Re: Turning the elements of a list into the arguments of a function.

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• Subject: [mg8857] Re: Turning the elements of a list into the arguments of a function.
• From: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>
• Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 20:16:17 -0400
• Organization: University of Western Australia
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```Scott Morrison wrote:

> I need to be able to convert
> f[q, {{a,b}, {c,d}}] into f[q, {a,b}, {c,d}]
>
> If the problem were to convert f[{{a,b},{c,d}}] into f[{a,b}, {c,d}], I know
> I could do this with Apply, as Apply[f, {{a,b},{c,d}}], but having that
> first argument is making my life difficult.
>
> What I am actually trying to do is use FindMinimum with a variable number of
> variables, so I tried FindMinimum[expr, Table[{g[i], 0}, {i, 1, n}] sort of
> thing, but this puts all the variables and their starting values in one huge
> list.

You need to use Evaluate (because FindMinimum is HoldAll) and Sequence:

In[1]:= FindMinimum[g[1]^2-2g[1]+2g[2]^2,
Evaluate[Sequence@@Table[{g[i], 0}, {i, 1, 2}]]]

Out[1]= {-1., {g[1] -> 1., g[2] -> 0.}}

Cheers,
Paul

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