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Re: product formula in mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg68767] Re: [mg68702] product formula in mathematica
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 03:12:13 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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In general, if you have a list lis of numbers, you can find their product by

   Apply[Times, lis]

or, in abbreviated format:

   Times @@ lis

So a strategy would be to form first the list of numbers to be 
multiplies, and then use the above.

Now I'm not quite sure what you mean by x_i in your posting.  Are you 
trying to explicitly use subscripts (via the Notation package)?  Indices 
via the x[[i]] notation?  Ordinary arguments via the x[i] notation.

In any case, since you have no particular pattern in mind for the 
subscripts, you'll somehow have to specify them one-by-one.  For example 
(doing it slowly, step by step):

   x = Table[i^2, {i, 1, 10}]
{1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100}

   indices = {1,3,4,9}
{1, 3, 4, 9}

{1, 9, 16, 81}
   f[x_] := 1/x   (* for example *)
{1, 1/9, 1/16, 1/81}

   Times @@ f[x[[indices]]]

In the above, I'm using, and assuming you have, a function f that has 
attribute Listable.  (Also, I actually showed the InputForm of the two 
results that have fractions in them.)

frou wrote:
> Hi I am interested in doing a product over a set of indices that are
> not continuous
> Product [ f(x_i) , { x_i, 1,3,4,9}]     Is this possible it appears
> that the iterator wouldonly take sequences such as 1...10 etc.
> Thanks

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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