Services & Resources / Wolfram Forums
MathGroup Archive
*Archive Index
*Ask about this page
*Print this page
*Give us feedback
*Sign up for the Wolfram Insider

MathGroup Archive 2001

[Date Index] [Thread Index] [Author Index]

Search the Archive

Re: Extracting the name of a variable

  • To: mathgroup at
  • Subject: [mg26904] Re: Extracting the name of a variable
  • From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 23:29:47 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <94r803$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


Attributes[ToName] = {HoldFirst};

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



Allan Hayes
Mathematica Training and Consulting
Leicester UK
hay at
Voice: +44 (0)116 271 4198
Fax: +44 (0)870 164 0565

"Mike Yukish" <may106 at> wrote in message
news:94r803$igk at
> 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"

  • Prev by Date: Re: Q: lefthand/right hand side of equation
  • Next by Date: Re: G4 power Mac and OS X
  • Previous by thread: RE: Extracting the name of a variable
  • Next by thread: Re: Extracting the name of a variable