Questions about Mathematica's rule-based replacement functionality, including functions such as Rule (->), Replace, ReplaceAll (/.) and ReplaceRepeated (//.).

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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions that all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering what is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could, of course, simply specify ...
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How to get an element of a list , which is computed out of substituted variables?

What is the best way to get the element of a list, which is computed out of substituded variables? For example one wants to get the first element of the first row of ...
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replace an interval of values [duplicate]

I want to replace values in an interval [a,b] by 0 in a list of values. Example: {{.5,.2,.49,1,1},{.49,.5,.495,1}} I want to get: ...
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How to Remove Undirected Edges that are the Same [duplicate]

Given: theData = {1 <-> 2, 2 <-> 3, 2 <-> 1} I would like to remove any duplicates where I define a duplicate to be: ...
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Conditional replace of a column

Im trying to replace the value in the Nth column of a list if a condition is true, returning the modified list. I've tried modifying the answer from 61219 and been through most of related questions ...
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Conditional string replacement

I have a list of text and need to replace an element based on the text that appears in the element before it. Example of my list: ...
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Simplifying a b = 1 in non-commutative products?

Yesterday, I try to define some rules for non-communicative multiplication, here. I find some quite helpful rules, but things still do not work properly; the distributive rule can't be applied (e.g.: ...
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Why Infinity edges with WeightedAdjacencyGraph [closed]

I can't understand why WeightedAdjacencyGraph wants Infinity weight when there are no edges between two nodes. In particular ...
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Replacing variable names in a notebook

I am working on a code that simply imports and graphs a function. If I preset the directory I would have something that looks like this: ...
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Change last column of a matrix

Given a (rectangular) matrix of integers, i.e. RandomInteger[4, {10, 3}] I want to apply the following rules only to the last column ...
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How to replace the first occurance in an expression instead of replacing all?

Is there a function that replaces the first occurance of the expression instead of replacing all? For example, if I have HoldForm[x + 2 + 4 + x] /. x -> 4, is ...
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Assign output of solve to variables [duplicate]

I have this input: Solve[x^2 + 3 x + 2 == 0, x] which gives this output: {{x -> -2}, {x -> -1}} I want the first x ...
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Mma10 mystery: Failure of pure function substitution with Interpretation?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 I had code to display with subscripts from Displaying index as subscript on output: e.g. C[i] -> C_i with Notation[...] or Interpretation[..]? which ...
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Function returned an unexpected list

I was trying out a question in Wellin's Programming with Mathematica that says the following. Question: Given a set of points in the plane (or 3-space), find the maximum distance between any pair of ...
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Select a Placeholder in a Notebook?

How might I select the 1st Placeholder in a Notebook? SelectionMove Has no option. ...
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Add to the last digit a number

I have data from a Multimeter that has a precision of 0.6%rdg+4dgt. So i want to take the last digit of, say, 12.007 and add 4 to the last digit like ...
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Speeding up ReplaceRepeated while truncating to desired order

I need to program in an algorithm that recursively makes algebraic replacements which leads to an utterly complicated algebraic function of $x$, but whose final result is only needed at fixed order in ...
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Transformation of Derivatives under change of coordinates [duplicate]

I have an expression depending on the two variables z and t, and the derivative of a known function $f(t,z)$. Something like: $$myexp \ =\ t\ z\ \partial_z\ f(t,z)$$ Now I want to make a change of ...
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Using one complicated equation to reduce another

(Relative noob here so don't assume much!) I need to use a vector equation (with $N-1$ entries) in the general form $y_j(x_{i,j},x_{i,j+1},x_{i,j-1})=0, i=1...3, j=1...N-1; x_{i,0}=x_{i,N}=0$, ...
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Replace expressions with symbols

First of all: I'm new to Mathematica, so I would appreciate it if the answers are quite complete. I have the result of calculation that is expressed in $\sin$ and $\cos$. Now, all of these can be ...
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How to prevent function from substituting the part of the parameter name if it has a subscript? [duplicate]

I have the following problem, when defining and using a function, that's supposed to have an outside parameter xmin: A[x_] := Exp[-x/Subscript[x, min]] A[5] ...
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How to ReplaceAll independent of depth?

I have a big list which in principle can be described as this more compact list : ...
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How can I make a “self-referential” replacement operation self-contained?

Fairly often I find use for replacement rules that call themselves on the right-hand side of the rule, e.g.: ...
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Unexpected behavior of rule-replacing with string concatenation [closed]

Here's the code. Clear[x,y,z]; {x,y,z} /. x_ :> ("^_^" <> ToString[x]) I get the result ^_^{x, y, z}, which is not ...
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How can I write a function which takes another function of a variable and the variable itself as arguments and gives a list of critical points?

This is an exercise from Power Programming with Mathematica by Wagner. I need a function which takes a function and a variable as arguments, like this: critpts[f_,x_]:= and then on the rhs I've got ...
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Replace all symbols in a matrix with their numbered forms

I have a matrix made mostly from "x" with a few 0's thrown in: ...
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Replacing a sum of expressions

I have an equation which Mathematica solves but gives a huge output. However I notice in this output that the same expression occurs many times. Namely: $E=864 a^6 - 432 a^4 b^2 + 54 a^2 b^4 - b^6 + ...
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Substituting values in 3j symbols

I believe these three expressions should give the same answer of -1/Sqrt[3], but the first gives +1/Sqrt[3] whereas the second ...
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Solving equations with QuantityVariable

I'm trying to understand how to easily solve equations that use QuantityVariable. Why does this fail? ...
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When I use Rule, why doesn't this work?

k.k.k //. {k.k -> k} works perfectly, so the output is just k. But, when I use ...
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Question about Replacements and String Manipulations

I'm trying to get better at Mathematica and in the book I'm using (by Nancy Blachman) is the following question (which apparently was taken from another book: The Art and Science of C) which reads: ...
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How do I format expressions so that replacement rules correctly apply to exponents? [duplicate]

I have a series of rules that I would like to apply to a series of expressions with variables, but cannot get Mathematica to correctly recognize that these rules should apply when my variables have ...
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What is the order of faces on a D20? How can I optimize the order of faces on a D-n?

I am creating a customizable D20 for 3D printing using OpenSCAD, with the following code: ...
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Using ReplaceAll to replace a head

Why would this work to replace the head b with newHead: ...
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Probablity weighted ReplaceAll

I'm looking for an elegant way of doing a probability weighted replacement rule, something like this ...
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Automatic substitution of fractions

I have several equations with many variables, and here and there I would like to do a variable substitution. For example, in the equation: a (b + 42 c / d) I ...
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Replacing more than one element from a Sublist

The following expression allows me to extract the value of x and y: ...
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Replace all instances of Integrate by NIntegrate and add a Method option

I have an analytic expression which involves several integrals Integrate[f[x], {x, lb, ub}] where the functions f and bounds ...
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Multivariate Polynomial Manipulation

I have a large homogenous multivariate polynomial in, say, 5 variables $a,b,c,d,e$. As an example take the polynomial $$a^4+2abcd+a^2 b^2+e^4+cde^2.$$ Now I would like to replace $k$-th power of any ...
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How to make Missing[] invariant for some functions without redefining them

Missing[...] "is a symbolic object, with no default evaluation rules defined." Missing data can be tagged and enables use of filters like DeleteMissing. So it's worthwhile to normalize various types ...
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Efficient way to give symbolic elements symmetry

I have a symbolic expression that represents a set of operators. These operators have quite a bit of symmetry to simplify expressions: ...
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Dispatch displays rules incorrectly and evaluates when displaying

Consider this a = 3; disp = Dispatch[Unevaluated[{a -> 2}]] We see the rule 3 -> 2, rather than ...
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Simplify system functions

Consider the code defining two constants: a=Cos[t] b=Sin[t] Suppose that we have another value in terms of Cos[t] and ...
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Using PatternSequence on its own in ReplaceAll?

Say I have this list: list = {0, 1, 2, 0, 1, 3, 0, 1, 4} and say I want to remove consecutive sequences of 0 and 1. I'd normally go for this: ...
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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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Equivalent of ReplaceAll for Associations?

Is there a nice (built-in) way to apply Replace-style rules to key-value pairs in an association? Something like ...
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ReplaceAll inside an Iterator

I'd like to apply a set of rules to an expression defining the iterators of the table, like this: ...
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How can I represent this automorphism of Q(i,a)?

Let $a$ represent some real irrational number. I am trying to perform computations with an automorphism $f:\mathbb{Q}(i,a)\to\mathbb{Q}(i,a)$ which fixes $\mathbb{Q}(i)$ pointwise and maps $a$ to $i ...