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

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Replace inside Held expression

I wish to make functional replacement inside Held expression like this: ...
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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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Scan vs Map vs Apply

I cannot understand the difference between Apply, Scan, and Map. I have tried to play with ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I completely ban usage of some functions in output and mandate use of others?

For example, I hate that Mathematica uses Pochhammer symbol in outputs and prefer all the expressions in Gamma function. How can ...
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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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Transform an expression into a graph that can be plotted with TreeGraph (not TreeForm)

I would like to plot an expression (like TreeForm does), but using the new TreeGraph functionality. ...
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Displaying a series obtained by evaluating a Taylor series

Description of problem I would like to use Mathematica to display the series obtained by substituting a value for $x$ in a Taylor series expansion. The terms of the series will be rational numbers, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 completely delete the head of a function expression

Is there any way to completely remove the head of an expression function? For example, how would I remove the head Cos from ...
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Trying to write out the prime factorization of a number with CenterDot and Superscript

I am trying to use CenterDot and Superscript, in conjunction with Apply to write out the prime factorization of any given integer. Everything works well UNLESS the prime factorization of the number ...
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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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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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How to embed an image into a string?

Note: The bug described in the post is in Mathematica 9, and has been fixed in 10.0. The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings ...
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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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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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How to extract expression from ConditionalExpression

p1 := y /. {First[Solve[x^2 + y^2 + x == 1, y, Reals]]} ...
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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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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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List of atomic expressions

I was surprised to see Graph objects are atomic. Is there a way (through documentation or programmatically) to find all atomic heads? The ones I know of are: ...
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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 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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Google Code Jam: Mountain View code review

After participating in Google Code Jam 2012 Round 2, it occurred to me that the Mountain View problem boiled down to solving a set of linear inequalities, which could be done in Mathematica. I've only ...
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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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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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Change values in equation with slider

I want to make an equation where the values adjust to my slider which I inserted with manipulate. Well, I tried, but when I use the slider the equation starts to fall apart. Actually this should ...
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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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Time-efficient creation of matrix

I have expressions like xx1=FF[1, 1] GG[1, 1] + FF[1, 1] GG[2, 2] + FF[2, 2] GG[2, 2] xx2=2*FF[1, 2] GG[1, 1] + FF[1, 1] GG[1, 2] + FF[2, 2] GG[2, 2] and I want ...
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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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Extracting equations from Piecewise expressions

Say I have a PDF: PDF[LogNormalDistribution[1.75, 0.65], x] Calculating it, Mathematica gives me an expression that looks like this: I want to extract the ...
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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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Time-efficient manipulation (zeroing) of expression

I have huge matrices in the form of ...
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Indexing of Large Autonomous System of Equations for Use in NDSolve

I currently have a list of ~150 autonomous ODE's that I need to be able to work with using NDSolve. Fortunately I already have them formatted in plaintext, which ...
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TrigExpand Idiosyncracies

TrigExpand[Sin[x]^2 Log[y]] returns sin^2(x) log(y), as one would expect. However, ...
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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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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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List of Coefficients of Expression with symbolic Terms

(I am affraid that this is a duplicate, but I read several already asked questions and non of them helped me. If it's already answered, please tell me) I have expressions like this ...