Is it possible to format a mathematica output in a way that all the fractional numbers are written first followed by other constants or functions?


output= 12/7*x + 120/17*x*y 


output= (12*x)/7 + 120/17*x*y

which when saved in a file becomes

(12*x)/7 + (120*x*y)/17

However I was asking if the output can be formatted in the following form

12/7*x + 120/17*x*y

PS. I am wring the expression as a .m extension and running this file through a terminal. I am not using notebook .nb interface.

  • $\begingroup$ Is this helpful?: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/98121/… $\endgroup$ – theorist Aug 22 '19 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ @theorist , this link is useful. However the solutions there does not work if one uses .m file and run through terminal. The reason of such requirement is two-fold. One is the expression will look clean if the numbers are separated from the variables. Two, it will be useful for further processing in other languages like Bash, latex etc. But it seems this does not work for .m $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Aug 22 '19 at 20:06

Sounds like you want to control the OutputForm of an expression. In that case, you could do something like:

Format[r_Rational t_, OutputForm] := SequenceForm[r] SequenceForm[t]

For example:

12/7*x + 120/17*x*y //OutputForm
12     120
-- x + --- x y
7      17


From the comments, it seems you want to control the formatting when using Put. Since Put uses InputForm when writing to a file, you need to modify InputForm instead. So:

Format[r_Rational t_, InputForm] := SequenceForm[r] SequenceForm[t]


(12/7*x + 120/17*x*y) >> output.dat;
Import["output.dat", "String"]

"12/7*x + 120/17*x*y "

  • $\begingroup$ Wow! this works!! many thanks. $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Aug 22 '19 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ But there is one problem. It does not write as 12/7*x + 120/17*x*y rather on multiple lines. One purpose is to of course beautification but other purpose is to further process the output to Bash or latex. $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Aug 22 '19 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ Basically whatever be the expression, the output should write the numerical numbers first then any variables. This will be useful for further processing in bash or latex etc. $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Aug 22 '19 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Boogeyman What does 12/7 look like in your terminal? That is, does your terminal use OutputForm or something else (InputForm)? $\endgroup$ – Carl Woll Aug 22 '19 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ On terminal 12/7 is written as OutputForm i.e. the way it is written in your answer. However when I save it 12/7*x (or 12*x/7) >> output.dat, it saves as (12*x)/7 but I need it to save as 12/7*x i.e. any numerical values printed first followed by any variables. $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Aug 22 '19 at 21:00

Does something like this give you what you want?

12/7*x + 120/17*x*y // TraditionalForm

If it is, then I would recommend changing your preferences to default to traditional form for all output. I personally quite like the style of traditional form. This can be found in the preferences manager under Cell Options >> New Cell Defaults >> CommonDefaultFormatTypes and change from whatever it currently says to the right of "Output" to be "TraditionalForm" (no quotes).

  • $\begingroup$ I am writing the file as a .m file and running in terminal. There it does not work. $\endgroup$ – Boogeyman Nov 24 '18 at 7:43
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, sorry. My answer doesn't apply there. $\endgroup$ – MassDefect Nov 24 '18 at 8:00

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