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 do I constrain variables to a user-defined domain in ArgMax?

I am trying to ArgMax a function over x, but x is only defined between ...
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Best practice of passing a large number of parameters to functions

I have a number of functions which all take a large number of parameters. I am wondering which is the best practice of passing these parameters to those functions. I could of course simply specify the ...
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Is there a command returning information about a particular object? [closed]

Suppose I have a variable var1, a function MyFunction, and a graphic SomePlot. I remember ...
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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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Maximization of a 3-variable function

So I define a 3-variable function $h$ and I want to find the maximum of $h$ in a region $\mathcal{R}$: ...
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Coupled ODEs with boundary conditions - DSolve Error

I'm relatively new to mathematica and I can't find the error here. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that vx, vy, vz aren't blue on my mathematica - as in, they already have some assigned ...
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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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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?

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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how to define roots of an equation as a function? [closed]

I need to solve an equation depending on 3variables in only one variables and define the roots as a function of the remaining variables? I used some thing like that: ...
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Maximum number of literal values for SetDelayed?

Under what circumstances should I expect Mathematica to turn a delayed assignment into an immediate assignment? I have put together a minimal example (available here) which demonstrates this behavior. ...
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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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Is there a better way of creating/assigning variables programmatically than using strings and ToExpression?

For quite a while now I've been wondering how to assign variables programmatically, and I have finally figured out one way of doing this. For example in a game where you have a variable number of ...
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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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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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How to set the values into some variables from different lists [closed]

I have a list of Values and a list of variables. I want to set the Values into Variables. Assume the following code: ...
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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?

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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Local variable names - Is there an easy way?

I apologize first, because this has been asked, like in Treat all variables as local in a module [duplicate] Variable scope similar to other languages But I don't get how to use them. Some codes ...
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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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Why the variable cannot use subscript? [duplicate]

Today,I use the Lagarange method to deduce the robot 's dynamic equation .I use the mma to help me calculate. I want to use $$x_B,y_B, v_{Bx}, v_{By}, v_B ^2$$ to represent the point B 's ...
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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 ...
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Why doesn't DumpSave work for elements created within a local notebook context?

I recently noticed that when dealing with notebooks with local context, I cannot successfully DumpSave variables, or, rather, when I call ...
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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 ...