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Re: Variables names

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  • Subject: [mg15032] Re: [mg15002] Variables names
  • From: "Clemens Frey" <Clemens.Frey at>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 04:12:18 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

-----Urspr|ngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Kim Allemand <kim.allemand at> An: mathgroup at
<mathgroup at> Datum: Samstag, 5. Dezember 1998 10:09
Betreff: [mg15002] Variables names

>I have a square matrix Q of dimension N and would like to generate the
>quadratic function $\sum_{i,j}q_{ij}x_i x_j$. The problem is how to say
>to Mathamatica that the variables names are x1, x2, etc. Is it possible
>to generate variables names in an automatic way? A possibility would be
>to generate manually a vector NN={x1, x2, x3, ....} of dimension N and
>then to pick NN[[i]] for the ith variable name, but imagine when
>N=1000... !!
>Thanks, Kim


what about this definition:

quad[m_List,v_List]  := v.m.v;

You can use it to compute the quadratic function symbolically (here:
N=2) like in

X = Array[x,2];
Q = Array[q,{2,2}];


which gives you

x[1] (q[1,1] x[1]+q[1,2] x[2])+x[2] (q[2,1] x[1]+q[2,2] x[2])

as well as numerically (N=100)

Xnum = Table[Random[],{100}];
Qnum = Table[Random[],{100},{100}];

Hope that helped


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