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Re: "Alternating" function

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  • Subject: [mg63267] Re: [mg63260] "Alternating" function
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  • Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 00:04:29 -0500 (EST)
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On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 23:35 GMT -0500, Renan wrote:

> I've tried using Nest but I don't find how to keep switching between
> Plus and Minus: I would need something that would return an "index" so
> I could keep track of when I need to "switch" the operation. (e.g. if
> the "index" is odd, the operation is "Plus", otherwise is "Minus")

You could define a dummy index variable at the beginning of your cell
(eg. i=1;). Then in your function, simply add the factor ((-1)^i++).
That way i is incremented every time the function is applied.

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