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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Protected Variable Error with Workbench 3.0

I have Wolfram Workbench 3.0, build 78, with Mathematica 10.4 as the front end. I am using Windows 10. I am trying to run a simple test source code test.m: ...
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Why Mathematica chooses bracket for function arguments over parenthesis?

This is a non-technical question. I'm just curious that why Mathematica breaks the convention that parenthesis are widely used for function arguments. What's the advantage for ...
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Make a glyph using the BezierCurve function

There are a lot of applications that you make a glyph from a scanned image. Mathematica does have fine tools to interpolate curves like the BezierCurve[] function. ...
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Special characters in mathematica

I'm currently making a plot and want to demarcate a couple of points. I would like to label them $\widetilde\alpha$ and $\hat\alpha$. How can I do this?
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How to convert formal symbols to standard ones in an expression?

Mathematica generates an expression sometimes using \[Formal] symbols. This is causing a problem with the TeXForm code generated ...
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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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RGtensor undefines some symbol

I am using the package RGTC for differential geometry. Firstly I define a symbol \[Sigma] = Array[PauliMatrix, {3}];, then a metric and other stuff (as required by ...
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What is ExpectationE and what does it do?

I just found the symbol ExpectationE with autocomplete. Rendered the symbol is Searching the documentation and the internet leads to nothing. Does somebody ...
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How to make an expression in this case evaluated one step and stop there? [duplicate]

I wonder how to make Symbol@"m" evaluated once so that it becomes a symbol m which is ready to be assigned again. ...
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Using Mathematica to batch-produce text files

I need to make a bunch of plaintext files, all of which differ only in a single parameter. The text I want to "copy" or "batch produce" is a little bit complex, since it contains quoted areas and ...
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How to input therefore sign in mathematica

I'm wondering how to input a therefore sign in Mathematica? For example, I want to input / output something like: ∴ a == 2 + 1 // TraditionalForm ∴ a = 3 ...
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How to extract all necessarily code for a function?

Many times when someone pastes a piece of code into SE there are missing values and symbols that the user left out. To prevent this I'm looking for a function that uproots other functions (extract ...
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Character to replace _ in symbol names?

In C, _ comes in handy when naming variables and functions, as a replacement for space. For example: ...
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The introduction for Context in Wagner's book is out of date? [duplicate]

In Section 8.1.1 (P230 of the book, P249 of the PDF) of Wagner's book, the following example is shown: x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"]; {x, Global`x} The ...
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Result about Context is inconsistent with the description of “Power Programming with Mathematica”

x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"] {x, Global`x, temp`x} The result in my Mathematica session is {5,5,6}, but it's ...
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Free symbols in an expression

I am starting to learn the basic MMA grammar these days. I hope I do not ask too much stupid questions. Here is one of them: Getting free symbols in an expression can be done by following codes: <...
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Differentiating between zero and “empty” in lists, and adding them?

(Edit: I mean 'differentiate' as in telling the difference between two things, not as in f'(x) ) I have n series of numbers, let's say two for example, with some "empty" spaces between the numbers, ...
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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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Selecting all the elements of different length that contain only numbers

If I have a list of lists with different lengths: {{1, 2, 3}, {1}, {1, 2, 3, 4}, {x}, {1, x}, {2}, {2, 3}} How can I extract all the sub-lists with no symbols: <...
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How to store symbols in a package without being parsed?

I have a package file myPackage.m with the following content: BeginPackage["myPackage`"]; load[] := {a, b, c}; EndPackage[]; ...
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$CellContext issue while trying to export the current output of a Manipulate

Having just read this question Getting variables out of Dynamic Modules after restoring the program and the Kuba's answer I'm trying to optimize my workflow. I'm writing a Mathematica notebook to ...
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what do those signs #1, #1^2, #1^3, & mean here? [duplicate]

I have read common pitfalls page and the documentation page but I still don't understand what do those signs mean here? ...
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Shared variable can not be distributed again after UnsetShared

I see a weired behavior in my MM 10.3 version. Can someone reproduce it or explain what is going on? The code is easy: ...
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List all LocalSymbols

I was working with a LocalSymbol, but after I deleted the cell I came back to the notebook hours later only to forget the name of the variable! Is there anyway to see a full list of the named ...
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Naming convention for symbols exported from package

I know this is a little opinion based, but so is Mathematica style guide and similar topics. The issue is important so I think this topic will be beneficial for future visitors. Q: So ...
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FindInstance of Matrices

I'm trying to use FindInstance to find examples of matrices that complete an expression. However, it seems like I need to specify atomics as my variables to the function. So, here's a really simple ...
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List of Mathematica glyphs

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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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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Import names into notebook namespace [duplicate]

I have function that at some point has list of strings (e.g. {"apple","pear"}) and I want to declare (initialize) those variables in notebook namespace to default ...
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How to adapt MSPToExpression function in $PrePrint?

I am introducing the mathematica Security (MSP module) to our system. The Document suggests use MSPToExpression as followed: ...
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How to get “BasicFunctions” from WolframLanguageData with implicit entity

I am trying to get a list of the functions that have property "FunctionalityAreas" -> "BasicFunctions". The following does not work: ...
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Ignore some values at return

Is there Mathematica analogue of Python _ (underscore) or Matlab ~, a special variable, that can be used when a function returns ...
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TeXForm and Symbolize

I would like to use TeXForm to generate LaTeX output as usual. However, I use subscripted variables such as c_t. Unfortunately, ...
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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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Manipulating a symbol via its name [duplicate]

I'm trying to change the entries of a list. The problem here is that I only know the symbolname of the list for example name="x" , where x is defined as ...
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Get value of symbol

ab := {{a, 10, 100}, {b, 0, 10}} Manipulate[a*b, Evaluate[Delete[ab, 0]], Button["SHow", Print[Evaluate[Symbol[ToString[ab[[1]][[1]]]]]]; Print[a, "---", b]]] In ...
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how to change Symbol to other symbol?

I have Input =a**b**c I want to have output such as {a,b,c} So I want to change **->, but replace code does not work. How ...
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Location of a double cap symbol

I've been searching for this symbol in a variety of palettes, but have been unable to find it. Anyone know where I can find it?
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Can I use a variable name based on the results of a calculation? [duplicate]

How can I use the notebook filename as a variable? e.g. I have a notebook named notebook1.nb so I want the output of this: ...
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Relevant help page for: Sum`?

When I type Sum into Mathematica, it also offers Sum` in the autocomplete dropdown, but when I click the little menu button next ...
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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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How do Reap and Sow work in this context

I have a list of points in 3D and I need to count how many times each point is repeated. For a similar problem with a list of characters many different solutions have been proposed in this post: ...
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How can we accommodate arbitrary Unicode characters in symbol names?

I understand why Mathematica doesn't the support the [ character in symbol names, but it should be escapable in some way, like non-printable characters are in ...
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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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How to remove a LocalSymbol (or CloudSymbol)?

In version 10.2 LocalSymbol can be used to create a persistent store of a variable. Once this is created I don't see a method to remove it. How are are they ...
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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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“Undo” not working for script, gothic, and double-struck letter forms?

Has anyone else experienced anomalous behavior using "Undo" (Ctrl-z) with notational alphabet letter forms? Since Mathematica's built-in functions are capitalized, one generally avoids beginning user-...
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What are the requirements for a well behaved indexed variable? Subscript, ToExpression, Downvalue?

On writing this answer I needed to call a function, (NonlinearModelFit) with an unknown number of parameters. We have learned that we should not use ...