Mathematica symbols are the ultimate atoms of symbolic data. Every symbol has a unique name, exists in a certain Mathematica context or namespace, and can have a variety of types of values and attributes.

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Guidelines on giving readable names to variables [closed]

I know that one cannot use underscore to a variable name, like degree_of_The_First_Polynomial. But for a long variable name, it ...
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Displaying the meaning of an operator using Information

I'm using CircleTimes ($\otimes$) operator defined as a_\[CircleTimes]b_ := KroneckerProduct[a, b] so I can use ...
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Not FullDefinition for Save. MachineID not Protected?

Is there a way to set what symbols's definitions I do not want to store? Consider the following code: ...
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Given a Boolean representation of a system, how can the Reliability Function be displayed as symbolic algebra?

Can Mathematica 9 convert a Boolean representation of an RBD to its symbolic algebraic form? If I have a simple series Reliability Block Diagram made up of 2 components, c1 and c2 bexpr1=And[c1,c2] ...
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Remove Removed From Output

How might I remove Removed[..] symbols from the output of an expression? For example Clear[b]; b := Sin[a + a]; Remove[a]; b ...
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converting between forms - symbols/subscripts - matrix products

If I have a vector of the form (xp+y, x+yp) do you have a simple way of creating the following matrix and vector from it: {{p, 1}, {1, p}} * {x, y}, such that ...
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Symbol created in unevaluated second argument of If [duplicate]

Apologies for the long question title, but I couldn't come up with something shorter to describe the following. Starting with a clean session, there are no symbols in, let's say, ...
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Using Greek letters with subscripts as symbols

I'd like to use Subscript[ϕ, 1] as a function name: Subscript[ϕ, 1][x_] = C1 + C2*x + C3*Exp[α*x] + C4*Exp[-α*x] But as I use ...
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Is it possible to write a function immune to symbol redefinitions in any Block surrounding its invocation?

Normally, semantics of symbols used in a function definition can be changed by their redefinitions in Blocks surrounding the function invocation: ...
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How to find the package file that stores a certain symbol?

Is it possible to figure out in what file a certain packaged symbol lives in (assuming there is no shadowing between multiple identical symbol names)? I would like to have a function that if, given a ...
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Telling mathematica to output * instead of space for multiplication, so I can copy as plain text

I am trying to get some symbolic expressions in Mathematica which I would like to paste into my C/MATLAB codes. This can be accomplished nicely by selecting the expression and right-clicking to ...
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Manipulate a Plot that contains a variable that contains symbol [duplicate]

This snippet mm = m Manipulate[{mm, Plot[mm x, {x, 0, 1}]}, {m, 0, 1}] (m is not defined anywhere) produces a sadly fixed ...
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FeynCalc “May shadow or be shadowed by other definitions”

So I've downloaded the latest FeynCalc from this site and put the extracted folder in user/me/library/Mathematica/application, but when I write the command ...
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strange output from ToExpression

I want to set constraints to my parameters, e.g., "m", but Mma gives nonsensical output. How could I avoid this phenomenon by using another but "equivalent expression"? Or, is this just in my computer ...
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Functions, Options and Symbols

In the normal Mathematica language, where no built-in symbols are redefined and no evil things happen, is it a valid assumptions, that no function symbol (Plot, ...
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How can one type a box with “x” marked?

In some text portion of my notebook, I would like to be write check boxes which are empty, check marked or "x" marked. The following commands work for the first two: ...
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How to define a vector with automatically added symbolic elements with subscripts

I want to define a vector lets say k containing elements Symbolize[Subscript[k, 1]], k2, k3 ... etc. When I define lets say k4 . I want the symbol automatically added to vector k. Something like ...
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How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form?

How to make a defined symbol stay in symbol form? w = 3; g = 4; {w, g}[[2]] 3 I want the output to be ...
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Is there a way to check whether two notebooks share the same variables?

When I code in Mathematica, I often re-use code from old notebooks which fulfilled a specific purpose; for example, one testing for soft matches in strings, or one that identifies outliers on a graph ...
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Transfer of symbols between contexts

As many others (I guess) I'm struggling with the handling of contexts within Mathematica. I'm working on a new package definition with the usual syntaxt specified by the Mathematica documentation: ...
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Go to definition of symbol/variable

Is there any easy way of directly jumping to the definition of a Variable like it is implemented in some good IDEs? Currently I have to search manually (ctrl+f) through the whole workbook to find it ...
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Is the sharing of variables in Module/Block within Compile documented behavior?

Today I noticed something, I think for the first time. When used inside Compile variable values within Module (and ...
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How to set a TraditionalForm output for a symbol

How do I set a TraditionalForm output for a particular symbol/function? In particular I would like my user-defined symbol ...
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Using the symbol I for electrical current [duplicate]

I would like to use the I as a symbol for the electrical current. How can I redefine it, so it is not interpreted as the imaginary unity?
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Using external variable as a variable inside WhenEvent & NDSolve

I'm trying to use the new WhenEvent functionality of NDSolve in Mathematica 9, in order to perform an action when a variable in the system reaches a certain value. I would like this variable to come ...
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Get the name of a symbol passed to a function

I'm trying to get the name of a symbol passed to a function with this: f[x_] := {SymbolName[x], x} SetAttributes[f, HoldFirst] x = 5; f[x] But ...
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Is there an equivalent of MATLAB's Workspace window in Mathematica?

For example, in MATLAB, a panel is available where one can see straightaway which variables are used and their dimension sizes. Is such a feature available in Mathematica? I really find it hard to ...
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How to create symbol whose name has subscript?

I can do Symbol["foobar"] to create a symbol foobar. How to create a symbol $\theta_1$? ...
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Generating a vector of dummy variables

So I'm the situation of needing analytical solutions to a family of equations of the form Ax=b, where A is an nxn matrix. I've written a function that does what I want, but I'm currently using a bit ...
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Lesser and greater symbols in the axeslabels

I need a plot with $\Gamma^<$ as axeslabel using: AxesLabel -> { $\Gamma^<$} But I get an error. AxesLabel -> { $\Gamma^{a<b}$} works though. I think I've to tell mathematica that ...
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How to clear all variables except one?

I have a lot of variables: $a,b,c,d, \ldots $ I want to clear the values of all of them except $b$. It's really lengthy to write Clear[a]; Clear[c]; ... Is ...
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How do I reassign canonical ordering of symbols?

I have a big polynomial that evaluates to: $$A^2 e^2 \phi ^- \phi ^++A e \phi ^- \phi ^+ c_{2 w} g_Z+\frac{1}{2} A e g h W^- \phi ^+ +\ll13\gg,$$ which is supposed to represent some terms in the ...
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Delete contexts from a string representation of a symbol

I want to delete the string representing the context of a symbol. For info I need such a functionality in my ShowIt function defined here I'd like to know how I ...
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Local variables in Module leak into the Global context

From the Mathematica documentation on Module: Module allows you to set up local variables with names that are local to the module. But after using ...
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List of Mathematica textual symbols

Context I am using Mathematica to create live documents - documents that are both interactive and show mathematical derivations. Now, I'm aware that there are certain symbols that are available via: ...
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Defining symbol shortcuts in the Front End

I was wondering (because I could not find any documentation on this) if it is possible to do shorthand abbreviations for domains or could one define them? E.g. In[1]:= Element[p,Complexes] ...
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What is the story with Removed symbols?

The system function Remove evidently exists primarily to turn a fatal problem into an annoying one, by giving the user a (rather blunt) instrument with which to ...
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How to properly DumpSave & Get Global`s symbols inside packages while not touching Global context?

For efficiency reasons I prefer to use DumpSave instead of Save. For ease of access I prefer to save symbols in ...
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How to pass a symbol name to a function with any of the Hold attributes?

Given a function with the attribute HoldFirst, HoldAll or similar, and a variable, list, how ...
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Automated testing for compatibility with older Mathematica versions

I have several packages which I actively develop and maintain. I try to stay up to date with new releases of Mathematica and usually update within a couple of months of a new version coming out. As a ...
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Symbolic Optimisation

I'm trying to solve symbolically the following optimisation: $$ \min_{q_uu}\ \Biggl[ q_u q_{uu}\psi B_{uu} + q_u q_{ud}\psi B_{ud} + q_d q_{du}\psi B_{ud} + q_d q_{dd}\psi B_{dd} $$ $$ + ...
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How to unload automatically loaded packages?

I know that this has been discussed here (How do I clear all user defined symbols?), but my case is somewhat different. How does one unload packages during runtime that were loaded with the start of ...
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Single dot textual form

How do I render a letter with a single dot above it? I see \[DoubleDot] and \[TripleDot] are readily available, but what about ...
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How can I use the Klingon alphabet symbols?

Note: This functionality is presently missing. See: How to add named characters to Mathematica 10? Mathematica apparently supports the Klingon alphabet: ...
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Is there a way to separate variables between multiple notebooks?

I often correct homework by checking the calculations in Mathematica. Sometimes you would like to have two solutions open at once. However often defined symbols such as ...
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How do I clear all user defined symbols?

Is there some way to do this other than going to Evaluation -> Quit kernel and firing a new one up?
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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How can I test properties of a symbol from the string name without the symbol completely evaluating

Suppose I have a few symbols, one of which has a value: {abc1, abc2 = 5, abc3}; I can use Names to get the list of names, as ...