Simplifying an expression for computational, not aesthetic

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg98436] Simplifying an expression for computational, not aesthetic*From*: negatron <lokieffect at gmail.com>*Date*: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 05:59:19 -0400 (EDT)

My small grudge is that Simplify[x^2/y^2] does not result in (x/y)^2 even though Mathematica is evidently aware the two are equivalent -- An input of (x/y)^2 results in an output of x^2/y^2. This seems to be because of the brackets, which mathematica prefers to avoid. My question is, is there a way to specify that Simplify produces the SIMPLEST expression it has found, not just the simplest which can most conveniently be expressed. There's nothing in the documentation as far as I can tell. Thanks.