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

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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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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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Replace inside a Held expression separate context

How do I replace content inside a Held expression without local values coming through? For example if you run the following code you get g[2] instead of ...
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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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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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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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How to speed up calculations with large number of replacement rules?

In my program I have an expression which looks like: ...
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Add Pattern to List Removing Duplicates

Lets say I have a list of patterns ...
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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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Scope of expression in a user-defined function

I have the following code: fbasic = A + R + Z*Z *Z*Z; f[A_, Z_, R_] := fbasic + R; f[0, 2, 3] The answer I am getting is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

The issue outlined here seems to be no longer present in version 10, if you use a Dispatch table! This because a Dispatch table ...
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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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Simple problem with Manipulate and Plot

Would anyone have an idea why the following doesn't work: rule = {z -> x^2 + 2 x + y}; Manipulate[ Plot[z /. rule, {x, 0, 10}], {{y, 2, "y"}, 1, 5} ] But ...
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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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“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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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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Help me to find a way to do this repetitive stuff

I'm trying to do this: ...
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Why is ReplaceAll behaving like this?

I'm learning to use the ReplaceAll function and I found the behavior of which is quite confusing. For Sqrt[f[x, y]] /. f[___] -> u Mathematica returns ...
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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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Unexpected behavior of rule matching a pattern

I am a beginner exploring the world of Mathematica. I expected the following code T[6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3] /. {T[a___, 1, b___] -> Length[List[b]]} should return ...
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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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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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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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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 ...