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Hi everyone!
I will demonstrate the problem on following the program code. The initialization of indices:

{x, y}::Coordinate:
{i, j, a, b}::Indices(values={x, y}, position=fixed):
\epsilon^{i j}::EpsilonTensor(delta=\delta):

Let further introduce two matrices:

matrix1 := A_{i j}:
matrix2 := B_{i j}:
explicit1   := { A_{x x} = 1 , A_{y y} = 1};
explicit2   := { B_{x x} = 1/(-H) (-H) , B_{y y} = 1};

They are, obviously, identical. However, if I calculate their determinant with the help of the epsilon symbol, I will get different answers:

determ1 := DA = 1/2 \epsilon^{a b} \epsilon^{i j} A_{a i} A_{b j} :
evaluate(determ1, explicit1, rhsonly=True);
determ2 := DB = 1/2 \epsilon^{a b} \epsilon^{i j} B_{a i} B_{b j} :
evaluate(determ2, explicit2, rhsonly=True);

The output is DA = 1, while DB = 2. I possibly figured out the source of the problem. Consider the third matrix:

matrix3 := C_{i j}:
explicit3   := { C_{x x} = -1/-1 , C_{y y} = 1 };

A bit unexpected thing is that Cadabra interprets it as C_{x x} = -2, like -1/-1 = -1/1 -1. For example, -1/-3 will yield -4. If instead one writes -1/(-1) then the answer is correct, +1. I guess that somewhere in the internal processing (most probably, immediately after performing *explicit2* statement) Cadabra looses these brackets, which further results in incorrect calculation of the determinant. Interestingly, if I use *sympy* to simplify the B matrix, the result would be correct.

The "big" problem is that Cadabra generates expressions like -1/-1 (which should be +1 and not -2) during processes like expand and distribute. This results in incorrect further usage of such expressions. Also, the described problem can result in incorrect calculations in other cases.

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Thanks for reporting this, and for doing the digging! Yes, this is caused by a bug in the ping-pong procedure between Cadabra's internal representation and Sympy. But in fact it goes deeper: it has to do with the fact that Cadabra would not always simplify rational expressions to canonical form.

I have pushed a partial fix for this to the fix/collectcomponents branch on github. Feel free to test (it does do the right thing for your example above, but I have had no time to do more testing and checking).

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