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

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Time delayed evaluation of a function

I'd like to write a function that delays the evaluation of a function (say) $5$ seconds after I hit Shift+Return. Is this possible?
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Why is evaluation Enter for Mac and shift+Enter for Windows? [closed]

Per the title, why is evaluation done using just the Enter key for Macintosh and shift+Enter for Windows? UPDATE Okay, I see the Mac keyboard's "Enter" key is actually labeled "Return", so by Enter ...
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Expectation of a family of random variables

I did some search here, but seems that no one asked about this. I want to define a family of independent and identically distributed random variables, $x_1,...,x_n$, and then calculates the expected ...
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All curves in plot have the same style. Cannot be fixed with Evaluate[]

Usually, when I plot multiple curves in Mathematica Plot[{x,x^2,x^3},{x,0,1}] they are given different colors. However, if I try to construct a list inside the ...
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Evaluate differentiation after replacement

The problem is Find two linearly independent solutions of $2x^2y'' -xy' + (-4 x + 1)y = 0, \, x>0$ of the form $y_1 = x^{r_1}(1 + a_1 x + a_2 x^2 + a_3 x^3 + \cdots)$ and $y_2 = x^{r_2}(1 + b_1 x ...
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How to Plot a function that returns multiple values? [duplicate]

I have a function that returns multiple values, like this: f[x_] := ( (*... something ... *); {y1, y2}); They are computed together, so there's absolutely no ...
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Numeric function not fully evaluating

I'm running into an issue where it seems Mathematica is not fully evaluating the output of my function h[t_]. I included the definition of phi[t_] just to demonstrate that it is a numerically defined ...
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Replacing parts of a held expression with held parts of another expression

I'm applying the Trott-Strzebonski technique in order to replace inside a held expression. ...
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Nothing appears in simple plot

I'm trying to get the following simple code to work. (The code is just supposed to graph the norm of the second derivative of a vector function). ...
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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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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 does evaluating an integral within a Plot expression take so long? [duplicate]

I want to evaluate Plot[Integrate[Sin[((1 + 1/2) x)] (1/(2 Sin[(x/2)]) - 1/x), {x, 0, t}], {t, 0, 5}] but it takes ages to load on Corei3 computer with ...
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Half-delayed evaluation

In a certain wider context, I need to make some delayed definitions, such as x := a + b + c, but within these definitions I want ...
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Notification when evaluation completes [duplicate]

I thought it would be fun to see a list of ways to have Mathematica notify you when a long evaluation completes. There are a few posts up already that address specific methods, given below, but not ...
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RandomReal behavior in Block environment [duplicate]

I ran into an unexpected behavior of RandomReal function inside the Block environment. If I simplify my problem: I wanted to use two random local variables, such that the second one would be less that ...
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How to tell Mathematica not to simplify an expression

While there is this question with a very similar title, it does not answer my question, which is: I have part of an input, in my case Re[Exp[I*x]] which ...
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How to modify the file “KeyEventTranslations.tr” to use Enter to evaluate the current cell? [duplicate]

I asked the following question before, but I do not think it has been fully answered. By default, we use Shift+Enter to evaluate the current cell, and use Enter to get a new line. Is there a way ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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Evaluate integral of a series

I want to evaluate this integral, but it won't work. Does anyone knows why? ...
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Can I have Mathematica show intermediate forms before final evaluation?

If I have x = 2 and I want to evaluate y = x^2 I would like to the output to show ...
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Extract the real components from a very large expression

Suppose I have a very long expression (>500,000 characters) which contains a mixture of real and imaginary terms. e.g ...
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is there a way to construct a pattern that would trigger when an expression is used as a held/unevaluated in some form?

For example, consider the following code f[x_] := (Print["evaluated f"]; workWith[x]); We use it, then f evaluates: ...
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Selecting expressions from a sequence that are not subexpressions of earlier elements

I have a While loop that generates and prints an expression on each iteration (there can be thousands of iterations). UPDATE: Some expressions are generated in ...
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Nested Derivative

These two expressions are mathematically the same, but when substituting with the same rule, yield different results. What is happening? ...
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Where do Mathematica's probability functions draw a line in the sand for predicates?

Thinking about a recent question mis-posted here (belonged on math), I noted the following. A contrived example - probability that a or b are 1: ...
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Merging two held expressions into a held compound expression

Consider e1 = Hold[a = x + x; b = y + y + y]; e2 = Hold[c = a + a + b + b + b; c^2]; How can I obtain the following? ...
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Why does Plot[Hold[x], {x,0,1}] work?

It appears that, counter to my expectation, all of these (and probably many others) seem to work fine: ...
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Assign a value to a variable without using Set or SetDelayed?

I supose probably yes, but at the end I assume that internally mathematica has to use Set or SetDelayed. Am I right? Background: I am developing a super simple phraser that takes a code description ...
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Commutative algebra by generators and quadratic relations

My apologies if this has been asked before. Please also be gentle, as this is my first question here. I am trying to define a commutative algebra by generators and relations in the following way. ...
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Stopping a head from evaluating more than once

While attempting to answer my own question, Is there a way to "hold" prefix / infix / postfix notation?, I came across the need to evaluate a recursive function only one level deep. For ...
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How to see which arguments are passed into a function

It is often that one wonders which arguments are evaluated before being passed into a function. I would like to know if it is possible to see which argumets are being passed into a function without ...
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Cell seems to be evaluating in exponential time even though it shouldn't

I am trying to implement Newton's method for a given function f[x] and a starting x-value xval. The code should print out each new x-value as it approaches one of the zeroes of the functions. g[x] is ...
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How to find out what files are touched when Get is called?

Is there a way to capture all package files touched whenever a package is called via Get, Needs, ...
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Defining Piecewise Functions in Modules

In short, my question is the same as my previous one except that everything is now wrapped up in a module. The relevant code I'm working with is: ...
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Is there a way to stop evaluation immediately?

Sometimes I'll have a loop that I accidentally made too big. I'll evaluate, and MM will try to run through the entire loop. The program itself doesn't actually seem frozen... I can go to Evaluation-> ...
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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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Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll?

Why does $Failed have attribute HoldAll? Are there typical situations where $Failed is ...
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Generating an editable table that can be used as input

Say I have a number $n_{max}$. I want a command to generate a table like 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 ... nmax nmax where the second column is editable, and this table can be ...
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Why does Mathematica evaluate Sin[2.0] but not Sin[2]?

I can't understand why is it that In[88]:= Sin[2] Out[88]= Sin[2] while In[89]:= Sin[2.0] Out[89]= 0.909297 I even tried ...
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Pass unevaluated function with evaluated arguments

I am almost sure that this question has been asked somewhere. I found similar ones, but I cannot find exactly what I need, which might mean that I am on the wrong track. I search a method to pass an ...
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Faster evaluation of an expression for brute force optimization [duplicate]

I'm trying to bruteforce an optimization problem and I want to generate roughly a million function evaluations. I was wondering what would be the best for me to do in terms of having the expressions ...
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How to define the irrational domain or any other arbitrary domain?

I have found no way to define the domain of Irrational numbers. I can easily define a test to see if a number is irrational by defining: ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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Converting expression into string without evaluating it

How can one convert a Mathematica expression into a string without the expression being evaluated first? I tried using Hold, but it returns ...
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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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Dynamic [ NotebookEvaluate [“_”] ]

A nice way to centralize various tasks in one notebook is the NotebookEvaluation function. For instance I can evaluate ten notebooks from a single notebook (e.g. ...