Re: If and ReplaceAll

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• Subject: [mg102839] Re: [mg102851] If and ReplaceAll
• From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at gmail.com>
• Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 06:05:07 -0400 (EDT)
• References: <200908291033.GAA00437@smc.vnet.net>

```Hi,

In the case with <If> you get such result since If does not
evaluate its second and third (and fourth optional) arguments -
it has a HoldRest attribute. This will do almost what you want:

In[1] =
a = 2 c;
f[z_] := If[z > 0, Evaluate[a], 0]
f[z] /. c -> 1

Out[1] = If[z > 0, 2 * 1, 0]

with the exception that multiplication 2*1 will only be performed once
the condition will evaluate to True (the difference which in this case
does not matter).

In general, try to avoid such constructions in favor of explicit argument
passing - reliance on global variables in functions  is error-prone.

Regards,
Leonid

On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 3:33 AM, wiso <gtu2003 at alice.it> wrote:

> a = 2c;
> ff[z_] := a;
> ff[z] /. c -> 1
>
>
> and I got 2. Ok, now:
>
> a = 2 c;
> f[z_] := If[z > 0, a, 0]
> f[z] /. c -> 1
>
> and I got:  If[z > 0, a, 0]
> but I want: If[z > 0, 2, 0]
>
> I tried to use Evaluate, FullSimplify... but nothing
>
>
>

```

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