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is an option for Trace and related functions which specifies whether to include evaluation chains which contain the evaluation chain containing the pattern form sought.
  • TraceAbove->True includes the first and last expressions in all evaluation chains within which the evaluation chain containing form occurs.
  • TraceAbove->All includes all expressions in these evaluation chains.
  • TraceAbove->{backward, forward} allows you to specify separately which expressions to include in the backward and forward directions.
  • Using TraceAbove, you can see the complete paths by which expressions matching form arose during an evaluation.
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