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Re: Optional

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  • Subject: [mg33700] Re: Optional
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 01:02:05 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <a8m3i8$obr$>
  • Reply-to: kuska at
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


why not use

f[index : {_Integer ...}] := index

Ben Langton wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am having a problem with the Optional function which I have reduced to the
> following snippet of code :
> f // Clear;
> f[Optional[index : {_Integer ...}, {1}]] := index;
> f[]
> My understanding of the Optional command is that the function f should
> accept a list of zero or more integers as its argument or, if that is
> missing, use the default value of {1}.
> Under version 3, f[] (f with no arguments) returns {1}, as I would expect,
> yet under version 4.1 it returns the function evaluated.

Sequence[] can't match the first pattern {_Integer...} and so the
optional argument is never used.


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