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Re: Question regarding procedures

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  • Subject: [mg63437] Re: Question regarding procedures
  • From: "Jean-Marc Gulliet" <jeanmarc.gulliet at>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 06:40:35 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K.
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"Dew 001" <dewdrops001 at> a écrit dans le message de news: 
dp2omp$8t6$1 at
| Hi,
| I am relatively new to Mathematica and have the following question:
| I created a procedure where the value of fitn_ comes from the user ...
| create [fitn_]:=Module[{func },
| func[{x_}]:=Evaluate[fitn];
| Print[func[{3}]];
| ]
| And called it with the following command:
| create[x^2]
| I was hoping to get a 9 .. and if create[x^3] is entered I hoped to get 
| 27.
| Any ideas?
| Thanks very much
The problem you face is that the "x" in the definition of func has nothing 
to do with the "x's" entered by the user as argument of the function create. 
For instance, if you use an expression in, say, y and a replacement rule 
(y -> x) everything is fine as you can see below

create[fitn_] := Module[{func},
   func[{x_}] := fitn /. y -> x; Print[func[{3}]]; ]

From In[1]:=

By the way, you do not need the *Evaluate* function since the definition of 
func is delayed and so will be evaluated each time a called is made.

Now, how can you write a flexible definition for create that does not depend 
on the symbols used in the expression given as parameter? One way of 
accomplishing this is to use a second argument that holds the name of the 
variable. Note that the replacement rule has been modify accordingly.

create2[fitn_, var_] := Module[{func},
   func[{x_}] := fitn /. var -> x; Print[func[{3}]]; ]
create2[x^3, x]

From In[3]:=

Hope this helps,

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