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

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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: $$\sum_{n=1}^...
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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I set up a symbolic integral, to be evaluated only when some of the symbols have been replaced by numbers.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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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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Behavior of expression evaluation in Plot

I'm confused with Mathematica's way of parsing expressions. I've been struggling with this for a while and never found an exhaustive answer, sometimes things don't parse the way I think they would ...
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Block attributes of Equal

I answered “Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise” with: ...
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Strange Behavior with RegionPlot

Consider the following code. RegionPlot[Print[{x, y}], {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, PlotPoints -> 2] ...
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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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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: ...
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Using Evaluate and Evaluated -> True in Plot

A few use cases: (1) This, as expected, returns (almost) immediately: f[x_?NumericQ] := Evaluate[(Pause[1]; x)] Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 1}] (2) This takes ...
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Derivative of a spline approximation

To approximate an experimental data function $f(t)$ with $t \in (t_{min},t_{max})$ I used a cubic spline $s(p)=(t(p),f(p))$ with the parameter $p \in (0,1)$ and $p = t/(t_{max}-t_{min})$ by using the ...
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Log function - why is Log[b,b] not being evaluated to 1?

Have been experimenting with the Log function to demonstrate simple Log relationships such as Log[xy], Log[x+y] etc. ...
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Make Mathematica wait before replacing?

How can I force Mathematica to completely evaluate a subexpression before using a replacement rule? For example, consider the following definition (for the series of ...
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how to print stack trace when TimeConstrained times out

According to the documentation, TimeConstrained generates an interrupt which interrupts the computation. This interrupt is treated just like an abort, at least in ...
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Evaluation of OptionValue[]

I have a function that takes an OptionsPattern and I want to access several options, say a, and ...
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Array of functions, evaluation in plot

I would like to create two arrays of functions yfunc[[i]] and tfunc[[i]], with each entry of those functions being a function ...
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How to catch the “Preemptive” evaluations from within the main loop?

When trying to make an optimized version of my plotRange fonction I faced a problem of catching the "Preemptive" evaluations ...
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Problem with inequality using refine

I am using inequalities to follow some line of reasoning in Mathematica and I came across a problem I can not explain to myself. Does from a>=0 and b>=0 not follow a+b >= 0? How does Mathematica ...
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Button's command is not evaluated in iteration

I wish I didn't feel like a newbie after several months, but... If I enter the following: Table[ Button[ "Number: " <> ToString @ i, Print @ i], {i, 1, 5}] ...
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Problem with ParametricPlot of multiple Curves

I have written a function f[Ne,t,T], that gives back a list of results when evaluated with numeric values of the variables Ne, <...
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How to ContourPlot a Table? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is ContourPlot not displaying this curve? Why do I have to put Evaluate[] here I'm trying to plot certain contours of a function $f:\mathbb R^2\to\mathbb R$. What I ...
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Function to preserve evaluation on display?

I'm looking for a function that applies the following behavior to an expression: -When the expression is given as the full input, or as part of a function that cannot be evaluated, it remains in ...
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Why does Evaluate[a[[1]]]=0 assign a value to a variable while a[[1]]=0 doesn't?

I'm trying to do a small page counter with Mathematica, for leting me know about my reading progress on some books. I'm stuck on a problem: ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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Preventing Numerical value from being evaluated

I have searched stackoverflow (and comparable pages) for quite a while now (got redirected from there to this specialized stack), and I surrender. I am trying to evaluate an expression that is small ...
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Evaluating a Recursive Expression

Why does this raise an error ...
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Different behaviour of ValueQ inside and outside of a loop

I need to store a rather big number of variables and I tried to do that by storing each variable as Z[n] with varying n. I guess this was not my best idea. The first problem I encountered is when I ...
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can a ColorFunction have side effects?

Can anyone explain this (to me) odd behavior. If I run this code once (fresh kernel) it works as intended. ...
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How can I set a keyboard shortcut to run a command?

I want to use this to add a keyboard shortcut to an undo function I wrote. The basic problem is the following: I have a command, let's say x=1, and I want to run ...
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Get the name of a symbol passed to a function

I'm trying to get the name of a symbol passed to a function with this: f[x_] := {SymbolName[x], x} SetAttributes[f, HoldFirst] x = 5; f[x] But ...
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Obtain input expression from history without evaluating

I typed and evaluated an expression, but deleted it from the notebook. For instance, suppose it was In[1]:= Round@SessionTime[] Out[1]= 2 I now want to retrieve ...
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Why does ++++x return an increment of 2 when the value of x is only incremented by 1?

This line returns 3: x = 1; ++++x However, the value of x after the increment is only 2....
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How can I create a custom control which evaluates to a list of values or replacements?

I have a set of variables which are used in various places in my calculations (solving a system, initial conditions, etc.). In order to make this easier to deal with, I want to make a control-like ...
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Why can't Mathematica parallelize this?

The following code makes mathematica print "ParallelTable::nopar1: [...] cannot be parallelized; proceeding with sequential evaluation." ...
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Prevent Plus from threading InterpolatingFunction

For an InterpolatingFunction $y:\ \mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2$, Plus is unaware of this, so when I do any modifications to it in ...
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Updating a tracked symbol inside Refresh?

I have some code inside a Manipulate, whose goal is to allow the user to edit the upper half of the matrix while keeping it symmetric at all time. The minimal code ...
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Simple ways to evaluate a derivative at a point?

The contrast in behavior between, say, f[x_] = Sin[x^2]; f'[2] vs. u[x_, y_] = Cos[x + y^2]; has always bothered my ...
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How can I access a variable in one evaluator from another evaluator?

I have two notebooks, each with a different kernel. Is there a way to grab the value of a variable in KernelA from KernelB?
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Implementing a For (?) or series or loop (?) for individual results for every x to n

I'm working on improving a modeling formula and have spreadsheets worth of data to use, but my work so far has been quite tedious. I'm essentially pulling 20 rows of data from each separate sheet of a ...
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How to make a function that evaluates an expression?

I'm trying to make a function where the input is an expression, but somehow it just won't be evaluated. For example, this little function doesn't work: ...
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Strange Error in Bifurcation Diagram:

I am attempting to plot the bifurcation diagram of the tent map $$ f(x):=2\alpha \begin{cases} x, & 0<x<1/2\\ 1-x, &1/2<x<1, \end{cases} $$ i.e., the plot $\alpha$ vs. the limit ...
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How can I kill one evaluator from another?

I have a kernel named A in one notebook and other notebook with kernel B, how can I kill B from A?
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Evaluate while external command is being run [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computing Many Slow I/O Operations I'm launching an external command with the Mathematica front end that takes two arguments: ...
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Pre and Post in a Block[]

Why does Block[{$Pre = ( 1 + #) &}, 1] produce 1 while ...