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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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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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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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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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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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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Another difference between Set and Setdelayed. Evaluation shortcut?

A little while ago I wondered why f[x_] = f[x] gives an infinite iteration. I ended up discovering the following difference in evaluation between ...
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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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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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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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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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Refering to global variables inside modules

How do I refer to global variables inside modules if the same name is used for a local one? In code, I want that ...
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NIntegrate with an arbitrary number of variables [duplicate]

I need to evaluate NIntegrate with a variable number of variables. Here's a concrete example. I'll accept an answer that finds a way to make the example work. I ...
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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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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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Subscripts to a variable; why a letter shoud come before a digit?

I noticed that I cannot create a variable $f_{2s}$ since Mathematica seems to leave a space between the subscripts 2 and s ...
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Add a letter to a variable name from a list

Basically I am searching for a way to add the letter u to an existing list of variables {a,b,c,d} to obtain the variable list ...
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Collecting variables from Subscript

I have followings set: t = Transpose[{x[#] & /@ Range[20], RandomInteger[15, 20]}]; Subscript[#[[1]], #[[2]]] & /@ t The code is just to build my set.So ...
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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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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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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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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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How to assign (and retrieve) variables with subscripts? [duplicate]

I like to give subscripts to my variable names when the variables are related. I.e., Subscript[r, i] = 3 3 A problem arises when I later assign ...
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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 ...
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Preventing Superscript from being interpreted as Power when using Ctrl+^ shortcut?

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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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 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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Obtaining the name of a variable as a string [duplicate]

Suppose that I have an arbitrary variable myVariable. Is there some function fun -- either built-in or one that I can define -- ...
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Protecting function definitions only for particular inputs

I would like to be able to define the values of a particular function for new inputs. f[x1]=f1; f[x2]=f2; I would also like to be able redefine the values for ...
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The dangers of SaveDefinitions — should this really happen?

I have been bitten hard by SaveDefinitions -> True. I'll describe in detail what happened below. My questions are: Is this a bug? What is the most convenient ...
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Print indexed (by subscript) variable name systematically

I have some variables : Subscript[S, 1], Subscript[S, 2]...etc. But they are defined in a for loop like For[g = 1, g < 4, g++, Subscript[S, g] = g]; Later, I ...
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Variable scope similar to other languages

Mathematica, unlike many other languages, defines the variables in the global scope unless it is explicitly asked to define a variable in a local scope, e.g., using ...
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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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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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Mathematica not assigning variable correctly

So I have been fiddling with this the last hour and I just can't get it to work. I have 3 matrices of the same size which contain nothing but 0's in a list, I also have 3 matrices of the same size ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...