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How do I identify the source of a “Tag times protected” error?

I have some code that looks like Table[ a = 1; b = {2, 3} c = i;, {i, 2} ] which gives an error: Set::write: Tag Times in c {2,3} is Protected....
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Stategies to avoid NIntegrate::slwcon error

I am trying to numerically evaluate an integral whose integrand depends on two parameters, say $(a,b)$ and when $b\gg 1$ I suspect (although it's not guaranteed) that the integrand is very small. Thus ...
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Fighting Less::nord at the root: Any unintended consequences?

After being plagued too much by Less::nord and companions, I've decided to try to fight it at the root: The comparison operators. I noticed that typically, the bad ...
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Skip one step of the loop if there is an NIntegrate::eincr message

Is there a possibility of skipping one step of a loop if in this step there appears an error like NIntegrate::eincr? After skipping, the loop should go to the next ...
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NonlinearModelFit::cvmit: Failed to converge to the requested accuracy or precision within 100 iterations

I have got a problem in my program with NonlinearModelFit: ...
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Printing a success message if no errors have yet been thrown in the current session

I plan to run a lengthy Mathematica script on a Linux terminal (by "a Linux terminal," I mean that I have text output only -- no GUI), using the program math. To ...
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FindRoot Infinite expression 1/0 encountered error

I have 1 equation in 1 variable, which when I use Plot, looks like this: ...
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ComplexInfinity/Indeterminate error when evaluating derivative

Motivation: I want to find the coefficients for the polynomial that is obtained when one adds together the first $n$ natural numbers to the power of $a$; that is, when you consider $1^{a} + 2^{a} + \...
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Getting Internal Self-Test Error

I have two questions related to this simple code: ...
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How can `SquareWave` be used as the input in `OutputResponse`?

I'd like to compute the response of a TransferFunctionModel when driven by a SquareWave. Here's a simple example, ...
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Take screenshot of the entire desktop using Mathematica

Is it possible to get a screenshot of the entire desktop directly in Mathematica? I am on Ubuntu running Mathematica 8. For some reason GUIScreenShot[] fails. But ...
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How to set the initial condition? (to make IC and BC consistent)

I want to find the initial condition which fits mixed boundary condition of Phi[r, Theta, t]. The original initial condition in text is Phi[r, Theta, 0] == 1 . ...
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How do I prevent NIntegrate::inumr errors within other functions?

I believe this question is best illustrated with a simple example. If I run FunctionInterpolation[NIntegrate[a + b, {a, 0, 1}], {b, 0, 1}] I get errors of the ...
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FeynArts not working properly

So I have installed all FeynArts folders (from 3.5 to 3.7) with FeynCalc 8.0.1., and none of it is working properly :\ First I load the path to specific FeynArts package (3.5 for instance), then, by: ...
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Using Position (which requires a pattern) in the same manner as Select (which requires a criterion)

I am using Mathematica7. I have a list of lists (creatively named list in the following sample code) containing data. I would like to find the positions of the ...
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Mathematica Opens Each Session With Beep

First off, I am using Mathematica 8.0 and Mac OS X 10.7.4. Recently, when starting a new Mathematica session, I am confronted with an error beep and message window stating "The file you tried to open ...
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Error Interpretation in NIntegrate

I am using a recursion algorithm developed by Migdal for Lattice Field Theory, and I have the following code: ...
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What does “Tag Integer is Protected” message mean?

(Newbie question) For every function I define I get this message: When I close and reopen Mathematica, and re-enter the function definition, I don't get the message anymore. What does it mean?
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Strange Tilt on error notification

I was testing the source code of the answers to this question. And when I tried this response and maxed out most of the manipulators, this is what I got. What went wrong that the errors are tilted. ...
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Inconsistent initial and boundary conditions

I have a 4th order nonlinear PDE with the following BCs and IC: ...
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Strange setting in FormatValues[MakeExpression]

My system is: 8.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (October 5, 2011) When I start Mathematica and call FormatValues[MakeExpression] I get the following output: ...
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“Not a valid Filling specification” error

I have a function, which plots the given function array f. This is a part of the function: ...
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How to get rid of warnings when using Solve on an equation with inexact coefficients?

When I solve this equation in Mathematica 8, I can get the right answer, but with some uncomfortable warnings. Equation: ...
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How do I make NotebookEvaluate work inside Button?

The following creates a button to select a notebook to run. When the button is pressed it seems that Mathematica finds the notebook but cannot evaluate it. The following error occurs Could not ...
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Error (NSolve::ifun) when using NSolve, I need help interpreting the error

I wrote the following code to observe how the solutions to the equation $(e^{i a})^2 = e^{i b}$ varied as $b$ varied between 0 and $2\pi$ ...
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What is the cleanest way to prevent divide-by-zero warnings?

If I evaluate {1, 2, 3, 4}/{5, 6, 0, 8}, obviously I get one warning: ...
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What do I do when I get an “Iterator does not have appropriate bounds” error?

I used this as input Table[600851475143/i , {i, 1, 600851475143}] but got an error ...
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Can Reduce *really* not solve for x here?

Sometimes I get the feeling I'm just flailing blindly with Mathematica. Is solving for $x$ in the equation $$ \frac{\cosh (x/2)}{x} = \sqrt{2} $$ really beyond the scope of Mathematica? I try to ...
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FunctionInterpolation Errors / Question re Evaluation Order and Options

I have using Mathematica functions that takes a Cartesian coordinate relative to the Earth (xyz) and converts it to a latitude, longitude, and altitude (lla). And here it is: ...
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Finding a Specific Line in a Package

In a package I am developing, I accidentally left this line Protect[ uncompleted prior to running the package. Mathematica produced this error message ...
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Importing a large Excel file

I'm trying to import a simple Excel file containing 94,000 rows and 52 columns of various types, mostly Reals. It's a 38-MB file. I get this super helpful error ...
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What does MaxStepFraction do?

I find that with NDSolve[...] while solving a partial differential equation, changing the MaxStepFraction from ...
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NMinimize with defined function call getting error NMinimize::nnum

I want to call the NMinimize function for my own defined calculations but I got an error. Below is a simple example. ...
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Why does MatrixForm affect calculations?

This is a really newbie question, but it has me confused. Why does this code work without // MatrixForm and doesn't work with ...
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Indeterminate expression. Where?

Consider the following: ...
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Mathematica Can't Evaluate This?

I am trying to find the inverse function of $\frac{\ln{x}}{x^2}$ in Mathematica. I am using the Solve[] function to find the inverse (yes, I know about ...
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A combination of Set::setraw and Set::shape errors

Please consider the following toy code: ...
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Table function with Part[] call misbehaving, but only after initial startup of Mathematica

I am getting errors like: Part::partd: Part specification standardBasis[[1]] is longer than depth of object. with the following Manipulate expression: ...
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General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it?

I was just evaluating a couple of expressions and started to get errors like this: ...