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

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Pre and Post in a Block[]

Why does Block[{$Pre = ( 1 + #) &}, 1] produce 1 while ...
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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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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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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 could I set TimeConstrained globally?

I want to set TimeConstrained globally, I tried use $PrePrint as bellowed script: ...
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A pre-parsed HoldForm

HoldForm holds an expression's parsed form not its actual "inputted form" e.g. ...
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How to define an expression which is differently evaluated in calculations and printed

Let's say, we have a list: values = {1.2, 0.04, 0.9}; Is it possible to replace 0.04 by some expression, which displays as ...
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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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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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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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Formal Differentiation

I'm trying to formally differentiate an expression. (I am aware of how to differentiate formally?, but am unable to generalize the idea) For example: ...
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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 ...
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Why the flat f[x] is treated as ghostHead_[f[x]]?

While reading this answer I feel confused. If we do not care any specific detail of the original question, then ybeltukov's answer essentially makes use of the following fact ...
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Can I define an axiomatic (Boolean algebra) system and prove theorems using Mathematica?

The general question is Can I define an axiomatic system and prove theorems using Mathematica? The more concrete one is about Boolean algebra. I consider this axiomatic Boolean algebra system ...
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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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Use EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me only after long evaluation

Is it possible to use the option EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me (e.g. with a Beep[]) when an evaluation that took ...
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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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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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Even with Evaluate[], Mathematica is plotting everything in the same color

The code evals[x_?NumericQ] := Eigenvalues[{{x^2, 2 x}, {x, 3 x^2}}]; Plot[Evaluate[evals[x]], {x, -1, 1}] gives both eigenvalues in the same color. I thought ...
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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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Summation of If statements

The following made me curious. Suppose you want to sum the if statement If[x[i] < 1., x[i]^2, 0.] over i=1,2, i.e. ...
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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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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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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 force evaluation on the right of an @ operator?

Is there a way to force evaluation on the right before the Prefix operator (@) without using parentheses? I came across this question when I was working with the ...
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Evaluation control with TagSet

Suppose I have a property associated with two functions using TagSet: ...