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Re: defining consecutive variables
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg99494] Re: defining consecutive variables
*From*: Tom Burton <tburton at brahea.com>
*Date*: Wed, 6 May 2009 05:44:31 -0400 (EDT)
You seem to want to cache f[x] for a set of x. With your example,
slightly rewritten, most people would do that as follows:
f[x_] := f[x] = RandomReal[{0, x}, {5, 5}]
so that f is both a function and an indexed variable: f[1] evaluates
with x==1 and stores the result in f[1], etc. Then evaluate f at all
desired values of x. Your example is
Scan[f, Range[0, 40]]
but in place of Range[0,40] you can put any list of x's. Then indexed
variables f[0] through f[40] are defined.
Cache instead into indexed variables q[x] with
f[x_] := q[x] = RandomReal[{0, x}, {5, 5}]
For most purposes, q[x] is more convenient than qx {x = 0, 1, 2, ...,
or whatever}, but if you insist, you can write
f[x_] := Evaluate[ToExpression["q" <> ToString[x]]] = RandomReal[{0,
x}, {5, 5}]
(Evaluate is needed because Set (=) Holds the left-hand member
otherwise.) Or you could do it the way you suggested:
>f[x_] := RandomReal[{0, x}, {5, 5}]
>Do[ToExpression["q" <> ToString[n] <> "=f[n]"], {n, 0, 40}]
Tom
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