i want a module or function or switch or If (whatever works), what asks if a function is an e function or a polynomial(a hole number one or fractorial), a exponential function, a logarithm function and so on. How can i do this? And where can i find all the build-in-questions for this? I only found PolynomialQ so far. But i am not able to put it in a Switch. Maybe It's better with If? Thanks. The Iam Switch is just here to look good. I wanted to create functionQ like this. The Iam Switch is from the book "Programming with Mathematica" by Paul Wellin.

fuu[x_] := 2 x - 5 x^3
PolynomialQ[fuu[x], x]

Iam[expr_] := Switch[expr,
                                _Integer, "I am an integer",
                                _Rational, "I am rational",
                                _Real, "I am real",
                                _Complex, "I am complex",
                                _, "I am not a number"]

functionQ[f_] := Switch[f,
                                _PolynomialQ[f, x], "I am polynomial",
                                _, "mystical"]

I am not a number

  • $\begingroup$ What would a function like Sqrt[x] be? If x is 2 then Sqrt[x] is an irrational number, if x is 4 then Sqrt[x] is an integer. $\endgroup$ – Ymareth Jun 2 '15 at 9:06
  • $\begingroup$ And what is the reason for wanting this check? $\endgroup$ – Ymareth Jun 2 '15 at 9:07
  • $\begingroup$ i am working on an module which shall perfom a curve sketching with an arbitrary function. I want to check first what kind of function i have. I don't know if i will need it. But it would be nice to at least give a message that states what kind of function i have, if it is a special function. - sorry for the factorial english :D $\endgroup$ – baloo Jun 2 '15 at 9:11
  • $\begingroup$ maybe it is useless.. $\endgroup$ – baloo Jun 2 '15 at 9:17
  • $\begingroup$ I think you may find this question relevant to your problem. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Jun 2 '15 at 11:56

PolynomialQ isn't the head of your function, so your pattern won't match it in your switch statement. Instead, you can can use a conditional pattern with the /; operator like so:

functionQ[f_] := Switch[f,
    _/;PolynomialQ[f, x], "I am polynomial",
    _, "mystical"


(* "I am polynomial" *)

You can use this operator in the form pattern/;condition, which only attempts to match pattern if condition evaluates to True.


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