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

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Tracking Initialization

How to track Initialization step by step? Any tricky solution is ok. One condition, x should be ...
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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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Held keys in associations

Jacob Akkerboom commented: Note that PositionIndex does work correctly with held expressions, whereas this is a bit painful to implement using ...
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HoldForm doesn't hold form

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 In Mathematica version 10, HoldForm no longer produces the same results as in version 8 (edit: I only have versions ...
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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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Showing “updating…” message while Manipulate is re-evaluating

Is it possible to show a fixed text such as "updating..." instead of the last result shown, when Manipulate is re-evaluating an expression (in a slow evaluation ...
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Return partial result when MemoryConstrained aborts NDSolve

I use NDSolve to solve a large set (~400) of coupled ODEs. Sometimes, the memory (~4GB) gets filled up, and my computer becomes impossible to work with, because it ...
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Mathematica not responding

I am working in the field of applied physics. Some body suggested me to use Mathematica for plotting graphs and programming. After going through some tutorials, I have written the following code but ...
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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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System of Nonlinear equations with Gamma and Incomplete Gamma function

The next two nonlinear equations are cumulative ratios of a production system. The mathematical model includes two essential parameters (n, tau) that can be obtained by solving this system. I'm ...
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Menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” missing in V10

The menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” seems to have disappeared in Mathematica 10 on OS X. Well, this is a bummer. I personally use Mathematica for very long calculations, and I was using this ...
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Inactive derivative: extract constants

I have a problem with an unevaluated derivative. In the example code below, i need the integration wrt to y be evaluated, while the differentation wrt x needs to stay unevaluated. I see the point that ...
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kernel stops evaluation, clears variables

I am using the new Mathematica 10 student edition. As I am evaluating a table of integrals and calling NIntegrate repeatedly, the evaluation stops without error and the kernel clears all variables. ...
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What's the difference between this differentiation? [closed]

I've tried to evaluate a sum and get a result in terms of Zeta function. And I have results in two forms: ...
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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Get a “step by step” evaluation in Mathematica

Is it possible in Mathematica to get a step-by-step evaluation of some functions; that's to say, outputting not only the result but all the stages that have led to it? Example : Let's say I want to ...
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difficulty abstracting the OptionValue pattern

I am building lots of functions that use Options and OptionValue and wanted to reduce the redundancy in the expressions that ...
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Ivar error with Fit inside Plot

I'm trying to plot this Plot[Fit[med,{1,x},x],{x,0,10}] Why this doesn't work? I find out that if I do ...
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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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Functional-Style Partial Application and the Accumulator Pattern?

Following up on Functional-style Fixed-Length Queue Object?, I want to generalize it to a functional-style accumulator pattern. Lots of things look like accumulators, loosely defined as binary ...
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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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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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Avoid creation of OwnValues when inserting transformation rules into Experimental`OptimizeExpression

I have a large list of transformation rules that I want to simplify. I find Experimental`OptimizeExpression works as it gets me the answers. My question is: **I can only get this to work when I ...
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How to explain the behavior of Rule inside these functions [duplicate]

I'm trying to define a function that takes an expression and spits out a pure function involving a replacement rule of that function's variable. An example would be a function ...
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kernel Local crashes during the course of a For loop

I want to find the minimum of the function r[x,p] subject to the constraint w[x,p,t]==0 (t ...
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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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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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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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Evaluation inside Compile

here's a simple question: I have a function: ...
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How to simplify expression and use HoldForm at the same time?

Hopefully a simple problem for the experts here. I have a need many times to build a symbolic expression for an equation (say a PDE) to use for plot labels in a low level function inside ...
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Why does Mathematica appear to change the head of certain expressions?

I don't know if the question trivial or not (if so I will delete it), but here is what I have: I know that x x (* x^2 *) Looking at the full form gives ...
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Higher derivative [closed]

Is there more efficient way to rewrite this code in order to compute 2nd and higher derivatives of r=sqr{x^2+y^2+(z-a)^2}? ...
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Simplifying a symbolic product of rational powers

I'm trying to symbolically evaluate a lot of equations that can consist of up to 10 parameters. The form of these expressions is a product/quotient of rational powers of the mentioned parameters, ...
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Expressions to functions, and evaluation [duplicate]

When calculating derivatives a expression is the result: in:= f[x_,y_]:= 1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 y + 4 x y^2 in:= D[f[x,y],x] out= 2 + 6 x y + 4 y^2 how do i make this ...
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Order of Evaluate for Map

I would like to get a list of variable names as strings. For example, x = 1; y = 2; Map[SymbolName, Unevaluated /@ Unevaluated@{x, y}] {"x", "y"} This works ...
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Keyboard shortcut to evaluate notebook

(If this is entirely trivial, although I couldn't find an answer as much as I searched the archives, I will delete the question.) How could I add a keyboard shortcut to evaluate the entire notebook ...
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How to make a table of $\sum_{i=1}^n$?

I want to create a table of $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n i^k$ for $1\le k\le 5$. The output I want to obtain is a TeXForm output as follows. \begin{align} ...
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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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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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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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Prevent Part[] from trying to extract parts of symbolic expressions

If you have a list, e.g. {1, 2, 3} then you can extract the $k$th part using Part (...
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Timing of ParallelDo versus Do: simple example [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why a simple do-loop takes substantially longer when done in parallel than sequentially: ...
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Why doesn't a Composition[] hold its arguments and what can be done about it?

Now that Composition (also RightComposition) has shorthand syntax I am more inclined to use it, however what I feel should be ...
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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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Performance of Dispatch and lists of Rules

The issue outlined here seems to be no longer present in version 10, if you use a Dispatch table! This because a Dispatch table ...
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Pattern matching to head with HoldFirst

I want to define a function that only operates on expressions with a head from a given list, such as f[expr:(_And|_Or)] := Print["LHS is ", expr[[1]]]; This of ...
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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 get the absolute difference between two angles

I need a function that will give me the shortest separation between angles that range from -pi to pi. For example if I have two angles 3pi/4 and -3pi/4, I would like a function that will tell me pi/2 ...
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Generate conditions seems to not work [closed]

I am trying to compute the following integral Integrate[E^(I*k*Omega*t), {t,0,T}, GenerateConditions->True] for which Mathematica returns ...
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Why are functions called first-class objects in Mathematica?

I've heard lots of people say a function is a first-class object in Mathematica. "Everything is an expression, including function." "There is no distinction between functions and data." Having read ...