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Where is the erroneous assignment that is causing my 'List of equations expected instead of tru' error?

I'm getting one those annoying 'NDSolve::deqn: List of equations is expected instead of True' errors. I have done everything I can think of to Remove and Clear all variables, including restarting ...
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Append fixed value to random selection of list

(This question might be an application of this other question, but there might be another solution specific to this application that I'm not aware of.) I am currently in a situation in which (in a ...
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Writing my own error and warning messages

Question: How is message handling implemented in Mathematica when applying Set to unprotected global variables such as ...
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delayed assignment (:=) vs assignment (=) difference example [duplicate]

After reading through the documentation, I still do not understand the difference between delayed assignment (:=) vs assignment (=)? Can you give me some easy and simple examples? I am not very good ...
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Why is the first argument of the SetDelayed evaluated?

In[1]: f=g; In[2]: SetDelayed[f[x_],x^2]; In[3]: ?f Global`f f=g In[4]: ?g Global`g g[x_]:=x^2 However, SetDelayed has the ...
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Looping through 3 million elements of a list to 'Set' values is slow

I am looping through the 3 million elements of a time-series (v1, o1) and corresponding values (v2, o2). v1 contains a uniformly increasing timestamp (e.g. 1 to 3,000,000 in increments of 1) o1 ...
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Table generation with SetDelayed function [closed]

I would like to understand why the following two outputs differ: Let us define the following data set: ...
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Force evaluation of the right-hand side of a local variable definition

One can do expression = a + 1; f[a_] := Evaluate[expression] but how would one do something like this ...
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Turning an expression into a function inside another function

Say I have an expression g=Sin[q]; It is easy to turn it into a function, and to perform manipulations on this function (this and variants of this were discussed ...
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Setting ::usage for variables returned from a function

What is the best way to achieve {v,u} = f[]; (* Returns value and usage description *) v::usage = u; from inside f, i.e., ...
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Variable dependency…easy one

I'm brand new to Mathematica...should be an easy one. Instead of writing u[x] everywhere in the code, how do I assign the dependency early on like this: u=u[x] ...
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Initializing several values of a function

How do I initialize several values of a function at once? Consider the function f[0] := 1; f[1] := 2; f[2] := 3; f[n_] := f[n] = f[n-1] + f[n-2] + f[n-3]; Is ...
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Assignments in ParallelDo when using indexed variables

For convenience I use an indexed variables syntax to hold results of long computations for different integer parameters: ...
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How is LHS = RHS; … ; LHS (nontrivially) different from … ; RHS

I'm trying to understand how Mathematica thinks about the results of Set. Suppose we perform LHS = RHS. I'm focusing on when ...
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Out[x] not the same as assigned expression [duplicate]

There seems to be a difference in the way Mathematica assigns a value to a variable and the way it assigns a value to the next Out object. I don't understand why this is happening. For instance, take ...
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Is there a way to simplify a symbolic expression at assignment, once-for-all?

I have a series of symbolic function calls that could be greatly simplified using some assumptions. I think I would like for these assumptions to be used in the definition of the function so that they ...
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Is it possible to assign a value where the target is itself a variable

If I have a variable x := "a". Is there a way I can use it to assign a value to a, by just referring to ...
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Problem with Simplify, Sqrt, and Set: What's going on?

I am having some trouble getting Mathematica to simplify an expression of the form Sqrt[x]*Sqrt[1/x], where x>0. The problem is that x is assigned to some complicated form by the time Mathematica ...
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Using Block with a list of variables

I have a list of variables var={v1,v2}; which I want to protect/localize during a particular operation. I have decided that I want to use ...
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Assign to variables inside Array, rather than changing array entries [duplicate]

I am generating an Array with symbolic coefficients: coefficients = Array[c, 3] > {c[1], c[2], c[3]} I would like to assign a value to each of these generated ...
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How to assign the values for the Table list?

Now, I want to assign some values for a Table list and I find that If {mat[1], mat[2], mat[3], mat[4], mat[5]}={4,23,3,12,1}; it is no problem. But, if we use ...
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Why can AppendTo modify a referenced list in-place but Part cannot?

Part, AppendTo, PrependTo, AddTo, etc. allow in-place modification of a list, but only Part requires that the list be referenced through a simple symbol, e.g. the following all does what you'ld ...
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Simultaneous use of Set AND SetDelayed

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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Refercing generic derivatives

I have a list of rules to the values of the derivatives of a generic (real valued, 3 variables) function, for example: df/dxdydz(0,0,0)-> 0.7. I would like to be able to generically reference this ...
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Assigning to the “local” version of a symbol

Compare Manipulate[c[1] = 1; c[1], {c[1], 0, 1}] with Manipulate[Do[c[i] = 1, {i, 1}]; c[1], {c[1], 0, 1}] The first case ...
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Altering values in Manipulate with dynamically generated controls

I have a Manipulate whose controls are generated based on a parameter in a containing Manipulate: ...
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DownValue assignment using Apply

Why does assigning a DownValue using Apply, e.g., ...
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Assign a randomly generated list to variable

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 I don't know if this is a silly question, but it really baffles me. So please help me understand this behavior. ...
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Is there any way to assign multiple values?

I am looking for something like "byref" assignment in programming languages. Let's assume I have: x1=x2=....=xn if I want to change their values ( say to 3 ) I need to set all of them like: ...
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Modifying parameters: Set::setps in the part assignment is not a symbol [duplicate]

Ok, this will probably be a silly question, but I can't get my head around it. I'm making a simple module that, given a list and two integers, will swap the position of the elements in the ...
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Assign output of solve to variables [duplicate]

I have this input: Solve[x^2 + 3 x + 2 == 0, x] which gives this output: {{x -> -2}, {x -> -1}} I want the first x ...
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Why is it not allowed to define vectors of variables in a scoping construct?

The following command assigns 1 to a, 2 to b and 3 to c: ...
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Trouble to assign solution of differential equation to a function

I have written a function to Solve the following differential equation where the number n (called in my code Nphoton) is a variable. Nevertheless I have troubles to assign the solutions ...
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How do I assign a formula to a variab [duplicate]

I want to compute equations and assign them to variable. This is a wxMaxima program that calculated symbolic PID gains for an integrating first order system ...
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How to get Symbol[“x”]=3 to work [duplicate]

This is probably a really simple one, but I'm stumped. I want Symbol["x"]=3 to work just like x=3. However I can't figure out ...
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Edit built in symbol

I would like to add new attributes to built in symbols (e.g. ElementData or PolyhedraData) so that I can still call the symbol ...
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How to name a variable with the value of another variable?

A simple but very important (at least for me) question. In some languages for defining a variable, for example, we can do: i=10 "d"&i=30 So I have defined the variable d10, and... d10=30 ...
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Implementing key-value associations in Mathematica 9 with inexact numbers for keys

I'm not sure of what type of problem my issue falls into, so I haven't been able to search forums with any success. If this has already been solved then my apologies! Essentially I'm trying to set a ...
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Maximum number of literal values for SetDelayed?

Under what circumstances should I expect Mathematica to turn a delayed assignment into an immediate assignment? I have put together a minimal example (available here) which demonstrates this behavior. ...
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How to implement the Observer design pattern?

As a programmer with a history with procedural languages, the Observer design pattern inmediately springs to my mind when attacking certain class of problems, mostly UI/notifications related. A ...
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How to copy a function by value?

I need to change a function symbol multiple times by assigning another symbol to it, but when I'm trying to do that the symbols overwrite each other. I'm assuming this is because the assignment is by ...
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Questions regarding DictionaryLookup of Mathematica

a. Make a function longest[lang_] that gives the length of the longest word in the dictionary of lang. You should get ...
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Few quick Mathematica questions about Dictionary

a. Get the list whose elements are of the form {language,number of words in dictionary) I tried this, and it gave me the number if words in dictionary, but I don't know how to get the language part: ...
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Evaluating an expression assuming a value for a variable only in the local context

Imagine we wish to evaluate some expression like NIntegrate[x^2*q,{x,0,100}] assuming some value for q like ...
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Set-generating macro unexpectedly reaches recursion limit

One moment I decided to assign symbolic names to all special spaces since they all look the same when put literally in FrontEnd editor, more or less like "" or ...
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How to assign a list of subsript?

I want to assign Subscript[C,i] by mapping a specific list. For example, the list is {1,2,3,4}, and I want to assign 1 to C1, 2 to C2, 3 to C3 and 4 to C4. How should I do? Many thanks:)
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How to extract a variable names (not values) from a list of transformation rules?

I am trying to extract variable names from a list of transformation rules mapping = {var1 -> 'val1', var2 -> 'val2' }. Variables ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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Circumventing the default scoping: Assign a variable inside a function [duplicate]

I'm currently trying very hard to assign a variable inside a function. Therefore I'm using a function like this, which should reassign a predefined variable. ...