How to manipulate expressions structurally, not necessarily complying with the rules of algebra.

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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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Extracting function calls from an expression

I have an expression like this: expr = F[0, 1] + 2 F[0, 0] - 17*F[2, 0] and I want to transform it to a list consisting of all function calls with its arguments: ...
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Merging two held expressions into a held compound expression

Consider e1 = Hold[a = x + x; b = y + y + y]; e2 = Hold[c = a + a + b + b + b; c^2]; How can I obtain the following? ...
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Using FunctionExpand to evaluate symbolic derivatives

Some symbolic derivatives of certain special function are not expanded automatically, but FunctionExpand often helps to get a derivative-free closed form ...
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How to combine DifferenceRoot objects for odd and even-indexed terms

I'm trying to analyze a certain infinite sequence $S$, indexed by positive integers starting from $1$. It can be split into two subsequences: $S^{odd}$ by removing all even-indexed elements and ...
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Is it possible to disable assumptions used by FullSimplify for zero testing [closed]

Sometimes when I invoke FullSimplify on a large expression, I get a series of messages like this: ...
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Partial result of aborted evaluation of FullSimplify

When FullSimplify invoked on a large expression, it can run for hours. If I do not have time to wait, and abort the evaluation, I get no result, although, ...
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Why is ^^ff not the same as ^^ToExpression[“ff”]?

I want to convert a hexadecimal string to a decimal (base 10) number: 16^^ff 16^^ToExpression["ff"] The 1st line returns the correct answer of 255, while the 2nd ...
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Set gives an unexpected error message (Set::partw)

Here is a minimal example: s = 1 /(a + b[3]) + 1 /(2 a + b[3]); s[[1]] = Sum[s[[1]] /. b[3] -> k, {k, 3}] s[[4]] s[[4]] = Sum[s[[4]] /. b[3] -> k, {k, 3}] ...
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How to convert the expression '{a->a0, b->b0}' to the expression 'a=a0; b=b0'? [duplicate]

How to convert the expression '{a->a0, b->b0}' to the expression 'a=a0; b=b0'? I think this is a common question and do not know if someone has asked it before. Any help or suggestion will be ...
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Counting multiplications (complexity function)

I'm trying to count the number of times multiplication appears in an expression (for the purpose of constructing a ComplexityFunction that would help me simplify a terrible algebraic expression for ...
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How to collect expressions from cells created by Print?

I have a notebook where evaluation of a certain cell produced hundreds of adjacent output cells using Print. I need to create a list containing all expressions from ...
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check if the expression is a equation

I need to check if the expression is a correct equation with only 1 variable x and without functions, that are not build into Mathematica. For example Sin[x]==0 ...
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How to bail out from a non-applicable transformation function?

I provide a custom function in TransformationFunctions options of FullSimplify that can do a transformation only for some values ...
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Replace doesn't replace the denominator [duplicate]

I have the following expression in Mathematica -((E^(2 - 2 Sqrt[(x[1] - x[2])^2]) (x[1] - x[2]))/Sqrt[(x[1] - x[2])^2]) I want to replace anything of the ...
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How to extract a possible closed form from WolframAlpha[] output

To find a possible closed form of a number, I can use the function WolframAlpha["6.38905609893065", IncludePods -> "PossibleClosedForm"] It returns a result ...
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I want to define a function that has integer power [closed]

I am defining this function: f[x_] = kr*g[x] + (c^l*x^l)/(KIR + c^l*x^l) But I want to make l bigger than 0, so if I evaluate ...
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Operations on expressions within Hold [duplicate]

I want to convert {Hold[1 + 2], Hold[3 + 4], Hold[5*6]} into Hold[{1 + 2, 3 + 4, 5*6}]. I have tried ...
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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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Why is ToRadicals[] not able to handle all cases? Is there a workaround?

The documentation for the function ToRadicals says: ♦ There are some cases in which expressions involving radicals can in principle be given, but ...
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How to automatically get rid of trig functions in an expression?

I have a large expression containing many terms like this: Sin[1/2 ArcTan[(2 Log[5])/(Log[5]^2 - 2)]] where a trig function is invoked on a rational multiple ...
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Need a generalization of RootApproximant to recognize linear combinations over algebraic numbers

RootApproximant does a very good job when I need to recognize an algebraic number and when enough of its digits are known (or even when an unlimited number of ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Sum

I am trying to use Mathematica to simplify a symbolic expression involving Sum. Particularly, I define a sum via ...
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How can I transfer mathematical expressions between Mathematica and Maple?

Is there a simple way to copy mathematical expressions between Mathematica and Maple (or at least in one direction)? I mean only expressions built from numbers and predefined mathematical functions, ...
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How to reduce the number of operations needed to evaluate an expression? [duplicate]

For some numerical calculations in C++ I have, for example, this complicated expression to evaluate. Given as Mathematica input, in its original form it is ...
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Summa package problem

I need to use the features of the Summa package but it doesn't work in Mathematica 9. It gives the error Cannot open Utilities`FilterOptions` My question is: ...
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Head and everything except Head?

I have been working on picking expressions apart using Head and Part and encountered a little mystery. Consider the canonical ...
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Detecting a more general pattern [duplicate]

I need a function that, given 2 patterns, determines if the first pattern is more general than the second (i.e. that any expression successfully matched by the second, will be successfully matched by ...
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A question about derivatives (cubics)

Given an equation: f(z) = a (x + I y)^3 + b (x + I y)^2 + c (x + i y) + d Which can be re-written as: ...
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Getting a usable expression tree

I need to get the expression tree for some expression. expr //TreeForm The above grabs the expression tree but it isn't in some sort of usable format. Just an ...
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Passing list of options to Plot

I'm looking for a way to create a variable that I can use to hold all of the graphics directives for, say, a plot command. For example, I have 8 plots with variations on the following: ...
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Replace inside Held expression

I wish to make functional replacement inside Held expression like this: ...
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How to unthread?

For example {a + b} == {c + d} // Thread (*{a + b == c + d}*) how to get {a + b} == {c + d} from ...
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What are the scoping rules for function parameters shadowing System` symbols?

Here are some very contrived code snippets, highly unlikely to appear in real code, but still I am curious why they behave like this: ...
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Assigning Sequence to Part of a SparseArray (bug?)

Part ▪ You can make an assignment like t[[spec]]=value to modify any part or sequence of parts in an expression. ▪ If ...
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Why is NHoldFirst not propagated to symbolic derivatives?

I encountered a nasty problem that N cannot evaluate expressions containing a symbolic Derivative of a multi-parameter function ...
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What are the default TransformationFunctions used in Simplify and FullSimplify?

If I do Simplify[(c^3 - s^3)^2 - (s^3 + c^3)^2, TransformationFunctions -> Automatic] (i.e. a verbose version of default behaviour), what transformation ...
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How to import a Microsoft Word document into Mathematica?

I have a Microsoft Word document in DOCX format. I need to import it into Mathematica as a String preserving all formatting (font, size, bold/italic style, colors, ...
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How can I get Mathematica to write Log instead of ArcTan?

ArcTan really bothers me, so is there a way to make Mathematica write Logarithm instead of ...
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How do I get my equation to have the form $(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 + (z-c)^2-d = 0$?

I want Mathematica to express the equation $$-11 - 2 x + x^2 - 4 y + y^2 - 6 z + z^2=0$$ in the form $$(x - 1)^2 + (y - 2)^2 + (z - 3)^2 - 25=0$$ How do I tell Mathematica to do that?
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Symbolic manipulation of functional form

I have a functional polynomial expression of the form: ...
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Comparing Mathematica expressions like diff

I am looking for a way to compare (or "diff") two Mathematica expressions, similarly to how to diff utility can compare two text files and report the differences. Has anyone already written such a ...
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Examine function parameters programmatically

I write a lot of scripts in Mathematica and I'd like to eliminate the boilerplate that parses command-line arguments and assigns them to variables of the correct type before doing the real work. I was ...
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How to extract the coefficient from an expression

Here is the expression. I want to extract the coefficient just as the table showing below. I can do it by hand, but I expect a code that can automatically identify how many differenct terms ...
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Trying to show an expression is always zero

I have a symbolic matrix $$m = \begin{pmatrix}A1 & B1 & C1\\A2 & B2 & C2 \\ A3 & B3 & C3\end{pmatrix}$$ and I believe that Det[m] is ...
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How do I expand a sum?

I have a problem with Mathematica's symbolic manipulations. As an example, consider the following expression: $$\sum _{i=1}^n -2 x_i \left(-a x_i-b+y_i\right)=0$$ How do I get Mathematica to expand ...