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How does a construct like `i : func[arg_] := i = an expression using arg` work? [duplicate]

Occasionally I run into a Pattern that looks like i:func[arg_]:=i= an expression using arg I have two questions on this: Can ...
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Simultaneous use of Set AND SetDelayed [duplicate]

Tha Mathematica documentation gives a good example of the simultaneous use of Set and SetDelayed in dynamic programming for the Fibonacci sequence under "neat examples" for SetDelayed ...
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How to make functions recall previously calculated results? [duplicate]

I need to calculate a complicated set of functions dpdv[j_], which depend on a set of variables m[n_]. They are time-consuming to calculate, and I don't know in advance which values I'll need. So ...
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SetDelayed and avoiding function calls through memoization [duplicate]

I am fairly new to Mathematica. I am working my way through a number of books. I have been looking at the use of SetDelayed and want to confirm that my ...
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What is this function syntax doing? [duplicate]

I'm trying to work my way through another person's notebook. I came across this function definition: ...
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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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Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice?

I consider myself a pretty good Mathematica programmer, but I'm always looking out for ways to either improve my way of doing things in Mathematica, or to see if there's something nifty that I haven't ...
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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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How to select minimal subsets?

I am a newbie, so please point me in the right direction if you feel this question has been answered somewhere else before. Here goes: Suppose I have a list like this: ...
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Delete duplicate elements from a list

If a list contains duplicate elements, for example list = {a, 1, 5, 3, 5, x^2, x^2}, how can the duplicate elements be removed? The result would be ...
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Recursive function with if-statement

I am trying to represent the following function definition in Mathematica: $$\begin{align*} f(1)&=1 \\ f(2n)&= \begin{cases}f(n) & \text{if}\space n\equiv0\pmod{2} \\ 2f(n) & \text{if}...
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What is the difference between Set and SetDelayed?

I have a problem with defining a function and most of time I get confused by Set or = and ...
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Why does Mathematica use [[ ]] notation for array indexing?

I am confused by why Mathematica uses [[3]] to get the 3rd element, or [[i,j] to get the i,j-th element of a 2D array. This ...
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Concatenation of lists in a Fibonacci-like pattern

I am trying to create a List of elements that follow the general pattern: $$X_{n+1} = X_n X_{n-1}$$ where the operation on the right hand side is concatenation, i.e., joining. I want to achieve the ...
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How to implement recursive function

I'm trying to do the following (taken from an answer by Watson to my question on Math SE): Start with $x_1=2$, say. Then define $$x_{n+1} = |\{i \in \{1,\dots,n-1\} \;:\; x_i=x_n\}|$$ i.e. number ...

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