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What are quick references to mathematica that fit my needs? [duplicate]

I have read this question and this one but I think mine is different because they're searching for a way to learn mathematica comprehensively and basically but I'm searching for just some quick way ...
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Where to begin? [duplicate]

I was looking at the Mathematica website today and just decided to buy the software. I've spent too much time juggling annoying symbolic expressions by hand that actually learning to do things with a ...
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mathematica for learning? [duplicate]

Mathematica looks like an extremely powerful tool. I would love to have it in my toolbox. Unfortunately, I can hardly add two numbers together. I think the application of math through programming is ...
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What's the best reference for learning how to best use both Mathematica and MATLAB? [duplicate]

I'm pretty good at using MATLAB for a lot of different things, and less familiar with Mathematica, but I just got accepted to a graduate school in mathematics where (from what I can tell so far) some ...
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How a novice user better understand the Q/A [duplicate]

A novice user reading Q/A here: I sometime need to just understand the syntax and meaning of commands exampled here. where is the best place to find it?
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Good Introduction / Tutorial to Mathematica **Books** [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice? I'm a high school senior and am using Mathematica for a research project. However, I find it a bit slow to ...
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Learning the Wolfram Language ‘from the bottom up’ [duplicate]

I'm a armchair programming-language theorist, and I know … quite a few programming languages, some to extensive depths. (Hell, I've built more than my fair share.) Most of the information I've found ...
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Where can I learn to use mathematica comprehensively? [duplicate]

I've heard great things about all the wonders and capabilities of mathematica. I've had the software for sometime now, but all I know how to do are simple calculations and stuff shown in the hands on ...
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Examples of a large Mathematica construction? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to Mathematica, and in trying to find examples of good Mathematica programming, it always seems that solutions to a problem can be solved with hardly any lines of code. Of course this ...
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Programming Mathematica - Introduction by Paul Wellin [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice? Can anyone recommend a decent book on programming mathematica ? I came across this which looks to be a more ...
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Mathematica Beginners Help [duplicate]

I am new to Mathematica syntax and was wondering if anyone has any links to, say, a .pdf with a lot of the basic beginner commands. I am aware of the help functions in Mathematica, but it would be ...
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Good sources of programming exercises for learning Mathematica programming? [duplicate]

I'm learning Mathematica programming. I wonder if there are any good sources of programming exercises particularly suitable for practicing Mathematica programming.
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What is the good source to study advanced custom coding in Mathematica [duplicate]

My question is, probably, too general ... I deal a lot with complicated symbolic evaluations, integrations, plotting. I have troubles with optimizing my codes. They come out way too slow. Google and ...
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Learning Mathematica for Math Majors [duplicate]

I just downloaded Mathematica and I'm taking a course in Multivariable Calculus. I realize there is a lot of complexity to Mathematica and there are Many types of learning resources out there. I was ...
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Calculus with Mathematica, books, interesting examples [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book where I could find informations and interesting examples regarding examine functions of one variable like continuity of functions, limits, differentiability in Mathematica. I'd ...
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Mathematica Workflow [duplicate]

What methods/tools/tips have you found that dramatically improved your Mathematica workflow? I have a love/hate relationship with Mathematica. It is useful no doubt, but defies my intuition at every ...
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Where can I find books about how to use Mathematica solving practical problems? [duplicate]

I can use Mathematica solving commman maths problems like Calculus,Linear Algebra and visualize functions.When I want to improve programming level,I find that most tutorials out of practical problems....
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Wolfram MAtematica [duplicate]

I want to learn Wolfram Language can anyone suggest some books from where I can start? p.s. I am basic at Wolfram Language ,and now I want to high knowledge.
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Manipulate Tutorials? [duplicate]

I am wanting to combine equations with sets of static data points in a manipulate and do the curve fitting by moving the slider bars on my independent variables. The best examples of this art may be ...
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What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users?

As you may already know, Mathematica is a wonderful piece of software. However, it has a few characteristics that tend to confuse new (and sometimes not-so-new) users. That can be clearly seen from ...
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xkcd-style Plots

I received an email to which I wanted to respond with a xkcd-style graph, but I couldn't manage it. Everything I drew looked perfect, and I don't have enough command over ...
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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 Mathematica?...
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What are the use cases for different scoping constructs?

Mathematica includes three functions that I know of which can be used to effectively (if not actually) define a variable and give it a value within a local scope: ...
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List of compilable functions

Is there somewhere a list on the functions that Compile can compile, or the cases in which a particular function can be compiled that I haven't found? I'd be glad ...
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Artistic image vectorization

The question is how can we use Mathematica to create vectorized versions of low-resolution images? The goal is to get an image suitable for quality printing at any resolution. Since "true" ...
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General strategies to write big code in Mathematica?

I think after six months of exposure to Mathematica and the Wolfram Language I am fairly OK with writing short codes and snippets. However, what are some general strategies to use in order to write ...
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Elegant operations on matrix rows and columns

Question The Mathematica tutorial has a section 'Basic Matrix Operations', describing operations like transpose, inverse and determinant. These operations all work on entire matrices. I am missing a ...
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Are you interested in purchasing David Wagner's “Power programming with Mathematica”?

I recently contacted McGraw-Hill to see if they have a mechanism in place for printing out-of-print books that are still of interest. Specifically, I asked about "Power programming with Mathematica" ...
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Creating Mathematica packages

I'm building a package to help me write packages and their documentation. In this post I explained how to make a package and its documentation. In the answer I provided I describe how to build a very ...
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How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?

Background: I use code from An Efficient Test For A Point To Be In A Convex Polygon Wolfram Demonstration to check if a point ( mouse pointer ) is in a ( convex ) polygon. Clearly this code fails for ...
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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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Generating visually pleasing circle packs

EDIT: (my conclusion and thank you note) I want to thank you all guys for this unexpected intellectual and artistic journey. Hope you had fun and enjoyed it the same as I did. I would like to ...
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How to compile effectively?

What are the best practices of compiling functions? I understand that this is a vague question, but let me list some aspects that might trigger useful answers. Some of these have already been answered ...
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Help find a bright object on Mars!

In today's news, scientists found a bright object on one of Curiosity's photos (it's near the bottom of the picture below). It's a bit tricky to find - I actually spent quite some time staring at the ...
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Struct equivalent in Mathematica?

I really miss having something like a struct in Mathematica. I know of (and regularly use) a couple of programming techniques which feel like a ...
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Can one identify the design patterns of Mathematica?

... or are they unnecessary in such a high-level language? I've been thinking about programming style, coding standards and the like quite a bit lately, the result of my current work on a mixed .Net/...
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What is the most convenient way to read definitions of in-memory symbols when we don't have the source files? (Spelunking tools)

Note: I put Simon's implementation on GitHub. Contributions welcome! When trying to read the definition of already defined (package or built-in) symbols using ...
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How to create word clouds?

Word clouds are rather useless fancy and visually appealing plots, where words are plotted with different sizes according to their frequency in a corpus. Many applications exist out there (Wordle, ...
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Minimal effort method for integrating C++ functions into Mathematica

Update: While at the time of writing the question loading DLLs with .NET/Link seemed easier, now I always use LibraryLink, which I recommend to anyone with a similar problem! As of Mathematica 8, ...
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Performance tuning in Mathematica?

What performance tuning tricks do you use to make a Mathematica application faster? MATLAB has an amazing profiler, but from what I can tell, Mathematica has no similar functionality.
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Get a “step-by-step” evaluation in Mathematica

Is it possible in Mathematica to get a step-by-step evaluation of some functions; that's to say, outputting not only the result but all the stages that have led to it? If so, how does one do it? ...
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What does the construct f[x_] := f[x] = … mean?

This question mentions "x := x = trickery". What does defining a function as f[x_] := f[x] = ... do and what is it good for?
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What is the distinction between DownValues, UpValues, SubValues, and OwnValues?

When reading through the documentation, you often encounter the phrases DownValues, UpValues, ...
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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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QR Code in shopping cart handle

This week, the market people from my work wanted to put QR codes in shopping cart handles, but when they tested it, the QR code did not work. I noted that the cylindrical curvature (even small) ...
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How to make use of Associations?

I have been curious about it for long. Now that Mathematica 10 arrives, I think it's time to ask the question: How the new Association data structure would be used ...
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How can this confetti code be improved to include shadows and gravity?

Here's some confetti: ...
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Having used Mathematica as a “gateway” language, where to from here?

I have been using Mathematica for about a year. It is the first language that I have attempted to learn. I'm still very much a newbie, but there are moments I feel more like I am waving than drowning. ...
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Alternatives to procedural loops and iterating over lists in Mathematica

While there are some cases where a For loop might be reasonable, it's a general mantra – one I subscribe to myself – that "if you are using a ...
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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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