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

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Dynamic and Refresh

If I am not mislead by my memory, in Mathematica 6 a function Refresh was introduced, having the options UpdateInterval and <...
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Showing updating message in Dynamic with UpdateInterval

I am creating an interface which needs to repeat an operation every few seconds. The operation itself is expensive but faster than the update interval of the interface. I would like to have some ...
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stop notebook evaluation when Assert fails

I would like a notebook evaluation to entirely stop when an Assert fails, without quitting the kernel. Is this possible (e.g., by setting ...
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PasteButton: Pasting expression name without quotation marks?

I am struggling to find a way to use PasteButton to paste the name of an expression (in particular a list) without showing the contents of the expression or without ...
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How can I use an InputField value as a variable name to save to?

I'm trying to save some settings and results from Manipulate, and I want to be able to save them to different variable names. The code I have is something like <...
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Difference between AbsoluteTiming and Timing

I need to evaluate the efficiency of my code. Therefore I would like to evaluate the time the code need for some calculations. Mathematica gives me two possibilities for this kind of evaluation: <...
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A one line proof that one is zero using Mathematica 10

a = (Sqrt[2] + 1) (Sqrt[2] - 1) - 1; {a/a, Simplify[a]/a, b/b == Simplify[b]/b} {1, 0, True} This one line "proof" that ...
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Clever use of DownValues, or failure to understand the “Mathematica Way.”

I needed to look at the changes in the values of about 4000 items from one year to the next. I have a table with identifiers and values for each year. Not all of the items are in each list. The ...
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How to properly define this function of function

I encountered real problem at first, and here is the toy example variable argument stored some expression that is generated from other parts of the program. I ...
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Meaning of Abs´? [closed]

A friend showed me the code below. r[i_] := {x[i, t], y[i, t], z[i, t]}; rji = r[i] - r[j]; solap = 2 a - Norm[rji]; FullSimplify[D[solap, t]] I'm unsure about ...
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Asynchronous evaluation: Is it possible?

Currently we have a limited number of ways to perform asynchronous evaluation. The most common is through Dynamic and Manipulate...
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Parallel function evaluation for minimal value

I am asking myself, if the evaluation of a function f looking for a minimal value over a discrete set of values can be parallelize (brute scan for a potential ...
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Resolving Error: Mathematica evaluation order on Lists

I have a table that is 27 x 27, each entry corresponds to an element from the periodic table. I use the replacement rules in element list to allow me to convert a list of elements into a list of ...
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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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Evaluation inside a Manipulate

Let's assume I have a symbolic expression, and inside a Manipulate I define the actual values: ...
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Plot of function-generated lists: Why does this workaround not work?

My problem is a classic one: I want to plot a function-generated list, and there's no way to pre-evaluate (because the actual function includes NMinimize and thus ...
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Errors in plotting regular function

Suppose we want to define Tanh-function via exponent: th[x_] := (1 - Exp[-2 x])/(1 + Exp[-2 x]); FullSimplify[th[x]] Out[13]= Tanh[x] Then we define new ...
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Evaluate notebook from other notebook

I have a notebook ("notebook 1") which in the beginning sets some parameters, does something depending on their value and saves the result to a file, say: ...
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Aborting an evaluation automatically after a specified time elapsed

I use the following code to evaluate a series of notebooks: nb1 = NotebookOpen["C:\\Users\\....nb"]; SelectionMove[nb1, All, Notebook] SelectionEvaluate[nb1] ...
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How do I dynamically update “name” of Action Menu?

I have created an action menu that allows you to change the style of a cell. It works. However, I would like it to dynamically update the action menu "name". I can't get the name to refresh. ...
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Trace and SameTest in Union [closed]

This question is actually two question. First, I feel so stupid that I just don't understand the use of theSameTest option in ...
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Simple arithmetic with Irrationals fails [closed]

While solving a simple puzzle that asked for a few calculations in plane geometry, I ended up with this expression: $-\frac{55}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{27233}}{2}+\frac{1}{2}(55-\sqrt{27233})$ Or, in ...
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How to enable automatic “grammar check” for MMA? [duplicate]

The special evaluation mechanism of MMA might make it more likely for MMA users (especially new users) to make mistakes and more difficult to find them. For example, one may have defined a function ...
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Why isn't Mathematica reducing my result to a number? [closed]

I do not understad why the program do not show the number values. Even when I use N[xx]. How can I simplify this?
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StepMonitor won't display Plot

This example is from the documentation under Monitor ...
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NMinimize with NIntegrate (crash in symbolic evaluation, memory leak)

This is a "common" problem from what I've seen, but with a different spin. I have a function I use often that finds a fit of an expression to another expression with some free parameters (e.g. for ...
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How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form?

How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form? w = 3; g = 4; {w, g}[[2]] 3 I want the output to be ...
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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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Singleton pattern

How can I implement the singleton pattern in Mathematica in order to ensure that a symbol is not redefined if it's already defined ? This can be useful for example with global variables in packages ...
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mathematica does not evaluate without internet access? [closed]

I am watching the video Hands-on Start to Mathematica Basic Graphics and for about 15 minutes I was trying to evaluate $\frac{\sin x}{x}$ and each time I encountered errors like: The result can ...
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Get the approximate analytical solution to an algebra equation

Is there a way to get the analytical form to the root of this equation: 2 A e (-ArcTanh[smax/s0] + ArcTanh[(smax Cos[w ζ])/s0]) == F0 ...
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How to evaluate an expression via `LinkWrite` when the expression is only known at runtime?

*** Here's the original post... I'm setting up a secondary kernel in sandbox mode with LinkLaunch, and need to pass various expressions to it for evaluation. These ...
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Why can't I abort main evaluation from ScheduledTasks (Service Link)?

FrontEndExecute[FrontEndToken["EvaluatorAbort"]] is equivalent of the menu item: Evaluation >> Abort. It works with ...
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How would one return from a place of a pure function's body using Return?

From previous answers, replies and discussions it is known, while not formally documented (even in the most recent Wolfram Language Documentation Center), that Return can be used in a two-argument ...
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Evaluate multiple notebooks sequentially and automatically

I know how to run multiple notebooks at once. But my problem is that due to the RAM capacity, I have to run these notebooks consecutively. Another problem is that since I may not be in my office all ...
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Special fractions generator

Note that 13/33, 1313 / 3333 , 131313 / 333333, ... They are always equivalent fractions Fraciones generate desire to have this property based arbitrary ...
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How could I set TimeConstrained globally?

I want to set TimeConstrained globally, I tried use $PrePrint as bellowed script: ...
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Keep leading/trailing zeroes (like Defer except with numbers) in a given number

I'm trying to write a function that counts the number of significant figures a given number has so I can ensure my calculations are rounded correctly; however, I am having a lot of trouble preventing ...
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How to determine how much time it will take to finish a cell expression?

I am trying to integrate a large matrix with elements that contain trigonometric expressions. The evaluation is taking a long time--4 days, and it is still running. Is there anything I can do to find ...
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A problem about the implementation of Bezier curve

I implemented the Bezier curve like built-in BezierCurve as follow: SplineDegree -> d specifies that the underlying ...
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problem about Root and Hypergeometric2F1

See these example, why does the output is different? ...
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Why does the same function defined by Set and SetDelayed look different? [duplicate]

I start with the following input: f[n_] = Sum[(1+x)^j, {j,1,n}]; g[n_] := Sum[(1+x)^j, {j,1,n}] When I try to evaluate the code above I get: ...
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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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Why is my function returning 0 when when I try to give it arguments by replacement? [closed]

I tried running a function f with rules and calling it directly with arguments specified directly but the one with rules returns zero while the one with direct ...