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

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Failure in the use of FullSimplify

My question is about an apparent failure of the function "FullSimplify" to simplify an easy algebraic expression. This is the expression that I ask Mathematica to evaluate: ...
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A With and ContourPlot difficulty

Consider: sys = {u (1 - u + a v), r v (1 - v + b u)}; With[{a = 2, b = 3, r = 1}, Evaluate[Thread[sys == {0, 0}]]] Which gives the output: ...
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Evaluation of the second argument to NIntegrate

The expression Integrate[x^2, Flatten[{{x},{1,2}}]] evaluates properly, to $\frac{7}{3}$. However, ...
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Can I define an axiomatic (Boolean algebra) system and prove theorems using Mathematica?

The general question is Can I define an axiomatic system and prove theorems using Mathematica? The more concrete one is about Boolean algebra. I consider this axiomatic Boolean algebra system ...
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How do you set attributes on SubValues?

SubValues, as discussed in a previous question, are declared as follows ...
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How to write a function-defining function which stores the function arguments in a stack?

I have a function-defining function SetAttributes[DefFn, HoldAll]; DefFn[f_[args___], body_] := f[args] := body; I am trying to modify this function to record ...
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How to force evaluation of an expression with Part left unnevaluated?

My goal is to minimize a real valued multi-variable function averageFreeEnergyDensity. The function accepts an integer argument ...
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Force Dispatch to generate dispatch tables

Dispatch creates hash tables only for lists of length larger than 3. Is there any way to force MMA to create hash tables even for lists of length smaller than 4? ...
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How to map Unevaluated over a list

I have a list {a1, a2, ...... , an}, in which all as have been initialized to a number. I want to get: ...
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When are numerical expressions identical

Very elementary: 2 + 3 == 5 evaluates to True and 5 == 5 evaluates to ...
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Find the numerator of 6/8 [duplicate]

The statement Numerator[6/8] evaluates to 3. Numerator[Hold[6/8] does not work. What function NewNumerator[6/8] evaluates to 6?
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Quit the Kernel and start new session automatically

The question is how to quit the kernel, start a new session automatically, and to be able to run such procedure from e.g. Button. This is especially useful when ...
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Evaluation speed of apparently equivalent functions

Consider the following expressions: f[x_Integer] := x, f[x_] := x /; x ∈ Integers, f[x_?IntegerQ] := x All of the expressions above (and probably others which ...
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How to print unevaluated arguments in the form they were originally typed in?

I'm looking for a way to print a function's arguments, not only unevaluated, but also in the way they were originally typed in. By way of experimentation, I tried stuff like this: ...
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How to get Mathematica to abort the current evaluation if an assertion fails?

I can turn on assertions, but they don't terminate the current evaluation. For example: ...
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Generate list of strings from a list of assigned variables

How do I generate a list of strings from a list of assigned variables? Eg. Convert ...
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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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Get a “step-by-step” evaluation in Mathematica

Is it possible in Mathematica to get a step-by-step evaluation of some functions; that's to say, outputting not only the result but all the stages that have led to it? If so, how does one do it? ...
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GCD of Table entries

This question is from a newbie, so please be gentle in thrashing if I'm missing something very basic. How can I use GCD on a matrix/vector entries stored as Table. For example, if ...
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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Why is DownValues releasing RuleDelayed's hold for Graphics? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand DownValues in regards to the evaluation of its output. Consider this: ...
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Why isn't Table iterator value inserted in failed NIntegrate arguments?

Consider this simplest example: Table[{z, NIntegrate[f[x], {x, 0, z}]}, {z, {1}}] Here f is not defined, so ...
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Built-in symbols which are more close to the root/core of Wolfram Language

Seeing the vast scope of science covered by the Wolfram Language (WL) and the large amount of built-in symbols (functions), I am curious to know which built-in symbols are more close to the root of ...
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How do you stop Mathematica from evaluating a sum? [closed]

A concentration $A(i,j)$ varies over i,j. I'd like to include the summation of $A(i,j)$ in my Mathematica expressions, but it evaluates the sum ...
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Creating a lazy evaluator of the lambda calculus

I have a sub project in my research to write a lazy evaluator of the lambda calculus. How should I approach this problem? I already have a implementation of the lambda calculus in another language. ...
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Unexpected order of evaluation in ForAll

I noticed that ForAll behaves rather unexpectedly when its first argument is a symbol which has been Set in an outer scope. For ...
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Why the flat f[x] is treated as ghostHead_[f[x]]?

While reading this answer I feel confused. If we do not care any specific detail of the original question, then ybeltukov's answer essentially makes use of the following fact ...
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Output an Expression in terms of GoldenRatio

Sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm new). I swear I searched and read forums first! I'm trying to rewrite expressions in terms of the Golden Ratio. For example, I know 9+4Sqrt[5] is Phi^6, but can ...
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Replace symbols in output without evaluation

I found the Wolfram example for ExpandNCM but I want a more human-readable output form. I want to evaluate ExpandNCM, for example with ...
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need help to price a european option using finite difference method [closed]

I am writing a function to price European option using backward induction finite difference method. The function is expected to price a European option taking Stock (stock_), age (time_), volatility ...
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Coarse-graining in numerical integrations

I have been working recently in a coarse-graining problem I found when using NIntegrate: I am trying to evaluate the function $$f(a)=\int_0^{\infty}x\,e^{-(a^2+b^2)x^2}\text{d}x$$ numerically as a ...
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Evaluation of Derivative in a Module

Can someone help me understand the evaluation procedure in the following two pieces of code? ...
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Evaluating and Plotting Multiple Zero-Counting Functions

In work that I am doing, I am trying to plot multiple zero-counting functions, depending on how a parameter works. For example, if the zeros of one function are {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}, the zeros of ...
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Result about Context is inconsistent with the description of “Power Programming with Mathematica”

x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"] {x, Global`x, temp`x} The result in my Mathematica session is {5,5,6}, but it's ...
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Different behaviour of Map and Inner in replace rules

Why does x[{1, 2}] /. {x[l_] -> Map[func, l]} {1, 2} not behave as expected, while for example ...
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How to Reap data from a ScheduledTask?

Here is an amusing little function mapped over a range just to iterate it. It ignores its argument and works entirely by side-effecting a global variable: ...
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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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How can I use L.Shifrin s code formatter package better

in the document of HoldAllComplete, it says: Evaluate cannot be used to override HoldAllComplete.. for example, when I'm ...
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Expand “hierarchical” system of equations

I have a system for equations that is structured hierarchically: - Level 0: these are base variables that I can measure from a process (e.g. a,b,c) - Level 1: these are variables derived from Level 0 ...
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Why does Compile redo the calculation when overflow happens?

When implementing the Numerov method solving Schrodinger equation, I encountered this problem. In order to show the order of the evaluation, Print is added. ...
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Is there a way to simplify a symbolic expression at assignment, once-for-all?

I have a series of symbolic function calls that could be greatly simplified using some assumptions. I think I would like for these assumptions to be used in the definition of the function so that they ...
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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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What are the cool kids talking about when they use ##&[]? [duplicate]

All the cool kids are apparently using ##&[] for Unevaluated @ Sequence[] but I have no idea what either means. ...
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Simplify with assumption of unknown function [duplicate]

I have an unknown multivariate function entry[x,y,z], which is positive. Then how to get FALSE and entry[1,2,3] in the following evaluations? ...
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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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General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it?

I was just evaluating a couple of expressions and started to get errors like this: ...