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

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How do I format expressions so that replacement rules correctly apply to exponents? [duplicate]

I have a series of rules that I would like to apply to a series of expressions with variables, but cannot get Mathematica to correctly recognize that these rules should apply when my variables have ...
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Substituting values in 3j symbols

I believe these three expressions should give the same answer of -1/Sqrt[3], but the first gives +1/Sqrt[3] whereas the second ...
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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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Probablity weighted ReplaceAll

I'm looking for an elegant way of doing a probability weighted replacement rule, something like this f[x_] := x /. {1,2,3,4} -> {50%{ 4,3,2,1} ,50%{1,3,2,4}} ...
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Is there a faster way to Map an Association?

Consider mapping an existing Association in a manner such as this: ...
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Automatic substitution of fractions

I have several equations with many variables, and here and there I would like to do a variable substitution. For example, in the equation: a (b + 42 c / d) I ...
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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions that all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering what is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could, of course, simply specify ...
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Replacing more than one element from a Sublist

The following expression allows me to extract the value of x and y: ...
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Replace all instances of Integrate by NIntegrate and add a Method option

I have an analytic expression which involves several integrals Integrate[f[x], {x, lb, ub}] where the functions f and bounds <...
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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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How to program a click panel 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 ...
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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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How to make Missing[] invariant for some functions without redefining them

Missing[...] "is a symbolic object, with no default evaluation rules defined." Missing data can be tagged and enables use of filters like DeleteMissing. So it's worthwhile to normalize various types ...
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Dispatch displays rules incorrectly and evaluates when displaying

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 Consider this a = 3; disp = Dispatch[Unevaluated[{a -> 2}]] We see the rule ...
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Mma10 mystery: Failure of pure function substitution with Interpretation?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 I had code to display with subscripts from Displaying index as subscript on output: e.g. C[i] -> C_i with Notation[...] or Interpretation[..]? which ...
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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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Using PatternSequence on its own in ReplaceAll?

Say I have this list: list = {0, 1, 2, 0, 1, 3, 0, 1, 4} and say I want to remove consecutive sequences of 0 and 1. I'd normally go for this: ...
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Equivalent of ReplaceAll for Associations?

Is there a nice (built-in) way to apply Replace-style rules to key-value pairs in an association? Something like ...
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How to find all symbols in an expression and perform an operation on them?

========== motivation =========== Suppose, for example, I have an incoming expression like m = (3-I)x + 4(x y)/(Cos[y]) I want to find all the symbols in ...
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How can a power of 0 or 1 be replaced?

Consider this given example for ReplaceAll 1 + x^2 + x^4 /. x^p_ -> f[p] This returns ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing a specific pattern of values at level 2 in a list

I've a list of lists, tl = {{True, False, m12}, {False, m22, m33}, {m32, False, True}} and each nested list has the same length, What is the proper way to ...
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Replace a sum of squared variables by a new variable squared

Is there any way to tell Mathematica to replace $\kappa^2 + k_z^2 \rightarrow k^2$ in an expression? I want to make a result more readable, e.g. something like this: $$\frac{2 k_z^3 \sqrt{k_z^2 + \...
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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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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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ReplaceAll performance problem: packed arrays on the LHS are unpacked when the RHS is too long

The following is one of the most mysterious performance problems I encountered and came up while extending the booleval function mentioned here. I am looking for a ...
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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. data = N[Table[RandomInteger[], {i, 100}, {j, 100000}]]; ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Hashing by Equals instead of SameQ

I have some numerical code involving complex numbers representing points on a plane. Some of these are equal but not identical, ie ...
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How to assign special colors to the output of DensityPlot?

I have created the following function for plotting ...
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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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Create Table of replacement rules

I want to create a table of replacement rules. ...
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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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Evaluate differentiation after replacement

The problem is Find two linearly independent solutions of $2x^2y'' -xy' + (-4 x + 1)y = 0, \, x>0$ of the form $y_1 = x^{r_1}(1 + a_1 x + a_2 x^2 + a_3 x^3 + \cdots)$ and $y_2 = x^{r_2}(1 + b_1 x ...
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Apply color function to matrix plot

I want to apply the following color rules to a large table of numbers. I have extracted a part of the table to use as an example. I would like to assign 5 different colors to 5 different ranges of ...
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StringReplace, ReplaceAll and Rule interact in a bizarre way

I have the following pair of things: ClearAll[foo, labeledFoo]; labeledFoo = {"FooBarBazQuux", foo}; This works like you'd expect: ...
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Append subscript to variable name [duplicate]

I'm importing equations from Word document and transforming them into input form. But subscripts look ugly. Is is possible to programmatically append subscript to variable name? e.g. AppendSub[...
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How can I represent this automorphism of Q(i,a)?

Let $a$ represent some real irrational number. I am trying to perform computations with an automorphism $f:\mathbb{Q}(i,a)\to\mathbb{Q}(i,a)$ which fixes $\mathbb{Q}(i)$ pointwise and maps $a$ to $i a$...
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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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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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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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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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Replacing powers of $n$-th partial sums in the output of a function with $S[i]$ for $i = 1,\ldots,n$

I've written some simple code that, for various $N \geq 1$ and $k = 1,\ldots,N+1$ computes the $n$-th derivative of $\log S_N$ where $S_N(z) = \sum_{k=0}^N \frac{1}{k!}z^k$ as follows: ...
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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. ...