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Re: Building a list

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  • Subject: [mg47131] Re: Building a list
  • From: bobhanlon at (Bob Hanlon)
  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 01:34:34 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c40sfi$mp8$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Outer is what you want


Outer[f[a,b,#1,#2]&, xlist, xlist ]

{{f[a, b, x1, x1], f[a, b, x1, x2], f[a, b, x1, x3]}, 
  {f[a, b, x2, x1], f[a, b, x2, x2], f[a, b, x2, x3]}, 
  {f[a, b, x3, x1], f[a, b, x3, x2], f[a, b, x3, x3]}}

Bob Hanlon

In article <c40sfi$mp8$1 at>, Mark Coleman <mark at>

<< I've got a relatively simple function f[a_,b_,c_,d_], where a and b are  
integers and c and d are lists (of reals), and f returns a real.

I need to evaluate f on (potentially long) sets of lists and calculate  
a square "matrix" from the possible permutations of the elements in the  
lists. For instance



I need to calculate


Note that f[a,b,c,d] does not equal f[a,b,d,c].

My first reaction was that Outer[] might do this, but I cannot seem to  
get it to work. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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