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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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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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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Table of Variables

I use a list of variables {x1, x2, x3} to Solve a particular set of equations. I am now trying to generalise this depending on ...
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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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Force evaluation of the right-hand side of a local variable definition

One can do expression = a + 1; f[a_] := Evaluate[expression] but how would one do something like this ...
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How can I define a ⊕ operator?

What is wrong with the following code? CirclePlus := SparseArray[Band[{1, 1}] -> {##}] & a_ ⊕ b_ := CirclePlus[a, b] SetDelayed::write: Tag Function in ...
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Injecting list of controls into manipulate

I am trying to program a method to manually move around graph vertices, and then output the new coordinates. I'd like to turn this into a function that can be called with a variable number of ...
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How to choose variables from a list for a function and then use the solution in a subsequent function?

I am trying to calculate heating degree days and cooling degree days and output that information to a table. I am using mathematica's curated data to do this. In text this is what I would like to ...
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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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Assign output of solve to variables [duplicate]

I have this input: Solve[x^2 + 3 x + 2 == 0, x] which gives this output: {{x -> -2}, {x -> -1}} I want the first x ...
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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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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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Naming conflicts with Dummy variables in several packages conflicts

I'm using several packages in a notebook. In each packages there is functions defined with dummy variables. When I load the several packages in my session, i've got a warning message: ...
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What does it mean when a function is defined with two pairs of brackets

I have noticed a function defined as such: f[x_][y_] := expr; How is the argument y in 2nd pair of brackets being used? What is the difference from defining a ...
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When to use indexed variables

Still learning the fundamentals of the language I would like to ask you what advantages there might be in writing something like: a[1] = 2; a[2] = 4; a[3] = "x"; ...
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Define a function with the condition that it must be positive

I have a function f(x) and I want to define a new function g(x) that is equal to f(x) only ...
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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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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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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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Using Block with a list of variables

I have a list of variables var={v1,v2}; which I want to protect/localize during a particular operation. I have decided that I want to use ...
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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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Forcing Mathematica to recognize a symbol without defining it

In the Mathematica front-end, symbols that have been defined are colored black and symbols with no definition associated are colored blue. This is useful to prevent spelling mistakes. Also, defined ...
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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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How do I constrain variables to a user-defined domain in ArgMax?

I am trying to ArgMax a function over x, but x is only defined between ...
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Multiple down-values with exactly the same lefthand side

I was working on an answer to this question, when I was sidetracked by what I bring up here. I wanted a function, which when given a string representing a binary number, would convert the string to a ...
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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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Using an external Pattern breaks Format

I noted while writing this answer that using an external Pattern on Format doesn't work: ...
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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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Can I create a dynamic number of rows in TabView through an iteration?

I have written code, with the help of stackoverflow of course, and I want to make it user friendly so that other people in my lab can use it. I'm playing with DialogCreate and similar functions. I ...
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Using a variable to tell Mathematica which existing variable to manipulate

I have an estimation routine I have coded up, I want now to do some tests on it where I pick a particular parameter and run the estimation for differing values of that parameter. What I want is to be ...
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How to declare a function that uses local variables of a module outside this module?

I have the following code Module[{f,x=0}, f[t_] := x + t; ..........; ...f[1]...; ..........; ] My aim is to put the declaration of the function ...
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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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Sections with unidirectionally shared variables

I have 2 sections is my notebook: ...
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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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Convert matrix rows into variables

Can anyone show me how to set all matrix rows to variables. For example, I have matrix w={{1,2,3},{3,2,1},{0,0,0}} and I need to set each matrix row to be separate ...
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Assigning an equation as a variable

I am compiling a calculator where many slider parameters are used to define a value, where the defined value may then be reused to define another value. I am unable able to, or at least been ...
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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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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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How to use locally scoped dynamic variables in Manipulate for expression and control parameters

I have a Manipulate that has dynamic variables that I want to use in the displayed expression and use in the parameters for the manipulate controls. I only ...
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How can I overload a function with multiple bracket-slots so f[a][b] and f[a] can coexist?

Maybe this is not even possible: I want to create a function f that can have two input brackets like: f[a_][b_:1]:= a*b and ...
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How to localize symbols on the right-hand side of Rule when using ReplaceAll? [duplicate]

I am frustrated by the following: {1, 2, 3.0} /. a_Integer -> a + 1 The a on the left side of the arrow is localized and ...
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Using a variable for two different purposes

I want to name a bunch of tables after the OEIS entries which describe them. Is there any way to use these names for both the table name and the link at the same time? The second line uses the ...
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Bare symbol invocation fails but not if used with an argument

How to achieve the following behavior on a symbol f? Background: The main goal is to use the symbol to tag an abstract data structure where downvalues are used to store information. Only defined ...
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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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Defining a function that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function

To save time when debugging with Print statements, I'd like to define a function -- call it PrintVal -- that prints both the name and value of a variable defined locally within the calling function. ...
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How can I adjust the global input variable of a function to the value of a local variable within the function

I am trying to define a function f[l_] that will perform an operation on whatever input variable I use (normally I use l which ...
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How to restrict global variables to within a given notebook? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to separate variables between multiple notebooks? I assigned a global variable like a=10; It works in all my ...
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Need some explanation of “Global`*”

When I start a new notebook, I enter Names["Global`*"] I get this {"list", "msgs", "rhs", "z"} Then I enter, ...
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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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What's reliable way of finding declared but undefined functions/symbols in several interrelated packages?

I have many packages some of which use some of others. I have many symbols defined in them. Is there a reliable way of finding declared/exported but undefined functions/symbols in several ...