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

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Performance of Dispatch and lists of Rules

First of all, I have seen the question "Why is this parallel evaluation with Dispatch[] so slow?", but that seems to be a different matter. My question arose when I tried to answer this question by ...
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How to join held Lists?

Let's say I have a = Hold@{2+2} b = Hold@{4+4} How can I get Hold@{2+2,4+4} ie join the two held lists ? More ...
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Why does the name of a pattern affect the result of a transformation rule?

I was playing a little dirty, trying to get a template for defining a Curl[] operator. I wrote the following rule, which I knew was going to spit out a few ...
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Force function to make assumptions about its input variables in Mathematica

I'm trying to force a Mathematica function to make an assumption about its input variables. In my case, I'm trying to define a function to return the pdf of a Gaussian. But let's use a simple toy ...
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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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How does Mathematica determine that an evaluation should be terminated?

How exactly does Mathematica determine that evaluation of particular expression should be finished and the result should be returned? Here are some examples of unclear behavior which have arisen, ...
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Keywords to find documentation for this syntax

Mathematica allows this syntax, but I cannot find any documentation (or books) that discuss the various uses/advantages of it ...
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Why does Mathematica not seem to know that $i^x$ cannot be equal to $0$?

I am experiencing a curious behaviour of Simplify when handling expressions involving powers of $\mathbf{i}$, such as $\mathbf{i}^x$ where $x$ is unknown. For ...
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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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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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“A number in base b” and pure functions: why doesn't b^^# & work?

Why do the following not work (in Mathematica 7)? 2^^ # & /@ {1000, 1101} and 2^^ # & @ 1101 This does work: ...
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How to stop a single function to be evaluated?

See this example: AA = {x} \[Function] Normalize[x] BB = {x} \[Function] Evaluate[AA[x]*5] I need BB to be Normalize[x]*5. Some context:I call evaluate because ...
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How to force an evaluation to use only one core?

There are some evaluations which are automatically parallelized or multithread if there are cores available.( for example, Eigenvalues) But I don't want the ...
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How do I write a ValueQ function that only returns True if there exists an OwnValue?

Reading the comments in this answer has motivated me to request a full solution to part of this problem. What I'd like is an efficient solution that returns True ...
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Changing the plot variable inside Plot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference in Plot when using Evaluate vs when not using Evaluate Assume one has vector of functions (e.g., vec={x,x^2}). The ...
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ScheduledTask with scoped variables. Working with timed evaluation

I guess I have to try harder and focus more but timed evaluation always frustrates me. I will show the issue on simple example of delayed trigger. ...
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The Flat Attribute, Unevaluated and the Evaluation Process

To make this question easy to follow let's give some symbols a couple attributes. Attributes[f] = {Flat}; Attributes[s] = {Orderless}; Now consider the ...
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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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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 is CityData[All, “Coordinates”] failing?

When I evaluate CityData[All, "Coordinates"] Mathematica returns {Missing["NotAvailable"], Missing["NotAvailable"]} ...
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Attaching persistent assumptions to symbol definition

Is it possible to attach assumptions to a symbol? This relates to this question. Most of my work involves physical equations, i.e. there are basic assumptions on variables that will always hold true ...
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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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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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How do I make NotebookEvaluate work inside Button?

The following creates a button to select a notebook to run. When the button is pressed it seems that Mathematica finds the notebook but cannot evaluate it. The following error occurs Could not ...
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Why does Manipulate execute the expression twice?

When I execute Foobar[] in the code below and move a slider, the variable grad is printed twice. Why is this? How can I make the ...
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Module variable scoping in Scheduled Tasks?

I ran across a scoping puzzle while experimenting with ScheduledTasks, and I'd be grateful for an explanation from the sages here. I found a workaround by intuitive horse sense, but was unable to ...
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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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Difficulty catching thrown errors in asynchronous tasks

In this Question, Leonid explained that module variables can get garbage collected from a chain of asynchronous tasks unless their Temporary attribute is cleared ...
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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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PlotStyle does not work when plotting a non-evaluated list of functions [duplicate]

When a list of functions is passed to Plot in an unevaluated form (e.g. with Through), the result is a plot with single color. ...
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How can I have interruptible computations inside a manipulate?

Here's a perfect example of my problem: Manipulate[Pause[n], {n, {1, 10}, ContinuousAction -> False}, SynchronousUpdating -> False] It is illustrated by ...
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First evaluation fails

I am fairly new to Mathematica (version 7), so please bear with me... I have duplicated, in Mathematica, a program that I originally wrote in C (it generates OEIS sequence A191837). The problem is ...
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Normal[Series[ ]] does not give a normal expression

Let us say I want to show how the Taylor's series for Sin behaves: ...
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Efficiently finding the positions of a large list of targets in another, even larger list

I have a big list. It contains nearly 60,000 sub-lists. It's structured like bigList= {{x1,y1,z1},{x2,y2,z2},{x3,y3,z3},.....,{x60000,y60000,z60000}}; ...
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Obtaining the name of a variable as a string

Suppose that I have an arbitrary variable myVariable. Is there some function fun -- either built-in or one that I can define -- ...
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Why does this pattern with Plus not work for numbers?

I have a very simple question about redefining basic built-in functions, such as Plus. I'm pretty sure someone must have asked a similar question around here, but I ...
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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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Remove versus ClearAll

What is the difference between Remove and ClearAll? I thought that "not being recognized by Mathematica", which is the effect ...
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Parts of Module body evaluated in external scope?

I have an expression that suggests that some expressions in a module body are dragging in definitions from outside the scope in a surprising way. First, consider a symbolic constant, ...
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HoldFirst and inserting additional options into a Grid of Graphics

This is related to my earlier question, but is specific to an issue I have encountered with the use of the HoldFirst First, let's create some fake data for ...
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Why doesn't Evaluate appear to work in this RegionPlot example with MatchQ?

I am trying to plot the region over which a function of two (real) parameters a and b is real-valued, using ...
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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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Expression evaluation inside of FindRoot inside a Compiled Function

I'm trying to get some performance increase out of my own implicit differential equation solver using Compile[]. The uncompiled function is of the following form: ...
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Manipulate Evaluation Order Problem

I seem to be getting some unintended results from a nested Manipulate that I have not been able to resolve. I boiled down the problem I'm having to a simplified ...
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Impossible to bypass evaluation on returned values?

Following all the great advice on this other question, I'm now fluent with HoldAllComplete and Unevaluated on the input side of ...
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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 Manipulate, ...
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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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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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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 ...