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Re: local symbols inside Module

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  • Subject: [mg55981] Re: local symbols inside Module
  • From: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 01:10:05 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <d3g81p$s8r$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi OT,
Instead of using symbols you can as well use function values. E.g. for 
storing Pi: instead c1=Pi  you may use c[1]=Pi.
Your example, with the local function name "c", would then look like:

RealLinearCombination[v_List] := Module[{d, coeffs, c},
     d = Length[v];
     coeffs = Array[c, {d}];
     coeffs = coeffs /. Solve[eqns, coeffs];
       ..
     ]

Sincerely, Daniel

OT wrote:
> Hi all, I have some problems in working with local variables inside 
> Module: I wrote this function:
> 
> RealLinearCombination[v_List]:=Module[{d,coeffs},
> d=Legth[v];
> 
> coeff=Table[ToExpression["c"<>ToString[k]],{k,d}];
> 
> coeffs=coeffs/.Solve[eqns,coeffs];
> 
> ...
> ...
> 
> ]
> 
> The function works, but has a big limitation: the elements of the list 
> coeffs are not local symbols!
> 
> Since the elements of the list coeffs are not local variables, if I run 
> my function when I have already initialized a symbol like c3=Pi, say, I 
> get an error because mathematica tries to execute 
> Solve[eqns,{c1,c2,Pi,c4,...,cd}] since c3 has been already initialized 
> as a number.
> 
> So, my question is: how can I initialize a local list of symbols
> {c1,...cd} inside a Module, when d is an argument supplied to the Module 
> itself?
> 
> Thanks for every answer!
> 


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