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Re: save value in array during loop

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  • Subject: [mg70513] Re: save value in array during loop
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 04:17:38 -0400 (EDT)
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schaa at schrieb:
> Hi there,
> I am new to mathematica and I have the following problem:
> save a certain value in an array calculated during a loop.
> My attempt:
> For[i=0,i<=12,
>    rho = i*25;
>    V[[i]] = UserFunction[0.5];
>    i++]
> rho has the role of a global variable and is used in several other functions.
> UserFunction stands for a function which in turn calls other functions.
> V is the array of dimension 13 from 0 to 12.
> The code above does not work. What needed to be changed to make it
> work?
> Thanks a lot
> -Ralf

Hi Ralf,

1.) V is used as the name of a function in the Combinatorica-Package. If you
don't use that, it _might_ be ok, to use a capital V as variable.
2.) if v has not been defined before, v[[i]] references nothing.
2.) The first element of a list is the first ;-), not the one with index zero.
v[[0]] returns the "Head" of v.
3.) the use of global variables leads often to undesired side-effects.
4.) try to avoid For, Do etc.

v=Table[rho=25 i; UserFunction[1/2], {i,0,12}]
v=(rho=25#; UserFunction[1/2])&/@Range[0,12]
v=Array[rho=25 i; UserFunction[1/2]&,13,0]

but if you insist on using For, you have to build the list v before entering
the loop and using Mathematicas order For[init,test,incr,body] should help too:

For[i=0, i<=12, i++, rho=25 i; v[[i+1]]=UserFunction[1/2]];

you see: it is very complicated to use For[] in Mathematica.


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