Questions about how Mathematica evaluates expressions, tracing evaluation (Trace*), handling expressions in unevaluated form (Hold*, Unevaluated), nonstandard evaluation, etc.

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How to get the absolute difference between two angles

I need a function that will give me the shortest separation between angles that range from -pi to pi. For example if I have two angles 3pi/4 and -3pi/4, I would like a function that will tell me pi/2 ...
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Why are functions called first-class objects in Mathematica?

I've heard lots of people say a function is a first-class object in Mathematica. "Everything is an expression, including function." "There is no distinction between functions and data." Having read ...
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Gateaux (directional) derivatives and higher order differentials of a functional

I would like to calculate the Gateaux derivative of a functional (i.e. a function depending on functions). A simple example for the Dirichlet functional: $L(u(x))=\int_0^1 \frac{1}{2} (u'(x))^2 dx$ ...
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How to implement nested With as a single construct using functional programming (Fold)?

It is possible to define my own With construct where each local constant can depend on the previous defined local constants? I wish to replace something like this ...
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Generate conditions seems to not work [closed]

I am trying to compute the following integral Integrate[E^(I*k*Omega*t), {t,0,T}, GenerateConditions->True] for which Mathematica returns ...
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Why does the function Evaluate speed up one function by orders of magnitude and another function not at all?

I've got two functions, one sample function (function 1) i've created for demonstartion purposes here, and my actual function. The function Evaluate speeds up the sample function by orders of ...
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Why does Evaluate fail? [closed]

If i use this code: ...
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FindRoot with vector functions

I'm trying to solve a system of non-linear equations with FindRoot, and I get the answer, but also a ...
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How does Mathematica interpret a expression?

I'm a beginner to Mathematica. I'd read several document. But I still have a problem. For example, every expression in Mathematica are of the form ...
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Timing of ParallelDo versus Do: simple example [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why a simple do-loop takes substantially longer when done in parallel than sequentially: count = 0; SetSharedVariable[count]; AbsoluteTiming[ Do[ ...
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ParallelEvaluate: Evaluation Rules and Increment

I'm trying to understand how ParallelEvaluate works, considering the two following snippets: ...
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Automatically evaluate next cell

I am new to Mathematica. I am trying to achieve the following: I need one input cell in which I set parameters, then another input cell where functions are defined and calculations are performed. ...
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Print prints into the Messages notebook rather than into the evaluation notebook

Some time ago I noticed that the results of the evaluating the function Print[something] does not emerge in a new cell created in the notebook where the operation ...
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will the same result be evaluated twice per evaluation?

here is the silly question of mine, if mathematica takes 3 seconds to evaluate the function ...
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Expression for evaluating multiple functions?

I am constructing 3D data points for a plot and corresponding to specific conditions "manually". I define the values of five parameters [these I always have to define myself]. From those, I evaluate ...
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Resolving Error: Mathematica evaluation order on Lists

I have a table that is 27 x 27, each entry corresponds to an element from the periodic table. I use the replacement rules in element list to allow me to convert a list of elements into a list of ...
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Minimization in single component of BSpline to extract points

I smoothed some data with a BSpline $B[t] = (x[t],y[t])$. I would like to extract certain points from this spline by their x-Values, $x_0$. The easiest way I came up with was to minimize ...
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Pattern matching to head with HoldFirst

I want to define a function that only operates on expressions with a head from a given list, such as f[expr:(_And|_Or)] := Print["LHS is ", expr[[1]]]; This of ...
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How to force 2+2=5

I was looking at this question (writing a program such that 2 + 2 = 5) and tried to write something in Mathematica, but I couldn't get something to work without completely replacing ...
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Machine Epsilon

I'm trying to evaluate the machine epsilon of my computer (see below). I wrote this: ...
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ReplaceAll performance problem: packed arrays on the LHS are unpacked when the RHS is too long

The following is one of the most mysterious performance problems I encountered and came up while extending the booleval function mentioned here. I am looking for a ...
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Scoping problem with Manipulate [duplicate]

Consider the following simple code: f = Sin[a x]; Manipulate[ Plot[f, {x, 0, 10}], {a, 0, 10}] Manipulate takes f to be ...
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How to localize symbols on the right-hand side of Rule when using ReplaceAll?

I am frustrated by the following: {1, 2, 3.0} /. a_Integer -> a + 1 The a on the left side of the arrow is localized and ...
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How to correct this, `f[a_] := FindRoot[eq == 0, {x, 0.5}]`, where `eq` contains a parameter $a$, without using `eq[a]`?

I want to solve an equation with a parameter $a$, and define the result as a function of $a$. It is something like this: ...
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Can Mathematica do two evaluations at the same time?

When one evaluation is running, if I want do another evaluation, Mathematica will put the second one in the queue and run it after the first evaluation finish. However, the first evaluation may take ...
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Apply a function to the current selection in place

Say a have the function foo: foo[x_] := x + 2 Like the Evalution ...
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How do I get Mathematica to return a function call unevaluated?

How do I get Mathematica to return a function call (conditionally) unevaluated? I expect this may use the slightly-mysterious Hold function. As a toy example, ...
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Simplifying Fourier transform of a complicated function

I would like to evaluate the following expression but takes too much time. I would be greatly appreciate for any comments to make it fast. ...
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can I evaluate multiple cells at the same time? [duplicate]

my laptop has 2 cores, can I assign a core to evaluate one code, and the other core for another code in parallel instead of evaluating in sequence? thanks
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Optimizing repeated function calls

Easiest way to keep my library nice, is to naively call some functions many times with same parameters. Doing so prevents from zoo of (library-)global variables and complicated initialisation ...
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Defer parts of the expression

Is there a way to Defer only parts of the expression? For example, I have a=1; and then I want the expression to be shown as...
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Explicit use of Evaluate not behaving the way I expect it to

I discovered a strange behavior of the Evaluate function. Case 1: ...
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Symbolic integral including Hermite polynomial does not evaluate

I am trying to evaluate the following integral: Integrate[HermiteH[n, Sqrt[a]* x] * Exp[- (c/2)* (x^2 + y^2) + b* x * y - (a * x^2)/2], {x, - Infinity, Infinity}] ...
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Why even try the semantic constraints, if expression can't match the pattern structure?

This result is unexpected: Trace[MatchQ[{7}, {_?NumberQ, __}], NumberQ] (* -> {{NumberQ[7], True}} *) Why evaluate ...
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Getting unevaluated function expression

Say I've got a function f[x_] := a x^2 + b*x + c; and later set for some other reason a=1; how can I get the expression of f in ...
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Handling a sequence of unevaluated arguments

I have the following piece of code: ...
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Wrapping at evaluation for inline cell

I've been playing with inline evaluation and I've came to the conclusion that it's most convenient to put the Dynamic@ inside the inline cell, so I've started to ...
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Example from Mathematica documentation (ExtremeValueDistribution) seems to be evualting “forever”

I am referring to this example at the reference page for the extreme value distribution: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/ExtremeValueDistribution.html#6764486 The first three commands ...
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Time delayed evaluation of a function

I'd like to write a function that delays the evaluation of a function (say) $5$ seconds after I hit Shift+Return. Is this possible?
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Why is evaluation Enter for Mac and shift+Enter for Windows? [closed]

Per the title, why is evaluation done using just the Enter key for Macintosh and shift+Enter for Windows? UPDATE Okay, I see the Mac keyboard's "Enter" key is actually labeled "Return", so by Enter ...
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How to Plot a function that returns multiple values? [duplicate]

I have a function that returns multiple values, like this: f[x_] := ( (*... something ... *); {y1, y2}); They are computed together, so there's absolutely no ...
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Evaluate differentiation after replacement

The problem is Find two linearly independent solutions of $2x^2y'' -xy' + (-4 x + 1)y = 0, \, x>0$ of the form $y_1 = x^{r_1}(1 + a_1 x + a_2 x^2 + a_3 x^3 + \cdots)$ and $y_2 = x^{r_2}(1 + b_1 x ...
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Expectation of a family of random variables

I did some search here, but seems that no one asked about this. I want to define a family of independent and identically distributed random variables, $x_1,...,x_n$, and then calculates the expected ...
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What is “ (Dialog) Input [ ] := ” after evaluating a cell?

I have done a time-consuming run and calculation. After many hours ( about 7 hours!), the black color which shows that the cell is evaluating, turn into gray and a strange text appears like this : ...
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Numeric function not fully evaluating

I'm running into an issue where it seems Mathematica is not fully evaluating the output of my function h[t_]. I included the definition of phi[t_] just to demonstrate that it is a numerically defined ...
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Nothing appears in simple plot

I'm trying to get the following simple code to work. (The code is just supposed to graph the norm of the second derivative of a vector function). ...
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Resume/continue interrupted evaluation

I interrupted an evaluation to quickly do something else. How do I resume the interrupted evaluation? I cannot open the "Interrupt evaluation" window, as it is disabled. There is no "Resume" button to ...
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Graphics in Notebook Different from Graphics Expression?

Consider the expression TreeForm[a+b^2+c^3+d] which displays as This is a nice Graphics object, as I can prove by typing ...
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Why does evaluating an integral within a Plot expression take so long? [duplicate]

I want to evaluate Plot[Integrate[Sin[((1 + 1/2) x)] (1/(2 Sin[(x/2)]) - 1/x), {x, 0, t}], {t, 0, 5}] but it takes ages to load on Corei3 computer with ...
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Half-delayed evaluation

In a certain wider context, I need to make some delayed definitions, such as x := a + b + c, but within these definitions I want ...