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

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Evaluate an expression at a specific point

In Maple, you right click and can evaluate an expression (whatever it is) at a specific point say: Expr.= abcddafjosjfoj, then right click and simply evaluate at c=-34 say. But how does one do the ...
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Is there a way to force Mathematica 8 to expand $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$?

The function PowerExpand[z^(a+b)] does not transform $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$. Is there a way to force Mathematica 8 to expand $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$? In this ...
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Every second evaluation in notebook front end is slow

I'm having a rather baffling problem that Wolfram was unable to help me diagnose, and I'm hoping one of you geniuses in residence here can figure it out. (I don't get access to the Technical Support ...
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Some _atomic elements' TreeForm looks confusing with Level in appearance

In[1]:= Level[1/2,{-1}] Out[1]= {1/2} TreeForm[1/2] ...
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Performance of Dispatch and lists of Rules

The issue outlined here seems to be no longer present in version 10, if you use a Dispatch table! This because a Dispatch table ...
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Evaluation in Manipulate [duplicate]

I have an expression assigned to a variable. For example: exp1 = a*x+b Now I would like to plot it using something like this ...
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Applying a function with the HoldAll attribute inside NestList

I'm trying to write an update function, which can be applied to a list and then to NestList it. As the function has to manipulate the given variable I figured I ...
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Overloading conjugate operator for a particular function

I trying to modify the behaviour of the built-in Conjugate[] operator on a particular function I have defined, to take into account that some of its variables are ...
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Unexpected behavior of Unevaluated

Maybe it is about time I read some proper text about the main loop. Maybe I should not care (so much) about Unevaluated (as Leonid suggests). But I think this is an interesting question anyway. This ...
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How to compare power towers in Mathematica?

First I tried it directly, but it overflowed: ...
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Automatically evaluating related cells

I have the cells: In[1]:= l = 2 + 2; In[2]:= l >= 5 After evaluating them: Out[2]:= False Is there a way to evaluate ...
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Confused about Unevaluated

Why does Map[Unevaluated, Table[PauliMatrix[i], {i, 1, 3}] give {Unevaluated[{{0, 1}, {1, 0}}], Unevaluated[{{0, -I}, {I, 0}}], Unevaluated[{{1, 0}, {0, ...
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direct assignment to the element in a Table

I have already asked a related question here why set values in this way doesn't work? But I think I have to write the question which I encountered explicitly? ...
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Evaluating Polynomials at Grid Points

I am continuing my quest on B-splines. The code below builds a 5x5 matrix out of B-splines, using the BSplineBasis[] routine. I now want to evaluate the polynomials that are stored in each matrix ...
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Comparing Mathematica expressions like diff

I am looking for a way to compare (or "diff") two Mathematica expressions, similarly to how to diff utility can compare two text files and report the differences. Has anyone already written such a ...
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“And” to continue evaluation after “False”

Below, is it possible to print No and have x be 2. That is, I'm looking for an And-like function that looks at all arguments ...
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Is there a way to show the details of a numerical computation?

I have recently started using Mathematica as a calculator while teaching (definitely overkill, but I try to use as few tools as possible). I would like my students to be able to trace simple numerical ...
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Why the difference?

When I do the double sum using the sigma notation I get $$1 + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\sum_{k = n}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(k+2)k!}$$ $1 + e - \cosh[1]$ When I do the sums as below, I get the expected ...
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Can I force a function to quit and return some value after a certain amount of time has passed during its evaluation?

Imagine I provide some random input to function like FindInstance[], and I observe that, despite the existence of good solutions, the function will, with some ...
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Manipulate a Plot that contains a variable that contains symbol [duplicate]

This snippet mm = m Manipulate[{mm, Plot[mm x, {x, 0, 1}]}, {m, 0, 1}] (m is not defined anywhere) produces a sadly fixed ...
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Why is CityData[All, “Coordinates”] failing?

When I evaluate CityData[All, "Coordinates"] Mathematica returns {Missing["NotAvailable"], Missing["NotAvailable"]} ...
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Symbolic evaluation fails because it exceeds $RecursionLimit

I am trying to perform a simple arithmetic in complex algebra. ...
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Graph does not evaluate some options when not displayed

How can I force Graph to evaluate all its options without actually displaying the graph itself? Evaluating the following code ignores the ...
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Specify a variable as an integer

I have a formula that always evaluates to a certain number for any variable X under one condition that X is an integer and ...
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How do you configure Mathematica 9 to automatically evaluate all notebooks?

I have a Mathematica 6 course that I am using in Mathematica 9; there is no updated version. Every time I open a notebook I have to go to the Evaluation menu and click on "Evaluate Notebook". Is there ...
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Unexpected behavior of rule matching a pattern

I am a beginner exploring the world of Mathematica. I expected the following code T[6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3] /. {T[a___, 1, b___] -> Length[List[b]]} should return ...
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Prevent Mathematica to automatically evaluate Manipulate at start

I'm using an initialization cell to import a lot of data: data = Import[myFiles]; and then I use a custom function to display this data with Manipulate: ...
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Alternative to using global variables in functions?

Often times I find myself using unevaluated variables (i.e. they show up blue) as dummy variables in whatever I'm returning such that I can evaluate them as needed later on. A simple example is as ...
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Non-preemptive evaluation of a dynamic function? [duplicate]

I want to monitor a long calculation that is triggered by the release of a Slider. While one can indicate running calculations when the main evaluation loop is ...
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How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form?

How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form? w = 3; g = 4; {w, g}[[2]] 3 I want the output to be ...
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How to make Mathematica returns the exact expression I typed

I'm using Mathematica to compare some constants. Before playing around with those constants, I would like to check that I didn't make any mistake in typing them. So my question is the following: "What ...
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Evaluate code to some point

How can I evaluate my code, up to some point? I don't want to evaluate all of my code always. I have to use Shift - Enter for every line from the first cell up to the point I want to be, and it's not ...
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How to pass a list of arguments into HoldAll

I have a list of arguments (which in reality is lengthy): arguments = {a, b, c} arguments2 = {a_, b_, c_} f[Sequence@@arguments2] := a + b + c Note: It seems ...
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Define a Plot3D function with custom options [duplicate]

I am trying to define a Plot3D function with custom options, following (this previous SE question), but I'm running into a brick wall. I've narrowed the problem to the following 'toy' code: ...
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Confusing efficiency and evaluation when returning pure functions? [duplicate]

I have a function that takes some time to evaluate, that's meant to be a polynomial approximation to a function. The polynomial is defined by a list of coefficients, so I have the function ...
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How do I evaluate the terms in an expression, but not the expression itself?

I am trying to write a set of homework questions. I would like the output to evaluate the constants but not the sum, so that I may present the homework question as something like this: ...
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NumericQ prevents evaluation at a numerical value sometimes

I set up a symbolic integral, to be evaluated only when some of the symbols have been replaced by numbers. The evaluation after assigning numbers to the symbols is still symbolic for some reason. The ...
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Identical code, different answers?

I'm having some trouble with identical code giving different answers. On a fresh kernel (MM 9.0.0.0, Windows 64-bit), running the same code, copy-paste, gives two different answers: ...
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Why won't ContourPlot accept a variable argument? [duplicate]

I have a list of linear inequalities which describe a (polygonal) region. I can use RegionPlot to visualize this region; but I'd also like to overlay this plot with ...
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Keep function range as a variable

Plot[2*x^2 - x + 2, {x, -1, 1}] plots a function of x from -1 to 1. As far as I can see, I cannot "save" this range in a variable: ...
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Stop TradtionalForm evaluating expression

I'm trying to get this expression to display as typed instead of evaluating the 1/1.121. ...
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Forcing evaluation of ArgMax

How to force evaluation of ArgMax before its output gets used in Solve? Background: I'm trying to solve for the Nash ...
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Evaluate Numerator and Denominator Separately

I have this function. ...
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How is the Mathematica kernel structured internally, and how does evaluation work?

There is so much information available for Java--the internal details of (for example) the JVM memory manager are well-documented, and the performance considerations arising from its interaction with ...
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A is fast, B is fast, but together they're Mathematica-crashing slow?

I'm trying to do something with finding solutions to a quantum mechanics problem with n wells. If there are 40 wells, I need to find the solution to an equation in the form: ...
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Evaluation order control

This question is related to Evaluation order of Button[]'s action Concusion was, Button[]'s actions are evaluated in preemptive link so "the code that needs ...
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Strange double evaluation using MorphologicalGraph

(MMA 9.0.0 on Mac OS/X 10.8) Please consider the following snippet (this is as SMALL as I could make it -- my attempts at making a smaller repro-case eliminated the effect that I am investigating) ...
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Exclude Sections/Subsections/… from evaluation

I'm working on a large notebook and I want to exclude some sections and subsections from being evaluated when I evaluate the whole notebook. Is there a way to exclude specific sections or ...
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Summation of If statements

The following made me curious. Suppose you want to sum the if statement If[x[i] < 1., x[i]^2, 0.] over i=1,2, i.e. ...
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Evaluation order of Button[]'s action

it looks like it should be well known issue but I haven't found answer anywhere. Please tell me why the result (after clicking) of this: ...