While working on a problem, I was using EvenQ in a RegionPlot. I came across this interesting case (simplified here for specificity). I expected to see a bunch of stripes, but got nothing:


A blank plot with axes, but no data

However, it was fine if I used Mod to the same effect instead:


A plot showing five vertical stripes, spaced unit width apart

I also get the correct results if I substitute (Mod[Floor[#],2]==0&) for EvenQ. I also tried a version with Assert[Head[#]==Integer]& included appropriately, and it did not ever raise an error, but the Mathematica evaluation model is still a bit mystical to me in some bits.

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    $\begingroup$ EvenQ[Floor[x]] evaluates to False. Your other examples don't evaluate, so they work when a value is substituted for x. $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:05

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In version 10.1.0 under Windows:

RegionPlot[EvenQ[Floor[x]], {x, 0, 10}, {y, 0, 10}]

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However as Carl Woll comments EvenQ evaluates to False when its argument is symbolic. As a rule *Q functions return True or False at the time of evaluation; they do not remain in an unevaluated form waiting for the argument to be of the right type.

Presumably in the version of Mathematica you are using RegionPlot attempts a symbolic evaluation and therefore fails on EvenQ.

If you prefer the delayed behavior you can use a mediating function with _?NumericQ:

even[n_?NumericQ] := EvenQ[n]

even[x] /. x -> 4

Or, theoretically, Evaluated -> False may prevent symbolic evaluation:

RegionPlot[EvenQ[Floor[x]], {x, 0, 10}, {y, 0, 10}, Evaluated -> False]
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    $\begingroup$ It seems the change with RegionPlot is made in version 11, but at least the traditional Plot family is the same as before. $\endgroup$
    – vapor
    Mar 5, 2017 at 12:34

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