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Re: i don't understand mapping function over a long list
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*Subject*: [mg47826] Re: [mg47802] i don't understand mapping function over a long list
*From*: Sseziwa Mukasa <mukasa at jeol.com>
*Date*: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 06:56:18 -0400 (EDT)
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On Apr 27, 2004, at 4:47 AM, sean kim wrote:
> hello group.
> please consider the following list of lists.
>
>
>
> l = Partition[Flatten[{Table[Unique[x], {n, 1, 30}]}], 3 ]
>
> above generates a list of 10 lists with 3 elements in each as in...
>
> {
> {x$299, x$300, x$301}, {x$302, x$303, x$304},
> {x$305, x$306, x$307}, {x$308, x$309, x$310},
> {x$311, x$312, x$313}, {x$314, x$315, x$316},
> {x$317, x$318, x$319}, {x$320, x$321, x$322},
> {x$323, x$324, x$325}, {x$326, x$327, x$328}
> }
>
> Now suppose I want to use each of the list( all 10 of them) as a part
> of a function. . I want to "Apply" the function to every list(so, 10
> times in total)
> for a simple examplel let's add 2 to the lists
>
> In[21]:= Apply[Plus@@xlist, 2]
> Out[21]= 2
>
> that didn't work. i wanted to get was
>
> {{x$299, x$300, x$301} + 2,
> {x$302, x$303, x$304} + 2...
> {x$326, x$327, x$328} + 2}}
I am not sure how to explain your error to you. Suffice it to say this
expression
#+2&/@xlist
will return what you want.
> then i want to give each of the results unique names and use the
> renamed list of lists as an argument in another function.
>
> {
> uniquexname1 = {x$299, x$300, x$301} + 2,
> uniquexname2 = {x$302, x$303, x$304} + 2...
> uniquexname10 = {x$326, x$327, x$328} + 2}
> }
>
Set[Evaluate[Unique[uniquename]],#]&/@xlist
You'll have to use Names["uniquename*"] to see the names of the
variables in this case.
> and
>
> Map[Plus, xlist, 2]
>
> just bring back the list itself.
Again, I'm not sure what you mean.
> This problem recurs for me. and I think i have problems with it
> because I just don't understand how Mathematica language works.
It's a little different from other programming systems.
> Reading the book an dhelp manual doesn't help me much in understanding
> what lies underneath. Can you guys shed soem light on this with some
> simple examples that use numerical operations?
I'm not sure a numerical example would be useful, your problem seems to
be a misunderstanding of the nature of Mathematica expressions and the
use of the operators Map and Apply. The basic principle with Apply and
Map is that every expression in Mathematica has a head (see help on
Head) and body. Map uses the elements of the body as arguments to a
function which is its first argument. Apply changes the head of an
expression to another value. You may also want to understand the idea
of levels in Mathematica expressions, I suggest studying the operators
TreeForm and Level as well as section A 3.6 and section 2 of the
Mathematica Book.
> Maybe I'm asking a lot, but any and all insights are thoroughly
> appreciated.
I hope this helps,
Ssezi
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