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mathematica expressions in Compile

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  • Subject: [mg61995] mathematica expressions in Compile
  • From: "boyandshark" <amitgandhi at>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 03:41:35 -0500 (EST)
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Hello -

I was wondering what is happening in the following example :

Compile[{}, Module[{i =  0, nums}, nums = {0, 0, 0}; i =
First[Ordering[{1., 2., 3.}]]; nums[[i]]++; nums]];

I get an error when trying to evaluate this statement because
Mathematica complains about assigning i the value of the
First[Ordering[_]] expression - Compile seems to think
First[Ordering[_]] in this example is a real number whereas I
initialized i to be an integer. I can solve this simply by

Compile[{}, Module[{i =  0, nums}, nums = {0, 0, 0}; i =
Round[First[Ordering[{1., 2., 3.}]]]; nums[[i]]++; nums]];

My question is - how come Compile knows that the value of Round is an
integer, but does not know that the First[Ordering[_]] is an integer?

Thank you.

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