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Re: Inverse of IntegerDigits? and "Index" function?

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  • Subject: [mg3958] Re: Inverse of IntegerDigits? and "Index" function?
  • From: espen.haslund at (Espen Haslund)
  • Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 23:53:31 -0400
  • Organization: Universitet i Oslo
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In article <4menl1$jva at>, pehowland at says...
;>Excuse me if I'm being particularly inept this morning, but can anyone offer
;>any help on the following problems please?
;>Inverse of IntegerDigits
;>I'm playing around with some binary numbers, and am using IntegerDigits
;>to convert from a decimal integer to the binary notation.  eg.
;>        In[1]:= IntegerDigits[10,2]
;>        Out[1]= {1,0,1,0}
;>What is the function to convert back? eg. I want to do
;>        In[2]:= DigitsToInteger[{1,0,1,0},2]
;>and get
;>        Out[2]= 10
;>I've scoured the manual and can't find the function.  This led me to
;>try to write my own function, which identified another problem...
;>"Index" Function
;>Writing a function to convert back is easy in principle, eg.
;> DigitsToInteger[x_,n_] := Apply[Plus[Map[(#*n^(Index[#]-1))&, Reverse[x]]]]
;>would do the trick, but I seem to require a function, that I've called
;>Index[] here, that when Map[]'d across a list returns the position of
;>each element.  Thus I want a function that works as follows:
;>        In[3]:= Map[Index[#]&, {2,6,3,9,10,2,4}]
;>        Out[3]= {1,2,3,4,5,6,7}
;>But I can't seem to find this function either!
;>For the moment I'm using the following more Fortran-like function, which
;>works, but disturbs my sensibilities:
;>Any suggestions?
Hi, Paul: 

I think your Index function is impossible to implement.

I hope that the function below does what you want:

DigitsToInteger[x_,n_] :=  Plus @@ (Table[n^i,{i,Length[x],1,-1}]*x)



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