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Re: question on changing 'type' of numbers

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  • Subject: [mg69486] Re: [mg69473] question on changing 'type' of numbers
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 06:55:02 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: hanlonr at cox.net

Applying Integer (or Real) to a value just returns the value. The argument of Head is "evaluated" and are asking for the Head of the value. 

Clear[x];

Apply[Integer,x]

x

Head[x]

Symbol

x=0.1;

Apply[Integer,x]

0.1

Head[x]

Real

You can assign a Head to a symbol

Clear[x];
x/:Head[x]=Real;

Head[x]

Real

x/:Head[x]=Integer;

Head[x]

Integer

x=0.1

0.1

??x

Global`x

x = 0.1
 
Head[x] ^= Integer

Head[x]

Real

Again you get the Head of the value not the Head assigned to the symbol


Bob Hanlon

---- Nasser Abbasi <nma at 12000.org> wrote: 
> I think of a the Head of expression as its 'type'.
> 
> One is supposed to be able to use Apply[f,expr] to change head of expression 
> to f.
> 
> But Why can't I use this to change the head of a Real number to Integer?
> 
> In[122]:=
> Remove["Global`*"]
> x = 0.1
> Head[x]
>            -------------->Real
> Apply[Integer,x]
> Head[x]
>         ------------------->Real. I was expecting Intger
> x = Integer[x]
> Head[x]
>       ----------------> Now it says Integer
> 
> any idea?
> 
> ofcourse the question as to what should happen to the value of the variable 
> if for example I change the head of 0.5 from Real to Integer is another 
> matter. It seems in this case x remained 0.1 but only the head said Integer
> 
> x
> ----->Integer[0.1]
> 
> Now sure what the above really means :)
> 
> Nasser 
> 



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