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
11
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3answers
878 views

Can Mathematica show me a fraction with a repeating decimal notation?

The value of 3/817 when expressed using the N[3/817, 100] shows me data without helping me see the repeating patterns: After I ...

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