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

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Confused behavior using Dispatch to sort one list relative to another

I have a need to sort the entries of one list into the same sequence as the entries in a reference list. Because I have rather large lists involving strings, I'm trying to use Dispatch to accomplish ...
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Replacing High Densities of 1.s in Very Large Binary Arrays

I am working with very large binary arrays on the order of {100,100000}. It may look something like this. ...
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ReplaceAll in an expression including large InterpolatingFunction

I have a large InterpolatingFunction that I'm transforming to another basis with a few simple multiplications and additions by (symbolic) constants. The ...
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How to plot complex values given by Solve

Update Solve[N[Table[BernoulliB[n, z], {n, 10, 10}] == 0]] ...
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Add Pattern to List Removing Duplicates

Lets say I have a list of patterns ...
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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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Modify a sub-part of a sub-list only

I have this list: a = {{{0, 0}, {1, 7}, {2, 0}, {3, 2}, {4, 7}}, {{0, 0}, {1, 0}, {2, 1}, {3, 2}, {4, 7}}} and I'd like to transform it to this: ...
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Table with some editable cells

I have a table: I want it to be editable only where the zeros appear. I read this post Generating an editable table that can be used as input because it's almost exactly what I want, but I couln't ...
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Using Total on a list supplied by a rule

I'm confused as to why Total complains about a nonatomic expression here: ...
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Applying rules to rewrite expressions that contain patterns

I'm trying to write a rule that can rewrite a pattern that exists in another expression. For some reason, this is proving to be more challenging than I expected ... most likely because I'm not totally ...
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Derivation after substitution not working

I have a code that will output an expression in form of a functions like this ...
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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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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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A Sierpinski-ish structure, via 2D automata

The project is originally based on a puzzle proposed by EIORU at http://www.ptt.cc/bbs/puzzle/M.1342451949.A.00F.html (若您懂得讀中文 / if anyone happen to read Chinese^^) last July. The descriptions, ...
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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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Pattern evaluation in nested function call

I'll put the question right here, but will add some context below in case someone wonders why the heck I'm trying to do this. Why is it that I have to do two passes to get the value of the arguments ...
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Ordering for Pattern matching in Subscripts

I have some transformation rules acting on subscripted variables. When I match the a product the order matters. ...
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Applying rules with functions to expressions with derivatives

I have a function that I want to see applied, potentially within a derivative. The use of delayed vs. non-delayed rules seems irrelevant. See the following: ...
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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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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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How to program a clickPanel for chemical elements (like a periodic table)?

The command ColorData["Atoms", "Panel"] indicates RGBColors of "Atoms" by clicking a panel. As I don't want to reinvent the wheel, I asked myself: How to ...