I'm having getting Mathematica to use my inequality assumptions. Here's a simple example:

$Assumptions = (v-w*x+y*z)>0

Output: Sign[v-wx+yz] (Meaning that the assumption had no effect)

However, if I put in the pieces separately, it gives me the expected results.

$Assumptions = (v-w*x)>0

Output: 1

$Assumptions = (y*z)>0

Output: 1


The number of variables in the nonlinear expression in your first example (5) exceeds the limit set by the system sub-option "AssumptionsMaxNonlinearVariables" (which is 4).


{"SimplificationOptions" -> {"AssumptionsMaxNonlinearVariables" -> 4, "AssumptionsMaxVariables" -> 21, "AutosimplifyTrigs" -> True, "AutosimplifyTwoArgumentLog" -> True, "FiniteSumMaxTerms" -> 30, "FunctionExpandMaxSteps" -> 15, "ListableFirst" -> True, "RestartELProver" -> False, "SimplifyMaxExponents" -> 100, "SimplifyToPiecewise" -> True}}

Set the value of "AssumptionsMaxNonlinearVariables" to a larger number (say, 5) to make FullSimplify handle a larger number of nonlinear variables:

SetSystemOptions["SimplificationOptions" -> {"AssumptionsMaxNonlinearVariables" -> 5}];

$Assumptions = (v - w*x + y*z) > 0;
FullSimplify[Sign[(v - w*x + y*z)]]


Reset the value to its default using

SetSystemOptions["SimplificationOptions" -> {"AssumptionsMaxNonlinearVariables" -> 4}];

See also: Simplifying expressions with head Max

  • $\begingroup$ One last question: is there any documentation of what all of the SimplificationOptions mean? I'm having a hard time finding anything. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Ack Aug 18 '17 at 20:16
  • $\begingroup$ @JeffAck, thank you for the accept. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any detailed information on SystemOptions beyond what is available on the documentation pages SystemOptions and SetSystemOptions. $\endgroup$ – kglr Aug 18 '17 at 22:46

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