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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distribute and analyze large datasets

I need to analyze very large datasets, and they obviously don't fit in a computer memory. I need to produce some statistics on these datasets, and this brings me here: How can I make some statistical ...
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Different behaviours of Default Argument

I don't really understand the behaviour of Default Argument. If I execute this command in Mathematica: In: {f[a], f[a + b]} /. f[x_ + y_.] -> p[x, y] ...
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What is $ sign in Mathematica?

Is it a special sign or it can be used as anything else? For creating variables for example. $x=4
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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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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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Generating a list of symbolic coefficients [duplicate]

I am trying to do something which I assume should be very simple: I want to generate a list with symbolic coefficients that looks like this: ...
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Specify a variable as an integer

I have a formula that always evaluates to a certain number for any variable X under one condition that X is an integer and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...