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

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How to properly project a Graphics object consisting of line primitives

My problem starts from attempts at depicting overlapping lines of different thickness, i.e. ...
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Changing all link destinations in a notebook

I have a bunch of cells containing text and hyperlinks. i.e. of the form: ...
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Variable scope in nested NMaximize, NMaxValue

I'm trying to use NMaxValue inside other statements (FindRoot and NMinimize). Those statements should bind variable names, but I'm getting weird warnings which seem to indicate that the variables ...
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Problem with determinant calculation [closed]

I have a 12x12 matrix (2D list), called M, which depends on some variables. Usually I set all of the expect of one (call it x). ...
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Replace inverse function

I'm solving an expression like so: Solve[u[x] == u[a] + u[b], x] Mathematica returns {{x->(u^(-1))[u[a]+u[b]]}} If I ...
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Replace inside Held expression

I wish to make functional replacement inside Held expression like this: ...
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Simple rule appears not to work

I have the following simple code ...
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How can I avoid this ReplaceAll trap? [duplicate]

I am having some difficulties with the ReplaceAll function. When I write: {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} /. x_?OddQ -> x^2 I expect: ...
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Strange behavior when replacing variables by numerical values [duplicate]

I have a rather complicated function with parameters {a, b, c, d, e, f, k}, and I'd like to know its behavior as a function of k alone given other parameters, so I try the following code: ...
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Lowering the degree of an polynomial with an assumption that the polynomial has a factor x^2+ax+b

Let's assume $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $ has a factor $x^2+ax+b$ Then, If $x^2=-ax-b$, $ x^{10}+x^5+1 =0$. If we successively apply $x^2=-ax-b$ to $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $, we can make $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $ to degree 1, ...
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Equating and solving equations that have been generated using table[]

I am in the process of trying to use Mathematica to find the coefficients of transmission and reflection for the wavefunction of a beam of particles tunnelling across any number of identical potential ...
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Generalization of a rule to N arguments

I am trying to apply a series expansion on a function x[t1,t2,...tn], with an expansion parameter a. For ...
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Shortening the syntax {var1, var2} /. # & /@ list

I noticed that I often turn out to have a list of substitutions in the form ...
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How to make rules for changing parameters

I have one boring problem with changing parameters in printing output. If I have equation ...
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How can you form a variable from a function and its arguments?

Is there a way to make the general replacement foo[x,y,z]->fooxyz so that I can treat the x_i as variables so that I will obtain foofgh from the following: ...
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Options which require RuleDelayed

For some functions in Mathematica it is important to use RuleDelayed. One prominent example is the EvaluationMonitor for ...
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rule-based implementation of an algorithm

When I first started learning about rule-based programming with Mathematica, I tried to translate this algorithm for computing the convex hull of a set of 2-D points in $O(n \log(n))$ time, to use ...
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“Strange” behavior of Rule

According to the Help lhs->rhs evaluates rhs immediately. How to understand the output of the following code? ClearAll@x; {1, 3.5} /. x_?IntegerQ -> {x} ...
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Improving the plotting time of a very complicated expression

The quatity $R$ is defined by a complicated expression in terms of $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$. Now each $a_i$ is a function of $x$, $a_i(x)$. I would like to know what is the most efficient way to ...
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Abridging Lists of Equations within NDSolve, Manipulate [duplicate]

I have a pretty little NDSolve function that I've finally decked out with manipulatable (by sliders) coefficients, which changes the graph in real time. However, I ...
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Performance of Dispatch and lists of Rules

First of all, I have seen the question "Why is this parallel evaluation with Dispatch[] so slow?", but that seems to be a different matter. My question arose when I tried to answer this question by ...
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substitution rules excluding subscripted variables

Suppose I have an expression containing p,Subscript[p,1],Subscript[p,2],etc. I want to ...
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How can I substitute something using only map?

For example, I have the equation x^2 + y^2 == x*y and I want to apply the rule y -> s*x I can do it easily by ...
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Mass Symbolic Manipulation with Subscripts? (from plaintext Input)

The simplest example of the change being sought is a greek letter, typed in as plaintext nu, and its may be replaced by the symbol, ν: expr = 3nu*kx*ky+ ...
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Mathematica for Computer Scientists

Background I've coded in C/Scheme for 10 years. I have a BS CS. I've recently become very interested in pattern-matching (lisp's match macro), and term rewriting systems, which brought me to ...
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Problem with Replace rules [closed]

I am struggling with a Project Euler problem with Mathematica, what I want to do is to Replace a list like this {5,6,x,x,3} with the rule {x -> i} to {5,6,0,0,3}, {5,6,1,1,3}etc,and here is my code: ...
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Replace expression using a tuple

Given an expression in x, y, z (for example), and a list with three elements, like ...
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Problem using replace to simplify logarithms [duplicate]

Is there a way to combine logarithm terms like 9 m Log[m]-9 m Log[M]+16 m M Log[m]-16 m M Log[M] into ...
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Replace elements in a list

Suppose that I have a list: ...
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Arbitrary depth patterns/rules

Temporary message: I am now really confused. I am not sure how using Power and Unevaluated together works in the examples below. While answering this question, I stumbled upon the following. We ...
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characteristic polynomial based on differential equation

I have this differential equation: $$\ddot{x}-\frac{1}{6} \dot{x} - \frac{1}{6}x = e^t$$ When I DSolve it looks like this: ...
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Trouble with Replacements [duplicate]

I have the following line of code: Plus @@ Table[p[x], {x, 0, 20}] /. p[x_] -> Boole[MemberQ[{0, 5}, x]] The first part of this produces ...
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given n lists, get list of applications of function to n-tuples

Is there a built in function or an easy rule to do the following transformation? H[{A[0], A[1], ...},{B[0], B[1], ...},...] into ...
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How to simplify a complicated Sum in terms of power Sums?

For example, I have: $a=\sum _{r=1}^n x_r \left(\left(\sum _{i=1}^n x_i-x_r\right){}^2-\sum _{i=1}^n x_i^2\right)$ ...
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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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Replace operators

/. can be used to replace variables but how can one replace operators. For example in a * b, ...
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Applying a transformation rule on an Image

I haven't been able to figure out why the following doesn't work: ...
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Creating functions from output of other calculations

Apologies in advance if the title is vague, I'm not really sure what to call this. I have a function (call it 'foo') that generates a largeish polynomial, and it is natural to make the variables be ...
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Replace an expression with a slightly tricky LHS transformation

I would like to make the substitution x^(11*y) -> r in the following equation x^(11 *y^z) - 1 to end up with: ...
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Why does this pattern for combining two lists require triple underscores (___) to work?

I understand that __ is a list of one or more elements, and that ___ is 0 or more elements, but when I try this rule with 2 ...
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Generating replacement rules programatically

I would like to generate sets of replacement rules programatically for predefining some permutations. So a function ...
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Unique[] in RHS of rule

I have a function, explicit that takes dot product of two symbols, and replaces it with repeated dummy indices generated by ...
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Efficient way of setting up a rule

I tried to define a simple rule defining how λ acts on ψ[n]: myrule1 = λ ψ[n_] -> α[n + 1] ψ[n + 1]; The result I get is ...
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Using a predicate to control the application of a rule in a replacement

How can I make a replacement rule that will only be applied to those parts of an expression that will not break a condition placed on the whole expression? For example, suppose I have ...
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plot[] with subsititution rule [duplicate]

I encounter this problem in Mathematica 9.0.1, I'm not sure if it ever happens in other version. Plot[{x, x + 1}, {x, 0, 10}, PlotStyle -> {Red, Green}] This ...
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Auto simplifications of power products

Mathematica automatically simplifies Exp[a]Exp[b] to Exp[a+b]. The problem is now that I can't do this ...
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Safely nesting RuleDelayed

Say I have the following, straightforward-seeming functions: ...
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How to transform an expression using algebraical instead of pattern rules [duplicate]

I would like to transform rules algebraically. A very simple example would be: - k^2 - 2 k x + x^2 /. {2*k -> 1} This transforms to: - $$k^2-2 k x+x^2$$ ...