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

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Avoid creation of OwnValues when inserting transformation rules into Experimental`OptimizeExpression

I have a large list of transformation rules that I want to simplify. I find Experimental`OptimizeExpression works as it gets me the answers. My question is: **I can only get this to work when I ...
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How to explain the behavior of Rule inside these functions [duplicate]

I'm trying to define a function that takes an expression and spits out a pure function involving a replacement rule of that function's variable. An example would be a function ...
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kernel Local crashes during the course of a For loop

I want to find the minimum of the function r[x,p] subject to the constraint w[x,p,t]==0 (t ...
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Can $\it{every}$ usage of While be changed into NestWhile?

Ok, I think this problem is more close to philosophy. :P I've some idea now. But I'm not sure whether it's correct. For the purpose of convenience, I will use some C-like code instead of MMA's. A ...
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Mathematica automaticly evaluates some cells

Is there a command or a trick to tell Mathematica to not automaticly evaluate some cells? I use the NMinimize function to calculates some coordinates and then use ...
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Memory problem in Mathematica 10

I'm having a problem with memory. I'm doing nonliner fits of several data lists to a system of differential equations. When I evaluate the "Do" cycle the memory grows with the iteration step up to my ...
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Evaluation inside Compile

here's a simple question: I have a function: ...
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How to simplify expression and use HoldForm at the same time?

Hopefully a simple problem for the experts here. I have a need many times to build a symbolic expression for an equation (say a PDE) to use for plot labels in a low level function inside ...
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Why does Mathematica appear to change the head of certain expressions?

I don't know if the question trivial or not (if so I will delete it), but here is what I have: I know that x x (* x^2 *) Looking at the full form gives ...
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Higher derivative [closed]

Is there more efficient way to rewrite this code in order to compute 2nd and higher derivatives of r=sqr{x^2+y^2+(z-a)^2}? ...
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Simplifying a symbolic product of rational powers

I'm trying to symbolically evaluate a lot of equations that can consist of up to 10 parameters. The form of these expressions is a product/quotient of rational powers of the mentioned parameters, ...
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Expressions to functions, and evaluation [duplicate]

When calculating derivatives a expression is the result: in:= f[x_,y_]:= 1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 y + 4 x y^2 in:= D[f[x,y],x] out= 2 + 6 x y + 4 y^2 how do i make this ...
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Order of Evaluate for Map

I would like to get a list of variable names as strings. For example, x = 1; y = 2; Map[SymbolName, Unevaluated /@ Unevaluated@{x, y}] {"x", "y"} This works ...
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How to make a table of $\sum_{i=1}^n$?

I want to create a table of $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n i^k$ for $1\le k\le 5$. The output I want to obtain is a TeXForm output as follows. \begin{align} ...
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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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Implement settable properties

I am looking for advice on implementing the following. (It is possible that the answer is that it is simply not a good idea to do this.) I would like to have an object similar to ...
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With command does not behave as expected according to its Attributes

The attributes of the With command are HoldAll which means it should not evaluate its arguments before its starts its business. ...
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Prevent Part[] from trying to extract parts of symbolic expressions

If you have a list, e.g. {1, 2, 3} then you can extract the $k$th part using Part (...
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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: ...
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Why doesn't a Composition[] hold its arguments and what can be done about it?

Now that Composition (also RightComposition) has shorthand syntax I am more inclined to use it, however what I feel should be ...
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ExampleData menu view

I'm trying to build an ExampleData browser, so that the "collection"/"type" is selectable in a drop down menu, and the "name" is selectable in another drop down menu. What I have so far: ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Integrating a Simple Piecewise Function

If I define f[x_]:=If[x<0,-1,1] and then integrate,say Integrate[f[x],{x,-3,7}] I get what I expect, namely 4. But ...
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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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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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Evaluation indicator for a notebook

I have a GUI with a number of TabView and other Manipulate controls. Sometimes clicking from one tab view to the other can take ...
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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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Machine Epsilon

I'm trying to evaluate the machine epsilon of my computer (see below). I wrote this: ...
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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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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 ...