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Re: Piecewise defined functions

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  • Subject: [mg12988] Re: Piecewise defined functions
  • From: Tobias Oed <tobias at>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 02:52:11 -0400
  • Organization: Old Dominion University
  • References: <6mqep0$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Edward Neuman wrote:

> I'm working with the piecewise defined functions with a large number of
> subintervals. They can be defined using the UnitStep function.
> Manipulations
> (e.g., plotting, integration, etc.) with a function having a large
> number of  the UnitStep factors is often a time consuming job. Is it
> possible to force Mathematica to create a sequence of rules like this:
> g[x_/;x1 <= x <x2] := Expr1
> g[x_/;x2 <= x <x3] := Expr2
>              ....
> where the lists {x1, x2, ... } and {Expr1, Expr2, ... } are supplied by
> a user? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Regards,
> Edward Neuman

This works

In[1]:= x={x0,x1,x2,x3,x4}

Out[1]= {x0, x1, x2, x3, x4}

In[2]:= e={e1,e2,e3,e4}

Out[2]= {e1, e2, e3, e4}

In[3]:= xx=Thread[{Drop[x,-1],Rest[x],e}]

Out[3]= {{x0, x1, e1}, {x1, x2, e2}, {x2, x3, e3}, {x3, x4, e4}}

In[4]:= Scan[((g[x_ /; (#1<=x<=#2)]:=#3)&[Apply[Sequence,#]])&,xx]

In[5]:= ??g

g[x_ /; x0 <= x <= x1] := e1

g[x_ /; x1 <= x <= x2] := e2

g[x_ /; x2 <= x <= x3] := e3

g[x_ /; x3 <= x <= x4] := e4


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