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*Subject*: [mg131409] Re: Rather simple function returns curious result.
*From*: James Stein <mathgroup at stein.org>
*Date*: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:02:46 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear Fred,
Thanks to you, and any others who respond.
Another case of proof-reader's blindness
when proof-reader and author are the same person.
I had indeed meant to write ___List, not List___,
and knowing what I meant, could not see what I wrote.
Chagrined, James
On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Fred Simons <f.h.simons at tue.nl> wrote:
> Hi James,
>
> The problem is in List___. In this way, you use the Mathematica name List
> as a dummy name for passing the arguments into the function body. If you
> use the correct syntax ___List (any number of arguments, all with head
> List), the problem is over.
>
> Regards,
>
> Fred Simons
> Eindhoven University of Technology
>
> Op 2-7-2013 6:48, James Stein schreef:
>
> For reasons that escape me, the simple function below fails to return
>> an empty List when n==2; Is this a bug? If not, what is the
>> explanation? If the return value for n==2 is changed to an integer or
>> a string, the function behaves as expected.(Of course, this bizarre
>> function is the result of simplifying a more reasonable one.)
>>
>> Clear[ f ];
>> f [run : { List___ } ] := Module [ { n },
>> n = run // Length;
>> If [ n != 2, Return [ n ] ];
>> Module [ { } ,
>> { } (* Return Empty List if n==2 *)
>> ]
>> ] ;
>> f [ { } ]
>> f [ { { } } ]
>> f [ { { }, { } } ]
>> f [ { { }, { }, { } } ]
>> f [ { { }, { }, { }, { } } ]
>>
>> When I run the above, I get these four outputs:
>> 0
>> 1
>> Sequence[{}, {}][]
>> 3
>> 4
>>
>>
>>
>
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