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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 localize symbols on the right-hand side of Rule when using ReplaceAll?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Treat list as cyclic

I am considering the following case. Say that T={p1,p2,p3} represents a triangle. In addition, I want to parameterize the edges of the triangle ...
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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 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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Treat strings as variables?

I have a list of strings, {"x1", "x2", "x3", "x4"} And a list of linear equations: ...
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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...
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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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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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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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Extract memoized results in the form of a rule

Lets say I define a function f with memoization. Is there some way to extract the memoized values? For example, ...
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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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Define function that counts recursive fibonacci

If I write count=0; fib[0]:=(count=count+1; 0); fib[1]:=(count=count+1; 1); fib[n_] := (count = count+1; fib[n-2] + fib[n-1]); Then I can ...
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Extracting variables from Hold expression

For example I have some global assignments x=1;y=2;z=3 and an expression Hold[x*y/z]. How can I now extract variables ...
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How can I prevent Superscript from being interpreted as Power?

I have very strong desire to use superscript as the index of the variable. However, it looks like that the Mathematica automatically recognize the superscript as the power and I got message that my ...
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setting a variable equal to the output of FindRoot

So I set a function f[x] f[x_] := x*E^(-x) - 0.16064 Then I set a variable 'actualroot' to the function FindRoot, starting at 3 ...
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Quoting definition explicitly

I'm trying to quote a definition using DownValues, OwnValues, etc. Everything seems to be fine, except for temporary symbols' ...
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What is the need for function parameters? Many possible inputs

If I have many possible variables related to one another, why do I need to define my function with parameters for plotting? For example, if I have an equation like: ...
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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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How to define a matrix with all elements 0? [closed]

A matrix can be defined as M = Array[m, {3, 3}] which gives ...
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Reuse local variable in declaration within With [duplicate]

Considering the richness of Mathematica.SE, I am quite surprised I could not find my answer... I am very sorry if it is a duplicate. Consider the following example: ...
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Constructing variable names from a string

I have groups of descriptive variable names and dont want to write explicit code for each group, e.g. (and this is a contrived simplification) ...
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Better solution than returning a list of 3 values?

I have a function (using SetDelayed) that currently returns 3 values in a list. Later on I use the result of this list along with ...
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Using AddTo in a function

I want to create a function that will take a variable $x$ and reassign the value $x+2$ to $x$. So f[x_]:= x += 2 However: ...
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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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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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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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Define the square of a function [closed]

Is there any good way to define the square of a function in M9? Usually one can write e.g. f[z_] = 3*Sin[z] etc etc. But is it possible to define ...
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Declare local variable when defining a function to mimic Table[]

The problem: I want to define a function tab to replace the long line Table[f[i,j,k,l],{i,3},{j,3},{k,3},{l,3}] by a shorter ...