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Part I think 3 of Mathematica fails.

So, I'm doing a plot. Initially, I hit the following error: "Value of option PlotRange -> {{3,19},{0,1.1}} is not All, Full, Automatic, a positive machine number, or an appropriate list of range specifications."

Me:Okay, let's change it to PlotRange -> Automatic, maybe I don't know what I'm doing.

Mathematica:"Value of option PlotRange -> Automatic is not All, Full, Automatic, a positive machine number, or an appropriate list of range specifications."

Me:Uh, what? Well then... Oh, please don't tell me it's because of a space in between.

Mathematica:"Value of option PlotRange -> Automatic is not All, Full, Automatic, a positive machine number, or an appropriate list of range specifications."

Me:Oooookay then, what's the problem?... oh wait, there's another space. Why is it that sensitive to whitespace though?

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That fixed it. Then, when I tried to reproduce it, suddenly adding a space and reevaluating did not raise the error.

Comments
  • 1
    Mathematica is very powerful though. When you start doing huge simulations you will appreciate the amount of optimization and abstraction that has gone into it
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    @crow22498

    How huge is huge? Any well known published applications? I mainly use mathematica for data analysis and deriving equations and exporting to latex format :)
  • 0
    @Gaveuxifort I mainly use it for physics simulations. The biggest so far was 4 million particles with some quantum effects. The whole computation took less than 2 seconds
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    @crow22498

    What system? Any paper?
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    Also 2 secs doesn't tell me anything, any chance you did a benchmark of the same code written in C/Fortran or other languages? Just curious about mathematica's performance
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    @Gaveuxifort I ran it on my pretty shitty 2.1 GHz laptop with 8 GB RAM. Didn't benchmark it in other languages as honesty I don't even know how I would implement some of the higher level Mathematica things in C. Obviously Mathematica has its flaws but it serves it's purpose
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