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Re: := vs = in some function definitions

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  • Subject: [mg113280] Re: := vs = in some function definitions
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 07:05:04 -0400 (EDT)

Anytime the function cannot be evaluated without a numerical value

f[x_, n_: 50] := IdentityMatrix[n].Append[Range[n - 1], x];


Bob Hanlon

---- Sam Takoy <sam.takoy at yahoo.com> wrote: 

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Hi,

Have read everything I could find regarding delayed assignment, I'm 
still not quite sure when to use which.

For example, in the definition

f[x_] = IdentityMatrix[50].Append[Range[1, 49], x];

could there ever be any reason to use :=   ?

It seems that using   :=  will condemn the function to repeated extra 
work every time its called. So could there be a situation where the use 
of ":=" for the above function is recommended?

Many thanks in advance,

Sam



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