Re: Can the code of a function obtain the names of its arguments?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg124414] Re: Can the code of a function obtain the names of its arguments?*From*: Michael Stern <nycstern at gmail.com>*Date*: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:07:52 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com

I asked a related question five years ago. You can find the discussion at http://forums.wolfram.com/mathgroup/archive/2006/Aug/msg00111.html and linked pages. Personally, if I wanted do something like this today, I would probably change the inputs of the function so that the user passes both the variable and a string. So, if a=2;b=3;c=4. then Max[{a,b,c}] == 4 but if we want the variable name, we can do something like this: myMax[valueAndName_List]:=First[SortBy[valueAndName, First]][[2]] myMax[{2," a"}, {3, "b"}, {4," c"}] ="c" On 1/18/2012 5:59 AM, James Stein wrote: > I fear the answer is no, because I suspect that once values are bound to > the names, there might seem to be scant use in keeping the names around. > > But I have a little debugging routine in mind I'd like to implement, so I'm > hoping the answer is yes. (And if yes, how?)