Re: on passing arguments to a function, how to break a

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• Subject: [mg103752] Re: [mg103701] on passing arguments to a function, how to break a
• From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at austin.rr.com>
• Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 07:36:44 -0400 (EDT)
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```foo[] := Module[{i, j}, i = 3;
j = 7;
{i, j}]
goo[i_, j_] := Module[{}, i + j]
goo @@ foo[]

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or

goo[{i_, j_}] := Module[{}, i + j]
goo@foo[]

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The last line is the same thing as:

goo[foo[]]

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Notice goo works BOTH ways now:

goo @@ foo[]

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Alternatively, you could Clear goo before the second definition.

Bobby

On Sat, 03 Oct 2009 08:01:20 -0500, Nasser Abbasi <nma at 12000.org> wrote:

>
> Suppose there is a function foo[] which returns back 2 items, say 'i' and
> 'j'. They must be returned as a list ofcourse, so we have this
>
> foo[] := Module[{i, j},
>      i = 3;
>      j = 7;
>     {i, j}
> ]
>
> Now I have another function goo[] which accepts 2 items as input, and
> does
> something with them, as in
>
> goo[i_, j_] := Module[{},
>          i + j
> ]
>
> Now I'd like to call foo[], and take its output, and pass it to directly
> to
> goo[], but I can NOT do the following:
>
>                              goo[foo[]]
>
> because there is no function goo[] which accept a list defined. I could
> solve this easily by making an intermediate step
>
> {i, j} = foo[];   (*first read into local variables*)
> goo[i, j]    (* then call goo[] *)
>
> I tried to see if it is possible to eliminate this intermediate step, as
> it
> could be unnecessary, and see if there is a function or a trick in
> Mathematica which takes a list and 'unwrap' it for the purpose of making
> function calls.
>
> Assuming such a function or method, lets call it  'W' for now, then I
> would
> just type
>
>                              goo[ W[foo[]] ]
>
> Where W[] would take output from a function, and if it is a list, would
> break it down to its sublists, so  that goo[ W[foo[]] ] would be
> converted
> to  goo[ i,j ].  This W[] function would only ofcourse work in the
> context
> of function calls, as it does not make sense to write
>
> W[{1,2}] and expect to get just  "1,2" like this, without these being
> grouped in a List[]. So this function W is means only to work in argument
> passing.
>
> I can also solve this easily by making goo[] accepts a list, but I
> wanted to
> avoid having to type this:
>
> goo[arg_List] := Module[{},
>             arg[[1]] + arg[[2]]
> ]
>
> I think   writing "i+j" is more clear than writing " arg[[1]] +
> arg[[2]]",
> that is why I am asking this question.
>
> I wish Mathematica has named arguments?  or structs, so I could write
>
> goo[arg_Struct] := Module[{},
>             arg.i + arg.j
> ]
>
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thank you,
> --Nasser
>
>
>
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