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• Subject: [mg14576] Re: [mg14537] Thread and Set
• From: Des Penny <penny at suu.edu>
• Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 03:07:44 -0500
• Organization: Southern Utah University
• References: <199810290933.EAA21697@smc.vnet.net.>
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```Alex:

Set has Attributes:

In[1]:=
Attributes[Set]
Out[1]=
{HoldFirst,Protected,SequenceHold}

In this case you want to override the HoldFirst Attribute in order to
evaluate the argument.  The following will work:

In[2]:=
Clear[a,b]
vars={a,b};
nums={1,2};
{a,b}

Out[3]=
{1,2}

Cheers,

Des Penny

Alex Tabarrok wrote:

> I'd like to use Thread and Set to define a number of variables.  The
> following works as expected:
>
> In[86]:=Clear[a,b]
> Out[87]={1,2}
> In[88]:=a
> Out[88]=1
> In[89]:=b
> Out[89]=2
>
> But why doesn't the following work?
>
> In[101]:=Clear[a,b]
> In[102]:=vars={a,b}
> Out[102]={a,b}
> In[103]:=nums={1,2}
> Out[103]={1,2}
> Out[104]={1,2}
> In[105]:=a
> Out[105]=a
> In[106]:=b
> Out[106]=b
> In[107]:=vars
> Out[107]={1,2}
>
>
> Alex
>
> Alex Tabarrok
> Department of Economics
> Ball State University
> 00ATTabarrok at bsuvc.bsu.edu

```

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