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

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Applying a function with the HoldAll attribute inside NestList

I'm trying to write an update function, which can be applied to a list and then to NestList it. As the function has to manipulate the given variable I figured I ...
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Graph does not evaluate some options when not displayed

How can I force Graph to evaluate all its options without actually displaying the graph itself? Evaluating the following code ignores the ...
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How is LHS = RHS; … ; RHS (nontrivially) different from … ; RHS

I'm trying to understand how Mathematica thinks about the results of Set. Suppose we perform LHS = RHS. I'm focusing on when ...
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Why do certain fractional values in TriangleWave not evaluate?

While answering another question I discovered that TriangleWave does not automatically evaluate when given certain fractional values, specifically fractions with a ...
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Evaluation order control

This question is related to Evaluation order of Button[]'s action Concusion was, Button[]'s actions are evaluated in preemptive link so "the code that needs ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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Strange Behavior when making Equal Listable in Pick

While trying to make this problem more efficient I tried different methods and dabbled with making Greater and Equal ...
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Problem with ParametricPlot of multiple Curves

I have written a function f[Ne,t,T], that gives back a list of results when evaluated with numeric values of the variables Ne, ...
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Changes in Handling of Real Zeros

I recently upgraded from Mathematica 5 to Mathematica 8 and I have a number of notebooks that no longer work correctly. The problems relate to the use of units. I don't need complicated unit ...
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Speeding up mathematica by subsitituting numerical values

According to this Wolfram Blog post, one can speed up Mathematica code by substituting numerical values as soon as possible. How does one substitute before the main expression is evaluated? The ...
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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 print stack trace when TimeConstrained times out

According to the documentation, TimeConstrained generates an interrupt which interrupts the computation. This interrupt is treated just like an abort, at least in ...
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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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Are there any videos that show how different Mathematica expressions are evaluated?

Are there any videos that show how different Mathematica expressions are represented internally as object graphs and demonstrate how they are transformed during an evaluation? I am asking because I ...
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Strange Behavior with RegionPlot

Consider the following code. RegionPlot[Print[{x, y}], {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, PlotPoints -> 2] ...
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will the same result be evaluated twice per evaluation?

here is the silly question of mine, if mathematica takes 3 seconds to evaluate the function ...
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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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Getting terms and only evaluate specific parts

I want to expand the expression but I do not want it to evaluate. Sum[(HoldForm[1/(2 # - 1) - 1/(2 # + 1)] &)[i], {i, 1, 6}] However if you evaluate this you ...
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Choosing an initializer list in With

I'm trying to have several initializer lists in a With function and choose which one I want to use. So far I have this: ...
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Why the difference?

When I do the double sum using the sigma notation I get $$1 + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\sum_{k = n}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(k+2)k!}$$ $1 + e - \cosh[1]$ When I do the sums as below, I get the expected ...
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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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Replace symbols with values without evaluation

If I have assigned values to a, b and c: ...
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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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With command does not behave as expected according to its Attributes

The attributes of the With command are HoldAll which means it should not evaluate its arguments before its starts its business. ...
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How do you configure Mathematica 9 to automatically evaluate all notebooks?

I have a Mathematica 6 course that I am using in Mathematica 9; there is no updated version. Every time I open a notebook I have to go to the Evaluation menu and click on "Evaluate Notebook". Is there ...
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How to make a function that evaluates an expression?

I'm trying to make a function where the input is an expression, but somehow it just won't be evaluated. For example, this little function doesn't work: ...
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Can a Table iterator “leak” into a Module?

I want to repeatedly call a module by using a Table statement. When I use an i iterator in the Table command calling the module, I receive the error message ...
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Can $\it{every}$ usage of While be changed into NestWhile?

Ok, I think this problem is more close to philosophy. :P I've some idea now. But I'm not sure whether it's correct. For the purpose of convenience, I will use some C-like code instead of MMA's. A ...
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Equivalent of __FILE__?

Many languages define a special identifier whose value is the path to the source file currently being processed. (For example, in C, this is done through the ...
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Unexpected behavior of Unevaluated

Maybe it is about time I read some proper text about the main loop. Maybe I should not care (so much) about Unevaluated (as Leonid suggests). But I think this is an interesting question anyway. This ...
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Example from Mathematica documentation (ExtremeValueDistribution) seems to be evualting “forever”

I am referring to this example at the reference page for the extreme value distribution: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/ExtremeValueDistribution.html#6764486 The first three commands ...
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How can I create a custom control which evaluates to a list of values or replacements?

I have a set of variables which are used in various places in my calculations (solving a system, initial conditions, etc.). In order to make this easier to deal with, I want to make a control-like ...
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How can I kill one evaluator from another?

I have a kernel named A in one notebook and other notebook with kernel B, how can I kill B from A?
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Pre and Post in a Block[]

Why does Block[{$Pre = ( 1 + #) &}, 1] produce 1 while ...
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Identical code, different answers?

I'm having some trouble with identical code giving different answers. On a fresh kernel (MM 9.0.0.0, Windows 64-bit), running the same code, copy-paste, gives two different answers: ...
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Assumptions seem not to be considered

In the following a,b is a probability distribution, i.e. a+b==1 with ...
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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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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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What do the hashtags represent in the result of Solve, and how should I use them? [duplicate]

There is a function that I'm trying to get the inverse of. My function is a simple polynomial: Tn[T_] := 4/9 T^3/Tc^2 + 5/9 T Now I tried to find ...
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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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Prevent evaluation of certain cells / code segments

I´m not quite sure if I ask a stupid question but I could not find an appropriate answer in the forum... I have a variety of cells (= code segments) in my notebook which I would like to evaluate in ...
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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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Slowdown of Flat attributed function

I was trying to write an associative function f using the attribute Flat. ...
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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 ...