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General linear functions

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  • Subject: [mg26307] General linear functions
  • From: Jeffrey Hersh <jeffrey.m.hersh at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 21:37:54 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: SAIC
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hello there,

I am trying to implement functions that are linear in only a few of 
their arguments and need some help.  I know how to implement linear and 
multilinear functions thanks to a post back in October, however I am 
interested in functions like:


where F is linear in x,y,z,... but not linear in a,b,c... 

I would like to use a variation of the earlier solution to making 
multilinear functions, i.e.

   x[___,0,___] := 0;
   x[a___,y_+z_,b___] := x[a,y,b] + x[a,z,b];
      more rules..... ]/@func)

set it up so that my new function is

SetSemiLinear[func_,list_] := (* function def *)

Where the list is a list of the slots of func that are linear. Any ideas 
of how to achieve this?

While I am at it, a separate but related issue. I would also like to be 
able to make linear functions that are limited in the number of slots 
they can take. The problem with the SetMultilinear function above is 
that the function func can take any number of arguments and be linear in 
all of them. I would like to have a way to limit func to only take a few 
slots, i.e. be able to define a function as n-linear only.

Any help would be appreciated.


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