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 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 ...
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RandomReal behavior in Block environment [duplicate]

I ran into an unexpected behavior of RandomReal function inside the Block environment. If I simplify my problem: I wanted to use two random local variables, such that the second one would be less that ...
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Notification when evaluation completes [duplicate]

I thought it would be fun to see a list of ways to have Mathematica notify you when a long evaluation completes. There are a few posts up already that address specific methods, given below, but not ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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Number precision in a list [duplicate]

I have list with elements: ...
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Evaluate integral of a series

I want to evaluate this integral, but it won't work. Does anyone knows why? ...
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Can I have Mathematica show intermediate forms before final evaluation?

If I have x = 2 and I want to evaluate y = x^2 I would like to the output to show ...
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How to modify the file “KeyEventTranslations.tr” to use Enter to evaluate the current cell? [duplicate]

I asked the following question before, but I do not think it has been fully answered. By default, we use Shift+Enter to evaluate the current cell, and use Enter to get a new line. Is there a way ...
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Extract the real components from a very large expression

Suppose I have a very long expression (>500,000 characters) which contains a mixture of real and imaginary terms. e.g ...
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is there a way to construct a pattern that would trigger when an expression is used as a held/unevaluated in some form?

For example, consider the following code f[x_] := (Print["evaluated f"]; workWith[x]); We use it, then f evaluates: ...
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A design of abstract data structures: How robust is the presented design? [closed]

EDIT: An envisioned answer to this post should be in the form of a mathematica code that can demonstrate how the internal checks discussed below can be bypassed. Everything goes... On my part, I think ...
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Nested Derivative

These two expressions are mathematically the same, but when substituting with the same rule, yield different results. What is happening? ...
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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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Where do Mathematica's probability functions draw a line in the sand for predicates?

Thinking about a recent question mis-posted here (belonged on math), I noted the following. A contrived example - probability that a or b are 1: ...
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Why does Plot[Hold[x], {x,0,1}] work?

It appears that, counter to my expectation, all of these (and probably many others) seem to work fine: ...
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Assign a value to a variable without using Set or SetDelayed?

I supose probably yes, but at the end I assume that internally mathematica has to use Set or SetDelayed. Am I right? Background: I am developing a super simple phraser that takes a code description ...
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Merging two held expressions into a held compound expression

Consider e1 = Hold[a = x + x; b = y + y + y]; e2 = Hold[c = a + a + b + b + b; c^2]; How can I obtain the following? ...
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Dynamically Update Inset within Graphics with RunScheduledTask

I followed the instructions given below to play with RunScheduledTask within DynamicModule. ScheduledTask with scoped ...
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Commutative algebra by generators and quadratic relations

My apologies if this has been asked before. Please also be gentle, as this is my first question here. I am trying to define a commutative algebra by generators and relations in the following way. ...