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Problem with Mathematica 6
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg77065] Problem with Mathematica 6
*From*: "Michael Weyrauch" <michael.weyrauch at gmx.de>
*Date*: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 04:19:35 -0400 (EDT)
Hello,
the following code fragment runs under Mathematica 5.2 but
produces an infinite recursion error in Mathematica 6.0 in certain cases:
First I define a number of commands and slightly change the
built-in command "NonCommutativeMultiply":
Grading[_] = 0;
Fermion[a__] := ((Grading[#1] = 1) & ) /@ {a};
Fermion[a, b];
GetGradeds[a___] := GetGradeds[a] = Select[{a}, Grading[#1] != 0 & ];
Unprotect[NonCommutativeMultiply];
NonCommutativeMultiply[a___] /; (Length[GetGradeds[a]] <= 1) := Times[a];
Protect[NonCommutativeMultiply];
If you now e.g. evaluate
In[22]:= k ** l
Out[22]= k*l
or
In[23]:= a ** l
Out[23]= a*l
BUT in Mathematica 6.0:
In[24]:= a ** b
$IterationLimit::"itlim" : "Iteration limit of 4096 exceeded. \
\!\(\*ButtonBox["\[RightSkeleton]",
BaseStyle->"Link",
ButtonData:>"paclet:ref/message/$IterationLimit/itlim",
ButtonFrame->None,
ButtonNote->"$IterationLimit::itlim"]\)"
Out[24]= Hold[(Times[a]) ** b]
However in Mathematica 5.2 one gets
In[10]:= a ** b
Out[10]=a**b
which is what I expect and I want to have.
I.e., whenever I NonCommutativeMultiply two variables which are explicitly declared as fermions by the command Fermion[], I get an
infinite recursion error in Mathematica 6.
This behaviour of Mathematica 6.0 is rather confusing to me, since I believe that I just use very basic and elementary assignments
in my code. Why shouldn't it work under Mathematica 6.0 if it works under 5.2? It appears that the 6.0 kernel behaves differently than the
5.2 kernel in such basic situations. Very unpleasant!
(For anyone who wonders about the purpose of this (strange) code: It is a small fragment of a package that implements the handling
of Grassmann variables. I just extracted that bit in order to show the Mathematica 6.0 problem.)
Furthermore, beyond an explanation of this unexpected behaviour of Mathematica 6, I would like to find a workaround in Mathematica 6 such that I get
the same result as in Mathematica 5.2.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Michael Weyrauch
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