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

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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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Help me to find a way to do this repetitive stuff

I'm trying to do this: ...
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Generating a list of rules [closed]

This is my first time asking a question on this forum. I would like to generate a list with a range of numbers and use this list for a function to read from. Ok, now for the good part, it would look ...
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How to define a rule to simplify the notation for derivatives of chain rule?

Suppose that $u(x,y)$ is a function, and $x=r \cos t$, $y= r \sin t$, then we can define a new function $v(r,t):=u(x,y)$ with $x,y$ replaced by the above equations. It is quite easy to compute $v$'s ...
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Matrix/tensor addition behaving funny under replacement?

I have two matrices I want to add, and one of the matrices is a tensor product of two vectors. I've used a SetDelayed to define the summed matrix, because I want to evaluate it for different values of ...
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How to “reversely” replace definitions?

I have the following problem at hand. 1.) I have a list of definitions like ...
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How do I use a passed-in symbol as a tag to define UpValues?

ClearAll@foo; foo[tag_] := ( tag /: tag[i_] := tag[[i]] ); a = {7, 8, 9}; foo[a]; a[2] I wanted the above to output 8, ...
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How to debug error triggered by replacement rule?

The second line below produces the errors shown: ...
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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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Looking for an elegant way to solve a (system of) ODEs/functional equations with undetermined coefficients

I want to solve an ODE using undetermined coefficients/guess-and-verify and am looking for an elegant way to use this technique. I am running into a few ugly warts. Here is a basic implementation for ...
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Conditional Check on Matrix

Suppose I have the following matrix (i,j): ...
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How to get a rule for, e.g., (x + y) to apply to (-x - y), etc.?

For example, the substitution (x + y) -> s fails here: In[1]:= (-x - y) /. (x + y) -> s Out[1]= -x - y Of course, I ...
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How do I avoid vector variables being treated as scalars in the course of replacements?

I often work with a mixture of symbolic and concrete values as I develop teaching materials. I introduce variables symbolically and then need to instantiate them to specific values while continuing ...
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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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Converting polar coordinate expression to cartesian coordinates

An intermediate step in my analysis requires me to work in polar coordinates, but I would like to convert the results back into cartesian coordinates. The conversion is very simple but tedious for ...
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Nest Replace Function with different rules

I have a table of data that I want to filter. Any value of zero in the table means that value was not calculated, so it should get populated with the tag "NC". Next the table is filtered for all ...
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Matrix substitution

I'm newbie in Mathematica and would like to ask one simple question. Let's say I have matrix with some elements == -1 ...
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Different ordering for KroneckerDelta?

I have an expression like this: Assuming[m [\Element] Integers && n [\Element] Integers, 1/2 I J n (4-m n+n^2) KroneckerDelta[m,-n]]//FullSimplify Now, ...
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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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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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How can I get the functionality of a command ReplaceAllList?

I'm trying to use ReplaceList to match subexpressions. I expected the command: ReplaceList[{p, {p, p}}, {x_, y_} -> x y] to output two results, equivalent to: ...
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Commutative algebra by generators and quadratic relations

My apologies if this has been asked before. Please also be gentle, as this is my first question here. I am trying to define a commutative algebra by generators and relations in the following way. ...
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How do I extend (prepend or append to) an existing TagSetDelayed rule? [duplicate]

I have a TagSetDelayed rule associated with, say, tag: ...
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How to properly substitute values into variables?

I have an array of functions in terms of a[0] through a[n] and I wish to replace the a[]'s with previously calculated values p[0] through p[n], as in below: ...
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How to substitue local variables into expression with free variables?

I'm wondering how to do the following: expr = L + R; foo[L_, R_] := expr; foo[1, 2] (* L + R *) and have it substitute the function variables ...
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Why does using ReplaceAll twice produce a different result?

Why does this: Solve[a x^4 + b x^3 + c x^2 + d x + e == 0, x] /. {2 c^3 - 9 b c d + 27 a d^2 + 27 b^2 e - 72 a c e -> F} produce a different result from ...
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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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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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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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How can I use the Rules returned by FindFit? [closed]

When I evlauate data = RandomReal[10, {5, 10, 2}]; fit[i_] := FindFit[data[[i]], a Sin[x] + b, {a, b}, x] fit[1] I get something like: ...
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How to apply an rule to factors matching a certain form

Suppose we have many expressions involving irrational ArcTan expressions (such as ArcTan[Sqrt[3],5]) along with other irrational factors (such as ...
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Replace a column in table with a list of numbers?

I have a Table of values e.g. {{x,y,z},{x,y,z},{x,y,z}…} How do I replace the the "z" column with a List of values?
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How to simplify expressions

I read several similar posts but I have not found a solution yet. However, I think that my problem should be quite easy. So here we are. Relations ...
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Object depth different in replacement rule [closed]

I access the first part of an expression with head foo without a problem: foo[arg][[1]] arg Then when I try to use this ...
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An equivalent in Mathematica [duplicate]

Let's say I have a $n$x$m$ matrix $M$ in Matlab and I want to substitute the elements of $M$ that exceed $15$ for $-1$. In Matlab I just write M(M>15)=-1 and ...
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Best way to power series expand in multiple variables? [duplicate]

A power series expansion of a multivariate function can be performed with the Series command, which performs each expansion consecutively. The results can be a bit ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does Mathematica not replace the derivative of $theta$1'[t]?

I want to know the velocity of point $p$, given that I know the coordinate. $p_x=L_1\cos(\theta1)+L_2\cos(\theta1+\theta2)$ I calculate $\frac{dp_x}{dt}$ to achieve the velocity of point $p$ about ...
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How to partition three years of data into daily samples

I'm trying to find mean of temperature data list. The temperature data list has 3 hours steps which means I have 365*8=2920 temperature measurements per year. My data are temperatures of 13 years. ...
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Extract a List of Co-ordinates from a List of Complex Solutions

Let's say I have this list of solutions from a previous computation: ...
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Writing intelligent replacement rules for symbols

I am learning about quaternions right now, and I wanted to play around with some concepts I am learning. e.g. take rotation of a point about an axis with specified angle. ...
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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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Converting a list of replacement rules into a list of real values [duplicate]

The following command outputs a list of replacement rules. ...
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Apply rule only if applicable? Check rule applicability? Custom unapplicable rule?

How to avoid recursion in the following example? ...
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What exactly happens when adding a Blank after a built-in function used in the rules of ReplaceAll?

Well, this question is just for curiosity, personally I never use ReplaceAll like this: ...
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how can tangent half angle substitution be done in Mathematica?

Is it possible to replace sine and cosine in terms of tangent half-angles and again the tangent half-angles by a variable say t?
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What's wrong with my rule? [duplicate]

Consider a simple code to form a SparseArray: Q = 5; a = Table[i, {i, Q}]; SparseArray[{{j_} /; j > 2 -> a[[j]]}, {Q}] Part::pspec: Part specification j ...