I've been using Mathematica for some years, yet I'm befuddled by this statement:


It appears to give the center frequency of the Fourier transform of the Gabor Wavelet, which I actually wanted. But if I hadn't seen this command in a piece of code, I never would have known the above command even existed in Mathematica. I can't find "FourierFactor" anywhere in the Mathematica documentation. Apparently, the "FourierFactor" is a property of the GaborWavelet. But I didn't know a property like this could be accessed with a command. I wonder what other properties the GaborWavelet might have? Can you explain?


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Quite often, a Mathematica object can have properties, and typically you can find out what properties (or methods) are available by using "Properties" or "Methods". For example:

SparseArray[RandomReal[1, {3,3}]]["Methods"]

{"AdjacencyLists", "Background", "ColumnIndices", "Density", "MatrixColumns",
"MethodInformation", "Methods", "NonzeroPositions", "NonzeroValues",
"PatternArray", "PatternValues", "Properties", "RowPointers"}

It seems to be an oversight that "Methods" is not supported for GaboWavelet. However, these properties are typically implemented using SubValues, so you can do:

Select[StringQ] @ SubValues[GaborWavelet][[All, 1, 1, 1]]

{"OrthogonalQ", "BiorthogonalQ", "WaveletFunction", "FourierTransform",
"CompiledFourierTransform", "FourierFactor", "ConeOfInfluence"}

to find out what other properties are available.

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    $\begingroup$ The documentation about these properties seems to be lacking. Is a property like at Option? Can I change the "AdjacencyLists" of SparseArray, for example? When I go to the documentation for SparseArray, none of these properties are mentioned in the "properties & relations" section. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 1:01
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    $\begingroup$ Seems that one needs to use GaborWavelet once before checking the subvalue e.g. GaborWavelet[1]; SubValues[GaborWavelet], at least in v12.1.1. $\endgroup$
    – xzczd
    Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 13:26

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