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

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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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Pre and Post in a Block[]

Why does Block[{$Pre = ( 1 + #) &}, 1] produce 1 while ...
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setting a variable equal to the output of FindRoot

So I set a function f[x] f[x_] := x*E^(-x) - 0.16064 Then I set a variable 'actualroot' to the function FindRoot, starting at 3 ...
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Append fixed value to random selection of list

(This question might be an application of this other question, but there might be another solution specific to this application that I'm not aware of.) I am currently in a situation in which (in a ...
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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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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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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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Controlling evaluation in a custom summation function

I'm doing some computations that involve summations with many indices over the same range - consider the simplified example Sum[a[i,j],{i,1,2},{j,1,2}]. To prettify ...
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How to adapt MSPToExpression function in $PrePrint?

I am introducing the mathematica Security (MSP module) to our system. The Document suggests use MSPToExpression as followed: ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a method to send different Cell evaluation to different core?

I am running Mathematica on a computer with multi CPU 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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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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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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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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Difference between Initialization Cell and Group

Is there a difference between setting a Cell or a Group of cells to be an ...
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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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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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Strange behavior of ArcTan [duplicate]

I've noticed a strange behavior of Mathematica's ArcTan function with two arguments. If both arguments are 0 or ...
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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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Blocking dialog with a blocking child dialog

Suppose I have a DialogInput, in which there is a Button. The Button can trigger another ...
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Simple arithmetic with Irrationals fails [closed]

While solving a simple puzzle that asked for a few calculations in plane geometry, I ended up with this expression: $-\frac{55}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{27233}}{2}+\frac{1}{2}(55-\sqrt{27233})$ Or, 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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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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Is there a way to stop evaluation immediately?

Sometimes I'll have a loop that I accidentally made too big. I'll evaluate, and MM will try to run through the entire loop. The program itself doesn't actually seem frozen... I can go to Evaluation-> ...
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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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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: ...
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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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Optimize evaluation time for a Quantum Walk simulation

Here's the problem. I'm trying to simulate a noisy Quantum Walk to obtain results similar to these, experimentally obtained. I wrote my code, and I get results which are in accordance to what I ...
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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 ...