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

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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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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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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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How to NOT simplify fraction

How can I prevent Mathematica from simplifying fractions? What I would like to do is run a test on a list of fractions to see how many are in their reduced form. For example, I have a list: ...
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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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Output an Expression in terms of GoldenRatio

Sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm new). I swear I searched and read forums first! I'm trying to rewrite expressions in terms of the Golden Ratio. For example, I know 9+4Sqrt[5] is Phi^6, but can ...
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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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Evaluation of Derivative in a Module

Can someone help me understand the evaluation procedure in the following two pieces of code? ...
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Evaluation control with TagSet

Suppose I have a property associated with two functions using TagSet: ...
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ReplacePart equivalent for Associations

I have a fairly complicated Association. I wish to use/create a function such as ReplacePart to operate on certain Keys within this multi-level Association. Here's ...
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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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Is there anything like a C pointer (or returning a reference) in $Mathematica$?

I want to do in Mathematica what the following does in C. ...
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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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Confused with HoldForm in Postfix notation

Why does the following code produce different result? In my mental model, they should be the same. ...
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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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Why doesn't my expression evaluate at the subkernel?

Consider this code: ...
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Defining a function that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function

To save time when debugging with Print statements, I'd like to define a function -- call it PrintVal -- that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function. ...
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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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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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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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Use output of NDSolve as an integration limit of NIntegrate

I've been working on a ODE, for a function y[t], that, due to it's complexity, has to be solved numerically. I then need to use the results of NDSolve, which I ...
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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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A problem about sorting final result

Three days ago, I asked a question about B-Spline Basis fuction here @Michael E2 given a solution to make the order of interval looks normal The easiest way would be to sort it afterwards: ...
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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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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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is there a method to send different cell evaluation to different core

I am running Mathematica on a computer with mulicpu and every cpu has multicore. I am wondering if there exist a method to send different cell evaluation to different core? So if I already have a ...
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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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Simplify with assumption of unknown function [duplicate]

I have an unknown multivariate function entry[x,y,z], which is positive. Then how to get FALSE and entry[1,2,3] in the following evaluations? ...
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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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Regarding Evaluated True

Done a bit of reading: Normal[Series[ ]] does not give a normal expression Regarding the Evaluated->True, consider: ...
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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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Functional-Style Fixed-Length Queue Object?

Following up on question Side-effecting an array in an association? and @Mr.Wizard's answer in there, I'm modernizing and tweaking Daniel Lichtblau's efficient queues and ran into a little roadblock. ...
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Memory problem in Mathematica 10

I'm having a problem with memory. I'm doing nonliner fits of several data lists to a system of differential equations. When I evaluate the "Do" cycle the memory grows with the iteration step up to my ...
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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? ...