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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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Is there an analogue of the Variables command for general expressions?

The command Variables[poly] gives me a list of all variables that appear in the expression poly, which involved sums, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Conjugating symbolic expression

I am trying to conjugate a symbolic expression, and I have explicitly stated the real terms. However, I simply can't get it to work: ...
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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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Strange behavior of undocumented RawArray and ArrayObject expressions

I discovered several strange results and inconsistencies while trying to understand what undocumented RawArray and ArrayObject ...
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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 to convert an image to a compressed string representation equivalent to one copied to clipboard by `CopyToClipboard[image]`?

In my recent question I asked How to embed an image into a string? The suggested solution was ...
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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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How to embed an image into a string?

The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings can contain any sequence of ordinary and special characters: … Strings preserve ...
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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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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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Indexing of Large Autonomous System of Equations for Use in NDSolve

I currently have a list of ~150 autonomous DAE's (differential-algebraic equations) that I need to be able to work with using NDSolve. Fortunately I already have ...
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Symbolic manipulation of functional form

I have a functional polynomial expression of the form: ...
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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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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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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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Why is ReplaceAll behaving like this?

I'm learning to use the ReplaceAll function and I found the behavior of which is quite confusing. For Sqrt[f[x, y]] /. f[___] -> u Mathematica returns ...
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Dropping Higher Order Terms in symbolic evaluation

I have a series of symbolic manipulations (along with some coefficients). As a sample, here is one of the intermediate forms ...
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Match and replace subexpression

I would like to replace the expresion $(n1-1)$ to $z1$ in following: In[1] := 2*n1*p[n1-1,n2] Out[1] := 2*(z1+1)*p[z1,n2] I have tried ...
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How to change the Integer to a special form in an expression?

I have an expression. I want to change all the Integers to a new form. The rule is, x_Integer->x._f. But we should consider some special cases. For example, ...
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Extracting variables from an expression

I'm looking for a way to extract a list of variables from an expression, for example with an input like: ...
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Variable name string to expression

I'm not sure how to name this problem appropriately. But anyway. I have, say, three variables (arrays in my case), which I call: A1, A2, A3 I would like to ...
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How to get the matrix coefficient from a QuadraticForm expression in a very fast way?

As we know, QuadraticFormDistribution is the distribution of z.a.z + b.z + c for a real-valued p x p symmetric positive definite ...
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List manipulation to build a functional expression

Since Mathematica deals with Head[a, b] as an expression in this way The first Part of Head[a, b] is ...
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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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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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How can I retrieve the point coordinates from a LOG Plot after the data points were manually moved?

I'm having problems with getting coordinates out ofa ListLogLogPlot I basically plotted a list, then selected data points on the graph, moved these points around, ...
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Graph and manipulate DSolve result

Given a DSolve example: ...
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Pattern matching a pattern with patterns

Confusing title, I know. But the question is, if we have two patterns which have the same general structure but different names used in the patterns and different names: ...
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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 ...
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how to extract some terms out from an expression

I have an expression as below: $-\frac{1}{2} A[a,v] A[b,h] A[c,v] A[d,h] \text{Cos}[\theta ]^2+\frac{1}{2} A[a,h] A[b,v] A[c,v] A[d,h] \text{Cos}[\theta ]^2+\frac{1}{2} A[a,v] A[b,h] A[c,h] A[d,v] ...
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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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Threading Distribute[]

I wish to use Distribute[p.(q+r)+m] to get p.q+p.r+m. However, Distribute apparently does not thread through all parts of the ...
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How can I see which transformations Simplify attempts?

The documentation for Simplify[expr] says that it performs a sequence of algebraic and other transformations on expr, and returns the simplest form it finds. How can I see which transformations it ...
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How to expand tan(x+y) as normal form?

TrigExpand@Tan[x + y] gives $\frac{\sin (x) \cos (y)}{\cos (x) \cos (y)-\sin (x) \sin (y)}+\frac{\cos (x) \sin(y)}{\cos (x) \cos (y)-\sin (x) \sin (y)}$ but I ...
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Comparing two symbolic expressions

Does Mathematica provide any way to compare two symbolic expressions and find which is the greatest? For example, I want to find which is the greatest of ...
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Construct an infix operation from a list

Inspired by this question, if I have a list {a, p, b, q, c} where p and q are binary ...
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Can mathematica simplify an expression setting simplified answer equal to zero?

Basically I want to reduce something like: Subscript[P, 4] - Subscript[P, 5] == Subscript[R, 4, 5]* Subscript[i, 4, 5] when only one of them is known (...
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Why doesn't Log[Gamma[]] simplify to LogGamma[] where it could?

I have been playing with various equations involving amount of permutations in relatively large sets. Easiest way to look at these is something like Log[10, bignumber!] . Often expressions, even ...