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Re: Basic conditional statement question.

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  • Subject: [mg48669] Re: Basic conditional statement question.
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 02:43:03 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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  • Reply-to: kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi,

If[ValueQ[a] && a != 0, Print["such and such"]]

Regards
  Jens


Scott wrote:
> 
> Here is a question I would think has a simple solution.  Let's say I
> have some variable "a" which is an integer, but I haven't defined it
> in Mathematica.  I want to run a conditional statement on it.
> Basically
> 
> If[a!=0,Print["such and such"]]
> 
> When I do something like this, Mathematica I asume is spitting out a
> null statement, because it doesn't do anything.  So, how can I define
> "a" such that Mathematica knows it isn't =0 yet, still some integer.
> 
> The reason I ask is I am calculating Christophel symbols (and such)
> and many of them =0, so I want to only output those that are not equal
> to zero.
> 
> Thanks for any help,
> Scott


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