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Re: First question

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  • Subject: [mg52131] Re: First question
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 04:53:20 -0500 (EST)
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On 11/10/04 at 4:45 AM, dto_mba at wrote:

>How to exit directly and immediately a module from inside a loop
>with a certain value ? Return seems not to work.


>lmaa := Module[
>   Do[
>     If[i > 3, Return[{"from inside"}]],
>     {i, 1, 5}
>   ];
>   Return[{"not from inside"}]


>{not from inside}

Your problem isn't that Return isn't working but that it only causes an exit from one level of control structure. What happens is as follows when i = 4:

The Do loop is exited then the next line of code
Return[{"not from inside"}] is executed causing the module to be exited with the results of this line of code.

Change your code as follows:

maa[m_] :=
 Module[{n = 0}, 
   Do[If[i > m, n = i; Return[{" from inside"}]], 
     {i, 1, 5}]; 
   Return[{StringJoin["n is ", ToString[n]],"not from inside"}]]
and see

{"n is 4", "not from inside"}

demonstrating Return does work as advertised.

If you want to exit from the Do loop and the Module when i becomes 4, you need to test the value of i immediately after exiting the Do loop and exit the Module based on that test.
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