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Re: Assignment problem

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  • Subject: [mg86259] Re: Assignment problem
  • From: "jwmerrill at" <jwmerrill at>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 02:26:59 -0500 (EST)
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On Mar 6, 3:07 am, Marco Gabiccini <m.gabicc... at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would like to do something like:
> For[ i=1, i<n, i++, ToExpression[ "q" <> ToString[i] ] = 0 ]
> that is assigning q1=0, q2=0, etc... but it does not work.

Just need to through in an Evaluate in the right place (this seems to
be the solution to a lot of problems in Mathematica).

For[i = 1, i < n, i++, Evaluate[ToExpression["q" <> ToString[i]]] = 0]

Do (or Table if you want to see what you've just assigned) would be a
little cleaner here.  Along with a couple other functions like Map and
Nest, these can almost always be used to rewrite a For expression more

Do[Evaluate[ToExpression["q" <> ToString[i]]] = 0, {i, n-1}]

Good Luck,


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