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

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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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Menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” missing in V10

The menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” seems to have disappeared in Mathematica 10 on OS X. Well, this is a bummer. I personally use Mathematica for very long calculations, and I was using this ...
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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 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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Strange behavior when setting NumericQ of a symbol

It happens both in v9&v10. If you try this a^0 a^0 (1/a)^(3/2) a^0 (1/a)^(5/2) Mathematica returns 1 (1/a)^(3/2) (1/a)^(5/2) It's trivial. ...
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How to track Part of Symbol or How to symbolize Parts of Symbol without copying data

Let's create simple function: SetAttributes[h, HoldFirst]; h[data_] := Dynamic[Grid[data], TrackedSymbols :> {data}] test = RandomReal[1, {2, 2}]; h[test] ...
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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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Keep function range as a variable

Plot[2*x^2 - x + 2, {x, -1, 1}] plots a function of x from -1 to 1. As far as I can see, I cannot "save" this range in a variable: ...
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Difference between Evaluation>>Quit Kernel and Quit[]

What is the difference between Evaluation >> QuitKernel and Quit[]? Both seem to quit the kernel (and clearing all ...
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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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Evaluate a expression split in a list

I have a list with this format {integer, sign, integer, sign, integer}, sign being one of these: Plus, Subtract, Times, Divide. For example, let's say: ...
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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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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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How Can Notebook Know When it Called by Another Notebook?

I would like a notebook to behave slightly differently depending on whether it is evaluated from another notebook; i.e., ...
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Why does Mathematica appear to change the head of certain expressions?

I don't know if the question trivial or not (if so I will delete it), but here is what I have: I know that x x (* x^2 *) Looking at the full form gives ...
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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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Explicit use of Evaluate not behaving the way I expect it to

I discovered a strange behavior of the Evaluate function. Case 1: ...
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How is the Mathematica kernel structured internally, and how does evaluation work?

There is so much information available for Java--the internal details of (for example) the JVM memory manager are well-documented, and the performance considerations arising from its interaction with ...
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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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There is an issue with Manipulate in which it updates its argument twice in V10

I have asked this question before (here) and I thought that the issue is only when moving the Notebook window. It appears that Manipulate is working in weird manner. ...
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Showing “updating…” message while Manipulate is re-evaluating

Is it possible to show a fixed text such as "updating..." instead of the last result shown, when Manipulate is re-evaluating an expression (in a slow evaluation ...
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Machine Epsilon

I'm trying to evaluate the machine epsilon of my computer (see below). I wrote this: ...
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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 ...
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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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Debugging a $RecursionLimit error?

I sometimes encounter bugs that involve a recursion limit. It's often very hard to find the origin of the problem. Would there be a way to copy the stack somewhere and abort the evaluation in order ...
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Resume/continue interrupted evaluation

I interrupted an evaluation to quickly do something else. How do I resume the interrupted evaluation? I cannot open the "Interrupt evaluation" window, as it is disabled. There is no "Resume" button 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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Inserting symbols' definitions during read time of the code

Let's say we've got a package: ...
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Functional-Style Partial Application and the Accumulator Pattern?

Following up on Functional-style Fixed-Length Queue Object?, I want to generalize it to a functional-style accumulator pattern. Lots of things look like accumulators, loosely defined as binary ...
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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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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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Context “Unique to This Notebook” makes variables black even if they're not defined?

I'm trying to use this technique to keep variables separated between different notebooks. It seems to be working fine, except that variables turn black as soon as they are evaluated — any ideas why ...
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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 table of $\sum_{i=1}^n$?

I want to create a table of $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n i^k$ for $1\le k\le 5$. The output I want to obtain is a TeXForm output as follows. \begin{align} ...
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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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How to force 2+2=5

I was looking at this question (writing a program such that 2 + 2 = 5) and tried to write something in Mathematica, but I couldn't get something to work without completely replacing ...
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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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How do I “evaluate in place” programmatically? Need to evaluate Defer[] result in non-interactive setting

I need to evaluate the result returned from an external package, which contains Defer in it, but do this in a script without user interaction. I am not able to ...
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ReplaceAll performance problem: packed arrays on the LHS are unpacked when the RHS is too long

The following is one of the most mysterious performance problems I encountered and came up while extending the booleval function mentioned here. I am looking for a ...
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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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“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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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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Associativity of `/@` [duplicate]

Why are the following not equivalent: Map[Line, Map[(Print[#]; #) &, {{{2, 1}, {1, 1}}, {{-2, 1}, {3, 1}}}]] which produces ...
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difficulty abstracting the OptionValue pattern

I am building lots of functions that use Options and OptionValue and wanted to reduce the redundancy in the expressions that ...
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Automatically scroll along with currently evaluating cell?

If I'm evaluating an entire large notebook, I usually just press Alt-V Y to find the currently evaluating cell. Is there a way to keep the currently evaluating cell automatically in focus so that the ...
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Strange Error in Bifurcation Diagram:

I am attempting to plot the bifurcation diagram of the tent map $$ f(x):=2\alpha \begin{cases} x, & 0<x<1/2\\ 1-x, &1/2<x<1, \end{cases} $$ i.e., the plot $\alpha$ vs. the limit ...
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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 does Rule behave like this?

Why does {x, x^2, x^3, a, b} /. x^n_ -> f[n] result in {x, f[2], f[3], a, b} when ...