       Problems with easy simplifications

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• Subject: [mg54143] Problems with easy simplifications
• From: Antonio González <gonferh2o at esi.us.es>
• Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 03:34:47 -0500 (EST)
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```I have found some weird behaviors of Mathematica (5.0) related to the
simplifications of easy expressions.

Take, for instance the function

H[x_, a_, b_] = If[x < a, a + b, a - b]

If I try now to evaluate

H[x,0,0]

the result

If[x < 0, 0 + 0, 0 - 0]

(the values of a and b are irrelevat, a similar result is obtained, for
instance, with a=1, b= 2, or any integer, real or complex values). I
cannot force (at least in a simple way) Mathematica to make the addition
or the substraction. The action of Simplify or FullSimplify leaves the
expression unchanged while a Map of Simplify

MapAll[Simplify, H[x, 0, 0]]

produces

If[x < 0,
Simplify[Simplify + Simplify], Simplify[Simplify[
0] + Simplify[Simplify[-1] Simplify]]]

Something even worse happens if a use values already defined. For instance

c = 0; d = 0; H[x_] = If[x < c, c + d, c - d]

produces

If[x < 0, c + d, c - d]

In this case, the addition is not necessary.

c = 0; d = 0; H[x_] = If[x < c, c, d]

If[x < 0, c, d]

Similar problems arise using the function Which.

Any explanation or help with this malfunction would be welcome.

--

Antonio

(Eliminar el agua para responder por e-mail - Remove water to reply by
e-mail)

```

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