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Re: How to change the argument of a function?



Vilis Nams wrote:
> 
> I want to define a function that in the course of doing something, also
> changes the value of its argument, for example: f[x_]:=Module[{},
> x=2*x;
> x
> ]
> When I run the function, I get the error: "Set::setraw : Cannot assign
> to raw object  ...." Can this be done in some way?
> 


Vilis:

Could you explain more fully what you wish to do please? I'm not sure
what  "changes the value of its argument" means. The trouble with

In[1]:=
f[x_]:=Module[{},
x=2*x;
x
]

In[2]:=
f[2]

>From In[2]:=
Set::setraw: Cannot assign to raw object 2.

Out[2]=
2

is that  every x on the right is replaced by 2,  so that Mathematica is
asked to evaluate Module[{}, 2 = 2  2, 2], and can't assign to 2.

But,

f[x_] := 2 x

does what you seem to have been aiming.

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