Questions on assigning and unassigning definitions to names that represent them, including issues raised by context and localization. Use tag [assignment] for issues relating to Set versus SetDelayed.

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Evaluating a function on permutations of its arguments

Say I have a function "temp" of $n+1$ variables, $y,z1,z2,z3,...,zn$. I want to test if my function has certain symmetries like swapping $y$ with square of any $z$, swapping any two of the zs, ...
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Arbitrary number of variables in Module, Block, etc

How do I specify an arbitrary number of variable names and initialize them inside of a Module or Block? For example, I want to do something like: ...
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How to define a variable as a function of another variable?

I want to define a variable q which is a function of t. And I want to define another variable ...
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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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Specifying optional arguments with variables

Perhaps this is poor programming on my part, but I would like to create a function that uses a variable as an optional parameter: var = 2; f[a_:var] := {a} The ...
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how to differentiate formally?

I have been wrapping my head around this for a while now and I have not found a solution so far. I want to work with an arbitrary number of variables in mathematica and use some built in functions. ...
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Renaming a list with name obtained interactively

I have a list say: m = {1, 2, 3} The list is inside a package, and is the result of a calculation. I want to give the user the option to rename it, for example ...
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Adding subscripts to variables

I know I can define vars = Map[Subscript[x, #1] &, {"tem", "pressure", "hum", "lat", "alt", "space", "corner"}] and ...
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Using a built-in symbol as a variable

I want to produce a Mathematica Computable Document in which N appears as a variable in my formulae. But N is a reserved word in ...
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Proper use of arbitrary number of variables

So, I'm working on a project where the number of independent variables is not fixed. Consider a problem of $N$ independent variables, $\boldsymbol{r}$. I want to perform different things with them. ...
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Is it possible to use the global definition of a symbol as part of its new local definition set in a Block?

Consider the following expression: Block[{Print = CopyToClipboard}, doSomething[]] Now all calls to Print from ...
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Create an adaptive amount of local variables for error propagation

I intend to write a function which calculates the result and the error for any formula with any amount of variables using the Gauß Error Propagation. The error $\mathrm{d}R$ for a function $R(a,b,c)$ ...
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How to linearize an expression automatically?

I would like to automatically linearize some long equations in the scope of variational calculus. Here follows an example of what I need to do : Given two variables $a_1 = q_1 + \delta q_1$ and $a_2 ...
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TabView: Reset some dynamic variable on tab selection

Given a TabView panel like this one TabView[{ DynamicModule[{x = False}, {Checkbox[Dynamic[x]], Dynamic[x]}], "foo"}] I ...
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Distribute and analyze large datasets

I need to analyze very large datasets, and they obviously don't fit in a computer memory. I need to produce some statistics on these datasets, and this brings me here: How can I make some statistical ...
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Context “Unique to This Notebook” makes variables black even if they're not defined?

I'm trying to use this technique to keep variables separated between different notebooks. It seems to be working fine, except that variables turn black as soon as they are evaluated — any ideas why ...
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Different behaviours of Default Argument

I don't really understand the behaviour of Default Argument. If I execute this command in Mathematica: In: {f[a], f[a + b]} /. f[x_ + y_.] -> p[x, y] ...
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How to Clear variables with apostrophe?

An apostrophe ' is often used when we want to distinguish two variables. For example, if we already have a variable t and we may ...
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What is $ sign in Mathematica?

Is it a special sign or it can be used as anything else? For creating variables for example. $x=4
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Mathematica does not understand (R^3)^(1/3) is the same as R [closed]

In the output from a calculation in mathematica stands a/((R^3*c)^(1/3)), with c and a ...
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Put local variables for Block in a variable [duplicate]

Is is possible to assign {x = 2, y = 3, z = 4} to a variable var so that one can write ...
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Generating a list of symbolic coefficients [duplicate]

I am trying to do something which I assume should be very simple: I want to generate a list with symbolic coefficients that looks like this: ...
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Specify a variable as an integer

I have a formula that always evaluates to a certain number for any variable X under one condition that X is an integer and ...
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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 replace variables in an expression?

I have generated a matrix using Mathematica, $\left( \begin{array}{ccc} \text{cos$\theta $} & -\text{sin$\theta $} & \text{cos$\theta $}\, \text{dx}+\text{dx}-\text{dy}\, \text{sin$\theta $} ...
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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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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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Riffle not acting as expected [closed]

I have defined two tables: R = Table[Subscript[\[ScriptCapitalR], -i], {i, -12, -1}] T = Table[Subscript[\[ScriptCapitalT], -i, -i - 1], {i, -12, -1}] I want to ...
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Save variables values and definition

I used to do a lot of programming in R and recently switched to Mathematica. One thing that bothers me is that I haven't found a way to save variables, their values and definition! Let's look at an ...
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Module with “local functions”

I am trying to use a Module having "local functions", i.e., those which I need to define only inside this module. So I tried this: ...
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How to define a vector of arbitary length [duplicate]

I need to use a vector of length which I can change, indexed symbolically So for e.g. when N=3 I'd like to have vec={c1,c2,c3} when N=5 ...
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How to Set parts of indexed lists?

I would like to assign a list to an indexed variable and then change it using Part and Set like this: ...
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Is it safe to assign a variable and function of the same name for different things?

I'm writing out a notebook that goes through the van der Waals Equation of State for gases, and I run into a situation where I want to assign (simplified) Tc[b_]:=5b, use that to solve for b in terms ...
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Strange behaviour of variables in Table

I'm trying to work with some vectors and have run into a strange problem. An obvious way to define a difference of two vectors would be dif[x_,y_] := x-y I ...
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Proper localization of variable names

In functions like NonlinearModelFit I need to specify parameters with a symbol name. If I localize these parameters they get cluttered in the output (e.g....
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Global variable initialization in packages

Is it a good idea to Initialize variables globally inside a package ? will they be local by default to that package ?
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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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Elegant manipulation of the variables list

I have a list of global variables (some of them are indexed variables), for example: varsH = Hold[U0[1], U0[2], B0, V0[1], V0[2]] Or (if it is easier to handle) ...
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Why does Evaluate[a[[1]]]=0 assign a value to a variable while a[[1]]=0 doesn't?

I'm trying to do a small page counter with Mathematica, for leting me know about my reading progress on some books. I'm stuck on a problem: ...
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defining recursively a function with multiple if conditions

I am trying to recursively define a function which satisfies the following system of equations and which depends on two parameters $n$ and $l$, $$ \begin{align} A(x, n, l) &= F[ A(x,n-1,l) ]\\ ...
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how can I generate a sequence of assignments?

I want to make a sequence like follows r[1]= r[2]= r[3]= r[4]= .... r[n]= The above r[i] represents coordinates which I have ...
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How can I assign some part of data from one list to another list?

I don't know this is correct question or not,but I have a doubt. I have two Lists names are list1 and ...
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How to create a Table of Tables with indexed variables

I want to use concise code to generate a table of values that list the addition of a set of vectors. What I am looking for is essentially a Table of Tables. I will show here the kind of lists I want, ...
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Can I redefine a list as a set of variables?

Suppose I have a list mydata = {3, 14, 15, 92, 65} and in some cases I want to manipulate it as a list, like for reading from and writing to a file, or for ...
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Reloading package after accidental Remove[] of symbol

I was using Needs["PlotLegends"] By chance I removed ShowLegend by Remove[ShowLegend] How do ...
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How to create functions of arbitrary number of variables? [duplicate]

In the following code what would be the simplest way to generalize it to say some $N_f$ number of $z$ instead of just $z_1$ and $z_2$? ...
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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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What's the best practice for nested local constants? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid nested With[]? I have many situations where I have a constant that is local to a function, with other constants that are computed from it. I see that I can ...
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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...