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Re: Strange problem with "for" and "while"

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  • Subject: [mg68367] Re: Strange problem with "for" and "while"
  • From: "Norbert Marxer" <marxer at mec.li>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 06:06:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <eapru8$s5i$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hello

You will never leave the Foor loop because the While loop in the body
of For[start,test,incr,body] always resets k to 1.

When you enter the Foor loop you

(1) (start) set k equal to 1
(2) (test) test if k < 10 (which is True)
(3) (body) evaluate the body, where your While loop does nothing (for
k=1)

(4) (incr) increment k, which sets k equal to 2
(5) (test) test if k < 10 (which is True)
(6) (body) evaluate the body, where your While loop sets k equal to 1
and increases i to 1

... and repeatedly evaluate steps (4) to (6)

If you use two different variables (kk, k) in the For and While loop
you get what you want:

For[kk = 1, kk < 10, kk++,
i := 0; k := kk;
While [k > 1, i++; k--];
Print[i, k]]

Best Regards
Norbert Marxer
www.mec.li

LordBeotian wrote:
> When I try to compute this:
>
> For[k = 1, k < 10, k++,
>     i := 0;
>     While [k > 1, i++; k--];
>     Print[i, k]]
>
> Mathematica outputs a neverending sequence of "1,1" (and it is impossible to
> abort the computation!)
>
> When instead I try to manually do the "for" and compute
>
> k := ...;
> i = 0;
> While [k > 1, i++; k--];
> Print[i, k]
>
> giving to k all the values 1,2,...,9 the computation are all correct (the
> outputs are "01", "11", "21", ..., "81".
> 
> I cannot understand what is the problem.


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