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RE: Vector-valued functions

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  • Subject: [mg47348] RE: [mg47321] Vector-valued functions
  • From: Jonas at
  • Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 06:36:32 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Use := in defining the g function:






> -----Original Message-----
> From: me at [mailto:me at] 
To: mathgroup at
> Sent: den 5 april 2004 11:23
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg47348] [mg47321] Vector-valued functions
> Hi, Experts !
> I often encounter the following situation:
> I have a function that creates a list (=vector) as output.
> For example:
> f[i_,j_,k_]:={a[i,j,k],b[i,j,k],c[i,j,k]}
> I have to use, for example, the second part of the vector
> in a subsequent expression. When I try that as, for example, 
> g[i_,j_,k_]=f[i,j,k][[2]] Mathematica gives the error message 
> 'Part n does not exist' 
> because f[i,j,k] is indeed not yet evaluated.
> What is the best way to I make [[...]] behave like [...] so 
> that it stays 
> unevaluated unless it can be evaluated ?
> I can think of three ways:
> - Use functional arguments [...] instead of lists [[...]] alltogether.
> - Rename Part[...] into something else so that Mathematica 
> does not complain.
> - Make frequent use of Hold[...].
> All three ways are a bit ugly, I feel. Which (other) method 
> is preferred ? I could imagine that this is a rather common 
> question but I found no discussion about it.
> Thank you !
> Michael

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