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

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TimeConstrained dynamic change of maximum time

I would like to run a time consuming function: TimeConstrained[f[x],maxseconds] and be able to change maxseconds during running (increasing or decreasing max ...
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Creating a custom context with a Hold construct

I'm trying to create a function "InContext" to execute a piece of code inside a certain context (and to return the result of evaluating that piece of code). One approach is to place the code inside a ...
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GraphPlot only working when I evaluate twice

I have some code that builds a graph and some vertex coordinates, but when I evaluate it I get a message that the list of coordinates is not valid and the graph is not valid and it shows the output as ...
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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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Strange Behavior when making Equal Listable in Pick

While trying to make this problem more efficient I tried different methods and dabbled with making Greater and Equal ...
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Dynamic plot with Evaluate on expression

I'm trying to make a make a plot of a table of expressions, which should be pre-evaluated (since they are infinite series with analytic sums). I'm able to make the plot normally with ...
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Caching data in Mathematica package

Consider the following: m=Quantity[1,"meter"] If I run the package, it will return 1m But when I load the package, the ...
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Evaluation of second argument to NIntegrate

Apologies if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find it. The expression Integrate[x^2, Flatten[{{x},{1,2}}]] evaluates properly, to $\frac{7}{3}$. However, ...
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Selective evaluation of blocks of code in a Manipulate

Is it possible to attach certain pieces of code to certain controls in a Manipulate? For example, consider the following Manipulate ...
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Incorrect result from Integrate

I attempted to calculate the following integral: ...
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Plot[ D[Sin[x]] ] and Evaluate[] [duplicate]

Why does t = 2 Pi; Plot[D[Sin[x],x], {x,0,t}] (* Plotting the derivative of Sin[x] *) not work, but ...
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Printing intermediate calculations in an external file, while suppressing the output in the notebook

I'm trying to construct a text-file that contains all the operations that Mathematica performs when evaluating an expression. However, i'd like to suppress all output in the notebook in which I'm ...
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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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Passing a joined list of symbols for Module or Block to treat as its own local symbols

The Question I'd like to write a function which itself takes a list of symbols, e.g. Foo[{x, y, z}] to pass to Module ...
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Plot producing many error messages when given complicated function

I'm new to Mathematica and am running in to all sorts of silly difficulties with coding in it. I'm trying to calculate a function f[x, k], normalise it with another ...
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Why is this expression being held, and how can I evaluate it?

I can't figure out why an expression isn't evaluating, even though there's no Hold* in its FullForm: ...
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Using With to scope over pure functions

Consider this example: given an option for a function func as "x" :> (a&), how can one assign different values to ...
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Output cell written with NotebookWrite dissappears on whole notebook evaluation, yet remains if I individually evaluate it

Create a new notebook with the following two input cells: NotebookWrite[EvaluationNotebook[], Cell[BoxData[ToBoxes[Manipulator[Dynamic[x]]]], "Output"]] and ...
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Evaluate outer function first

I'm new in Mathematica so this is maybe super easy to do, but I can't figure out how. I've got a function plus[a,b] that sums two numbers and I need to implement a ...
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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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Order of evaluation in nested expression

I am trying to make a function that works as follows: Integrate 1 for all t in the interval $ [0,1] $ such that the first element of function vstar is positive. ...
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CreateDocument using a specific Evaluator (Kernel)

I was trying to build a button to create a new document that contained a dynamicaly changing table. In the parent notebook i am using another kernel - not the usual "Local". The problem is that in the ...
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Label cell goes away with SelectionEvaluate

When a given cell has a label (given with the CellLabel->"label" option of the cell), then this label disappears after calling SelectionEvaluate[ nb ] when the ...
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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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Is it possible to use RandomChoice to choose without other choices being evaluated?

I'm trying to do this: i1 = 1; i2 = 1; RandomChoice[{ (i1 = i1 + 1), (i1 = i1 - 1), (i2 = i1 + 1), (i2 = i2 - 1)}] In order to chose randomly which ...
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Reuse local variable in declaration within With [duplicate]

Considering the richness of Mathematica.SE, I am quite surprised I could not find my answer... I am very sorry if it is a duplicate. Consider the following example: ...
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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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Manipulate executes expressions multiple times

I am using Manipulate for a rather intricate front end for data visualization. I was getting very sluggish performance and was able to boil the problem down to a ...
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How to get Cases to wrap results in an arbitrary head?

A number of functions provide for results to be wrapped in an arbitrary head. This is very important in cases where the results should not be evaluated. Take ...
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Select sublists with second element nearest to zero

I've got some big lists from which i need some data (one of the big lists). To be specific, I need to divide this biglists in sublists of the same length (10000), and form a new list with the mean of ...
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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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Prevent Mathematica to automatically evaluate Manipulate at start

I'm using an initialization cell to import a lot of data: data = Import[myFiles]; and then I use a custom function to display this data with Manipulate: ...
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How are parameters evaluated for a Plot in Manipulate

I am trying to get my head around how Manipulate evaluates functions in a Plot. I have read the introduction to Manipulate, and introduction to Dynamic, but I still ...
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Why is building a table of function values so much slower than just plotting the function?

Here is a function that take some time to evaluate: n = 1000; coeffs = RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[], n]; f[x_] := Sum[coeffs[[k]] Sin[k x]/k, {k, 1, n}]; ...
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is there a method to send different cell evaluation to different core

I am running Mathematica on a computer with mulicpu and every cpu has multicore. I am wondering if there exist a method to send different cell evaluation to different core? So if I already have a ...
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Use output of NDSolve as an integration limit of NIntegrate

I've been working on a ODE, for a function y[t], that, due to it's complexity, has to be solved numerically. I then need to use the results of NDSolve, which I ...
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While loop doing cell evaluation not completing

I am trying to get a loop structure using While to repeatedly evaluate another cell referred to in its body (using a cell tag). ...
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Assign variables from list inside With or Module

I have found that it is possible to assign variables from lists, as follows. In[1]:= r = {1, 2, 3}; In[2]:= {a, b, c} = r; In[3]:= b Out[3]= 2 However, if I try ...
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Can graph interpolating function, but not use it. Any thoughts?

When solving a system of differential equations numerically, I get two interpolating functions. I can graph both of these, but when I try to evaluate either of the functions at a point, it just spits ...
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Understanding output of multivariable integration

I'm new to Mathematica and I'm trying to integrate this function: ...
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Possible to evaluate only selected cells?

Is it possible to evaluate only the selected cells programmatically that I am interested in? Say in current cell to bottom of the notebook, instead of evaluate notebook or cells?
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HoldForm: how does it interact with nested evaluations?

Here's an example to illustrate the issue I'm having. right = 8 - y; left = y^2 + 6; integrand = HoldForm[Evaluate[right]] - HoldForm[Evaluate[left]] (I ...
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Pattern matching on Orderless functions inside Hold

MatchQ[Hold[1 + 2], Hold[2 + 1]] returns False. But in the presence of a Blank[] in the ...
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Step-by-step definite integration

I am interested in obtaining the intermediate steps for rather straightforward symbolic definite integrations (e.g., from an elementary calculus text). As an example, for $\int_0^1 x\,dx$ I'd like ...
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How can I save the current evaluation state of a notebook and start from it later?

I currently have a nested Table command running (in Mathematica 9), with two progress bars to track the variables. I have to shut down or hibernate the computer in ...
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Get the unevaluated expression from a numbered cell

If a cell exists as below: In[1] := (xyPoints = {{1,2},{2,5},{3,10}}; ListLinePlot[xyPoints]) Is it possible to get at the expression rather than the plot shown ...
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How do you set attributes on SubValues?

SubValues, as discussed in a previous question, are declared as follows ...