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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to Clear all variables (but not functions)?

I have written a Mathematica script in which I define functions and variables. Here is a vastly simplified example: ...
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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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Variable variable names

I have two variables, $ u \in \{0,40\}$ and $\gamma \in \{0,1\}$. I take $10$ values of $u$ and $5$ values of $\gamma$ and using their combinations as a pair of input parameters, I perform some ...
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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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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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How to use pattern matching to assign values to Subscript[f,x_]?

I want to define two subscripted functions Subscript[f,1] and Subscript[f,2]. To keep the assignments local, I would like to ...
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How do I use a matrix that has a variable?

I seem to be getting an error whenever I try running this piece of code. Matrix12[n_] := {{1, 0}, {0, {\[Kappa]1[n]}/{\[Kappa]2[n]}}} I've already defined the ...
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How to substitute variables in interpolated function?

I'm looking for the way to substitute variables in interpolated function again to original one. (I want to know how to get P(r, theta) from Psol(v, w).) The original variables : ...
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How can I hold UpValues but evaluate other expressions?

Consider these definitions: own = "OwnValue"; down[_] = "DownValue"; sub[_][_] = "SubValue"; N[n] = 3.14; _[___, up, ___] ^= "UpValue"; The attribute ...
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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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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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Why modules with no variables?

I was reading some code, in particular, recipe 4.13 on unification pattern-matching in Sal Mangano's Mathematica Cookbook, and there were many instances of Modules with no variables in them, such as ...
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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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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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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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How to define a global variable in Mathematica?

I have restricted the context of my notebooks to each individual notebook. So variables in each notebook are local and are not seen in another notebook. But in two of my notebooks I have two ...
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Representing a value in an output as a self defined variable

I'm trying to find a way to have Mathematica always represent a numerical value as a self defined variable that I define using lhs=rhs. For example, if I execute ...
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Define a mathematical set

I have a terribly short question: Is there a way to define a pure mathematical set? I tried a bit of googling, but the word "set" has two meanings and the other one (as in setting) as by far more ...
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How to use local variables with indices in a Mathematica Block environment?

I have the following code: Subscript[f, i_][x_] := Block[{a}, Subscript[a, i] = 3 x; Subscript[a, 1] ] If I evaluate for example ...
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Assigning values to a list of variable names

As part of a calculation I need to do something like this Evaluate[{aaa, bbb, ccc}[[ index]]] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} so if index is ...
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Why can't I define vector v as having subscripted elements v_1, v_2, v_3…?

I'm a very beginner in Mathematica 8 programming. While trying to play a little with tensor analysis I encountered a problem. How to define for example vector in such manner: v={$v_1,v_2,v_3$} For ...
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Making a symbol's new definitions be tried before all previously defined ones

Is there any way to "close" a package (or a symbol, or a context) in that if a user of the package adds definitions to the symbol they will be tried before the package defined ones, just like what ...