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 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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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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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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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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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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Selecting expressions from a sequence that are not subexpressions of earlier elements

I have a While loop that generates and prints an expression on each iteration (there can be thousands of iterations). UPDATE: Some expressions are generated in ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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Stopping a head from evaluating more than once

While attempting to answer my own question, Is there a way to "hold" prefix / infix / postfix notation?, I came across the need to evaluate a recursive function only one level deep. For ...
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How to see which arguments are passed into a function

It is often that one wonders which arguments are evaluated before being passed into a function. I would like to know if it is possible to see which argumets are being passed into a function without ...
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Cell seems to be evaluating in exponential time even though it shouldn't

I am trying to implement Newton's method for a given function f[x] and a starting x-value xval. The code should print out each new x-value as it approaches one of the zeroes of the functions. g[x] is ...
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How to find out what files are touched when Get is called?

Is there a way to capture all package files touched whenever a package is called via Get, Needs, ...
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Defining Piecewise Functions in Modules

In short, my question is the same as my previous one except that everything is now wrapped up in a module. The relevant code I'm working with is: ...
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How to calculate the residue of $1/f(z)$ at a numerical approximation to a root of $f(z)$?

The input Residue[1/DirichletL[19,10,s],{s,s0}] gives 0 even when s0 is a root. For ...
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Is there a way to stop evaluation immediately?

Sometimes I'll have a loop that I accidentally made too big. I'll evaluate, and MM will try to run through the entire loop. The program itself doesn't actually seem frozen... I can go to Evaluation-> ...
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Partial result of aborted evaluation of FullSimplify

When FullSimplify invoked on a large expression, it can run for hours. If I do not have time to wait, and abort the evaluation, I get no result, although, ...
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Symbolic vs. numeric evaluation is incorrect [closed]

In Mathematica 9: I have two functions f[v] and g[v]. When I do f[g[0]], I get the correct ...
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Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll?

Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll? Are there typical situations where $Failed is ...
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Generating an editable table that can be used as input

Say I have a number $n_{max}$. I want a command to generate a table like 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 ... nmax nmax where the second column is editable, and this table can be ...
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How to extract a variable names (not values) from a list of transformation rules?

I am trying to extract variable names from a list of transformation rules mapping = {var1 -> 'val1', var2 -> 'val2' }. Variables ...
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Why does Mathematica evaluate Sin[2.0] but not Sin[2]?

I can't understand why is it that In[88]:= Sin[2] Out[88]= Sin[2] while In[89]:= Sin[2.0] Out[89]= 0.909297 I even tried ...
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Pass unevaluated function with evaluated arguments

I am almost sure that this question has been asked somewhere. I found similar ones, but I cannot find exactly what I need, which might mean that I am on the wrong track. I search a method to pass an ...
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Faster evaluation of an expression for brute force optimization [duplicate]

I'm trying to bruteforce an optimization problem and I want to generate roughly a million function evaluations. I was wondering what would be the best for me to do in terms of having the expressions ...
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How to define the irrational domain or any other arbitrary domain?

I have found no way to define the domain of Irrational numbers. I can easily define a test to see if a number is irrational by defining: ...
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Evaluation - separate Output window + not evaluate particular cells

is it possible to avoid that mathematica writes the output into the nb file? I would prefer that mathematica writes the output into a separate file. If it writes into the notebook (I usually use: ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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Converting expression into string without evaluating it

How can one convert a Mathematica expression into a string without the expression being evaluated first? I tried using Hold, but it returns ...
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Evaluation in lambda function

If I have a function, that returns a function, for example: f[a_] := a^2 * # & then f[3] == 3^2 # & Is there a way ...
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Dynamic [ NotebookEvaluate [“_”] ]

A nice way to centralize various tasks in one notebook is the NotebookEvaluation function. For instance I can evaluate ten notebooks from a single notebook (e.g. ...
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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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Find the value by using FindRoot command [closed]

The equation x^4-3 x^3 = cos(3x)+3 has two real solutions on the interval from -10 to 10. Lets call these two solutions r and s. Use Mathematica's FindRoot command to find r and s. Now let M equal the ...
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How to reset the $ModuleNumber?

According to the documentation, we can reset $ModuleNumber to a positive machine integer. There is even an example in the doc: ...
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Order of operations, precedence in Mathematica [duplicate]

I get confused in the order of operations in Mathematica. For example, f /@ 10^{1, 2, 3} {10, 100, 1000} In my head, that ...
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Not evaluating all cells unless I explicitly evaluate each one?

I'm running a Mathematica (version 8) notebook. In one of the first few cells, it is supposed to plot some data. It uses a couple functions that are defined in an above cell. If I do Evaluation-> ...
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Confused with HoldForm in Postfix notation

Why does the following code produce different result? In my mental model, they should be the same. ...
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Strange results of definitions using OwnValues

I am asking this question simultatenously with this one, which is strongly related. I was trying to see if I could create the behaviour as in that question without using ...
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Another difference between Set and Setdelayed. Evaluation shortcut?

A little while ago I wondered why f[x_] = f[x] gives an infinite iteration. I ended up discovering the following difference in evaluation between ...
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Replace symbols with values without evaluation

If I have assigned values to a, b and c: ...
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How can I test properties of a symbol without unwanted evaluation

Problem How to get the head, size, dimensions, etc. of a symbol without evaluating it? Since Mathematica does not allocate fix storage space and type to symbols it is not trivial to query runtime ...