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

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Confusing ReplaceRepeated & Hold

I've been bootstrapping myself to the very alien world of Mathematica and there came my first WTF moment: ...
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Replace elements in matrix to make it symmetric using automated procedure

I am generating a matrix using (mat2 = Array[Subscript[a, ##] &, {4, 4}]) // MatrixForm but would like to force Mathematica to make it symmetric. Thereby I ...
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Simplifying expression with patterns (Replace)

Q1: I need to simplify some algebraic expression, according to particular pattern, namely: \begin{equation*} x^m = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 1 & \text{if } m \text{ is even} \\ x & \text{if ...
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Appending to sublists using “anchor” values

Say I have a set of lists that look like this: ...
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replace items in a list with items in a another list

Suppose I have a list A={x1,x2,x3}, a list B={3,4,5}, and a function f[x]=x1+x2+x3. Is there ...
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Replace x, but not x[a]

I want to replace all occurences of the symbol x with x[a], as long as it is not in the form ...
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Replace symbols with values without evaluation

If I have assigned values to a, b and c: ...
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Replace rule with function? Derivatives don't evaluate

Say I have an expression (call it expr) involving a function, f[x]. I'd like to be able to evaluate that for a particular choice of f[x] without setting that choice for the whole session. I thought to ...
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Replace function and its derivatives found with Solve

If I have an equation eq = f[x] + g[x] == 0 and I solve for f[x] sol = Solve[eq,f[x]] ...
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Replace rule does not match

I have the following expression -3 I Ez Re[Ex] + 3 I Ex Re[Ez] And I wish to write this in the form ...
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BezierCurve in EdgeShapeFunction fails when used on multiedges graph

I would like to create a network graph with curved edges. To do this, I wrote this function: ...
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Creating a Nearest function programmatically

I've been trying to work out how to create a Nearest function programmatically. My goal is to produce something similar to this, a hand-assembled function: ...
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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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Replacing one element of list

I have a list of sequences of x's and y's. I want to switch the last position to the "opposite" symbol - if ...
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Replace expressions by self defined symbols

I have a list of expressions like the following: ...
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How to replace all symbols except several?

I'm doing some heavy symbolic calculations and for preliminary simple tests I need to replace all coefficients except chosen with 1, e.g.: ...
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Returning Replacement Rules in a function and using it later on

I would like a function which returns replacement rules as some internal mathematica functions are doing and use the results in other functions. I could not find any information on that and I'm ...
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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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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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Trying to get Arg[1 + I a] -> ArcTan[a]

Can Mathematica evaluate Arg[1+ I a] when a is a positive real in order to get ArcTan[a]? ...
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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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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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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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How to switch from List of rules to Association?

Considering we have a list of rules: ...
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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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Question about ReplacePart

This is a question about ReplacePart but if there's a better that's great. If I have a list a= {1,2,3,4,5} and I want to replace elements ...
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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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How to Update 2D List based on a binary array

I have 3 lists: numbers = {{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6}}; toUpdate = {{1, 0}, {0, 0}, {1, 1}}; newValues = {{10, 20}, {30, 40}, {50,60}}; I have to update the list ...
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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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Using ReplaceAll to replace a head

Why would this work to replace the head b with newHead: ...
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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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Replace expression, but only “outside” of a function [duplicate]

I have a horrid expression, which is basically a sum of exponents with coefficients. Here's a taste: What I want to do is to replace ks with another expression, ...
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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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How to rewrite the rules in a list when they satisfy a given condition

I think the best way to state my problem is to illustrate it with an example. Assume I have the following toy-list of rules: ...
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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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ReplacePart equivalent for Associations

I have a fairly complicated Association. I wish to use/create a function such as ReplacePart to operate on certain Keys within this multi-level Association. Here's ...
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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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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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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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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 ...