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

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Is there a way to force Mathematica 8 to expand $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$?

The function PowerExpand[z^(a+b)] does not transform $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$. Is there a way to force Mathematica 8 to expand $z^{a+b}$ into $z^a z^b$? In this ...
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Evaluating a Recursive Expression

Why does this raise an error ...
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Setting a lower limit on calculation time

Sometimes it can come in handy to set a lower limit for a calculation. Consider for example an animation that is generated by some infinite loop, which would run way too fast to display properly for ...
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Behavior of expression evaluation in Plot

I'm confused with Mathematica's way of parsing expressions. I've been struggling with this for a while and never found an exhaustive answer, sometimes things don't parse the way I think they would ...
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Tweaking Prime[n] to return 1 when n==0

I manually evaluate this cell to set Prime[0] Unprotect[Prime] Prime[0] = 1 Protect[Prime] I manually evaluate this cell to reset Prime[0] ...
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How can I test properties of a symbol without unwanted evaluation

Problem How to get the head, size, dimensions, etc. of a symbol without evaluating it? Since Mathematica does not allocate fix storage space and type to symbols it is not trivial to query runtime ...
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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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DynamicModule, SaveDefinitions and global functions

Unfortunately, I had not checked stackoverflow, because there, the exact same behavior was already reported. Please see the Q&A "SaveDefinitions considered dangerous". Up-front, I'm on Ubuntu ...
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Manipulate a Plot that contains a variable that contains symbol [duplicate]

This snippet mm = m Manipulate[{mm, Plot[mm x, {x, 0, 1}]}, {m, 0, 1}] (m is not defined anywhere) produces a sadly fixed ...
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Problem with inequality using refine

I am using inequalities to follow some line of reasoning in Mathematica and I came across a problem I can not explain to myself. Does from a>=0 and b>=0 not follow a+b >= 0? How does Mathematica ...
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Help on evaluation control?

I want to plot series of slopes: x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x... I'm trying to do this: ...
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Efficiently evaluating a held expression directly from a list

I am able to evaluate a held expression that I have put on a list by: ReleaseHold[expressionList[[1]]] and ...
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Evaluation order of Button[]'s action

it looks like it should be well known issue but I haven't found answer anywhere. Please tell me why the result (after clicking) of this: ...
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Replace symbols with values without evaluation

If I have assigned values to a, b and c: ...
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Using a variable to tell Mathematica which existing variable to manipulate

I have an estimation routine I have coded up, I want now to do some tests on it where I pick a particular parameter and run the estimation for differing values of that parameter. What I want is to be ...
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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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Alternative to using global variables in functions?

Often times I find myself using unevaluated variables (i.e. they show up blue) as dummy variables in whatever I'm returning such that I can evaluate them as needed later on. A simple example is as ...
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Log function - why is Log[b,b] not being evaluated to 1?

Have been experimenting with the Log function to demonstrate simple Log relationships such as Log[xy], Log[x+y] etc. ...
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Algebraic expressions on pure functions

I would like to know how to perform algebraic operations with pure functions. Simple version: Here's a silly toy model: I want to transform the algebraic expression Sin*Cos into the function ...
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Turning evaluation off

I am making a directed graph, but Mathematica keeps trying to evaluate my labels. I know that I can just use " ", but I have a lot of input. Is there a way to turn evaluation off? ...
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Set promotes Rule to RuleDelayed?

In mentally building a model of how Mathematica works, I naively expected Set to create a Rule in a symbol's ...
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Side-effecting an array in an association?

I'm working on some classical data structures (stack, queue, etc.) and want to mimic oo style in MMA. As a first attempt, I want to store an array in an Association, like this: ...
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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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UpValues evaluation with Dot operator

I would like to simplify some database notation, and I'm doing some tests with UpValues for that. For example, if I set this Upvalue fot tab1: ...
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Assigning an equation as a variable

I am compiling a calculator where many slider parameters are used to define a value, where the defined value may then be reused to define another value. I am unable able to, or at least been ...
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Why can't Mathematica parallelize this?

The following code makes mathematica print "ParallelTable::nopar1: [...] cannot be parallelized; proceeding with sequential evaluation." ...
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Gateaux (directional) derivatives and higher order differentials of a functional

I would like to calculate the Gateaux derivative of a functional (i.e. a function depending on functions). A simple example for the Dirichlet functional: $L(u(x))=\int_0^1 \frac{1}{2} (u'(x))^2 dx$ ...
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How to localize symbols on the right-hand side of Rule when using ReplaceAll?

I am frustrated by the following: {1, 2, 3.0} /. a_Integer -> a + 1 The a on the left side of the arrow is localized and ...
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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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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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Why is held expression evaluated?

Context: I'm studying non-linear dynamics. As part of a bigger problem, I'd like to generate lists of the form {{deq, ic1}, {deq, ic2}, ...}, where ...
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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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Stop TradtionalForm evaluating expression

I'm trying to get this expression to display as typed instead of evaluating the 1/1.121. ...
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Print prints into the Messages notebook rather than into the evaluation notebook

Some time ago I noticed that the results of the evaluating the function Print[something] does not emerge in a new cell created in the notebook where the operation ...
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Apply a function to the current selection in place

Say a have the function foo: foo[x_] := x + 2 Like the Evalution ...
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How to calculate the residue of $1/f(z)$ at a numerical approximation to a root of $f(z)$?

The input Residue[1/DirichletL[19,10,s],{s,s0}] gives 0 even when s0 is a root. For ...
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Evaluate in Plot leads to function error

Please help - I'm really struggling to understand why this evaluates with errors. ...
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Overloading conjugate operator for a particular function

I trying to modify the behaviour of the built-in Conjugate[] operator on a particular function I have defined, to take into account that some of its variables are ...
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ExampleData menu view

I'm trying to build an ExampleData browser, so that the "collection"/"type" is selectable in a drop down menu, and the "name" is selectable in another drop down menu. What I have so far: ...
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Why even try the semantic constraints, if expression can't match the pattern structure?

This result is unexpected: Trace[MatchQ[{7}, {_?NumberQ, __}], NumberQ] (* -> {{NumberQ[7], True}} *) Why evaluate ...
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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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Keep data in memory inside a notebook without having to evaluate it again [duplicate]

I have a notebook that calculates some data in a relatively large time so I want to keep these data saved inside the notebook without recalculate them every time I open the notebook. I know I can ...
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FunctionInterpolation Errors / Question re Evaluation Order and Options

I have using Mathematica functions that takes a Cartesian coordinate relative to the Earth (xyz) and converts it to a latitude, longitude, and altitude (lla). And here it is: ...
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Mathematica automaticly evaluates some cells

Is there a command or a trick to tell Mathematica to not automaticly evaluate some cells? I use the NMinimize function to calculates some coordinates and then use ...
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Order of operations, precedence in Mathematica [duplicate]

I get confused in the order of operations in Mathematica. For example, f /@ 10^{1, 2, 3} {10, 100, 1000} In my head, that ...
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A design of abstract data structures: How robust is the presented design? [closed]

EDIT: An envisioned answer to this post should be in the form of a mathematica code that can demonstrate how the internal checks discussed below can be bypassed. Everything goes... On my part, I think ...
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Non-preemptive evaluation of a dynamic function? [duplicate]

I want to monitor a long calculation that is triggered by the release of a Slider. While one can indicate running calculations when the main evaluation loop is ...
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A is fast, B is fast, but together they're Mathematica-crashing slow?

I'm trying to do something with finding solutions to a quantum mechanics problem with n wells. If there are 40 wells, I need to find the solution to an equation in the form: ...