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

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Implement settable properties

I am looking for advice on implementing the following. (It is possible that the answer is that it is simply not a good idea to do this.) I would like to have an object similar to ...
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How to make Mathematica show intermediate steps in integral [duplicate]

I want to know how Mathematica evaluates this integral: $PV \int _ {0} ^ {i \infty} d \tau \, \frac{e^{-\frac{\tau^2}{2 M^2}}(b^2 - 3 τ^2)^2 (|b^2+\tau^2|-(b^2-\tau^2))}{\tau (\tau^2 - b^2)}$, where ...
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Strange behavior when setting NumericQ of a symbol

It happens both in v9&v10. If you try this a^0 a^0 (1/a)^(3/2) a^0 (1/a)^(5/2) Mathematica returns 1 (1/a)^(3/2) (1/a)^(5/2) It's trivial. However,...
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function definition with a given list of parameters: how to use Evaluate[] properly?

given a list of variables variables = {a, b, c}; I want to automatically define a function f[{a_,b_,c_},x_] := g[a,b,c,x] (...
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There is an issue with Manipulate in which it updates its argument twice in V10

I have asked this question before (here) and I thought that the issue is only when moving the Notebook window. It appears that Manipulate is working in weird manner. ...
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How to make strong assumptions?

Or put in another way, how to make a variable behave as it belongs to a specific domain, even outside the use of simplify or other commands alike? For example: ...
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How to prevent long evaluation and infinite loops [duplicate]

I'm new to this, so sometimes I accidentally ask Mathematica to do calculations with numbers so big that it can't handle it and it immediately freezes my laptop to the point where there's nothing I ...
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Context “Unique to This Notebook” makes variables black even if they're not defined?

I'm trying to use this technique to keep variables separated between different notebooks. It seems to be working fine, except that variables turn black as soon as they are evaluated — any ideas why ...
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How to evaluate some parts of an expression inside Hold? [duplicate]

I want to return a Hold expression but with some parts pre-evaluated. The easiest way to explain this is probably through code example. Here is what I have ...
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How to abort running evaluation?

I would like to implement a "Stop" Button into a program that basically consists of a loop. Unfortunately I do not how to interrupt the running evaluation. Minimal Example: ...
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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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subtlety of self-defined function and its evaluation [duplicate]

I wrote a simple code as follows f[x_,y_]:=NIntegrate[x+z,{z,0,1}]; g[x_,y_]:=NIntegrate[y+z,{z,0,1}]; VectorPlot[{f[x,y],g[x,y]},{x,0,1},{y,0,1}] then ...
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Smart pointer for Mathematica?

Would the implementation of the smart pointer idea be possible in Mathematica ? Let's say I have an object "o" of the form Class[object] where object is an Association, and Class has the HoldFirst ...
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Trying to calculate derivatives of spherical harmonics

I am trying to confirm what is shown on this website: http://functions.wolfram.com/Polynomials/SphericalHarmonicY/20/01/01/0001/ But when I type ...
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Another difference between Set and Setdelayed. Evaluation shortcut?

A little while ago I wondered why f[x_] = f[x] gives an infinite iteration. I ended up discovering the following difference in evaluation between ...
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Using up-values and down-values

I have a problem I'm trying hard to find a solution for, although I don't know if a solution exists. The following rules produce the result e[2].f[] ...
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Evaluation order in polynomials

I'm confused by the evaluation order of polynomials containing division. Consider these two polynomials: (x^2 + y) z/w (1) a/b (2) And their tree ...
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Evaluation control with TagSet

Suppose I have a property associated with two functions using TagSet: ...
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Delayed evaluation of assignment

I have a set of PDE's that depend on parameters. They depend on many parameters, but for simplicity we can here assume that they depend only on one, say a. I want ...
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Why returning False? [closed]

Can anyone explain the false? I'm trying to grab co-efficient in front of X^2 I think. I say I think as I'm following my tutors example using his screenshot the only difference between his question ...
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Mathematica shift-enter problem [closed]

Would really appreciate if someone can help with this problem: When I first open a Mathematica note book, say you do 1+2 and press shift-enter. As expected, I get "3" as the output. Now suppose you ...
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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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Is this caused by round-off errors?

Let's consider this integration Integrate[ E^(4 n x s) (1 - x)^(-1 + 4 n μ) x^(-1 + 4 n ν), {x, 0, 1}] It returns ...
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Failed to use N[%] for a infinite series

I am trying to evaluate a infinite series: $$ 2 \sum _{l=1}^{\infty } \Re\left(n^{\frac{2 i \pi l}{\log (q)}} \Gamma \left(\alpha -\frac{2 i l \pi }{\log (q)}\right)\right) $$ With the code: ...
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Associativity of `/@` [duplicate]

Why are the following not equivalent: Map[Line, Map[(Print[#]; #) &, {{{2, 1}, {1, 1}}, {{-2, 1}, {3, 1}}}]] which produces ...
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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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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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Unknown Power showing up in Formula [closed]

I have the following worksheet below. (I took a screen shot because I didn't know how to type the code for the particular function). Circled in red are powers that shouldn't be there and yet ...
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Context unique to each group at a specified level

Are there any new tools in v10 that might be applicable to this problem? Recent versions of Mathematica provide the option of having a unique $Context for each ...
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How to understand the difference between Sqrt and Log after ClearAll them

I came across this post, here I change the last line of the code Unprotect[Sqrt]; Sqrt[x_] = "blahblah"; Protect[Sqrt]; Sqrt[2] "blahblah" ...
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When must I use the Return function?

In a comment to my answer to this question, QuantumDot asks, "Where can I find more information on when I must use the 'Return' function?". I found this too deep a question to be answered by leaving a ...
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Why does Rule behave like this?

Why does {x, x^2, x^3, a, b} /. x^n_ -> f[n] result in {x, f[2], f[3], a, b} when ...
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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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Package function not evaluating

I have a short package like this: ...
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Aborting from a Dialog box

I'm trying to abort a While cycle, with a dialog box. I've tried the following: ...
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Evaluation indicator for a notebook

I have a GUI with a number of TabView and other Manipulate controls. Sometimes clicking from one tab view to the other can take ...
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Difference between Evaluation>>Quit Kernel and Quit[]

What is the difference between Evaluation >> QuitKernel and Quit[]? Both seem to quit the kernel (and clearing all ...
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Evaluating Expectation [duplicate]

I would like to have a result equal to a function : ...
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Integration with mathematica? [closed]

I am very new to Mathematica. I am trying to evaluate ∫ (1+lnx)Sqrt(1+(xlnx)^2) using Mathematica. I know a substitution must be done so I have set ...
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Mathematica displays the unevaluated expression Expectation function

The evaluation runs for a few seconds and then Mathematica displays the unevaluated expression Expectation function ...
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How Can Notebook Know When it Called by Another Notebook?

I would like a notebook to behave slightly differently depending on whether it is evaluated from another notebook; i.e., ...
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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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How to abort silently?

I want to Abort[] an evaluation without generating this message: $Aborted Is there a way to do this? This messages modifies my notebook, and I don't want this to ...
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$Epilog does not work when exit

The following code does work: $Epilog := Print@1; Quit[]; But if I close the document and exit WM or click QuitKernel, it does not work. Why?
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Strange behavior of the Evaluate function

I am solving a system of differential equation whose unknown are saved under variable vec={C00,C01,C10,C11} and the solutions are saved under variable ...
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Is it possible to pipe the output of EvaluationMonitor to Excel?

I have an EvaluationMonitor setup to capture the points processed by NIntegrate. This is a case where the same function, integrated over the same region in cartesian coordinates yields a dramatically ...
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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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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. ...