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Re: Import variable and data

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  • Subject: [mg32730] Re: Import variable and data
  • From: lalu_bhatt at (Bhuvanesh)
  • Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 05:10:34 -0500 (EST)
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"Mark Van De Vyver" <mvdv at> wrote:

> inputData=Import[input.txt,"Table"]
> {{a,b,c,d},{1,23,45,678}}
> This all works OK.
> Head[..]  indicates the a,b,c and d are strings, which is fine, because
> ToExpression[..] changes them to symbols.  What I'd like to do is use
> inputData to do the following:
> {a,b,c,d}={1,23,45,678}
> However, if I try
> ToExpression[ inputData[[1]] ] = inputData[[2]]
> I get an error:
> Set::write: Tag ToExpression in ToExpression[a] is Protected.

Use Evaluate:

Evaluate[ToExpression[inputData[[1]]]] = inputData[[2]]

This way, it will evaluate the left-hand expression before doing the assignment.

Wolfram Research.

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