Questions about Mathematica's predicate functions.

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How do you check if there are any equal arguments(even sublist) in a list?

I would like to set up a function which has to return True if at least two arguments of a given List are equal. So if I give {1,4,6,2} to the function it has to ...
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Implementing a safe ValueQ that does not evaluate its argument

Mathematica has a built-in function ValueQ. Quoting the docs, ValueQ[expr] gives True if ...
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_?NumericQ equivalent for lists

A few months ago I got a simple answer (see: 1 ) to the question of how to force numeric evaluation during use of functions such as NMinimize - namely the use of _?NumericQ in the argument list. I ...
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How can I test properties of a symbol from the string name without the symbol completely evaluating

Suppose I have a few symbols, one of which has a value: {abc1, abc2 = 5, abc3}; I can use Names to get the list of names, as ...
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Why does Mathematica claim there is no even prime?

I wonder if this is a bug, or if I'm misunderstanding something: Exists[n, EvenQ[n] && PrimeQ[n]] // Resolve (* ==> False *) So if I interpret this ...
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How to check if an expression is a real-valued number

What is a simple, fast way to test whether an expression is a real-valued number? I ask since there is no RealQ function. If we call this test ...
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Why does Assuming[x > 0, TrueQ[x > 0]] return False?

Assuming[x>0,TrueQ[x>0]] should, as I understand it, test TrueQ[x>0] after assuming ...
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A bug in the overloading of MemberQ and FreeQ for Association?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 While answering Pattern match for nested Association I came across behavior of MemberQ and FreeQ in ...
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Fastest square number test

What is the fastest possible square number test in Mathematica 7, both for machine size and big integers? I presume in version 8 the fastest will be a dedicated C LibraryLink function.
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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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Why does pattern test not work in this case to restrict the function parameters?

I was looking at this Q&A about using pattern test (pattern_?test) vs pattern condition (pattern_/;cond) and came across ...
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Why is an integer not considered as a real?

Please consider the following: zeros={0.,0}; data={1, 0., 0}; DeleteCases[data, #]&/@zeros Head/@zeros (*{Real, Integer}*) (*{{1, 0}, {1, 0.}}*) For my ...