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10/27/98 09:13am

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> Is it possible to apply a list of elements as arguments of a function without going through ''for'' and ''table''?
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> eg: something that transforms {a,b,c} in f[a,b,c]
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> If not is it possible to make this as a ''suffix'' form? (eg: {a,b,c} </?> f )
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> If possible reply to mail address.
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> Thanks
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It is not exactly clear what you are wanting to do. I will guess that you have
some function that evaluates for 1, 2, and 3 as f[1], f[2], and f[3] respectively, but that f[{1,2,3}] returns at least partially unevaluated. If the goal is to apply f to 1, 2, and 3, that can be done in at least two ways:

- Use Map

In[1]:= Map [f, {1,2,3}]
Out[1]= {f[1],f[2],f[3]}

If applying f to a List is common you can use the Listable Attribute

In[2]:= SetAttributes[f, Listable]

Now f is automatically applied to each element of the list:

In[3]:= f[{1,2,3}]
Out[3]= {f[1],f[2],f[3]}

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Lists as arguments of functions (?obvious?) Pedro Alves 10/26/98 4:32pm
Re: Lists as arguments of functions (?obvious?) Forum Modera... 10/27/98 09:13am
Re: Lists as arguments of functions (?obvious?) Pedro Alves 10/27/98 12:07pm
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Re: Lists as arguments of functions (?obvious?) Aaron Honecker 11/13/98 10:18am
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