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Re: Can't use subscripted variables in function definition?

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  • Subject: [mg124080] Re: Can't use subscripted variables in function definition?
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 04:24:30 -0500 (EST)
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On 1/7/12 at 5:25 AM, cy56 at comcast.net (Chris Young) wrote:

>What is the status of subscripted variables in Mathematica now?

It has not changed in version 8.

>Can't they finally be used as regular variables?

Yes, but not by default. You can use subscripted variables like
ordinary variables using the Notation package. However, from my
perspective this is more effort than it is worth.

>Or is there some workaround so that they can be? This is time-honored,
>very intuitive mathematical notation that should be available, IMO.

Yes, it would be useful to have subscripted variables fully
integrated into Mathematica. And, that may well happen in some
future version. But for now, it seems to me this is simply one
of the limitations Mathematica has.




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