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Re: Newbie Programming question

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  • Subject: [mg53456] Re: Newbie Programming question
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 03:41:33 -0500 (EST)
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On 1/11/05 at 1:32 AM, kjkim at (Kerry Kim) wrote:

>Is there any way in Mathematica to store/assign a value to a
>variable whose name is in a string?  In other words something like

>i = 17;
>foo="var" + ToString[i];
>SomeFunctionThatConvertsStringToSymbolName[foo] = 17;

>and then assign some value (say, 23) to the variable whose name is
>contained in the foo string? (i.e. var17=23)

Yes, for example

n = 17; 
foo = StringJoin["var", ToString[n]]; 
Evaluate[ToExpression[foo]] = 23; 


But do note this will not work if var17 already has a value assigned to it. Using this code, Mathematica would evaluate var17 and attempt to assign 23 to its value, something that obviously doesn't make sense. So, to assign subsequent values you would first need to clear var17. For example

Evaluate[ToExpression[foo]] = 53;

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