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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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions that all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering what is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could, of course, simply specify ...
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Equivalent command to the Maple indets command

This carries on the discussion here and here. I had mistaken Variable[] to give you ALL variables in an expression, but apparently, it is not meant for that. ...
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About Symbolize and Variables

I do believe this sort of similar questions had been asked many times, so I have read a LOT. For example this and this as well as many other related posts. But a glance at what my main question is ...
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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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Variable Value as Range

Thank you for the help so far! I would like to assign +/i signs for the function and solution such as (+)(+)(-) and therefore (-). It is working for the first evaluation, λlower, but not for the ...
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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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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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Local variables whose definitions depend on each other [duplicate]

Consider the following (pseudo-)function definition: f[l_] := Let[{ a = Length[l], b = First[l], c = b/a, }, c*10] So for ...
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Store matched variables

Edit: I am matching and replacing a particular expression. At the same time... I want to store matched variables for later use. I got it to work with messed up code involving ...
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Solving equations with QuantityVariable

I'm trying to understand how to easily solve equations that use QuantityVariable. Why does this fail? ...
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Reducing Output length by introducing new variables [duplicate]

I have outputs like "expression/(1+3*c^2) +anotherexpression/(1+3*c^2)" and so on. Is there any way to set 1/(1+3*c^2)=A where A is a new variable so that the output reads like ...
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specifying a list (vector) of arbitrary length

When trying to do symbolic calculations in mathematica involving a space of dimension n, which is arbitrary but fixed, I'd often like to work with vectors that have ...
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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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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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Identifying the symbol which has a specific value

I'm writing a program that will solve the value of 1 variable in a 4-variable equality equation, but the variable to be solved will depend on the user's input to the program. This is what I've come ...
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Calling variables with use of numbers in their names

I have got few huge matrices named by ascending numbers, e.g. x1, x2, x3,... and I need to do the same operation with all of them - to multiply their components, ...
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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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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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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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Indexed variable with alternatives

I have a["tree"] := "oak" a["flower"] := "rose" a["dog" | "cat"] := "animals" I want that the last definition of a behaves ...
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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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How I can define a new function as a function argument?

I need to pass a function with t as independent variable as a function parameter and want to create a new function of the same through this provided the argument of another function. Here is my code. ...
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Can the value of a variable be made to persist between front end sessions? [duplicate]

For example, say I create a notebook with a cell a = 5 + 2 and then I close Mathematica, reopen the notebook, enter a new cell ...
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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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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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Get value for a variable from user inside a module [duplicate]

I am writing a module. When I run the module, I want it to ask for a variable, like I can in other programing languages such as C++ or Python. For example, in C++: ...
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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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Treat strings as variables?

I have a list of strings, {"x1", "x2", "x3", "x4"} And a list of linear equations: ...
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How to implement the Observer design pattern?

As a programmer with a history with procedural languages, the Observer design pattern inmediately springs to my mind when attacking certain class of problems, mostly UI/notifications related. A ...
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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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How to change $n$ variables with $n$ Buttons automatically [duplicate]

I was trying to make a little game, and I came accross this problem. The goal is simple. There are going to be $n$ number of buttons, and each one will change a value of one variable. For example, ...
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setting real parameters in Hamiltonian matrix

The following Matrix represents my Hamiltonian. m = {{ B/2 - d - j/2 + a, (Sqrt[2]*j)/2, M}, {(Sqrt[2]*j)/2, B/2 + a, 0}, {M, 0, (-3*B)/2 - d + j/2 + a} How can ...
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How to hide global variables in package? [on hold]

in the package I'm writing I have a list of global variables which should not be visible from a notebook. Here's an extract of the package: ...
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Clean-up Code / Reduce variables

I'm writing a playing card simulator of sorts, and everything works fine, but some Modules use a disgusting amount of variables. For Example: ...
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Block, With, Module, can anyone help me understand the distinction? [duplicate]

I've been working heavily with Block[] for months in my research so I've read the documentation for the seemingly similar commands With[], Block[], and Module[]. Personally, I've had by far the ...
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Telling mathematica that something is an integer [duplicate]

Is it possible for me to tell mathematica something is an integer? like if I typed Sin[n Pi]+Cos[n Pi] it would tell me it equals 1 for even n and -1 for odd n? ...
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Defining my own invisible operator

There are some invisible operators in Mathematica (\[ImplicitPlus],\[InvisibleTimes],...
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How to take derivative of parameterized coordinate?

Suppose I have a vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$ but $n$ is not known in advance. I want to be able to write functions which operate on the components of that vector, and then I'd like to be able to take ...
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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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Define a function on a parameter argument set to zero

Say I have an expression (matrix) that depends on several variables. f= {{a, b+c},{2a-b^2,c^5+a b}} I want to define new matrices with the single parameter ...
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Varying number of function arguments [duplicate]

I have a function of six arguments: ffit[q1_, q2_, q3_, q4_, q5_, q6_] := (a1*q1^2 + a2*q2^2 + a3*q3^2 + a4*q4^2 + a5*q5^2 + a6*q6^2) ...
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Circumventing the default scoping: Assign a variable inside a function [duplicate]

I'm currently trying very hard to assign a variable inside a function. Therefore I'm using a function like this, which should reassign a predefined variable. ...
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Why x = x doesn't cause an infinite loop, but f[x_] := f[x] does?

If I execute: In[1] := x = x Out[1] = x and then I evaluate the symbol x: ...
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Is linear interpolation applicable here

From my understanding about Linear Interpolation especially of that of Newton's Divided Difference Polynomial, we could get the value of F(x) from the given set of ...
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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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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 ...