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Re: Extracting the name of a variable


Attributes[ToName] = {HoldFirst};

ToName[x_] := ToString[Unevaluated[x]]



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"Mike Yukish" <may106 at> wrote in message
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> Hello,
> I'd like to make a function that extracts the name of a variable and
> makes a string. So the function would do:
> In:  z = 4
> In: nameExtract[z]
> Out: "z"
> It appears to not be so simple, since once you assign z a value, the
> function SymbolName[z] returns an error. what's the trick?
> I want to do this so I can make a function takes z as an argument, and
> generates a name:value pair  "z=4"

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