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

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Replacing a function in defined expressions

I'm having a little trouble with substituting functions into an expression. A minimal example is as follows: ...
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Replacing a combination of terms

I have a quite simple question. I have an expression that looks similar to $T=\frac{1}{a_1}-\frac{1}{a_2}+1$ and I'd like Mathematica to use $A=\frac{a_1}{a_2}$ to reformat the expression (if ...
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Is Replace doing double work?

In an answer to this question, rm -rf used the function Replace with level spefication to do a series of replacements inside out. As far as I can see, the order of substitutions when more than one ...
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Remove redundant parameters from equation

I have random expressions like (b1 x + b2 x)/(b3 + b4/b5 x) + Sin[b6 x] where $x$ is a variable and {b1, ..., b6} are parameters to be fitted. This expression is ...
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Replace rule also matching complex numbers

I'm having the replace rule: rule = {-g_ x_^4 - 2 g_ x_^2 y_^2 - g_ y_^4 -> -g (x^2 + y^2)^2}; Now, ...
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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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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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Can I ask Mathematica to replace the arguments of my functions with a replacement rule?

I have an equation that I evaluate at some point (let's say $x=1$) that have terms of the form f[1,y] D[g[1,y],{y,2}] Is there an easy way to replace [1,y] by ...
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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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Replace symbols with values without evaluation

If I have assigned values to a, b and c: ...
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Operations on expressions within Hold [duplicate]

I want to convert {Hold[1 + 2], Hold[3 + 4], Hold[5*6]} into Hold[{1 + 2, 3 + 4, 5*6}]. I have tried ...
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Changing variables algebraically

Suppose one has two functions, $y(x)$ and $z(x)$, and one seeks to obtain $y(z)$ by substituting $x(z)$ into $y(x)$. Can this be done in a single step? Or must $z(x)$ first be inverted independently? ...
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obtaining real roots of negative numbers in a long expression [duplicate]

I have a complicated symbolic expression which contains many terms like $(a/(a-2))^{1/m}$, where $a/(a-2)$ could be positive or negative after replacement. I only need the real root after ...
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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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Set promotes Rule to RuleDelayed?

In mentally building a model of how Mathematica works, I naively expected Set to create a Rule in a symbol's ...
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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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Pattern matching a multivariate derivative

I can extract the parameters of a single variable derivative with the rule D[f[x], x] /. Derivative[order_][fcn_][variable_] -> {order, fcn, variable} ...
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ReplaceImageValue and ReplacePixelValue extremely slow

I have a grey scale image: and I am doing the following: bin = Binarize[image, 0.18] ...
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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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Replacing multiple instances of a symbol with different variables and assignments

I have an expression of the form: expr=x+y+n+Sin[n]+n^2 I would like to replace each of the variables n with a different ...
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some confusion about ReplaceRepeated

This is Right. NestWhile[Log, 100, # > 1 &] {100} //. {x_} /; x > 1 :> {Log[x]} 100. //. x_ /; x > 1 :> Log[x] This is wrong,why? ...
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Is there a way to simplify this replacement rule

I have a rather big expression which contains many sums of form q x + w y. I know that y is much smaller than ...
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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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Replacing Patterns In a List of Varying Length

I am working with an array of data that may look something like this. ...
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StreamPlot using NDSolve gives error messages

StreamPlot[{x[0], x'[0]} /. NDSolve[{x''[t] == 1, x'[0] == v0, x[0] == x0}, {x, x'}, {t, 0, 1}], {x0, -2, 2}, {v0, -2, 2}] The above code gives me the errors ...
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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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Why does the replace all (/.) evaluate differently in plot

I'm plotting this function: Plot[(2 (l/2 π)^2 ((2 π f)/c)^2 /. {f -> (f 10^9), l -> .01, c -> 3 10^8}), {f, 17.5, 26.5}] but it does not plot ...
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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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truncating terms in symbolic expression basing on their values

I need to simplify big symbolic solution of equations system by truncating terms that are orders of magnitude less then others in subexpressions like a + b. The solution is big fraction with sum of ...
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Replace elements in a list

Suppose that I have a list: ...
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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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Select a Placeholder in a Notebook?

How might I select the 1st Placeholder in a Notebook? SelectionMove Has no option. ...
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Table doesn't replace inside conditionals (If, Which) [duplicate]

This: Table[If[cond, y], {y, 1, 3}] outputs this: {If[cond, y], If[cond, y], If[cond, y]} The ...
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Have transformation rules to be explicitly set?

I think this problem is not the hardest one, but I can't hit on it. I want to NSolve an equation. For this equation I use a transformation rule "ampTimes". First I used it like this: ...
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Why doesn't ReplaceAll work on Image? [duplicate]

ReplaceAll seems not to reach inside Image, and I don't see why it shouldn't. Here is an example. Create a black and white image ...
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Slow image processing using ReplaceAll

Can anyone explain me, why this line of simple code is so slow? And can it be improved somehow? ...
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Replace all integers by 1?

Let list1 be a list of variables of the form {c1 a, c2 b, ...} where $a,b,...\in\mathbb{C}$ and $c1,c2,...\in\mathbb{Z}$. I am ...
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How to do substitution of variable with power in Mathematica?

I want to replace $x^{i+1}$ with $z_i$. EDIT: I have some latex equations, and wish to import them to MMa. How to replace x_i (NOT $x_i$) with $x[i]$ But it seems the underscore "_" has a special ...
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Create Table of replacement rules

I want to create a table of replacement rules. ...
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Matrix exponential via Cayley-Hamilton Theorem

I'm attempting to calculate the exponential of a matrix via Cayley-Hamilton theorem. (Following the "concrete example" from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayley%E2%80%93Hamilton_theorem) I am having ...
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How to manipulate log arguments?

A common problem I have with Mathematica is needing to manipulate the arguments of logarithms. Typically, I need to take ratios of the log arguments Mathematica gives me by default. That's to say ...
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Replacing values of a function

I have recently starting using Mathematica and have recently come to what seems as an impasse in my understanding of the language. If this is too "tell me how to do it" I would certainly understand. ...
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Extracting RHS from Rule

In an example from another question, the rhs of a list of rules can be simply extracted: ...
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How to manipulate nested expressions?

I have the following expression, only slightly complicated, and I'd like to do two things: Plot the elements of the lists (though messy, all are in the same ...
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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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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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Converting a date to a calendar quarter

I have a list that includes dates. I need to convert each date to be the last day of the quarter that it's in. So for example I want {2013,7,1,0,0,0} to become {2013,9,30,0,0,0}. Actually I don't ...