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*Subject*: [mg71527] Re: [mg71501] Re: returning variable number of arguments from a Module[ ]
*From*: "bd satish" <bdsatish at gmail.com>
*Date*: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 05:22:10 -0500 (EST)
On 11/21/06, David Bailey <dave at remove_thisdbailey.co.uk> wrote:
> bd satish wrote:
> > Hi ,
> >
> > Is there any method to return a variable number of arguments
> from a
> > Module[ ] or Block[ ] depending upon the o/p list ?
> >
> > For example, consider a module
> >
> > f[x_,y_]:= Module[ {t,s} , t=x+y; s = t*y ]
> >
> > Also assume that , the variable 's' has higher priority than 't' . So
> when
> > a user types a single o/p variable i.e.
> >
> > W = f[x,y] then W should have the same value as 's' in
> the
> > module
> >
> > { W, Y } = f[x,y] then W points to 's' and 'X' points to 't'
> >
> > If I try to do the above ,I'm getting some warning messages..
> >
> > Please help.
> >
> >
> Hello,
>
> I found it tough to understand this question - so it is possible that I
> have misunderstood you,
but the simple answer is that f[x,y] will be
> evaluated before the assignment of which it is the RHS.
Hey thanks. I didnt know this fact.
> Also, in your
> module, there is no point in including the variable s - you might as
> well put the expression t*y as the final value.
This is just an example. I didnt exactly want 't' and 's' in that way. They
can be any two values
returned by Module[ ]
> If f always returns a list of three objects (say) you could always trim
> that subsequently as required as part of the assignment:
>
> {W,Y}=Take[f[x,y],2];
But I think this is an additional overhead on the part of f[x,y] . Say
f[x,y] returns 10 variables {X1, X2 ,.. X10} . Let these variables be
computed inside Module[ ] independently of each other. If f[x,y] could
somehow "sense" that it needs to return only first two values X1 and X2
(assigned to W and Y respectively), why should f[x,y] burden itself with
computing the values X2,X3..X10 ?
> To be honest, I suspect that there is a better way of solving whatever
> it is that you are trying to do - why not tell us more?
So here I try to put it in a better way:
f[x_,y_]: = Module[ {}, (* compute some values say X1, X2..X10 . All are
assumed scalars*) ]
If I invoke the Module[ ]
list1 = f[x,y]
then I would like to know if f[x,y] can return Length[list1] values only .
That is, if I make assignments
{ W, Y} = f[x,y] then f should return W=X1 and Y=X2. f[x,y] should not
compute X3,..X10 because it is
supposed to return only 2 values.
{W, Y ,Z } = f[x,y] then f should return W=X1, Y=X2 and Z = X3. f[x,y]
should not
compute X4,X5..X10 because it is supposed
to return only 3 values
In other words, I want f[ ] to "adapt" itself to return only so many values
as the length of LHS list.
That is, f[x,y] should observe the length of LHS and based on this value,
compute only so many required values.
f[ ] should first "hold" itself from evaluating (before assignment) so that
it observes the number of o/p arguments & then evaluates only as many needed
variables.
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