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# Re: Re: How to change the argument of a function?
Hi,
all that answer the f[x_]:=2x problem. Did anybody read the manual or
the ``Programming in Mathematica'' book by Roman M"ader ?
The correct solution is
SetAttributes[f,HoldAll]
f[x_]:=x=2*x
Than You can write
x=1;
f[x];
x
and get the expected
Out[]= 2
This answer where posted several times in the news group.
Hope that helps
Jens
> 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 O. Nams
> > Dept of Biology, NSAC
> > Box 550, Truro, NS, Canada
> > vnams @ nsac.ns.ca
> > -------------------
>
>
> If I have an argument I want to change in the course of a functional
> evaluation, I make a "working" copy at the beginning of the function:
>
> f[x_]:=Module[{y},
> y=x;
> > y=2*y;
> > y
> > ]
>
> I don't think you can change the value of the actual argument inside a
> function, or if you could that it would be a good idea. If you made
> global changes inside a local function, it might make for some
> interesting bugs that would be very hard to track down. --
> Remove the _nospam_ in the return address to respond.
>
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