Re: returning a variable's name, rather than the variable's contents

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg68435] Re: returning a variable's name, rather than the variable's contents*From*: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>*Date*: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 03:46:30 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK*References*: <eauvns$17c$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Michael Stern wrote: > There must be a simple way to do this but it eludes me. Take for example the > following: > > In[2]:= a=1;b=2;c=3; > > In[3]:= Max[a,b,c] > > Out[3]= 3 > > What would I do if I wanted Out[3] to equal "c" ? What about the following trick? In[1]:= vars = {a, b, c}; varNames = ToString /@ vars; values = {1, 2, 3}; vars = values; First[Extract[varNames, Position[vars, Max[vars]]]] Out[5]= "c" HTH, Jean-Marc