I have one boring problem with changing parameters in printing output. If I have equation

    eq = Plus[Times[a1,Derivative[2,0][q2][x,y]],Times[a2,Derivative[3,1][q1][x,y]]];

I want to replace all derivatives with new variables, for example this

      Derivative[2, 0][q2][x, y]

I want to replace it with $C_{\mathrm{q2}}^{2,0}$ and for all of them on the same way to get eq output automatically in this form


  • $\begingroup$ Check SubsuperscriptBox. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Jun 18, 2013 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ there is not explanation hoe to change them automatically $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2013 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure about what you mean by changing parameters. But you might also be interested in RuleDelayed (:>). $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Jun 18, 2013 at 21:26

1 Answer 1


If I understand you correctly, this might be what you're looking for:

eq /. Derivative[n__][q_][__] :>
                                   RowBox[Riffle[{n}, ","]]

formatted box

Please note the using of SubsuperscriptBox and RawBoxes, which will prevent superscript being evaluated as Power.


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