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RE: Creating combinations from a group of sets, PART 2

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  • Subject: [mg48748] RE: [mg48739] Creating combinations from a group of sets, PART 2
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 23:33:37 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


Why don't you use Outer?

a = {1, 2, 3};
b = {5, 10.15.20};
c = {3.14, 1, 414, 0.707};
d = {faith, hope, charity};

Outer[(#1 + #2)/(#3 + #4) &, a, b, c, d]

Also, if you had equal lenght lists, or just wanted to produce a single
level table at irregular values, you could use MapThread, or use a List in
an expression.

David Park
djmp at

From: John Kiehl [mailto:john.kiehl at]
To: mathgroup at

the recent msg[48679] on combining elements from a group of sets has
reminded me that I always wanted a Table[] command that would step through
lists instead of using iterators.  For example, my NewTable[ ] command would
be used something like this:


Somehow, magically, the first list would be associated with "i", the second
list with "j", etc...

Of course, all this could be accomplished, by this Mathematica code:


Table[ ( a[[i]] + b[[j]] ) / ( c[[m]] +
d[[m]] ),{i,1,Lengh[a]},{j,1,Length[b]},{m,1,Length[c]},{n,1,Length[d]}]

but that's a lot of typing.
So here's my first attempt at a NewTable[] command using Distribute[] as
suggested in responses to msg[48679].  It assumes that the first expression
in NewTable[ ] is a pure function.

NewTable[f_,h___]:=f  /@ Distribute[{h},List]

and here it is in use:

In[]:=table[#[[1]] + #[[2]]^#[[3]] & , {a, b, c}, {d, e}, {f, g}]
Out[]:={a + d^f, a + d^g, a + e^f, a + e^g, b + d^f, b + d^g, b + e^f, b +
e^g, c + d^f, c + d^g, c + e^f, c + e^g}

This has the nice advantage of working with any number of lists.  I just
wish I could get rid of all the double bracket typing!

I'm not sure I can even figure out how WRI has programmed the regular
Table[] command.  What would the code for Table[] look like?

john kiehl

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